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How to know word limit for personal statement?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by trying2becomeMD, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. trying2becomeMD

    trying2becomeMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA

    Just trying to work on my personal statement here, but I wanted to know, when you copy and paste, does your essay get truncated if exceed XXX words? How would you know when to stop writing? Is it after you submit that you find excess lines get cut off?

    Also for volunteer/work area, similar question. I am assuming most of you submitted online, and had similar question before... thank you so much for helping this late applicant. (trying not to get discouraged about time frame)
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  3. themedic

    themedic Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I had the same question, so I emailed AACOMAS. They said that the personal statement section is limited to 2000 characters (approx. 325 words). I know this is not a lot of space, but sit tight 'cause most secondary applications require more of a "full blown" personal statement.

    Good Luck!
  4. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I've suggested this before... One thing you can do is keep pressing the "A" button (or any letter of your choice) then find out the limit.... cut and paste in word.... and now you have the character limit....

    AACOMAS last year said that the limit was set at something yet the actual application was less.... What I did was what I described above.... Try it....
  5. rchrest

    rchrest Junior Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Huntington, WV
    I hope I didn't screw my AACOMAS up too bad. When I submitted it on June 2, I was really unaware of the fact that the small personal statement box could hold up to 300+ words, so I reduced my thoughts to about 100 words. Hopefully, they'll pay more attention to the statement on my secondary when I get to send it in! Thoughts/suggestions?
  6. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Don't worry, you'll get your chance in the secondaries.
  7. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Due to the teeny tiny little space provided in the personal statement, i wasnt able to make "multiple" paragraphs or even indent... i even had less than the 325 word limit but i was over the character limit (what bs!)...i hope im not screwed...anyone have the same problem?

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