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TimidPhoenix
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I have pretty much finished and finalised my personal statement. It is under the 4000 character limit but it exceeds the 47 line limit by four lines. My main question is, should I risk leaving out spaces between the paragraphs in my personal statement so that it doesn't exceed the line limit?
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Yes. IMO it's better than taking out actual content of your personal statement so it's what I'm gonna have to do too.
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Leaving out the lines makes it a LOT easier for admissions tutors to read. Often it's just a case of rewording a bit or removing a sentence or two. It usually doesn't take a lot
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(Original post by TimidPhoenix)
I have pretty much finished and finalised my personal statement. It is under the 4000 character limit but it exceeds the 47 line limit by four lines. My main question is, should I risk leaving out spaces between the paragraphs in my personal statement so that it doesn't exceed the line limit?
If I remember correctly, last year UCAS didn't even accept spaces between paragraphs - either that or we were told just to not put them in (i forget). Either way, I left them out and I got in everywhere I applied for.
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(Original post by james652)
If I remember correctly, last year UCAS didn't even accept spaces between paragraphs - either that or we were told just to not put them in (i forget). Either way, I left them out and I got in everywhere I applied for.
You can (and should) place a blank line between your paragraphs.

No university will reject you for not doing this - but you will communicate your points more clearly if you do do this.

A PS is rarely referred to when determining who gets an offer (exceptions for this are in med/healthcare/teacher training courses and LSE).
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It's much better to include valuable content than cutting it out for the sake of aesthetics.
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It's much better to include valuable content than cutting it out for the sake of aesthetics.
All PSs can be cut to fit with line breaks without losing valuable content.

The problem is that applicants think everything is valuable when actually communicating clearly and concisely in a format that makes your points easily understood is much more valuable.

When you've read 30-50 PSs in a day it becomes a hugely welcome sight to open one that isn't full of waffle or pointless content.
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would definitely prioritise content over layout

I had to cut the paragraph breaks outta mine and merge two, still worked :cute:
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