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Do you get penalised if you write more than the word count? I’ve just received my essay grade and feedback and my tutor stated that I have gone over the word count by 10% but the only way that could happen is if they have included the reference list. The word limit was 2500 and without my reference list I have written 2657 and with the reference list it is 2833. We are allowed to write 10% under and over the 2500. I’m just wondering if it’s possible that I’ve lost marks because of this.
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Yes.

In my institution we are especially harsh. You have a 49 word buffer. As soon as you hit a round 50 over, you begin to lose marks.

We include footnotes and reference list in the wordcount, too. Other depts do or don't, it depends.

All of this should have been on your assessment sheet or in the handbook.
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Yes.

In my institution we are especially harsh. You have a 49 word buffer. As soon as you hit a round 50 over, you begin to lose marks.

We include footnotes and reference list in the wordcount, too. Other depts do or don't, it depends.

All of this should have been on your assessment sheet or in the handbook
He’s not separated my reference list from the actual essay. I wrote a word count under the essay too stating how many works are in the main body of the essay. I don’t want to lose marks for going over the word count when I haven’t
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He’s not separated my reference list from the actual essay. I wrote a word count under the essay too stating how many works are in the main body of the essay. I don’t want to lose marks for going over the word count when I haven’t
Doesn't matter. They might include the ref list like we do. We'd also include the words used to say 'word count:'

Specific rules should be in the handbook
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Doesn't matter. They might include the ref list like we do. We'd also include the words used to say 'word count:'

Specific rules should be in the handbook
They don’t include the reference list at my institution. I can’t find anything that states what happens if you go I’ve the word count
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They don’t include the reference list at my institution. I can’t find anything that states what happens if you go I’ve the word count
Then email the relevant marker and ask them to clarify.
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At my uni if you go over or under the 10% you get penalised. "You are required to enter the word count of your work here. Word counts are set for a reason. Assignments submitted below the word limit are unlikely to contain the academic breadth and depth required. Those submitted over the word limit indicate an absence of important editing and synthesising skills. For that reason, penalties apply if word limits are not adhered to. The word count DOES NOT include the bibliography or citations/references in the text (Harvard Style referencing) or in footnotes or endnotes (Chicago Style referencing). ANY OTHER INFORMATION INCLUDED IN A FOOTNOTE OR ENDNOTE OTHER THAN A REFERENCE OR CITATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE WORD COUNT."
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At my uni if you go over or under the 10% you get penalised. "You are required to enter the word count of your work here. Word counts are set for a reason. Assignments submitted below the word limit are unlikely to contain the academic breadth and depth required. Those submitted over the word limit indicate an absence of important editing and synthesising skills. For that reason, penalties apply if word limits are not adhered to. The word count DOES NOT include the bibliography or citations/references in the text (Harvard Style referencing) or in footnotes or endnotes (Chicago Style referencing). ANY OTHER INFORMATION INCLUDED IN A FOOTNOTE OR ENDNOTE OTHER THAN A REFERENCE OR CITATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE WORD COUNT."
Without the reference list my word count is 2657, with it is 2833. It’s been marked on turn it in and turn it is showing that it’s 2833 cause it’s counted my reference list too. I think that is what the tutor has looked at. The essay work limit is 2500 but we’re allowed to go 10% under and over that
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Without the reference list my word count is 2657, with it is 2833. It’s been marked on turn it in and turn it is showing that it’s 2833 cause it’s counted my reference list too. I think that is what the tutor has looked at. The essay work limit is 2500 but we’re allowed to go 10% under and over that
We use Harvard
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Depends on the uni and their regulations, my lecturers always go on about not going over the word count but I did for my last assignment and didn't get penalised for it. References aren't included in the word count at my uni but Turnitin tend to include them in the similarity scores.

If you've worked out that you're not 10% over the word limit without the reference list, and references aren't included in the word count, then you should speak to the module leader.
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No because u r allowed to write in the range of 10% more of 2500, and referneces don't count , i am still worried because i forgot to mention my word count in my essay
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Do you get penalised if you write more than the word count? I’ve just received my essay grade and feedback and my tutor stated that I have gone over the word count by 10% but the only way that could happen is if they have included the reference list. The word limit was 2500 and without my reference list I have written 2657 and with the reference list it is 2833. We are allowed to write 10% under and over the 2500. I’m just wondering if it’s possible that I’ve lost marks because of this.
Hiya ChloeChan124,

I've been in a similar situation to you before, and what I would recommend is emailing your tutor to organise a meeting or to discuss how you are feeling over email. It's really hard when you feel you have been penalised for something, or you think your lecturer has made a mistake. The best thing is to tell them your situation and explain your confusion.

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