I know that since SOP is a formal letter, abbreviated words cannot be used. But can I use commonly used abbreviated words such as GPA, COVID-19, BSc, USA directly in my SOP? It seems that writing the full term every time will take a lot of words. Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    The general guidelines for use of abbreviations should apply, see here for example: proofreadingacademy.com/advice/… . Nothing special about the statement of purpose in that respect.
    – Dan Romik
    Commented Aug 16, 2021 at 19:41
  • Thank you for yoour suggestion
    – B.S.
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 3:56

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I doubt that anyone would object to the abbreviations in your example, but use somewhat cautiously. Don't use chat-speak, lol, abbreviations, of course. You are probably writing to people a bit older than you are.

  • Yeah Thank you for your suggestion.....
    – B.S.
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 3:57

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