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Went over word limit.. soas penalty?

So I was rushing to submit an essay before midnight and I didn’t have time to check my word count. I assumed it would be under anyway. After submission, I checked and I was about 65 words over maximum word limit, so about 12% over. Does anyone have any experience with this, do they really check.. will I be fine? Should I email my tutor? I am upset as it was a good essay.
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So I was rushing to submit an essay before midnight and I didn’t have time to check my word count. I assumed it would be under anyway. After submission, I checked and I was about 65 words over maximum word limit, so about 12% over. Does anyone have any experience with this, do they really check.. will I be fine? Should I email my tutor? I am upset as it was a good essay.

According to their "Degree regulations, policies and procedures" page (here) the relevant regulation for the current academic year is still the 2019/2020 version of the "Word Count Range and Marking of Over-length Coursework Policy" (here).

It says, at section 3, that "Students must provide an accurate word count on their assignment for all coursework submitted for assessment." Do you not routinely provide a word count with each assignment you submit? Or did you provide a word count, but one which was inaccurate?

For going over the word count by up to 10%, there is no penalty. However section 6 says that excess length of "More than 10% up to and including 20%" will result in a mark reduction of "10 percentage points".

What's I don't know is how strictly they enforce this policy. Personally, I would not draw your tutor's attention to this issue as they might feel obliged to adhere to the policy. In this instance, ignorance may be bliss.

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