On average, however, a 1000-word essay would take 2. How many paragraphs are in a 400 word essay? A 500 word essay is 3 to 4 paragraphs. A 700 word essay is 4 to 5 paragraphs. A 800 word essay is 5 to 6 paragraphs. See Full Answer. 4. How long is a 500 word essay typed? Double space, Times New Roman 12 is pretty much universal, in college anyway. Typed, 500 words is about a page and a half.