Meanwhile, not a few schools require a third type of application document, which is the Question and Answer (Q and A) essay. Although this may take the form of a quasi_PS, the questions require that you answer them in a specific manner. This essay usually ranges from 300 to 600 words, thereby limiting the amount of information that should be included. Nevertheless, Q and A essays belong to an entirely different category and will not be explained here. Instead, in the following useful guide, we will explain everything you need to know in creating your own PS and offer useful suggestions to help you polish your essay further.
There are schools that require an applicant to submit a Statement of Purpose instead of a PS, the thrust of which is to present an applicant's goals in terms of what major to pursue, what research direction to take, and other specific study and career plans, if any. Therefore, in this case, you are required to submit a similar essay but with greater emphasis on your specific study and career plans. Most applicants are confused with the difference between a PS and a Statement of Purpose. This is not to say, however, that a PS cannot be a Statement of Purpose and vice versa, because as you will discover in the next section, these two can actually overlap depending on the outline you have created.