Personal statement - is it 4000 characters including spaces?

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As the title says.... is it?
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Yes
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Would recommend this site for character checking:

https://adrianiainlam.tk/ucas/
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Yes it is...don’t get too close to the limit though, mine was 3,999 characters with spaces and UCAS didn’t accept it, so I had to edit it last minute
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It is but you should pay more attention to the line limit (47 lines). A well presented, readable PS is actually more like 3,200 to 3,500 characters as you use characters in leaving blank lines between your paragraphs.
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(Original post by awkwardpenguin22)
mine was 3,999 characters with spaces and UCAS didn’t accept it
The character limit also includes paragraph breaks, so it could have been that? There's a limit of 47 lines as well.
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Yes it is...don’t get too close to the limit though, mine was 3,999 characters with spaces and UCAS didn’t accept it, so I had to edit it last minute
Why wouldn't they accept it? They have a limit of 4000.

I'm already really close and have my conclusion still to write. I guess I'm going to have to do some condensing
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(Original post by ksurdy2307)
The character limit also includes paragraph breaks, so it could have been that? There's a limit of 47 lines as well.
It was 46 lines including paragraph breaks
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Why wouldn't they accept it? They have a limit of 4000.

I'm already really close and have my conclusion still to write. I guess I'm going to have to do some condensing
Because most people reach the line limit before they reach their character count limit
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Because most people reach the line limit before they reach their character count limit
Oh right, thanks.
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Aim for 3,600 characters including spaces. Any more that that and you’ll be into “wall of text” territory and make it very difficult for readers to pick up your most important points.
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Oh and DO NOT post your PS onto some random website with no privacy information or gdpr declarations. UCAS apply has a preview function that will show you your character and line count. Use that.
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Oh and DO NOT post your PS onto some random website with no privacy information or gdpr declarations. UCAS apply has a preview function that will show you your character and line count. Use that.
Oh crap, I just checked my PS on the website that a person gave me a link to in this thread.
Thanks for your advice tho, I will deffo check it out.
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Aim for 3,600 characters including spaces. Any more that that and you’ll be into “wall of text” territory and make it very difficult for readers to pick up your most important points.
Thanks for your advice! I'll try and reduce it as much as possible!
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Oh crap, I just checked my PS on the website that a person gave me a link to in this thread.
Thanks for your advice tho, I will deffo check it out.
The website I sent you should be fine as they atleast claim that the process of checking the text is done on your own machine rather than being sent to a foreign server. They could be lying but I used one this year and last year and have had no problems.
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The website I sent you should be fine as they atleast claim that the process of checking the text is done on your own machine rather than being sent to a foreign server. They could be lying but I used one this year and last year and have had no problems.
That link requires you to post your PS online, the very thing you have been warned against.
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The website I sent you should be fine as they atleast claim that the process of checking the text is done on your own machine rather than being sent to a foreign server. They could be lying but I used one this year and last year and have had no problems.
Why not just use UCAS Apply? Your PS is secure then and you know how it looks on UCAS.
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