One of the options for Amherst’s writing supplement is to upload a graded essay. For my history final this term, I wrote a paper about the 1953 coup in Iran, and it’s causes and effects. It was very thoroughly researched, and the writing is clear and communicative. I ended up getting an A-, with only one minor comment about the actual content of the essay.
The only issue is that the essay ended up being 16 pages, and one of the guidelines for uploading an essay is that it must be below 8-10 pages. However, if I make it single spaced, it comes in at 9 pages, excluding a title page and bibliography. The paper is 5100 words in total.
Is it simply too long? Will I lose the interest of an admissions officer reading it? Or would it be ok to upload? I am not a particularly good writer outside of analytical, history type writing, so I don’t think I could write an especially compelling supplemental essay under another prompt.