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Common App Introduces New Word Counts for 2013-2014

In addition to new essay prompts, the Common Application this year has introduced new word count maximums for its personal statement essay.

Up from the previous word count of 500 words, the new essay will require a 250-word minimum and 650-word maximum, and they promise to be enforced strictly.

Writes College View’s Lisa Mader:

“Essays now carry a 250-word minimum and a 650-word maximum, an increase of 500 from last year. Additionally, where in the past students would aim for somewhere around 500 words, the 650-word maximum is now enforced. The essay box will keep a running tally and cut off at the maximum. As a result, word choice and concision will be essential.”

Have you started your personal statement for your applications due in Fall 2013? The new prompts will go into effect in August. Check out the prompts.

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