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    I'm confused. Say you want to apply to three universities at postgraduate level, and all three require two academic references, and to be written in slightly different ways, are your academic referees really expected to write for you - between them - six different references? Or do universities not mind if your references are not tailored specifically to each institution?
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    No, but they don't all ask the referee the same questions. Some ask for ratings out of ten, in areas such as originality, some don't.
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    You have 2 options:
    1) Write it to include ALL the information requested
    2)Write it to include the info requested by all universities and contact each uni individually with the information that is specifi to their application process.

    Word of warning, choosing 1) would mean that all your uni choices could potentially see where else you are applying.

    Hope that helps
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    (Original post by ExDeusVenitBritannia)
    You have 2 options:
    1) Write it to include ALL the information requested
    2)Write it to include the info requested by all universities and contact each uni individually with the information that is specifi to their application process.

    Word of warning, choosing 1) would mean that all your uni choices could potentially see where else you are applying.

    Hope that helps
    Hmm, neither of those sounds like a particularly brilliant idea to me, to be honest. 1) will make the referee look as though he didn't know how to read the instructions and/or result in a schizophrenic-sounding reference and 2) will result in a generic reference (plus potentially extra hassle for the referee and the admission tutors involved).

    What's more likely to happen is that your referee writes a reference for you for your first application, saves the file on his computer and then makes a few modifications to it (if necessary) when you need more references, so he won't have to write them from scratch every time or give you a reference that's so general it sounds as though he didn't even know what course you were applying for.

    As for universities being able to see where else you're applying/intending to apply, that in itself isn't really much of an issue. Most of the time postgraduate application forms ask you that anyway. You're not obliged to tell the truth, obviously, but on the other hand there's no real reason why you shouldn't. As far as I can tell the only purpose in that question is that universities use it to try and gauge which other universities are perceived as similarly competent on certain areas by applicants.
 
 
 
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