If you write 750 words, you’ll end up with 3 pages double spaced.
Imagine this scenario. You have to complete your first-ever high school essay. Sure, you may have written love letters and passed notes before, but this is different. Your teacher says you need to include a title page and everything. She’s asking you to complete a research paper about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You’ll need to write the 750-word essay in Times New Roman font. Here’s the question: How many pages do you need to write in total?
To know how many pages you’ll need to complete, you can refer to the chart below. Unless your teacher has requested another font size, we recommend 12-point font because it’s easy to read. Since she’s already requested Times New Roman, you don’t have to choose between Calibri, Verdana, Arial, or any other font. Times New Roman is a standard, easy-to-read option. Next, you’ll need to select your line spacing. We recommend double spacing, as a way to make things easier on the eye. You want your reader to pay attention to the content of your writing, not your formatting.
Since you’ve been given a word count by your teacher, you know that the finished essay will need to be at least 750 words. Using the chart below, you can see that the same number of words may result in a different page count, depending on the line spacing you select. A 750-word essay would result in 1 and 1/2 pages with single spacing and 3 pages with double spacing. So, once you’ve written all about the Montagues and the Capulets, you should expect to have three double spaced pages complete.
Of course, you can imagine that the content of your essay may influence the page count. Let’s say you use lots of big words in your writing, like “star-crossed” and “banishment”. That 750-word essay could end up being longer. By changing the type of font and deviating from standard one-inch margins, you might also be able to manipulate the number of pages. For that reason, we can’t give a definitive answer about how many pages you’ll end up writing.
Here’s the good news: Most word processors, such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs, come with a word counter that allows you to check the word count and character count. This allows you to be precise. Also, if you’re writing an assignment for a teacher, it never hurts to ask for clarification. If a teacher assigns a certain number of pages, be sure to ask her preferred formatting for a typical page in that class. As a good rule of thumb, use this chart to approximate the number of pages you’ll get for a particular amount of words.
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