Font size can also make a big impact on your paper.
Going with a size 72 font will undoubtedly make your paper surpass the required page count, but isn’t the best idea.
For instance, if a teacher were to print out the word “the” in Times New Roman size 12 on a piece of transparency paper, they could then hold it over a word “the” in your essay and confirm whether or not it’s identical.
Probably not going to happen, but it actually has happened to me before.
The spacing between lines is very difficult to measure because although in most fonts the top and bottom edges vary significantly.
In some fonts, there is a common edge except for letters that hang above or below the line, but in fonts that are meant to look more like handwriting, there is not.
It’s somewhat difficult to make demands on essays for students – demanding that they have 500 words, for example, leads to really, really, very, extremely superfluous lists of adjectives and describing words like this sentence to up the word count.
Other teachers use the page count as a metric of completion.
Below is a picture of the word “Hello” printed four times, each at size 12.
The fonts, from left to right, are “Angsana New”, “Calibri”, “Times New Roman”, and “Algerian”.