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Can I exceed word limit on the essay?

J01001000J01001000 Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
My essay is about 640 words long and I don't really want to chop up the essay. (500 word limit) Is it all right to upload the document to the MIT application website even though it exceeds the limit but is below 50 KB?

Thank you in advance.
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Replies to: Can I exceed word limit on the essay?

  • noopsgnitaenamnoopsgnitaenam Posts: 111Registered User Junior Member
    Yep, as long as the extra words are necessary for what you are saying. I believe mine was around 650 and I was accepted.
  • TritiumKnightTritiumKnight Posts: 1,697Registered User Member
    Yea, just make sure it fits on that one page.
  • neforresterneforrester Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Yeah, you can exceed the limit. Just don't be ridiculous about it (1500 words in a 500 word essay).
  • frutiaspicefrutiaspice Posts: 1,265Registered User Senior Member
    I would try to cut it down just a wee bit anyways. See if there's any superfluous words that you don't need. Ask someone else to read it and ask whether there's anything they feel you could cut. In most cases, from my experience, you can probably cut at least 30, if not more. It's probably ok to be over, but not by too much. Try to aim for 550 if you can. If you can't, it's probably fine, but it never hurts to try, right?
  • ducktapeducktape Posts: 1,000Registered User Member
    I would aim to not exceed one page- print preview your application, and if your essay is over, then chop it up.

    I know you may think it's perfect, but you aren't a fair judge. Read it out loud to yourself, have a friend read it, and get it down to one page.

    For the record, I think mine was around 580 or so, and went literally to the last line of the page.
  • lalaloo6lalaloo6 Posts: 529Registered User Member
    my essay exceeded 1 page on the print preview, and I got in. there was not ANYTHING I could have cut, I spent months cutting it to the VERY bare bones and it would not have made sense with anything less. so, if it is really of high quality, and can not be cut at all as it is, leave it.
  • HeeradHeerad Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    The admissions officers do see the full essay even if it exceeds one page on the pdf preview, right? Because when I preview the essay, the words just get cut off at the end of the page and do not carry onto a new one. :-/ I've spent quite a while cutting it down to the bare minimum too.
  • ducktapeducktape Posts: 1,000Registered User Member
    What you see in print preview is what they get, to the best of my knowledge. Find a way to get everything visible. Perhaps you need to insert line breaks?
  • VorronVorron Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    What about the word limit for the short essays - is it necessary to exactly stick to the limit in order to show that you can express yourself concise and to the point or is it okay if you have about 140 words, like I have? Everything still fits in the space provided.
  • ducktapeducktape Posts: 1,000Registered User Member
    I had around that much and yeah, I just left it as it was because it fit in the space. Both of mine were in the 100-150 range ish.
  • HeeradHeerad Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    Wait a minute... how did you guys submit such long essays? Mine is about 570 and it says that my response is too long.
  • ownagerismsownagerisms Posts: 207Registered User Junior Member
    If it says response is too long, that means there are too many characters to fit in the textbox.
  • libelhairdresserlibelhairdresser Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    what about the 100 word essays? Both of the 100 word essays for my app are around 150-170. What should I do?! I like them both.
  • ownagerismsownagerisms Posts: 207Registered User Junior Member
    Mine is 114 and 100, i'd suggest u cut it down to 120...but thats just my opinion
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Posts: 705Registered User Member
    did you guys double space or single space your essays??... If I double space or even 1.5-space my essay there is no way it will be under a page...
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