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    Hi,
    last year I applied via UCAS to several different uni's with my personal statement.

    This year I want to apply(for clearing)using a personal statement that heavily borrows from my old one, will this be seen as plagiarism since I'm using a different UCAS account I just created and not doing it through my school this time?

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    Yes, it will flag up, and even though it's your own work it may cause problems. I'd suggest trying to rephrase everything possible in order to prevent similarities flagging.
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    My thinking on this would be that you can't plagiarise your own work, you'd only be copying your own original piece so it's not as if you are copying someone else's statement. I think you'd be fine.
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    ok, thanks looks like I'll be rewriting everything just to be safe
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    It may flag up your previous personal statement. This may be an issue, as we don't know whether UCAS takes the fact that you wrote it into account before letting the unis that you applied to know that you copied an x amount of your P.S. from another application.

    I wouldn't risk it - take the summer to think about an even better way to start the personal statement off, and how to at least re-phrase or move around the sections that you wanna keep the same. You only get one shot a year at this, so I'd suggest doing it properly.
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    (Original post by Tom_2465)
    Hi,
    last year I applied via UCAS to several different uni's with my personal statement.

    This year I want to apply(for clearing)using a personal statement that heavily borrows from my old one, will this be seen as plagiarism since I'm using a different UCAS account I just created and not doing it through my school this time?

    cheers,
    Tom.
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    ok, thanks looks like I'll be rewriting everything just to be safe
    Sorry you've been given such inaccurate and uninformed answrs.

    UCAS plagiarism detection has 2 stages. If the software flags a statement for similarly it is then looked at by a human. If the similarity is to a PS previously submitted by the same applicant then the human will not escalate any further. The PS will not be flagged to universities as plagiarised.

    You are fine to reuse parts or all of your own PS.
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    Also FWIW rephrasing would not avoid the detection software. It's programmed to spot similarities INCLUDING rephrased content.
 
 
 

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