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    To put it as simply as possible, I applied for university last year for Liberal Arts (History, French + Chinese), received all offers, so my personal statement must have been pretty good. This year, after completing A2s, I'm applying for Chinese Studies only, and thought that I might as well give Oxford a shot. Although most of my personal statement has been changed to orientate it towards Chinese Studies, there is one paragraph that I'm considering keeping the same which was all about my reading various history book surrounding China as I can't see the point in changing it.

    Obviously this would get detected by the UCAS plagiarism filter, so universities would know that I've reused elements of my former PS. Would they - particularly Oxford - frown upon this, taking it as me not having the enthusiasm to write a PS from scratch? I have other commitments going on in my year out and just don't think I have the energy to write an entirely new one.
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    (Original post by elen90)
    To put it as simply as possible, I applied for university last year for Liberal Arts (History, French + Chinese), received all offers, so my personal statement must have been pretty good. This year, after completing A2s, I'm applying for Chinese Studies only, and thought that I might as well give Oxford a shot. Although most of my personal statement has been changed to orientate it towards Chinese Studies, there is one paragraph that I'm considering keeping the same which was all about my reading various history book surrounding China as I can't see the point in changing it.

    Obviously this would get detected by the UCAS plagiarism filter, so universities would know that I've reused elements of my former PS. Would they - particularly Oxford - frown upon this, taking it as me not having the enthusiasm to write a PS from scratch? I have other commitments going on in my year out and just don't think I have the energy to write an entirely new one.
    If your PS flags UCAS's filter then a human will look at the report. If the only matches are to your own PS from previous years then no plagiarism is reported to your universities.
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    If your PS flags UCAS's filter then a human will look at the report. If the only matches are to your own PS from previous years then no plagiarism is reported to your universities.
    Oh right! That's good - when speaking to a professor, he seemed to imply that the university knows about the plagiarism being flagged up regardless. Maybe he just wanted to discourage me from reusing bits.

    Thanks for your help.
 
 
 
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