HOW TO COUNT WORDS IN A COMPOSITION/ESSAY


Normally but a burden, words in a sentence, paragraph, page or an essay can be counted by counting word after word. This can be the way to reach out the real number of words per sentence or composition. But there are other simple ways to come to that result.

THE SIMPLE METHOD OF COUNTING WORDS IN A COMPOSITION OR AN ESSAY
Apart from that burden of counting word after word in a sentence, page or composition, one can count and identify the number of words by using other simple methods. For the case of computer, laptops, and other electronic devices, words and characters are counted automatically. However, for the handwriting activities, there is no such automatic calculation, thus making it difficult for larger compositions like essays, assignments and some long letters.

The following are the simple method of counting handwritten words on a paper:
  • Step 1: Count words per each line. To get better results, count the first line, any middle line, and the last line of the page of your composition. For instance, you can get 8 words for first line; 7 words for any middle line; and 8 words for the last line. By estimation, you can assume that each line contain 8 words.
  • Step 2: Count the lines per page. For instance, you can get 22 lines per page.
  • Step 3: Multiply. Take 8 (the total number or words per line) multiply by 22 lines of the whole page. Here you will have the total of 176 words by approximation.
  • Step 4: Because you already know the numbers of words per page, now multiply 176 by the total pages of your composition/essay. For example, your essay may have 6 full pages. That means, your essay will have 1056 words by approximation. This total number is calculated by multiplying 176 words by 6. Even if there may be some half pages, it is still simple to estimate the number of words per page.

For example
Take a look at this sample composition below:


In this composition from Narrative Compositions  in Form Three, may be the first page of your handwritten composition. From computer, this page is automatically 246 words page. But if you assume it as a handwritten, you can have 17 words for the first line; 19 words for the middle line; and 17 words for the other line as indicated. Thus, if you take 17 and multiply it by 23 of lines of that page, you will have 391 words. And this number is big because some lines are short and others are long. But it will have produced the best approximation of your composition.
Generally, this is widely applied method of counting words for most handwritten compositions/essays. It is better to use it especially by students whose subjects include essay questions in their final examinations. By using this method, students can be able to estimate the number words easily and keep up with the examination time instead of awkward counting of word after word.

If you have another way of counting words for handwritten compositions, we can share! Tell me how you count or guide your students to count words on their compositions.

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  3. What if the first line I get 12 words,the middle one I get 10 and the last one I get 9?
    How am I going to estimate?

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    1. If ur first, second and third lines are different e.g 12, 10 and 9
      Just add them and divide by 3 i.e 12+10+9=31/3= approximately 10

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