page limit and formatting question

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matt690
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page limit and formatting question

Postby matt690 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:02 am

Hi,

I am currently working on my personal statement. Most schools appear to have a two page double spaced limit.

I would assume 2 page double spaced include standard margins and a 12 point basic Times font. I am currently at 1 page and a quarter single spaced and 2 pages and a half double spaced. Should I delete text, or can I make the font 11? Do you recommend keeping standard margins and 12 point font? Thanks so much.

JasonR
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Re: page limit and formatting question

Postby JasonR » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:28 am

11 point is fine unless specified otherwise, but no smaller.

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cinephile
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Re: page limit and formatting question

Postby cinephile » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:58 am

Just don't exceed the 2 page limit. They read so much that additional length is likely to be an annoyance.

matt690
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Re: page limit and formatting question

Postby matt690 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:49 pm

Thanks so much.

Even though it seems 11 pt is acceptable if it allows the essay to remain under two pages, do you recommend keeping it at 12 pt font and deleting some text? Is making it 11 font pushing it?

Thanks.

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Re: page limit and formatting question

Postby Dany » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:55 pm

11 or 12 is fine, but I would personally cut stuff and use 12 point, since a shorter statement is easier to read and you can often tighten up your writing.




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