Do I have to use up all of the 4000 characters for my UCAS personal statement?

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Can it be shorter but still good?
Is it not advisable to use up all the space?
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(Original post by Silent0239)
Can it be shorter but still good?
Is it not advisable to use up all the space?
You can go under if you wish. If it’s noticeably under, it’ll look as though you couldn’t be bothered to fill the limit, which isn’t good.

So, if you are going to go under, don’t do it by much.
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Try to use all the space, take the opportunity to say as much as you can (without waffling obvs)
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You can write as little as you like, but to increase your chances of getting in use up EVERY SINGLE character. Having too much to write is much better than not having enough to write, to be honest.

Also make sentences shorter and cut out unnecessary dribble that takes up space. You really want to maximize every sentence and word - biggest bang for your buck.

Good luck!
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There's honestly no reason to make it shorter...
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(Original post by Silent0239)
Can it be shorter but still good?
Is it not advisable to use up all the space?
You don't have to use all 4,000 characters, and bear in mind the UCAS limit of 47 lines. You might have to use a hundred or so characters less than the character limit in order to fit it in the line limit.

But if you're talking about writing less than 3,800 or so, then it's not advisable. Personal statements are short even when they're at their maximum length and there's no reason to make your application less competitive!
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Anywhere between 1000 and 4000 characters. You'll probably hit the line limit first. Don't make it all one paragraph - put an effort into formatting, nobody likes a wall of text.
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Any idea where can I post my PS to get some feedback? I am about to finish my 3rd draft and I wanted to have gotten more feedback before I hand it to the teachers to have a loot at.

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You don't have to use all 4,000 characters, and bear in mind the UCAS limit of 47 lines. You might have to use a hundred or so characters less than the character limit in order to fit it in the line limit.

But if you're talking about writing less than 3,800 or so, then it's not advisable. Personal statements are short even when they're at their maximum length and there's no reason to make your application less competitive!
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Any idea where can I post my PS to get some feedback? I am about to finish my 3rd draft and I wanted to have gotten more feedback before I hand it to the teachers to have a loot at.
TSR has a personal statement review system: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...SR-PS-reviewer. I haven't used it myself so I don't know what quality of feedback you'll get, but it is confidential and apparently all PS reviewers are at least at university.
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you really should be close to it, most ppl struggle to keep within the word/line limit, there's so much to write about
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