Is there any flexibility on word limits with Open University TMA’s?

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Kelsey993
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I have my first TMA with the OU due soon and the word limit is 400 but I have 478. I’ve tried asking my tutor if there is any flexibility with how far over or under you can go but I haven’t had a response so hoping someone here might know.
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It varies by every module. Each module team make up their own rules for word limits. I've had modules where there was a hard limit, with marks deducted if you went over. I've had modules with a hard limit where tutors were told to stop reading at the word limit, and mark only on what was written before the limit was reached. I've had modules with a soft limit where you could go up to 10% over the limit before marks were deducted. I've had modules where I was instructed (by the tutor, not an official module team policy) that if I didn't write more than the limit, but less than 10% over the limit, he would deduct points. (I dropped that module, that farce wasn't even the least of my problems with it.)

If you can't contact your tutor, your next port of call should be student services, but in practice people normally head to the forums and hope another tutor will fill in while they're waiting to hear back from student services.

Edited to add: I've ALWAYS found this information clearly written either in the module guide or in the first or last two pages of the TMA, so double check you've read all instructions regarding your TMA. I've never seen any leeway above 10%, certainly.
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(Original post by JollyCynic)
It varies by every module. Each module team make up their own rules for word limits. I've had modules where there was a hard limit, with marks deducted if you went over. I've had modules with a hard limit where tutors were told to stop reading at the word limit, and mark only on what was written before the limit was reached. I've had modules with a soft limit where you could go up to 10% over the limit before marks were deducted. I've had modules where I was instructed (by the tutor, not an official module team policy) that if I didn't write more than the limit, but less than 10% over the limit, he would deduct points. (I dropped that module, that farce wasn't even the least of my problems with it.)

If you can't contact your tutor, your next port of call should be student services, but in practice people normally head to the forums and hope another tutor will fill in while they're waiting to hear back from student services.

Edited to add: I've ALWAYS found this information clearly written either in the module guide or in the first or last two pages of the TMA, so double check you've read all instructions regarding your TMA. I've never seen any leeway above 10%, certainly.
Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to reply. I’m still very new to the OU so you’ve been really helpful!
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hi,
normally the word limit is 5% over or under your word limit.
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