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    Basically, I'm supposed to be turning in a 1650 word essay, my essay is 1722 words and I'm struggling to shorten it without losing marks. The examiners will my essay in paper format so how would they even know I've gone over the limit unless they're counting each individual word?

    usually they count the number of words on a line then see how many lines you've done. To be honest, they wont notice, and it's only 72 words extra, so unless you're required to put a word count on then it wouldn't be too major a problem, but if it's for something important then decide whether it's worth risking it

    I don't think examiners have the time to worry about it to be honest. Most of them will only spend the minimum amount of time on each script (not saying that they do a bad job, by the way) and that time will be spent allocating marks to valid points rather than counting words.

    My dissertation was a whole 2,000 words over the maximum limit (over the +/- 10% I mean) and it was never noticed. I'd be interested to know just how long it would have to be in order for it to be picked up!
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