My UCAS Personal Statement and plagiarism?

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I've just sent off my UCAS application, and obviously my personal statement, I read about hundred other personal statements before I wrote my own, and I used a lot of phrases they used, nothing copied and pasted, but thinking back, I phrased something as they did. It's made me really paranoid now, I worked so hard on it and I don't want to get accused of plagiarism just because I worded something they did. I do think I will get accused and when will be notified if I have. Additionally, I used various plagiarism checker to see if I've plagiarized and some say it's 100% unique content while others says anything ranging from 95 to 98%. Please help me. I put so much time and effort into writing my PS and I don't want to get 5 out of 5 rejections. Should I just withdraw my application? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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You can look at the UCAS plagiarism checker on you application dashboard on the web app, if there is no plagiarism then it will be blank.
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I've just sent off my UCAS application, and obviously my personal statement, I read about hundred other personal statements before I wrote my own, and I used a lot of phrases they used, nothing copied and pasted, but thinking back, I phrased something as they did. It's made me really paranoid now, I worked so hard on it and I don't want to get accused of plagiarism just because I worded something they did. I do think I will get accused and when will be notified if I have. Additionally, I used various plagiarism checker to see if I've plagiarized and some say it's 100% unique content while others says anything ranging from 95 to 98%. Please help me. I put so much time and effort into writing my PS and I don't want to get 5 out of 5 rejections. Should I just withdraw my application? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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I've just sent off my UCAS application, and obviously my personal statement, I read about hundred other personal statements before I wrote my own, and I used a lot of phrases they used, nothing copied and pasted, but thinking back, I phrased something as they did. It's made me really paranoid now, I worked so hard on it and I don't want to get accused of plagiarism just because I worded something they did. I do think I will get accused and when will be notified if I have. Additionally, I used various plagiarism checker to see if I've plagiarized and some say it's 100% unique content while others says anything ranging from 95 to 98%. Please help me. I put so much time and effort into writing my PS and I don't want to get 5 out of 5 rejections. Should I just withdraw my application? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
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Any help or advice would be appreciated.
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Did you take the advice you have already been given in this thread? What was the result?
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(Original post by Sania9518)
I've just sent off my UCAS application, and obviously my personal statement, I read about hundred other personal statements before I wrote my own, and I used a lot of phrases they used, nothing copied and pasted, but thinking back, I phrased something as they did. It's made me really paranoid now, I worked so hard on it and I don't want to get accused of plagiarism just because I worded something they did. I do think I will get accused and when will be notified if I have. Additionally, I used various plagiarism checker to see if I've plagiarized and some say it's 100% unique content while others says anything ranging from 95 to 98%. Please help me. I put so much time and effort into writing my PS and I don't want to get 5 out of 5 rejections. Should I just withdraw my application? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Hi there.

I believe UCAS has a 30% plagiarism threshold before it's flagged to you and your unis as plagiarism. I think you shouldn't withdraw your application until UCAS do/don't notify you about this.

Good luck.
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Thank you for all your replies. I just hope I don't get an outright rejection because I used similar phrases or words as other applicants. UCAS might flag as plagiarism but there's nothing I can do about it. My application's being processed so it's just a waiting game now.
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I've just sent off my UCAS application, and obviously my personal statement, I read about hundred other personal statements before I wrote my own, and I used a lot of phrases they used, nothing copied and pasted, but thinking back, I phrased something as they did. It's made me really paranoid now, I worked so hard on it and I don't want to get accused of plagiarism just because I worded something they did. I do think I will get accused and when will be notified if I have. Additionally, I used various plagiarism checker to see if I've plagiarized and some say it's 100% unique content while others says anything ranging from 95 to 98%. Please help me. I put so much time and effort into writing my PS and I don't want to get 5 out of 5 rejections. Should I just withdraw my application? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Should I contact UCAS and find out what's going on?
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You can look at the UCAS plagiarism checker on you application dashboard on the web app, if there is no plagiarism then it will be blank.
How can I check if I've plagiarized or not?
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How does UCAS pick up plagiarism??
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How does UCAS pick up plagiarism??
I don't think anyone on here would know. Just be patient and wait for a response from them, I do understand your concerns however your thread has been answered so there's no point in bumping your thread multiple times a day.
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How can I check if I've plagiarized or not?
You can look at the UCAS plagiarism checker on you application dashboard on the web app, if there is no plagiarism then it will be blank.
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