How long should my PS be?

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How long should my PS be?

1 Page - Double Space
0
No votes
1 Page - Single Space
0
No votes
2 Pages - Double Spaced
29
81%
2 Pages - Single Spaced
0
No votes
3 Pages - Double Spaced
3
8%
3 Pages - Single Spaced
0
No votes
4 Pages - Double Spaced
0
No votes
4 Pages - Single Spaced
4
11%
 
Total votes: 36

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mvonh001
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How long should my PS be?

Postby mvonh001 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:21 pm

Thank You.

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rinkrat19
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:24 pm

Always, always, ALWAYS double-spaced.

And as long as the instructions tell you. For most schools that's 2-3 pages, but for some it's two pages or a word limit. Berkeley has no limit, but they are weird.

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Happy Gilmore
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby Happy Gilmore » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:49 pm

Over 9000 pages

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A-Modest-Proposal
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby A-Modest-Proposal » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:37 am

Happy Gilmore wrote:Over 9000 pages


+9001. but to answer OP's question, always double space - and the rule of thumb I have heard is 3 pages (and by "3" i mean 2.5). It's long enough to make a cohesive statement, but short enough to prevent rambling.

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mvonh001
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby mvonh001 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:20 am

And font size 12 - times new roman?

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rinkrat19
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:52 am

mvonh001 wrote:And font size 12 - times new roman?

You can do 11pt and/or Garamond to give yourself more room, but ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTIONS DON'T SPECIFICALLY REQUIRE a certain font/size.

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Cicero76
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby Cicero76 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:52 pm

Single-spaced as an option in the poll wtf is this

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rinkrat19
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:52 pm

Also, 1" margins all around, if that needs to be clarified too.

PRgradBYU
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby PRgradBYU » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:21 pm

LOL @ the 4 pages single spaced option.

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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby bp shinners » Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:54 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
mvonh001 wrote:And font size 12 - times new roman?

You can do 11pt and/or Garamond to give yourself more room, but ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTIONS DON'T SPECIFICALLY REQUIRE a certain font/size.


And only if you can't cut it down to size at size 12. After reviewing a few hundred of these things, you can quickly tell when someone has messed with the font size (even 11.5), margins, etc... If you do that, you better be damn sure that every single word in that personal statement is necessary*.


*Hint - It's probably not.

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mvonh001
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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby mvonh001 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:36 pm

PRgradBYU wrote:LOL @ the 4 pages single spaced option.



Just wanna make sure all my bases are covered... lol

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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby Ti Malice » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:27 am

A-Modest-Proposal wrote:
Happy Gilmore wrote:Over 9000 pages


+9001. but to answer OP's question, always double space - and the rule of thumb I have heard is 3 pages (and by "3" i mean 2.5). It's long enough to make a cohesive statement, but short enough to prevent rambling.


The "rule of thumb" is two pages, since that's the explicit given by many schools.

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Re: How long should my PS be?

Postby Rory19 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:38 pm

I would say two pages double spaced, etc. etc. unless the school specifically states that you can write something longer. For instance, I read that Boalt frowns upon two page statements because they intentionally give you more pages and expect you to take the opportunity to really customize the statement for Boalt. For them, I would say 3.5-4.




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