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    I'm currently at university but I'm going to withdraw and reapply for 2018 entry to somewhere with a better course. Do I need to rewrite my old personal statement or can I just send off the same one I used before??
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    If you re-use your personal statement, despite you yourself writing it, it would pick up on the plagiarism scans.

    It's best to use your PS as a framework, rather than copy it.
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    (Original post by EricAteYou)
    If you re-use your personal statement, despite you yourself writing it, it would pick up on the plagiarism scans.

    It's best to use your PS as a framework, rather than copy it.
    Okay thanks, so it's probably best if I change a few sentences and words around? As long as I can keep the main concepts and certain sentences in.
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    (Original post by KobraaKid)
    Okay thanks, so it's probably best if I change a few sentences and words around? As long as I can keep the main concepts and certain sentences in.
    Ignore EricAteYou. If it's your personal statement it will not flag up for plagiarism - unless someone else has copied it.

    You will need to update your PS to reflect the fact that you're now a year older and more mature, but don't have to rewrite the whole thing unless you want to.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    Ignore EricAteYou. If it's your personal statement it will not flag up for plagiarism - unless someone else has copied it.

    You will need to update your PS to reflect the fact that you're now a year older and more mature, but don't have to rewrite the whole thing unless you want to.
    Yeah I spoke to someone at my uni and they basically said the same thing, apparently UCAS knows you've applied before so it's fine with it being generally the same.

    I'll definitely update it a bit as well. Thanks
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    UCAS has a dedicated plagiarism team. This team does everything manually so if they see that someone with a same or similar name has applied previously for the same course with similar/identical personal details, they will mark this as the same person. In the unlikely event that you managed to slip through the system (eg changing gender marker and name without ticking the trans box both times), you could notify your chosen university and UCAS to explain the situation and provide proof of identity, meaning your university would ignore the (self-)plagiarism notice. Hope that helps!

    tl;dr you might to change your PS or aspects of it, but it isn't necessary with regards to the plagiarism recognition process
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    Seems to be some conflicting responses on here, but I'm in the same situation. Is it alright to use basically the same statement, with one or two things added/changed, if applying for a course you applied for previously, with the same name etc? If someone from UCAS could answer that'd be great.
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    I called UCAS up and they said that when you reapply you get a new student id number but once it processes, it goes back to your old one so the system knows you applied to uni before. Then she said you can use the same personal statement as before because they know you applied before and didn't just copy some random personal statement.
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    Great, thanks
 
 
 
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