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  1. solid snake

    solid snake Senior Member
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    Hey guys,

    Should we use all 5300 characters on our PS?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Jadeite

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    On the technical side of the answer to that problem, I *COULDN'T* use all 5300, because it would change all the " ' " to "?" and cut off the last line. When I made it 5250, it was fine. Make sure when you save it, it's still in a good formatt.

    As for the literary merits of hitting that point, I don't know for sure (Being that my writing skills are only at the "P" level), but if you really have 5300 characters of things to say, I'd go for it, but definitely don't add fluff, and don't repeat yourself.

    Jade~
     
  3. SolidGold

    SolidGold Florida winters are the best!
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    I got up to 5299 when all was said and done.
     
  4. PrincessCKNY

    PrincessCKNY Crown Royal Member
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    5300 characters is just a maximum limit. Anything below that is fine. They just don't want to have to read novels about how applicants want to help people. Honestly, there is not going to be a number below your PS that says how many characters it is, or else it would have shown up in your print-out.

    Mine was 5247 characters, but I cut that down considerably from my first draft that was two pages long!
     
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  5. saimabean5

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    I just finished the fourth draft of my essay and i edited so much that im down to about 2000! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Is that too short? I'll probably add a bit more but i doubt ill even get to 5000.
     
  6. PersephoneInSneakers

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by saimabean5:
    <strong>I just finished the fourth draft of my essay and i edited so much that im down to about 2000! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Is that too short? I'll probably add a bit more but i doubt ill even get to 5000.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I was panicking because my cleanest draft was hovering around the high four-thousands, 4700, 4800...Saima, I might try to lengthen it a bit from 2000 if I were you, but if short and sweet is your style, I doubt that's a problem. I actually think it's better to be short than too long (not that my posts would necessarily reflect that <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ), you want to get your main point across and not get lost in excessive detail, after all...and I think they appreciate an essay that says what it wants to say simply, without rambling and babbling...but you also don't want it to be so short that it looks like you don't have that much to say. My friend who's in told me that "every word should have a purpose," and I'm trying to stick to that. I'd say, think about whether there's anything you'd like to talk about that you didn't add to the essay, but if it's not coming naturally or sounds/feels forced, it's better to leave it out. Just my two cents. Good luck! :)
     
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  7. Luv Nietzsche

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    Please remember paragraphs counts at least 2 spaces. I think the length (2000-3000) doesn't really matter, as long as the essay has the substance.
     
  8. laviddee

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    i just don't see why when i paste it , it says 5300 characters. and then when i hit finish- and i go back in- it cuts it off and it's at 5192.

    weird. this happened before to me, but was fixed later and i got my essay to fit. but then i make one change.. try to paste it back in there from notepad and this happens again.
    weird weird weird.
    oh well.. good luck to you all
    dave
     
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  9. Jadeite

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by laviddee:
    <strong>i just don't see why when i paste it , it says 5300 characters. and then when i hit finish- and i go back in- it cuts it off and it's at 5192.

    weird. this happened before to me, but was fixed later and i got my essay to fit. but then i make one change.. try to paste it back in there from notepad and this happens again.
    weird weird weird.
    oh well.. good luck to you all
    dave</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That's the same thing that happened to me. Watch your apostrophies (damn spelling!) to make sure they aren't changed. You'll just have to cut it down until it doesn't do that anymore. I wonder if this is a browser problem since it didn't happent to everyone? I tried it on (MAC) Netscape 4.75 & 6.2 and Explorer 5.1. (Which is pretty much all I have.)

    Jade~
     

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