Using general-purpose multicolumn sets, it was found that separations could be increased by increasing analysis time, either by decreasing flow rate or increasing column length. Several examples are shown illustrating the influence of these system variables. The generation of linear calibration curves over extended molecular weight ranges is discussed. In particular, the desirability of using high molecular weight standards to extend the calibration curve and eliminate extrapolation of the curve is shown. Not using all available gel porosities, i.e., gapped column sets, is shown to be detrimental to the resolution of molecular species. It was found that with the use of sufficiently long column lengths and flow rates, accurate molecular weights of both narrow and broad molecular weight distribution samples are directly calculable from the chromatogram without the need for peak spreading corrections.