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Are we suppose to be writing each question in essay format (5 paragraphs)? Or does it not matter what format you write in?
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On the AFM site it states;


Written Communication
The ability to read and comprehend, to write well, make appropriate word choices, correctly apply grammar rules, use appropriate sentence structure, organize and express ideas clearly, and develop and support the main idea of the written piece.



To organize your ideas you're going to need to use paragraphs. There will be a main idea you need to develop and support, making it be an essay; whether it is formal or informal.

So your question;

Yes, you should be writing in essay format for more or less. Use paragraphs to support and develop the main idea. You can use 9 paragraphs or 5, as long as you feel that your point was supported well. Unless it actually states: Write a formal 5 paragraph essay, you should feel obligated to structure it however you feel necessary to answer the question.
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The questions state, "write an essay discussing..." or, as it was last year, "write a letter of reference or an essay..."

AdJan nailed it: you should not be focused on the number of paragraphs. Simply answer the question (all parts of the question if there are multiple parts) and write as many as you think it needs (some can do it in 3, others need 8, w/e).

That being said, the 5-paragraph, hamburger-style essay is a safe way for many people to go (and often times they just end up that way). You don't have a ton of time so you're probably not going to go over like 6 unless you're a really fast writer or are able to effectively break up your points and still write concisely.
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@caveman wrote
The questions state, "write an essay discussing..." or, as it was last year, "write a letter of reference or an essay..."

AdJan nailed it: you should not be focused on the number of paragraphs. Simply answer the question (all parts of the question if there are multiple parts) and write as many as you think it needs (some can do it in 3, others need 8, w/e).

That being said, the 5-paragraph, hamburger-style essay is a safe way for many people to go (and often times they just end up that way). You don't have a ton of time so you're probably not going to go over like 6 unless you're a really fast writer or are able to effectively break up your points and still write concisely.



caveman, did you get accepted last year or are currently in the AFM program currently?
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