Have you ever wondered what exactly X amount of words looks like on a page? A screen?
We’ve all been there.
As professionals, we decide to assign our students X amount of words. Then we stop and think after we type the syllabus, “well, how many pages is that exactly?”
As students, we read the assignment. The teacher wants X amount of words. Great. Well, how many pages is that? How many paragraphs?
What’s even more difficult is if we have to figure out the differences the amount of words creates when typed as compared to being written by hand. At least modern times are different and we don’t have to write X amount of words if we choose not to. Instead, we can get someone else to assist us by writing the paper for us.
Either way, we will still want to know what to look for as for as page and paragraph counts are concerned.
So, how many pages is 500 words? How many paragraphs? Do handwritten word counts take up fewer or more pages when written by hand as opposed to being typed?
What about 1,000 words? 2,000? 5,000?
We are going to explore all of those answers right here in this post.
Let’s begin first with that one thing many of us struggle to master in second grade then usually no longer use after eighth – handwriting.
Figure Before We Learned to Type
Handwriting differs from typed interface. Therefore, the number of pages and paragraph counts will differ for this as opposed to typing. Since most of the situations requiring word counts will use typing instead of handwriting, we will only cover handwriting briefly. Then we will focus the remainder of our post on typing.
Nonetheless, a full breakdown of this topic would be incomplete without exploring this aspect of it as well.
In addition to handwriting differing from typing, it also differs from individual to individual. The difference is vast and could have a huge impact on the results of how many pages and how many paragraphs result for X amount of written words.
Someone with tiny handwriting could double the average number of words on a single page. Another person with huge handwriting could require two pages to fulfill the same word count as what an average writer would fulfill using one page alone.
Therefore, we will be more specific when we get to the typing aspect. But for handwriting, we can generalize and come to some workable conclusions.
For that purpose, we will say the page and paragraph counts that follow are for average size handwrites. We will define average as those who capitalize letters from the top to the bottom of a single line and write lower case letters from the bottom to the middle of the line (or dotted line in most grade school workbooks.)
Average Handwriting Size
It is safe to estimate that one handwritten page is about 250 words. This is the average page size for average handwriting size. Obviously, bigger handwriting can drop as low as 100 words or so whereas smaller writing can get up to about 350 words per page.
To find out how many handwritten pages X number of words is, we use 250 per page as our baseline.
Therefore, if we want to know, “How many pages is 500 words handwritten?” We use 250 as the standard and determine that 500 handwritten words is 2 pages of material.
But more importantly, we will want to focus on typed papers since the majority of assignments will be typed.
To begin, we need to establish (as with handwriting) what we mean by average.
Since the typical formatting requirements indicate 12pt. Times New Roman font (or something similar) we will use that as the guidelines for this post.
Average Size Typing Font
Obviously, if we write in 50pt. font or 8pt. font, the results would differ. But we will use 12pt. Times New Roman as our standard for this post.
Also, it is most common for assignments to be double spaced. This will make a difference in the page counts. For the purpose of this post, we will use double spaced paragraph style as our standard.
So, let’s begin.
The most basic question that will form the foundation for all our other questions is, How Many Pages Is 250 Words? This is the baseline.
To answer this correctly, we must first establish a standard. It is a good idea to set 12pt. Times New Romans double spaced font as the standard since that is customary for most writing assignments.
The result of 250 words using this baseline standard of 12pt. Times New Roman font would be one page in length.
Someone may also want to know how many pages is 300 words. That would end up being one full page and 1/5 of an additional page.
If another student or professional needed to know how many pages is 400 words, the answer would be about a page and a half.
For anyone needing to figure out how many pages is 500 words, we would simply double the baseline. In other words, if we ask, “how many pages is 500 words typed?” we again use 250 per page as our foundation and conclude that 500 double spaced typed words is two pages of content.
Since this is a common word count requirement, you can look at the image below of this 500 word paragraph sample to get a visual.
500 Word Visual Sample
Perhaps, however, an assignment is longer that 500 words and you will want to know how many pages is 600 words. That would end up being two full pages and a little less than half of a third page.
If the assignment is a bit longer, and it is necessary to figure out how many pages is 700 words, the answer would be two full pages and a little more than half of a third page.
Under some circumstances, a student or professional may need to calculate how many pages is 800 words. In that case, the result would be three full pages and 1/5 of another page.
If, however, the assignment required one to know how many pages is 1000 words, the best way to figure this out would be to multiple the baseline of 250 words by four. The result would be four full pages of text.
But some papers are longer than that. Sometimes it is necessary to know how many pages is 1500 words. In that case, the answer would be six full pages.
If the assignment is bigger, it may require one figure out how many pages is 2000 words. The result for those requirements would be eight full pages of content.
Some papers, however, are more than double that size. A few assignments even get up to 5000 words in length. If you need to know how many pages is 5000 words, the answer is 20 complete typed pages of text.
