As an example, a 3–4 page double-spaced paper is 750–1000 words, while a 7–page double–spaced paper is 1750 words. Assignments sometimes specify the length of a research paper or essay in words rather than pages—a paper of 750–1000 words or a paper of 1500–1750 words. Often, the word count is given as a range instead of exactly, such as "about 1000 words." This means you should write between about 1,000 and 1,050 words.
You can usually tell how many words are on a page by counting the number of lines above the page number (or insertion point) at the top of the page. For example, if there are 20 lines, then the page is 10 lines long. The number of words per page is usually listed in the margins or on a cover sheet attached to the front of the paper. If there is no word count, ask your professor if they want you to assume a word count of around 500 words per page.
For most assignments, students should try to be as clear and concise as possible. A paper that is too long may not be read by its audience or may contain errors due to typing mistakes. Papers that are too short may not include enough information for their audience to understand the topic.
Many students worry about how to keep their papers consistent throughout.
A single page has 500 words single spaced and 250 words double spaced. Each page has 1,000 single-spaced words and 500 double-spaced words. 1,500 single-spaced words, 750 double-spaced words 2,000 single-spaced words, 1,000 double-spaced words.
Thus, half a page has one-half of 1,500 words or 775 single-spaced words and 375 double-spaced words.
One word per line and no more than two lines per page. The first line should be completely filled with letters, numbers, or both. All other lines should be broken into sentences, but these sentences need not be complete ideas. Any paragraph can be used to introduce a new subject or idea so long as it doesn't extend past the left margin or bottom of the page. A page should be broken after writing 500 words unless there are pages remaining in which case another 500 words may be added.
It's helpful to have a word count app for your phone so you don't spend all day writing and never finish anything. I use Word Counter by Grammarly because it's free and works well with Google Docs.
3,500 single-spaced words and 1,750 double-spaced words 4,000 single-spaced words, 2,000 double-spaced words 4,500 single-spaced words and 2,250 double-spaced words 5,000 single-spaced words, 2,500 double-spaced words.
1,000 words is two single-spaced pages or four double-spaced pages. 1,500 words equals three single-spaced pages or six double-spaced pages. 2,000 words equals four single-spaced pages or eight double-spaced pages.
Page count: 1.4 700 words is 1.4 single-spaced pages or 2.8 double-spaced pages. A word processor can calculate this for you; Microsoft Word says 200 words per page while Google Docs tells us it's 250 words per page.
The length of your essay will depend on how much you write and whether you cite sources. Some scholars write 3-5 pages per hour research essays while others write up to 7 pages per hour. It all depends on your writing style and the amount of work you need to do. In general, though, an hour-long essay should be no more than 6 pages long.
It's very difficult to estimate how long your essay will be because it depends on how much information you find relevant to your topic and what kind of analysis you do of that information. But we can make an estimation based on some basic principles. The most important thing is that you don't go over the page limit. Also, remember to give yourself some time to edit and revise your work before submitting it.