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Explorer II

Simcheck (Turnitin) will not check SOME PDFs

Hi, all - 

I have one student who submits PDFs that Simcheck will not check.  PDFs work for other students, but hers always show as clocking.  I can see and annotate her file - I just can't get a similarity score.  I've tried the "resubmit to Simcheck" button, but nothing happens.  Any ideas?

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Surveyor II

Hi @kmcgrath,

It’s Maryna, Community Manager from Turnitin. I am sorry for taking so much time to get back to you. Did you manage to fix the issue described? 

It sounds like the student is submitting a pdf that SimCheck doesn't support. Can you verify that the file contains text (and not just images) and recreate the file using Adobe? If you still don’t get a report, please raise a support ticket and provide the file you are trying to submit.

You may raise a ticket here 

If you have any other Turnitin-related questions, please visit our new help center: or email us at

Our team will be glad to assist you.

Explorer II

No, I didn't.  The student is now saving her .pages file as a .docx, so we have a workaround, but the pdf (which yes, is text) never did work.