My graduate school application says "approximately 800 words" for my personal statement. How many words over 800 would you consider acceptable?

My graduate school application says “approximately 800 words” for my personal statement. How many words over 800 would you consider acceptable?

I find this question a little frustrating to be honest with you.

If you can’t keep it close to 800 words and NOT OVER this for me means:

  • You can’t follow simple instructions
  • You talk too much
  • You have an inflated sense of the additional value that your addition 100-200 words will bring

IMHO just stick to the limit.

If you will ignore this than 10% over is ok.

80 words? Is it really worth it?