Is it bad to go over the word count?
First, we’ll answer the question directly: Schools are not out to reject you for going over a word limit by a small amount. Okay, okay What’s a small amount? you’re asking. However, if you can stay within 10% of the word limit for an essay, you probably are okay.
How many words can you go over in a university essay?
Assignment length requirements are usually given in terms of numbers of words. Unless the lecturer tells you that these limits are strict, it is normally acceptable to be 10% above or below this word limit (so, for example, a 2000 word assignment should be between 18 words).
What happens if you don’t reach the word count?
If you write significantly less than the word count there is a risk that your work will not adequately address the assignment or the learning outcomes. Your work will be assessed on its academic merits and this will be reflected in the mark awarded and the feedback on the piece of work.