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    UCAS has a similarity flagging system.
    Anything you post online is cached and if you submit your personal statement on here or any other site, people may copy it or your personal statement will then be picked up by the plagiarism software.

    PLEASE DON'T POST IT ON HERE OR ANYWHERE ELSE.

    As an applicant this year myself, it is actually heartbreaking seeing people post their personal statements on here as I know just how much work has probably gone into perfecting it, all for it to be deleted and restarted (to be done by 6pm tomorrow for early applicants!)
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    Do you think my personal statement will have been cached on this site then? http://www.hemingwayapp.com
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    (Original post by iStudent26)
    Do you think my personal statement will have been cached on this site then? http://www.hemingwayapp.com
    you could search for a phrase from your statement on Google....
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    (Original post by the bear)
    you could search for a phrase from your statement on Google....
    Thank you, no results were found so that site should be okay to use. I was mainly worried because I told my friend to try it out earlier!
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    (Original post by iStudent26)
    Do you think my personal statement will have been cached on this site then? http://www.hemingwayapp.com
    That’s an online tool. It doesn’t store the content you paste there.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    That’s an online tool. It doesn’t store the content you paste there.
    stuff like grammarly or other plagarism checkers won't either since they don't store content, email won't either or private domains like that

    Posting on TSR forums (the public ones) absolutely will or on public blogs
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    (Original post by PQ)
    That’s an online tool. It doesn’t store the content you paste there.
    What about google docs or google drive? I save my documents on there for easy access and I shared that link once but since then deleted the file and amended my ps? Will I be in trouble I pasted it here once but was deleted thankfully
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    (Original post by wolto)
    What about google docs or google drive? I save my documents on there for easy access and I shared that link once but since then deleted the file and amended my ps? Will I be in trouble I pasted it here once but was deleted thankfully
    This is a private domain so should again be fine, for example posting your statement in this thread would be an issue
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    (Original post by wolto)
    What about google docs or google drive? I save my documents on there for easy access and I shared that link once but since then deleted the file and amended my ps? Will I be in trouble I pasted it here once but was deleted thankfully
    If you posted it on here and it was cached my Google then I'm afraid it will be detected, even if it was deleted later. Google the first sentence and see what comes up
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    If you posted it on here and it was cached my Google then I'm afraid it will be detected, even if it was deleted later. Google the first sentence and see what comes up
    What does cached mean? Like stored? So only public domains?
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    If you posted it on here and it was cached my Google then I'm afraid it will be detected, even if it was deleted later. Google the first sentence and see what comes up
    If it doesn’t come up on google search will I be safe? Cause I changed few paragraphs and sentences when I was told about it?
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    (Original post by Milky_Way)
    What does cached mean? Like stored? So only public domains?
    I only posted a link to its google docs file so the actual long text wasn’t made public here but stored in google drive
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    (Original post by wolto)
    If it doesn’t come up on google search will I be safe? Cause I changed few paragraphs and sentences when I was told about it?
    No because UCAS checks your PS against other PSs submitted to them. If you have posted your PS, or a link to your PS, on a student orientated site like this one, then it or parts of it, may be manually copied by another applicant even it it was deleted before the Google bots found it, The balloon will go up when UCAS receives the second similar submission and both will be flagged for plagiarism.
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    (Original post by wolto)
    If it doesn’t come up on google search will I be safe? Cause I changed few paragraphs and sentences when I was told about it?
    No

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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    No because UCAS checks your PS against other PSs submitted to them. If you have posted your PS, or a link to your PS, on a student orientated site like this one, then it or parts of it, may be manually copied by another applicant even it it was deleted before the Google bots found it, The balloon will go up when UCAS receives the second similar submission and both will be flagged for plagiarism.
    The link I shared was made read only and I know it can still be copied and pasted but it wasn’t here long and it was taken down by one of the authorities and moved to a secure part

    I have since then changed the statement layout and changed few words as well, will that be fine? I can submit before anyone does I can’t really start over again
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    No

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    I never posted the actual text on here it was only a link which was read only and I’m sure no one got to it before it was taken down by someone here and I deleted and changed the structure of the personal statement
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    No because UCAS checks your PS against other PSs submitted to them. If you have posted your PS, or a link to your PS, on a student orientated site like this one, then it or parts of it, may be manually copied by another applicant even it it was deleted before the Google bots found it, The balloon will go up when UCAS receives the second similar submission and both will be flagged for plagiarism.
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    (Original post by wolto)
    The link I shared was made read only and I know it can still be copied and pasted but it wasn’t here long and it was taken down by one of the authorities and moved to a secure part
    Foreign applicants with weak English who have never been asked to write anything like a personal statement and with no school assistance will nick anything.

    I have since then changed the statement layout and changed few words as well, will that be fine? I can submit before anyone does I can’t really start over again
    The UCAS computer software will not spot the first posting (because it won't know about the second, third or twenty-eighth) but when the second one is posted a UCAS employee will review what the computer finds and manually flag the first posting as plagiarism as well (because UCAS won't know which of you or whether someone else first wrote it)
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    The UCAS computer software will not spot the first posting (because it won't know about the second, third or twenty-eighth) but when the second one is posted a UCAS employee will review what the computer finds and manually flag the first posting as plagiarism as well (because UCAS won't know which of you or whether someone else first wrote it)
    So I basically have to redo the whole statement? Even though it wasn’t online for a min, I can certainly change it with different words and different sentence and it wasn’t my completed ps I’m constantly updating it and changing how I kept words together
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