Q. Is an ABSTRACT page required with APA?


Some writing assignment instructions may indicate that an abstract is required, although most student writing assignments do not require one. Consult with your instructor to clarify assignment requirements if you are uncertain. 

The purpose of an abstract is to provide a reader with a short summary of your written work or research paper.  Generally, it is one paragraph ranging from 150 to 250 words.  A well-written abstract should be:

  • Nonevaluative
  • Coherent and readable
  • Concise
  • Accurate

An abstract begins on its own page and is placed immediately after the cover page and before the text of the paper.

Below is an example of an abstract.

Example of an abstract

View this Quick Lesson from APA Academic Writer for more detailed information about how to write an abstract:


  • Abstract and Keywords

    Learn how to write an abstract and how to select keywords, including how to achieve the appropriate length, content, and format.

    Academic Writer

    © 2020 American Psychological Association.

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