If you have your docs in Word blown up to 150% on your mega mondo massive monitor, then there’s a problem.
First: You are young. Like, probably younger than 30. Or if older than 30, not by much.
Second: That means you have young eyes.
Third: Young eyes see better. (You just wait. You too will discover what aging does! some day.)
Fourth: Young eyes can deal with 10-point font.
Fifth: Even if older eyes could deal with 10-point font (which sure they can but they don’t want to) you’re not helping yourself to achieve one of the most fundamental objectives of developing your MBA application: To be understood.
Make it easy on your reader. Use a standard font, standard font face, standard size, standard formatting.
If you’re writing your essays and resume with your document all magnified in Word, then that’s a clear sign that the font is too small. Just because you can make it all fit on your screen on your fancy-dancy monitor does not mean that your end reader will have the same experience. Often, the setting that the document writer saved when last viewing their file is the default one that the document reader will be stuck with when they go to open it (happens in some versions of Word and also PDF). Be kind to the recipient of your wonderful work. Use 100%.
And 12-point font.
EssaySnark (and, we’re certain of it, every other adcom person in the world) thanks you.
Also: See here.