Paragraphs are unique and will differ greatly depending on the writer, the subject, and the context. However, it is possible to estimate the average paragraph to be about 150 words.
With that as our baseline, let’s explore a few different options together.
Perhaps you have a paper that will require you to write 250 words. Now, you need to know how many paragraphs is 250 words. This is a little more difficult to pinpoint accurately, but we can estimate 250 words to be about two paragraphs in length.
Maybe your assignment is longer though and you will need to know how many paragraphs Is 400 words? A good calculation for that number of words would be about three paragraphs.
Since 500 words is a common requirement for many papers, let’s explore that next. If you have a 500-word assignment due and need to figure out how many paragraphs Is 500 Words, you can estimate that to be three and ½ paragraphs.
What if your paper is 600 words? If that’s the case, and you need to know how many paragraphs Is 600 words you can easily get a pretty close estimate by assuming you will need four paragraphs of text to comply with that specification.
In the event that you need to find out how many paragraphs Is 800 Words, you can assume that to be about five and ½ paragraphs.
Sometimes, you may wonder how many paragraphs Is 1000 Words? A paper of that length would be almost (but typically not quite) seven paragraphs. Perhaps 6 and ¾ of another paragraph to be precise.
That’s a pretty close breakdown of what you will need to look for when you have to complete an assignment with a set word count.
4. How Long It Will Take
Once you figure out how many paragraphs X amount of words will be along with how many pages you will need to write, the next thing to factor in is how long it is going to take to write that number of words.
As is the case with the paragraphs, the answer to this question is going to differ depending on the writer, the subject, skills, etc. A combination of all these things will actually make every writing assignment different for every individual.
And someone who writes 100 words in 3 minutes on one topic may need 10 minutes to write 100 words on a different subject.
As a general rule of thumb, however, it is safe to estimate about 30 minutes of writing per 500 words on a topic the writer is already familiar with. This usually isn’t done in less time but could easily take longer depending on the circumstances.
And if the topic is unknown, and even worse – technical, the 500-word assignment could easily turn into a 2-hour project.
The other aspect to factor into timing is the editing process. 500 words may easily be written in 30 minutes, but the average writer should budge 1/3 of the time it takes to write for the editing process.
In other words, 30 minutes of writing usually requires at least 10 minutes of editing. An hour of writing requires at least 20. Etc.
That is for experienced, professional writers with editing software on their computers.
Someone writing for an assignment who doesn’t write daily can average equal time writing and editing. In other words, a 500-word assignment on a topic they know would be two full pages of text divided among three and ½ paragraphs. It would take about 30 minutes to write and 30 minutes to edit. Assuming the student has the ability to write well.
These estimates, however, could easily double for someone writing about a topic (s)he is unfamiliar with and/or if the person has a natural aversion to writing in general. The same 500-word assignment in this case could be one hour of writing then one hour of editing.
Again, it mostly depends on a variety of factors – all of which will contribute greatly to the amount of time it will take any individual to write X amount of words.
5. How to Get Assistance
Figuring out how many pages X number of words and/or how many paragraphs you will have to write to comply with guidelines and specifications can be complicated. Especially if the assignment is handwritten.
But this post should help to fill in the answers and guide us in the right direction.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are professional services available to help you get your paper written and here’s how to get them written FAST.
You can use the help of these professionals to have your paper written for you and delivered according to the specified guidelines (including the right number of pages and paragraphs.) You can even rely on them for your coursework and/or any other types of assignments you have to complete and turn in.
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The Extended Essay (EE) is one of the requirements of the IB Diploma Programme. It provides students with an opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of interest to them. It is written on a freely-chosen topic as long as there is a subject teacher in school, as the candidate must have a subject supervisor.
The IBO recommends that candidates spend approximately 40 hours in total on their extended essays, and if you put it off until that last weekend, your work won't be nearly as good as it can be. Talk to your IB school supervisor, as it is his or her job to set internal school deadlines (i.e. choosing a topic, formulating an outline, rough draft, final draft, etc).
- Firstly, find a topic you're actually interested in, or you'll never work on it.
- Don't stress. After doing all your research 4,000 words is nothing (your first draft could be 6,000-8,000 words). While the Extended Essay has the potential to make you hate your own topic (as many academic assignments do), an interest in the topic can motivate you to pull through in the end.
- Many students are appalled at the sheer number of words that this task requires. But by following the guidelines set out for you, you'll quickly realize how hard pressed you will be to contain your work to the limit.
- Make sure that your focus is somewhat specific, or that you have a specific topic in mind (instead of just a general subject area).
- Example: Your final essay title should be somewhat similar to the style used in the Internal Assessments for the 20th Century World Issues course - specific and focused with some form of cause and effect. Check the official Extended Essay guidelines for more on this - it offers sample essay titles (along with title choosing advice and essay titles to avoid) for each subject area.
