How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby rayiner » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:00 am

Are we really comparing word counts???

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby CE2JD » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:01 am

rayiner wrote:Are we really comparing word counts???


Haven't you heard? It's BY FAR the most accurate estimation of how you did on a law school test.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby 1474292940502124 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:02 am

Anyone that has posted word count - what does that correlate into lengthwise in number of pages? (and are you talking single or double spaced?)

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby rayiner » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:04 am

CE2JD wrote:
rayiner wrote:Are we really comparing word counts???


Haven't you heard? It's BY FAR the most accurate estimation of how you did on a law school test.


This is almost as stupid as comparing penis lengths in chat.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby CE2JD » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:05 am

rayiner wrote:
CE2JD wrote:
rayiner wrote:Are we really comparing word counts???


Haven't you heard? It's BY FAR the most accurate estimation of how you did on a law school test.


This is almost as stupid as comparing penis lengths in chat.


But is it dumber than this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95307 ?

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby rayiner » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:13 am

CE2JD wrote:
rayiner wrote:
CE2JD wrote:
rayiner wrote:Are we really comparing word counts???


Haven't you heard? It's BY FAR the most accurate estimation of how you did on a law school test.


This is almost as stupid as comparing penis lengths in chat.


But is it dumber than this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95307 ?


I LOL'ed.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby vanwinkle » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:01 pm

betasteve wrote:Anyone that has posted word count - what does that correlate into lengthwise in number of pages? (and are you talking single or double spaced?)


Here the professors tend to require 12pt Times New Roman double-spaced.

6400 words double-spaced comes out to 21 pages.
4500 words double-spaced comes out to 16 pages.

That's my two finals so far.

rayiner wrote:Are we really comparing word counts???


We compare everything else on here, so why not?

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby 1474292940502124 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:30 pm

Whoa... I wrote a lot for one of my exams. Eff

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby 98234872348 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:37 pm

So far, I've written 1998 words and 2550.

Word limits FTL...

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby Grad_Student » Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:24 am

Property II final: 5200 words.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby Snooker » Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:27 am

I wrote the first two questions of today's exams - short ones with harsh time allocations, at 40 words per minute. They were followed by a really long, ultra uber complicated hypo / policy type question. The kind of question you see in hell. I wrote that at 24 words per minute, but had very good structure in there, organization and flow, since it was a 1 1/2 hour question. The directions to the question were such a clusterfuck that many people didn't even follow it. In all I typed 1,700 words per hour!

I think I did pretty well despite the relatively low word rate on the last question because I structured the thing to address the professor's pet topic that she wrote in her best law review article and has brought up in class. I am sure virtually nobody addressed this extremely important issue because you more or less have to build the whole essay up like a ladder as to the top of a christmas tree you want to put a star on. I am not sure that the execution was very pretty, the issue is ultra convoluted, but at least I got at some compelling arguments and addressed both sides.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby rayiner » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:06 am

Snooker wrote:I wrote the first two questions of today's exams - short ones with harsh time allocations, at 40 words per minute. They were followed by a really long, ultra uber complicated hypo / policy type question. The kind of question you see in hell. I wrote that at 24 words per minute, but had very good structure in there, organization and flow, since it was a 1 1/2 hour question. The directions to the question were such a clusterfuck that many people didn't even follow it. In all I typed 1,700 words per hour!

I think I did pretty well despite the relatively low word rate on the last question because I structured the thing to address the professor's pet topic that she wrote in her best law review article and has brought up in class. I am sure virtually nobody addressed this extremely important issue because you more or less have to build the whole essay up like a ladder as to the top of a christmas tree you want to put a star on. I am not sure that the execution was very pretty, the issue is ultra convoluted, but at least I got at some compelling arguments and addressed both sides.


My god could you at least wait until grades come out before being this obnoxious?

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:46 am

rayiner wrote:My god could you at least wait until grades come out before being this obnoxious?


+4.3

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby Renzo » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:48 am

Snooker wrote:I wrote the first two questions of today's exams - short ones with harsh time allocations, at 40 words per minute. They were followed by a really long, ultra uber complicated hypo / policy type question. The kind of question you see in hell. I wrote that at 24 words per minute, but had very good structure in there, organization and flow, since it was a 1 1/2 hour question. The directions to the question were such a clusterfuck that many people didn't even follow it. In all I typed 1,700 words per hour!

I think I did pretty well despite the relatively low word rate on the last question because I structured the thing to address the professor's pet topic that she wrote in her best law review article and has brought up in class. I am sure virtually nobody addressed this extremely important issue because you more or less have to build the whole essay up like a ladder as to the top of a christmas tree you want to put a star on. I am not sure that the execution was very pretty, the issue is ultra convoluted, but at least I got at some compelling arguments and addressed both sides.

Saying things like this just make that B- taste soooo much worse.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:52 am

Renzo wrote:Saying things like this just make that B- taste soooo much worse.


I dunno, OP could be that guy that studies 12hr a day, makes LR, graduates top of his class, and becomes that really awkward sociophobic prof that can quote the Restatement backward and forward, that you just know lays awake at night wondering why with all they know and all they've accomplished, they still can't figure out how to get laid.

Or he could be the guy that worships that prof and fantasizes about being him, and then still gets a B- for unoriginal thinking. That would be really funny.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby Renzo » Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:08 am

vanwinkle wrote:
Renzo wrote:Saying things like this just make that B- taste soooo much worse.


I dunno, OP could be that guy that studies 12hr a day, makes LR, graduates top of his class, and becomes that really awkward sociophobic prof that can quote the Restatement backward and forward, that you just know lays awake at night wondering why with all they know and all they've accomplished, they still can't figure out how to get laid.

Or he could be the guy that worships that prof and fantasizes about being him, and then still gets a B- for unoriginal thinking. That would be really funny.

It's always possible he could be that guy, but unlikley. Just like I could be that guy who walks in to the exam, takes the shrinkwrap wrap off his never-read casebook and proceeds to book the exam. Odds are against both of us.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby mbw » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:19 pm

nevermind
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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby ihatelaw » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:20 pm

this entire thread has made me feel self conscious about my 5,500 word civ pro exam.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby prezidentv8 » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:22 pm

Our Civpro exam had an 8 page limit.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby AJaKe » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:24 pm

Y'all are making me think there is something wrong with my classes. Every single exam question has a word limit.

I long for the question where I can actually write down everything I want to say ... articulately and without having to use contractions to save a word.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby superserial » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:29 pm

I was too preoccupied with taking my exam to remember to do a word count. I wish I could contribute to the douchebaggery.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby caoyun » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:21 pm

The exam software my school uses doesn't do a word count, though it does count characters. So for two questions on a three hour Contracts exam today, I had character counts of (approximately) 19500 and 18000. Take that for whatever its worth.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby superserial » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:30 pm

based on my exam software's running character count.. 7,000 - 8,000 words for torts.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby sperry » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:09 pm

Caoyun, the Penn exam soft has word count, you just need to hit the Tools menu at the top.


My contracts exam this morning was miserable. Professor has always used an issue spotter as the large essay question on the past exams, and this year it was instead a weird policy/ hypo hybrid. The hypo part was easy, but I'm sure I did terribly on the policy part.


It's really frustrating too, because I felt like I knew black letter contract law, and we spent virtually no time discussing policy. This came out of nowhere for me and everywhere in the class, and the people who will be rewarded are those that are better at bullshitting. I know you have to expect a curve ball, but it doesn't change the fact that it completely sucks when so much is riding on it.

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Re: How many words (on average) do you write for exam answer?

Postby youpiiz » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:13 pm

my mommy said im the smartest ever.




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