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Essay length?

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Essay length?

Post Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:54 pm
I started practicing for the AWA argument section yesterday. I'm slowly getting the hang of it, but I feel like my essays are too short. On average they're 250-300 words in 4 paragraphs. Any thoughts?

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Post Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:55 pm
I don't think it's a myth - I read a study by the Princeton Review that stated length was the most important factor in the AWA score. I totaled about 750 words on my practice AWAs and hit around the same length for my actual AWA. Got a 6.

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Post Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:39 pm
Sadowski wrote:
I started practicing for the AWA argument section yesterday. I'm slowly getting the hang of it, but I feel like my essays are too short. On average they're 250-300 words in 4 paragraphs. Any thoughts?
Officially, it's really all about quality of your writing, not length. However, I've heard a rumor (probably a myth) that the E-rater tends to score lengthier essays higher. I took tihs rumor to heart when I prepped, and aimed for closer to 350 words on the real thing...

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