I heard that the trend in US is to "left align" the text in a Word file as it makes it much easier to read (going from one line to next).
Is that the case? I thought I must always "Justify" my SOP to make it look neater.
So, should I "left align" or "justify" my SOP?
Apparently, most academic institutions follow APA guidelines (see below).
"Align the text in the body of your paper flush against the left margin with a ragged right margin. Do not use justified alignment (when the text is equally spread across the width of the page) (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 229).
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. "