writing my PS on word now, and doing word count gives the no. of characters with spaces and without spaces, which one is UCAS asking for when they say 5000 characters max on your PS?
its 4000chara is the word limit, or 47 lines, whichever comes first.
copy it into apply and see how over or under you are, it'll tell you.
ucas counts spaces.
Ucas are really bloody strict with the line and character limit aswell, I remember constantly having to re write my Personal statement because it was always a line over, or a few characters over. So annoying!
But as Mtbab said the best thing to do is paste into the form and it'll tell you how many you have done.
feck, darn and *******s, just when i thought mine was perfect GRRRR!!!
copy it into notepad before copying it into Apply - word tends to use curly speech marks and a few other special characters which get removed by UCAS - pasting it through notepad reverts the characters back into ones that UCAS accept.