A 500-word essay is approximately one and a half pages long, based on the use of a 12-point standard font, such as Times New Roman, with double line spacing. Although formatting is an important part of document structure, and specific instructions must be followed, any variation in formatting changes the length of the document.
A larger font creates a longer document, and smaller font creates a shorter document. If formatting requirements include single spacing, the 500-word essay is a one-page document. Cover pages and reference pages are often required in addition to the essay to complete the presentation of the document.