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Length of PhD application writing samples

Hi guys,

With applications for English PhD programs, when they say they want a 20-25 page writing sample, they mean 20-25 double-spaced pages, right?  I was assuming that the whole time, but then just had the urge to confirm with all of you...



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Aug. 30th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
It's standard MLA format, so you should go with 1" margins all around, size 12 Times New Roman font, and double-spacing throughout.

When it comes to your statements, it's up to you. I think I did 1 1/2 spaced lines to truncate the length visually while still giving the eyes comfort room for reading.
Aug. 30th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Also, don't worry if your sample ends up being a little under the suggested length (mine was, and it worked out fine). Better to give them a sample that's a couple pages shorter than to pad it.
Sep. 5th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Yep. Quality over length. (It's also fine if it's a few pages longer...as long as the argument merits the length).
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