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# Using a template is plagiarism?

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22 Dec 2009, 09:05
I saw Chineseburn's essay instruction and templates, and I found it very usuful. So I plan to use his template for AWA, but I am suddenly curisous. GMAC claims that any form of plagiarism is not allowed in AWA. Is using the templates plagiarism? What is your view?

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22 Dec 2009, 09:13
kairoshan wrote:
I saw Chineseburn's essay instruction and templates, and I found it very usuful. So I plan to use his template for AWA, but I am suddenly curisous. GMAC claims that any form of plagiarism is not allowed in AWA. Is using the templates plagiarism? What is your view?

Plagiarism is copying someone else's work word for word, and pass it off as if it is your own work. Template is more like a structure, or a formula. As long as you use the formula, but use your own words, it should be okay.
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Re: Using a template is plagiarism? [#permalink]

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22 Feb 2010, 23:56
yeah, i wouldn't consider a template plagiarism

obviously, when you take someone's phrase and even paraphrasing that, it's considered plagiarism. just try to switch up your transition words a bit...

e.g., moreover instead of furthermore, don't use EXACTLY the same structural/transition words as found in any template.
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14 Mar 2010, 21:44
I too am worrying bout the same thing. But then I realize that the chineseburned guide has helped probably hundreds upon hundreds of GMAT takers achieve a 6.0.... the readers are going through so many essays and it is unlikely any wrong is done by using chineseburned's template.

I think his guide is great especially concerning the transitions/focus points etc.

Cheers!

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