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I'm ready to submit one of my applications to a life science phd program. The personal statement instructions consist of four questions with a length cutoff for each i.e. 200-300 words, 400 max, 300-500, etc. I've written it all and when I copy and paste it into the application form I'm not sure if I should leave it in question and answer format or if I should put it all together into essay format. The form says to make sure the personal statement is a cohesive essay but that part of the instructions is the same for every program and most don't ask specific numbered questions. What format do you think I should submit it in? 

Also, the form allows for a lot of extra room and one of my responses is a bit long. Do you think it's important to trim it down by a few sentences or that maybe they won't notice because form accepts it anyway?

Thanks in advance!

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