8 junio, 2024

Page: how much is it, characteristics, other formats

A pastern It is a sheet of paper widely used to carry out written works that require a specific extension, such as an essay, a biography or a thesis. Traditionally it had the measurements 157.5 mm x 215 mm.

However, the dimensions of an original page were no longer used after the approval of the ISO 216 standard. However, the word continues to be used out of habit to refer to the new A5 format, which has new measurements.

The texts developed within a page are characterized by the use of a letter with a size of twelve points. The term «pageant» has its origin in the fact that the sheet that receives the name is extracted from a quarter of a sheet of paper, which in turn is made up of a measure of two pages.


How much is a quarter?

ISO standard

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the measurements of a sheet of paper (157.5 mm x 215 mm) are no longer used frequently, but the term is still used out of habit. The change was produced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In accordance with the above, currently the format that is called a sheet is A5, whose measurements are 14.8 cm wide by 21 cm high. These dimensions correspond to what is commonly called letter-size sheet and whose use is widespread worldwide.

To make it clearer, it is necessary to add that a folio has a measurement of 215 mm x 315 mm and that previously it was the most used format in European countries. Then international standards fixed the A4 size (210 mm x 297 mm).

Characteristics of the pasterns

The use of a sheet is common within academic assignments, and these are generally done on a computer. The sheet covers almost a page of a letter-type sheet. The following are the characteristics that this type of sheet must have:


The margins of a pastern comply with the following measurements: the upper and lower ones must not be less than 2.5 cm, but they cannot exceed 3 cm. While the right and left are a minimum of 2 cm and do not exceed 2.5 cm.


The works that are carried out on a page generally contain approximately 20 to 25 lines or lines. These in turn must be separated from each other by a distance of space and a half or double space.


A page has between 200 and 250 words. The characters can add up to 1700, which include words, numbers and punctuation marks.


When the development of the sheet is on the computer, the type of letter that is usually used is known as Times New Roman, with a size of 12 points. It is important to note that these characteristics of a sheet are only referential.

The foregoing is due to the fact that they may undergo modifications or changes according to the academic area, the usefulness and the knowledge that is applied. Also, these traits may be slightly different in some territories.

Two pages

Two pages are developed on two pages of a letter size sheet. The margins and the type of letter do not vary with respect to those of a sheet of paper. Instead the lines and characters are multiplied.

Two pages are made up of approximately between 400 and 500 words. On the other hand, the lines double those of a page, that is, they are made up of between 40 and 50 lines.

three pages

Three pages are represented by the same margins of one page, this means that the upper and lower ones oscillate between 2.5 and 3 cm, while the right and left are in a range between 2 and 2.5 cm.

However, the lines of three pages are made up of approximately between 60 and 75 lines. Therefore, the number of words can have a minimum of 600 and a maximum of 750. Finally, the three pages cover three pages of letter-size paper.

four pages

Four pages correspond to two sheets and four letter-type pages. Its margins and typography are the same as those of a sheet of paper. A Times New Roman font size 12 is used, while the margins of the sheet are between 2.5 and 3 cm at the bottom and top, the right and left between 2 and 2.5 cm.

The development of a four-page text comprises between 800 and 1000 words, which can be distributed between approximately 80 and 100 lines or lines.

pastern example

Below you can see a chart:

Other paper sheet formats

Although the sheet or A5 is one of the most used formats when carrying out a written work, it is important that other options are known that are also valid:


This format of paper sheets is frequently used worldwide, due to its practical design. The size or dimensions are similar to those of the folio. The measurements of an A4 are: 21 cm wide by 29.7 cm high.


The works that are assigned in the academic field can be carried out within the Legal format, this will depend on the guidelines established by the professor or coordinator of the activity. The measurements of this type of format are wider than those of A4, its dimensions are: 35.6 cm high by 21.6 cm wide.


The legal paper sheet format is frequently used in administrative and legal procedures, whether it is a birth certificate or a certification of grades. Its dimensions are as follows: 22 cm wide by 34 cm high approximately.

Finally, the number of words and the lines or lines that the previously described paper sheet formats may have are subject to a certain extent to the margins applied to them. In many cases, the left, upper and lower margins are adjusted between 3 and 4 cm, while the right margin is usually left at 2.5 cm.


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