How many pages is 1500 words?

If you’re a copywriter, content writer, student writing essays or thesis statements, perhaps a business professional regularly publishing technical content (or other), understanding the number of pages your content produces is important. This is because you might have a brief to follow and may need to restrict your article to a certain, specific amount of pages. Generally, blog articles or online article ranges from 500 words to 1,500 words+ (unless it's short-form news articles on current events). There is certain criteria that content writers, business writers, creative writers and others should follow. For example, the document line spacing (single or double-spaced) and the font matters (Serif or Sans Serif (Serif fonts feature "feet" little curves at the end of a letter whereas Sans Serif fonts don’t). There's also the font size, referred to as “point” or shortened to “pt", et. 12-point arial font or ten-point font etc. In this piece, we’ll discuss the amount of pages 1500 words should be and the normal boundaries that writers must bear in mind when essay writing a piece of this length.

Jonathan Gillham

What is the General Amount of Pages 1,500 Words Produces?

A 1500-word piece usually consists of around 3 pages of text, single-spaced on an A4 page. 1000-word essays are around 2 pages and a 500-word essay 1 page. If your brief requests double line spacing rather than single spacing design, then your essay topic should be approximately 6 pages of text.

Your margin space also make a difference. The above information relates to using 1-Inch margins, in 12-point font size and using basic Arial font type.  A 12-point font size is the usual average font size.  It's best not to use a larger font size (such as 14-point font) unless genuinely required.  

The above information relates to typed content rather than handwritten content. The latter makes a difference because every person has their own handwriting style. You might have small letter size handwriting or large handwriting. Remember, the type of pen used also impacts the end number of pages. A thicker pen creates larger handwriting, whereas a pen with a very slim nib creates smaller handwriting.

Even in terms of ptanddouble spacing, a handwritten piece will involve more pages, no matter single-spaced handwritten pages or double-spaced handwritten pages. Single-spaced pages will always have more text on them, for obvious reasons.

What Else Impacts The Pages a Piece of 1,500 Words Produces?

If you type text in bold, this also impacts the number of pages that 1500 words produces. Other critical factors that change page count include the following:

  • Titles.
  • Images.
  • Videos.
  • Bullet points.
  • Margin spacing (typical 1-inch margins as standard).
  • Gaps between letters.
  • Single-line spacing.
  • Double spacing format.
  • Excessive spacing.

Font Makes a Difference

We’ve already mentioned fonts. Standard normal fonts such as Arial produces more pages per 1,500 words of text than a font like Calibri or Times New Roman (both slightly reduce the number of pages 1,500 words produces).  If you want something small, but prefer double spacing try double-spaced Calibri body font over double spaced Arial font.  These are all common font styles that are very acceptable.  

Double-Spaced Essay or Single Spacing?

Some bog pieces specify double-spacing or single-spacing when writing a piece of text. For example, a college essay may require double-spaced pages so there’s enough space for your teacher to make comments as it's an academic essay/academic writing, whereas a journalistic piece might require single-spacing with extra space below for commentary.

When writing a book, spacing is usually even smaller – sometimes less than a single space, even 0.5 spaced. This is because of the cost of printing a book. The more words on a page, the less expensive it is to print. A 1,500-word piece in 12pt Arial is around 6 pages of text. A typical single-spaced page article in 12pt Arial is approximately 3 pages. So the line spacing typically halves the number of pages used.

If you handwrite an essay, expect around 6 pages of text using single-spacing. This is because handwriting is usually larger than standard Arial or Times New Roman font in 12 point.

What About Paragraphs For Essays?

To make your writing easier to read, a crucial factor is keeping an eye on your paragraph numbers. Online content usually prefers paragraphs that are brief and to the point and that you use the right paragraph spacing settings. For example, just four lines is sufficient or 5 to 6 sentences. Paragraphs should consists of 150 words, on average.

In terms of a 1,500-word piece in Google Docs or Word, expect to write anything from 7 to 15 paragraphs. Don’t be afraid to split your text into even more paragraphs, as this helps your reader to skim-read your article.

How Many Sentences is 1,500 Words?

Using the above guidelines, a 1,500-word piece should equate to approximately 80 to 100 sentences. Sentences normally contain approximately 20 words but there is no absolute rule, although it’s best to keep your sentences brief!

To help with determining the number of sentences per piece or paragraph, it’s useful to use an online word count tool. OriginalityAI is a premium quality readability tool (in real time) that has other excellent benefits for writers.  It's also a counter tool and one of the best of all online tools.

Not only can OriginalityAI detect the number of sentences per paragraph or piece, but it also assesses character count, plagiarism (a major factor), AI-generated content and provides a readability score. All of the above features are very useful, for students, content writers and business professionals.

Choosing the Right Font for Your 1,500-Word Piece

You might have a brief for your essay, blog, pieces of journalism, blog pieces or other content piece and that brief may specify a certain font to use. However, if you aren’t sure what font to use, then choose a common font such as Times New Roman or Arial.

If you want to produce a document with the optimum amount of pages consisting of 1,500 words of text in Word or Google Docs, we’d recommend Verdana and standard margins. If you compare it to Arial, a single page of Arial equates to 1.1 pages of Verdana. In Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial, the same amount of text will produce 0.9 pages.

Some college students need to produce an essay in a specific page count. You may, therefore, look for a font that produces the greatest amount of pages using the lowest wordcount. In this case, the best font would be Verdana or Arial.

However, if there’s no specified font – use Arial as it’s one of the most recognisable and popular fonts used by students, content writers and business professionals. For a little extra help in finding the perfect font for your piece, this YouTube video might give you the information you’re looking for.

How Long Does a 1500 Word-Essay Take to Write?

This is very personal as every writer is different! Some writers find the words fly off the pages, whereas others need longer to produce medium-length blog entries of around 1,500 words. There’s no rule.

However, if you know your topic inside-out and you’re a fast typist, expect to spend approximately 40 minutes writing up a piece of 1,500 words. Therefore a 5-page essay assignment might take around 40 minutes to an hour (approximate time for the average writer).

Final Words on How Many Pages 1,500 Words of Text Is

There are lots of major formatting factors that affect the number of pages a 1,500-word piece of writing consists of. For example, the line spacing (single or double), the font used (some are larger than others), margin size and whether or not you’re inserting images, videos or bullet points. An extended essay may require more pages, even persuasive essays.  However, we're discussing common essay types.

Breaking up text with headers also affects page numbers and whether or not you handwrite your entire essay or type it on Word or in a Google Doc. As a very basic rule, expect 3 pages for 1,500 words single-spaced in Arial 12pt or 6 pages if double-spaced.  

Jonathan Gillham

Founder / CEO of Originality.AI I have been involved in the SEO and Content Marketing world for over a decade. My career started with a portfolio of content sites, recently I sold 2 content marketing agencies and I am the Co-Founder of, the leading place to buy and sell content websites. Through these experiences I understand what web publishers need when it comes to verifying content is original. I am not For or Against AI content, I think it has a place in everyones content strategy. However, I believe you as the publisher should be the one making the decision on when to use AI content. Our Originality checking tool has been built with serious web publishers in mind!

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