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do I follow the 4,000 character rule or 500 words rule? as my personal statement is 6 63 words but in characters its 3,774. on the UCAS personal statement box, it states 4,000 but everyone keeps saying it should be 500 words max.
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Follow the 4,000 character rule
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The golden rule (from UCAS themselves) is that it can contain 4,000 characters or 47 lines (including tabs and paragraph spacing) and it’s whichever comes first. I personally would not use a word document to determine exactly how many characters or lines you have as they don’t take into considering tabs and paragraphs.. Once you’ve started your application you can paste your statement into the UCAS personal statement box (it doesn’t save it as a final piece) and it will tell you exactly how many characters/lines it is and this is how you should do it. If it goes over the limit, your writing will get cut off so definitely stay under it.

I hope this helps!

Here is a link on how to write your personal statement if you haven’t seen it already, good luck. https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/a...onal-statement
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(Original post by S.dsh12)
do I follow the 4,000 character rule or 500 words rule? as my personal statement is 6 63 words but in characters its 3,774. on the UCAS personal statement box, it states 4,000 but everyone keeps saying it should be 500 words max.
There isn't a word count limit, the only limits are 4000 characters and it can't exceed 47 lines in UCAS format. You'll find people might say 500 words as depending on the words you use (how long they are) that might be a general idea of what a personal statement could be. Don't worry about word count as long as your PS doesn't exceed 4000 characters and 47 lines. Have you inputted your PS in UCAS or a word processor to check if it meets criteria? Definitely do this as if you leave lines between paragraphs, each empty line counts as 2 characters as well as a line as far as I remember also word or Google docs don't really format lines the same as UCAS so you can't accurately tell how many lines you use.

I found studential to be very accurate with how UCAS format, I used it for my Medicine PS last year which ended up being 47 lines and 3999 characters.

https://www.studential.com/applying/...length-checker
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Now that you mention it, I also used studential too and agree with it being the same as UCAS count
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thank you!
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