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Table 8 Average step length ratios of the SoP corpora

From: Disciplinary variations in academic promotional writing: the case of statements of purpose

  The Arts Division The Science Division  
Arts Business Social Science Engineering Science Total p value
Step 2-B: Research experience 28.35% (9) 17.21% (11) 25.86% (11) 32.01% (17) 36.30% (20) 29.40% (68) 0.029
Step 2-C: Work experience 16.05% (12) 21.04% (14) 19.37% (10) 22.03% (9) 14.86% (6) 18.99% (51) 0.652
Step 2-E: Other experience 22.68% (13) 20.51% (17) 24.13% (13) 19.43% (8) 18.05% (6) 20.55% (57) 0.884
Step 3-B: Positive gains 15.04% (11) 11.63% (16) 15.64% (9) 10.73% (10) 6.92% (4) 12.54% (50) 0.148
Step 3-D: Disciplinary and research reasons 16.15% (9) 14.86% (7) 28.01% (11) 17.17% (13) 11.19% (15) 17.25% (55) 0.016
  1. Note: The figure Y in X% (Y) refers to how many samples of each corpus contain the specific step