Does the UCAS personal statement character count include spaces?

Yes. You have a maximum of 47 lines or 4000 characters to work with.

Some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters. You can check that your statement will fit in the area provided by using this handy UCAS Personal Statement Tool.

Dos and don’ts when writing a personal statement:

Do use your best English and check your spelling and grammar are correct.

Do be enthusiastic – if you show your interest in the course, it will help your application.

Do ask people that you trust, like your teacher/adviser or parent/carer to read through what you have written and give you feedback.

Don’t exaggerate – you might be asked about what you have written if you attend an interview with the course provider.

Don’t leave it until the last minute – it's a good idea to give yourself time to think about what you write to make sure you don’t forget anything.

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