Essay Length Guide & Proper Paper Length
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Essay Length is usually given by the instructor. Before you determine, you better read the requirements a rubric if exist. Unless there is no given information about a length restriction, you can follow our rubric.
Before we give specific intervals for an essay length, there are 3 simple questions you should answer.
- What is the format (APA, MLA, etc.) you use?
- How many sources should an essay have?
- What is type of essay (Undergraduate, PHD, etc.)?
1. Format’s effect to the length of an essay
Different formats include different qualifications. For example, when APA format includes abstract, MLA don’t.
Abstract, introduction, conclusion parts are also effective parameters.
However, you should always remember these;
- Cite all outside information. Use your sources to support your ideas.
- Your paragraphs should not be page-long. No one wants to read that!
- Each sentence must be 50 words to 150 words and at least 3 sentences recommended.
- Use 1 source for 1 body paragraph. 3 body paragraphs recommended.
2. Number of sources
Number of sources is critical parameter to determine essay length.
You must use 1 source for 1 body paragraph. Which means that if you are willing to use 3 sources, your body part (without cover page, abstract, introduction, conclusion and references) should be approximately 450 to 900 words.
3. Type of Essay
You should keep in mind that word count starts from the first letter of introduction and finishes with the last word of conclusion. (cover, abstract, References pages are not included to the wordcount)
|High School Essay||350-1000 words|
|College admission essay||200-650 words|
|Graduate school essay||2000-6000+ words|
You can read our article about Academic Writing | How to write an academic paper? Step by step Guide for more…