Finally, an admissions officer may simply eyeball a document to make sure that it's the expected length (taking into account smaller fonts or margins).
There are about 600-700 words in a single-spaced page written in 12-point font, so a 500 word essay should be shorter than a page.
‘Compare’ and ‘contrast’ will often feature together in an essay question.
Say what you think and have observed about something.
Please note that these definitions are meant to provide general, rather than exact guidance, and are not a substitute for reading the question carefully.
Get this wrong, and you risk the chance of writing an essay that lacks focus, or is irrelevant.
Numbers: Numbers expressed as numerals (1990, 19,582, 28) count as one word. Or, they may count the number of words in a part of the document and use that information to estimate the total.
For example, they might count the words in the first five lines, divide by five to figure out an average number of words per line, and then multiply the words per line by the total number of lines in the essay.
Your writing should have clarity so that complex procedures or sequences of events can be understood, defining key terms where appropriate, and be substantiated with relevant research.
Demonstrate your understanding of an issue or topic.