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09/04/2019

Does 50% marks of a 1000 word essay mean you have to do 500 words on it?

QUESTION
Does 50% marks of a 1000 word essay mean you have to do 500 words on it?
I’m doing an essay at university and It’s got two questions on the essay it’s 1000 words. The first question is worth 50% the second is worth 40% and you get 10% for references. However the first question you can’t really go into too much detail on it as it’s such a tight subject. However the next question is much simpler and you could write a lot more on it. Just because it’s worth 50% of the essay does that mean I have to write 500 words on it????

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ANSWER
The essay in total can generate 100%. It doesn’t really matter how many words you use in total as long as it doesn’t exceed 1,000 so say what you know without waffle and trying to get to 500 words if you can say it in 400. This could mean that,as the second question can allow you to write more then do so, again avoiding waffle for the sake of achieving 1,000 words. If, however, they stipulate that you use 1,000 words, or thereabouts, then do so but make sure the points you want to cover are done properly irrespective of the number of words in each section. As a former college lecturer I was more concerned with the accurate content of my students’ work than counting how many words were used in each question.