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Topic - advice please from English teachers?

gingerkate - on 10 Nov 2012
Scenario: very bright young person who is capable of writing extremely good-quality 1750 word essay in an hour, has to write essay for English Lit controlled assessment over a period of 4 hours. Said young person has been told essay should only be approx 2000 words. However, young person is contemplating writing essay of around 3000 words. A bit of googling has suggested that this may well mean marks deducted for going over length, but this dedicated (and extremely logical) young person thinks that the marks gained from the good stuff contained within the extra words are likely to exceed the marks deducted in punishment for going over length.

Young person concerned is extremely reluctant to hack good points out of essay just to fit the word limit.

But ... maybe once the 2000 word limit is reached, the teacher assessing the essay ignores the rest?
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