You may have just started writing your UCAS Personal Statement – or maybe you’re almost done. Either way, you need to review. Here’s a checklist to tick off all the important bits.

Nail the intro [ . ]

The introduction’s your opener, so make sure it stands out. Read it in isolation from everything else and see if it gives you a good summary of you as a person, as well as your motivations for studying your course.

Check the structure [ . ]

Make sure it flows well. Use a clear, linear structure that groups together relevant ideas. Go by the mantra of one idea per paragraph, and write in plain English.

Compare to course requirements [ . ]

It’s important that you make your UCAS Personal Statement laser-focused on the course and subject area you want to study. Look at university course pages to see what kind of person they’re looking for.

Read it aloud [ . ]

Read your personal statement loud in a quiet space. You’ll definitely find better ways to phrase certain sentences. Cut out anything irrelevant that you wouldn’t be comfortable discussing in person.

Read out loud, or to your animal pals.

Make it a personal statement [ . ]

Make it a truly personal statement. If you haven’t added in info about you and why courses/subjects are important to you, get it added in.

Get it reviewed [ . ]

Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can spot things you may have missed. Ask a friend, teacher or family member to do a quick proof read.

4000 characters or less [ . ]

UCAS only allows you to submit 4000 characters or less. If it’s over that limit, edit it down by removing anything not relevant!

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