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    I was just wondering, if you use a sentence from somebody elses personal statement (for instance on this website) is there anyway they will find out? I'm not talking like 5 sentences, perhaps just one.
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    yep, and the universites will be informed.
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    A sentence will significantly increase the score of your PS as assessed by the plagiarism algorithm UCAS uses. The algorithm compares your PS to the PSs submitted over the last 5 years (or more). The PS is then assessed by a human and if it's a specific sentence the unis you've applied to will be alerted.
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    It's likely to get you caught and your chosen institutions will be informed if found. Even if it didn't, what does it say about your academic integrity that you can't write a single page of A4 without copying other peoples' work? :/
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    ...every so often u will end up with the same sentences...for example " i took part in the young enterprise scheme"./...how can you word that differently...its genuienly the same...not copied...so u can copy some sentences ...and change it around
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    ...every so often u will end up with the same sentences...for example " i took part in the young enterprise scheme"./...how can you word that differently...its genuienly the same...not copied...so u can copy some sentences ...and change it around
    If it was that generic I don't think she'd have to copy it from someone else.
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    This link from the UCAS website tells you everything you need to know:

    http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply...aritydetection

    Bascially, if there's a certain level of identical material detected by the computers, then your statement is checked by UCAS staff. If they deem yuor PS to be sufficiently plagiarised, then your universities are informed. They are the ones who ultimately make the decision as to whether to scrap your application.

    Five lines is a fair bit I must admit, and in this age of heightened competition, admission's tutors will look for any excuse to reject applicants.
 
 
 
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