spleenworship wrote:Tanicius wrote:Random question about the MEE. My Themis practice essays are giving me a word cap of 5,000 characters per essay. Is that in line with everyone else? The model answers are longer than 5,000 characters -- I've counted them up. So I want to make sure I'm not getting prepared to write briefer answers than I'm actually allowed to do on the real thing.
Are you seriously exceeding the 5000 characters in the 20 minutes or so you're supposed to write the essay?
As myriad of my own TLS posts show, writing succinctly is a lot harder for me than writing fast. The reason I hate the character limits is because sometimes it's legitimately not possible to IRAC all the issues you see in the space you're given.
The MEE essays seem to be performed a very different way from the CA and NY essays. In those states, you have enough space that you're apparently supposed to start furiously typing almost as soon as you start reading. But in the MEE states, if these character limits are real, then our essays require a lot more planning and prioritizing, with less time spent typing.