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    The title says It all. I currently have 2400 characters. In size 12 font I have almost filled up a full page on Microsoft word. I think I remember teachers saying one page is better because they have to read so many... and thus keeping it brief can help and reduce waffling.
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    I think mine was about 3500 characters/40 lines
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    Very close to 4k
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    (Original post by James385)
    The title says It all. I currently have 2400 characters. In size 12 font I have almost filled up a full page on Microsoft word. I think I remember teachers saying one page is better because they have to read so many... and thus keeping it brief can help and reduce waffling.
    Application for what?

    UCAS? If so: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...onal-statement
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    I'm sure the admissions tutors won't give you brownie points for saving them half a minute more of reading.

    It's better to have 4000 characters of genuinely good stuff than 2400 characters. And I'd also wager that 2400 characters of good stuff + 1600 characters of guff is better than just 2400 characters of good stuff. Loads of other people will have guff, but you'll stand out for being shorter than everyone else, which will create the impression that you don't have much to say about yourself.

    I could be wrong though.
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    Mine was 3,133. I felt I had covered every aspect that should be of relevance and any additional information just felt like fluff.
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    I recall mine was around 3,950 characters and exactly 47 lines.

    If you're only at 2,400 characters perhaps you can ask yourself whether you are going into enough depth? It could be that you are giving a good breadth of everything but lacking the specifics that admissions tutors may be interested in? For example on my statement I stated that I volunteered with the HART paramedics but found I had extra characters, so I went into more depth about being allowed to use their simulated body to practice cannulation and how that gave me a respect for the job these folks do.

    You have 4,000 characters to really show the admissions tutors who you are, I am sure your life fits into more than 2,400 characters. .
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    So far I have tried to keep it precise without waffling (was told that is good). I can add more stuff no doubt. I guess what spongebob said is really answering what i was wondering... is it better me having a shorter but high quality application... perhaps not... it is likely a safer bet to add some relevant waffle to get it up to 4000.
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    (Original post by James385)
    I guess what spongebob said is really answering what i was wondering...
    Spongebob is never wrong my boy.

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    Mine was 3,400 at 42 lines
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    (Original post by James385)
    The title says It all. I currently have 2400 characters. In size 12 font I have almost filled up a full page on Microsoft word. I think I remember teachers saying one page is better because they have to read so many... and thus keeping it brief can help and reduce waffling.
    For a UCAS PS 3,400-3,600 characters with paragraphs will hit the line deadline (and from the point of view of someone who reads PSs this is preferable to 4,000 characters of barely formatted wall of text).
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    For a UCAS PS 3,400-3,600 characters with paragraphs will hit the line deadline (and from the point of view of someone who reads PSs this is preferable to 4,000 characters of barely formatted wall of text).
    Oh ok so it's characters (with spaces) on microsoft word instead of characters (no spaces). That makes things easier.
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    (Original post by James385)
    The title says It all. I currently have 2400 characters. In size 12 font I have almost filled up a full page on Microsoft word. I think I remember teachers saying one page is better because they have to read so many... and thus keeping it brief can help and reduce waffling.
    Size 12 font and it being a paragraph on word are irrelevant (assuming you are talking about a UCAS statement). When you upload it you'll have to copy it into the UCAS editor so size and length elsewhere become irrelevant.

    It's also worth mentioning that unless things changed in the last year, UCAS does not have anything like tabbing. If you want paragraphs you need to use line breaks. Naturally this eats up your line count. You may end up with 40 lines of actual content because you hit the character count sooner and you need to include some formatting. Also be aware that character and line counts are different between Word and UCAS. Copy and paste it in regularly to see how you are doing.
 
 
 
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