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    I got a very good reference but how long are they usually?

    This is pretty brief

    I don't expect it to be 3995 or what ever like my PS, but how long are they from a tutor?
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    mine was 1500
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    Mine was about the same, and it doesn't seem to have caused problems. Quality over quantity.
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    mine was just a bit shorter than my PS
    the reference has a limit of 4000 char and 37 lines just like the PS
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    Mine was 677 words, so 3589 characters without spaces...So quite big! But the top two lines explain a little about the school.
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    I've never seen one
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    Short introduction - 2 sentances about GCSEs and how expected to do at A-Level.

    3 Medium length paragraphs about each subject.

    Paragraph about responsibilities in college.

    Finishing parapraph about recommendation for the course.



    That's about it.
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    References have the same limits as a personal statement, and as you can imagine personal statements vary in length - some people use all the space and considerdoingcrazythings to fit it all in whilst others use just over half.

    If it's a reference from a school then it will usually include a bit about the school and what subjects you are doing - particularly if you're doing anything a bit different. So that might make it longer, but it isn't necessarily all about you.

    And a long reference doesn't necessarily equal a good one. "Fred does his homework on time" is better than "Fred does his homework on time, but rarely does any work in school".
 
 
 
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