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How many characters did you all have for your personal statement for AMCAS?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by LovetoBE MD, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. LovetoBE MD

    LovetoBE MD Junior Member

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    Just wondering how many characters people ended up with on their personal statement? I think that I had around 4700, and I know the limit was 5300. Should I have had more? What did everyone else have?
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Barton

    Barton Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Minneapolis, MN
  4. kutastha

    kutastha 2K Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    4738 - it's not quantity, but quality.

    Andrew
     
  5. MorningLight2100

    MorningLight2100 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    5300!!! Don't judge by me, though; I am notorious for writing essays that require "paring down," rather than "beefing up."
     
  6. Resident Alien

    Resident Alien What? 7+ Year Member

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    i had around 4700 too, maybe a bit more.
     
  7. Does it really matter?
    As long as you don't ramble use all 5300 if you can't think of enough things to say then you've probably said enough and 2000 could be enough. It's all relative.
     
  8. jasmine

    jasmine Member 7+ Year Member

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    I was literally shaving off spaces by the time I submitted. I discovered though that the AMCAS application kept on cutting off characters, so instead of 5300 characters I could only enter somewhere around 5230. That was a major pain.

    I agree that the ability to communicate concisely is valuable. If you said what you need to at 4700 then don't be gratuitously adding more stuff.
     
  9. cm7b5

    cm7b5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    5200 +/- 50
     
  10. Szkwicz

    Szkwicz Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    5300 exactly...by luck too.
    I was pretty shocked.
    I'm hoping maybe it was a sign that I'll get in or something.
     
  11. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I had 5300 +/- 5. I too wrote a great statement (in fact I took an English class and that was our first assignment :)) But I ended up having to cut like 100 chars out of it. What a pain!

    Just my two pennies.
     
  12. Dylann FMD

    Dylann FMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I can't remember the exact number, but I had at least 1000 characters to spare on that essay, and at least 500 on the other. I thought of it this way: I could add another 1000 characters of useless verbage and such, but adcomms rarely have time to read the whole essay, so they would probably pick out the 1/5th of my essay that was just space, and then I wouldn't have a chance. Just my opinion, and my plan seems to be working thus far.
     
  13. aisha

    aisha Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Sep 27, 2001
    Irvine, CA
    ~5300
     
  14. ewells

    ewells Big Daddy 7+ Year Member

    I changed "months" to "weeks" in one paragraph just to make it under the limit.
     
  15. Sarena

    Sarena Member 7+ Year Member

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    5300. I always have plenty to say. Just ask my boyfriend.
     

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