Since UCAS is checking for plagiarism, I was wondering how much of the statement, percentage-wise, is allowed to be flagged for plagiarism? I think I've read somewhere that if it's over 10% that it will land in the bin automatically, can someone confirm that? The reason why I'm asking is that I'm using "Grammarly" which has the plagiarism detector feature and according to it, my personal statement is at 2%. I haven't copied anything but since the words that are flagged are mostly idioms, do I have to worry about it? In total, out of 759 words, 19 are flagged. I don't think it's really a problem, since not every word can be original, but for my conscience sake, I needed to ask if I should change the sentence or leave it as it is, as it's not a lot.
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Personal statement plagiarism watch
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- 23-10-2017 08:26
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- 23-10-2017 09:00
I wouldn't worry too much if the statement is genuinely your own work. As long as your personality and your reasons for wanting to study your course shine through, the use of a couple of idioms shouldn't be a problem. If you need more advice or would like some personalised feedback, feel free to try out our Helping Hand statement checker
Good luck with your application!