Although there remains a lack of agreement concerning what the average number of words per page for an academic project, a good rule of thumb is that a double-spaced page using Times New Roman 12 point will require between 250 and 300 words (some authorities suggest 275 words per double-spaced page) and a single-spaced page will require about 400 words. The vast majority of academic projects are double spaced. If you use a great deal of section headings, longer words, lists or graphics, the word count may be significantly lower, but it’s difficult to get more than 300 words on a double-spaced page. Therefore, on average, an 800-word essay will require about two-and-a-half double-spaced pages at 300 words per page and just over three pages for 250 words per page. You can use your word processors word counter by highlighting the text you want counted or by using an online service for this purpose.