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    How important is a PS really? Does it have a significant bearing on if you get into the uni of your choice or not.... or is that mainly dependant on your exams results, involvement in school/outside school, etc etc. If you are generally a good student who would make an ideal candidate for the uni in question (this is a general question btw, dosent specifically apply to me...) will they turn you down just because your PS isint brilliant?
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    yes yes and yes
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    well think of it like this..
    theres 5 different people who all are predicted A A A for A-levels :P
    how to you differ them? well personal statement is one way, i think its going to be quite important... why else would they make us write them? o.o..
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    (Original post by sarforaz)
    well think of it like this..
    theres 5 different people who all are predicted A A A for A-levels :P
    how to you differ them? well personal statement is one way, i think its going to be quite important... why else would they make us write them? o.o..
    well the first thing that comes to my mind is to look at what they have done OUTSIDE their academics. Take person X and person Y, they both have AAA. Now X is involved in everything from his local charity to captaining his 1st cricket team at school, now lets say he also write a PS that is far from brilliant. Y on the other hand, hasnt done anything outside hitting the books, now lets say Y write a brilliant PS. It becomes a really toss up on who Unis would go for. Are PS really THE distingusihing thing between two people of comparable academic ability?

    Theres no doubt they are important.. but are they that important that a generally good application would be stopped dead in its tracks?
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    well the first thing that comes to my mind is to look at what they have done OUTSIDE their academics. Take person X and person Y, they both have AAA. Now X is involved in everything from his local charity to captaining his 1st cricket team at school, now lets say he also write a PS that is far from brilliant. Y on the other hand, hasnt done anything outside hitting the books, now lets say Y write a brilliant PS. It becomes a really toss up on who Unis would go for. Are PS really THE distingusihing thing between two people of comparable academic ability?

    Theres no doubt they are important.. but are they that important that a generally good application would be stopped dead in its tracks?
    All they have to go on are your grades (GCSE and AS), your reference and your PS, so yeah, it's a pretty huge part! And the one you have the most control over too.
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    I think it's important to have a PS, as it helps you bring out the person of who you are and why you are interested in the course. In addition, it helps you bring out what you have achieved over the past 2-4 years of schooling. All the other reasons have been mentioned by the people above me.
 
 
 
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