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CASPA Personal statement checker

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Check your PA personal statement with our CASPA character counter tool!


Personal statement guidelines and formatting

  • • CASPA personal statements must not exceed 5000 characters.
  • • Characters can include spaces, carriage returns, symbols, numbers and punctuation.
  • • Tabs, italics, multiple spaces and other styling are not allowed in the personal statement.
  • • To delineate paragraphs, type a double return.

Note: If you check your character count in Microsoft Word it might be lower than the character count in CASPA because Word does not count a carriage return (the enter key) as a character. Our counter does count carriage returns to better comply with CASPA.

How to use our CASPA character counter

To use our CASPA character counter, start by typing into the text box above. Additionally, if you are using another source to type out your personal statement, you can copy and paste into our text box above.

As the text gets entered into the text box, you will notice the character count getting updated directly above the text box.

The character count on the top left represents the total characters typed so far out of 5000.

The character count on the top right represents the number of characters remaining.

If you go past the 5000 character limit, the two character counts will turn red. This is an indicator that you need to reduce the length of your personal statement.

When you are done typing in the text box, you can click the green Copy Text button to copy the text inside the text box. You can then paste this into the CASPA website.

Alternatively, if you need to start fresh and delete everything inside the text box, click the red Clear Text button. Warning: only click this button if you are sure you want to delete everything.

Personal Statement FAQ


What is the CASPA personal statement word limit?

CASPA does not follow a word limit, it uses a character limit of 5000 characters. However, 5000 characters roughly translates to about 769 to 1000 words. If you want to check the word count you can do so using the character counter on our home page.

How long should your PA personal statement be?

CASPA has a character limit of 5000 characters. Paste your statement into our counter tool above to check your length.

How many words is 5000 characters?

Accoring to our Characters to Words Converter, 5000 characters is equal to an estimated 769 to 1000 words. Keep in mind that this estimate also includes spaces, periods etc.

Is the CASPA personal statement character limit with or without spaces?

It includes spaces. Also, spaces can include carriage returns (the enter key). However, tabs are not allowed. Keep in mind, Microsoft Word does not count carriage returns as a character and will give you a different character count than CASPA. Please use ours, as it will better comply with CASPA's formatting guidelines.

What is CASPA's personal statement prompt?

"Write a brief statement expressing why you are interested in being a Physician Assistant."

Resources if you get stuck

Go to The PA Platform for tips and assistance on writing your personal statement!




*This character counting tool is not affiliated with CASPA

*No personal statements are sent to the hosting server


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