- If the above example does not apply to you, perhaps ask your IB Coordinator for examples from students past. Many of them keep a record of every essay, mainly to ensure there is no plagiarism.
- Make sure you stay on top of the work.
- Look over the guidelines and the explanations.
To get a diploma, you need to complete the TOK Essay and the Extended Essay. At best, you can achieve 3 bonus points towards your IB diploma, so don't ignore your schoolwork, as your courses are worth much more. The point matrix is outlined in the "Diploma Points Matrix for the Extended Essay and TOK" grid in the IBO form. You can still get your diploma if you get a "Mediocre" on one and an "Elementary" on another. NOTE: As of May 2010, an 'Elementary' on both TOK and Extended essay is an automatic fail, but you may still pass with an 'Elementary' on either one, just not both. An 'Elementary' on either is a so called 'failing condition' which requires a minimum 28 points rather than the usual 24 to obtain your diploma.
However, you can make a very good essay, provided you allot yourself enough time to write about something you are interested in. The IBO knows that you are between 16 and 18 years old and thus does not require a perfect essay or a groundbreaking new discovery. They just want to see that you can work on and complete a big project.
Picking a Topic
You'll want to write about a topic or subject you're fairly familiar with. For instance, if you've nailed the process of writing labs, do a science investigation. It'll be just like a big lab write-up, and writing the method, materials, qualitative/quantitative observations are all part of the word count, and take up a significant amount of words.
Find out if there are competitions or scholarship opportunities in which you can enter your essay. Why not kill two birds with one stone and head off to university with a scholarship? If you don't win, at least you'll get feedback, something the IBO neglects to give.
Writing a Good Extended Essay
Everyone wants to write a good Extended Essay, but just remember that it's really not as overwhelming as it sounds. Some candidates will find their first drafts are in the 6,000 to 8,000 range, while others will reach about 2800-3500. In fact, keep in mind that 4,000 words is the maximum word count and not where you must get to. While most essays have a word count in the 3,900 range, it is perfectly acceptable to submit an essay that is 3,500 words. While there is no actual minimum word count, you would probably want to write over 3,000 words, since a short essay might imply that the topic was not investigated thoroughly enough. However, some topics - mathematics among them - may require only 2,000 words to fully investigate them.
Keep legible, consistent and accurate notes that include bibliographic information. There's nothing more annoying than browsing through a 1200 page book looking for where that key quotation came from. Cite your sources in a consistent manner (either in MLA or APA format, or some other recognized format). IBO is very strict with plagiarism, so remember that the text has to be your own and do not forget to make references. You will have to sign an IBO form certifying that your EE is your own, and has no unsourced material in it, before they will even read your essay. Failure to submit an Extended Essay will result in no diploma being awarded.
Use the internet to find information but do include books in your research especially if your essay is not on the Sciences. Be skeptical in your use of the internet. Anyone can post anything, so read with a critical eye. Generally, university and academic websites are good sources to refer to. News sources are generally reliable, but be sure to stay away from "gossip" media which often contorts the truth.
Keep in mind that a general guide line used in many schools is 5 sources minimum for the IA in History, so if you are doing a History paper aim to have as close to ten sources as possible if not more for the EE.
Once you have researched your topic, you should spend a lot of time structuring and organizing your essay. Make sure your essay has a clear introduction, research question/focus (i.e. what you will be investigating), body, and conclusion. A poorly organized or unclear essay will hurt the assessment of your essay. You should also spend some time making sure that your 300-word abstract is clear and succinct in summarizing your essay. An unclear abstract will make your essay difficult to understand and will also hurt the assessment of your essay.
Although this is stated in the "General Requirements" for the Extended Essay, I feel it is necessary to repeat: if you are doing a paper in a subject not offered at your school, be very careful, especially if doing your paper in World Religions. You might want to either reconsider your choice of topic, or make sure you have several people with good credibility in that topic reading your paper. If you don't, especially in World Religions, you could end up offending your reader, and I promise you, you do not want to do that.
You can do your extended essay on any topic for which an IB class exists - i.e. something like Islamic History, which only about 100 candidates a year write about. However, you cannot do your extended essay in Theory of Knowledge, most pilot subjects and school-based syllabus subjects (check with your IB coordinator). Bear in mind that getting a good score in your extended essay, combined with your score for your Theory of Knowledge essay, may reward you with up to 3 bonus points. So aim high!
IBO Official Guide
The IBO's official guide to writing the Extended Essay can be found here: http://xmltwo.ibo.org/publications/DP/Group0/d_0_eeyyy_gui_1012_1/html/production-app3.ibo.org/publication/258/part/1/chapter/1.html
The above site is quite useful in perusing tips and hints for writing the essay, in addition to viewing the IBO standards for the essay. Note that the above link is for consideration purposes only.
"three: The Ultimate Student's Guide to Acing the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Zouev - a book full of tips and time savers for IB EE.