I’m in the process of filling out my college applications and writing my essays, and I just encountered a problem.
I’ve been using Microsoft Word’s word count feature to help me stay within the 500 word limit set on my essays, but it seems to consider every character sequence separated by spaces as a word (i.e, it includes “I”, “the”, “an”, “a”, and all those in its count). My Dad claims that those don’t count when you’re doingword limits - he says you should only consider words of 4 characters when counting.
Anyone know what the standard is these days? I’ve found a few websites online that say Word’s count is fine, but they’re less than credible. I emailed my guidance counselor, but I doubt she’ll answer over the weekend and I’d like to get everything done by Sunday. All the admissions offices are closed over the weekend.
Any help would be appreciated.