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    (Original post by OhNO!)
    Seems like a waste of everyone's time to me. They're going to have to spend their time answering a pointless question, and he'll get an answer which won't change his situation one iota. Worrying about your UCAS application is a problem everyone has, it's not really a problem to be fixed.
    I'm sure the phone call or whatever method he uses to contact them won't take all that long.

    Edit: Actually, strike what I've said, with regards to the above post stating they cannot tell him that piece of information. :yep:
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Yeah I'd have thought so to be honest, you don't meet their academic requirements

    Might be wrong here, but don't Cambridge also send you an extra form to fill in so that they know your module grades from AS as well? I was under the impression they look for a high A in every module.
    Yep. The SAQ.
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    Email them and explain that you believe your prediction was wrong.
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    (Original post by annab1684)
    I don't know these things but wouldn't the fact that you're effectively only doing Maths and Physics be a bit of an issue?
    He's effectively doing Maths, Further Maths, and Physics.
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    Give it a shot, you never know...

    Good luck!
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    Probably not. I mean Cambridge do preffer A*AA, but they will most likely invite you for an interview and see what happens from there. If you mentioned something on your SAQ about that B discrepancy then it should be fine.

    If you do well at interview they may give you a conditional of A*AA.

    Hope all goes well.
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    (Original post by Monforzh)
    Probably not. I mean Cambridge do preffer A*AA, but they will most likely invite you for an interview and see what happens from there. If you mentioned something on your SAQ about that B discrepancy then it should be fine.

    If you do well at interview they may give you a conditional of A*AA.

    Hope all goes well.
    I still havent sent my SAQ off (it practically only needs the photo). can you suggest something suitable to say? I am at a loss as of how I can justify this claim with a professional and an AS grade which says otherwise
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    (Original post by jamminjazman)
    I still havent sent my SAQ off (it practically only needs the photo). can you suggest something suitable to say? I am at a loss as of how I can justify this claim with a professional and an AS grade which says otherwise
    Bloody hell. SAQ deadline is tomorrow.

    Just say something simple and honest. Like, "Although I have been predicted a B for my subject, I will undertake and strive to get a mark that is to the best of my abilities." Try not to make too much allusion to the grades, because although grades are everything at the application stage, they are not that imortant at the interview/test stage.

    Cambs is not out to eat you alive, and will most likely give you an interview. They always give waaay more interviews than spaces available.

    If something pops into my head, I will see what I can send to you.

    Hope this helps!
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    Sorry to hijack but is there anybody else who can't log on to their SAQ form right now?
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    (Original post by Monforzh)
    Bloody hell. SAQ deadline is tomorrow.

    Just say something simple and honest. Like, "Although I have been predicted a B for my subject, I will undertake and strive to get a mark that is to the best of my abilities." Try not to make too much allusion to the grades, because although grades are everything at the application stage, they are not that imortant at the interview/test stage.

    Cambs is not out to eat you alive, and will most likely give you an interview. They always give waaay more interviews than spaces available.

    If something pops into my head, I will see what I can send to you.

    Hope this helps!
    Thanks for the suggestion, sounds good.

    ghanglish, i can sign on fine, must just be you
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    Very strange. Maybe they've just rejected me already..lol.

    "No need for the SAQ. We can tell already that we don't like you!"
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    (Original post by ghanglish)
    Very strange. Maybe they've just rejected me already..lol.

    "No need for the SAQ. We can tell already that we don't like you!"
    lol, somehow that wouldn't surprise me....
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    oh wait, let me get my crystal ball out and give Mystic Meg a call.

    But srsly how are we meant to know, just wait, celebrate, or comiserate.
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    (Original post by jamminjazman)
    For my A2 predictions, i have been given an A* in maths, an A in physics, but only a B in further maths. I tried to persuade my further maths teacher to predict me an A but i'd done badly on the AS paper (somehow, i didnt even see there WAS a 12 mark question 7 until after the paper). Anyway, I already applied (to engineering) due to the deadline, but id just like to know out of curiosity. Thanks!
    I don't think your chances are good, to be honest. It wouldn't surprise me if you got an interview, but I think you'd have to do exceptionally well in it to get an offer.

    I suspect from a Cambridge perspective, they'd still expect you to get an A even if you did miss a 12 mark question - it's not a huge amount averaged over 3 papers. That your teacher is only predicting a B doesn't help your cause.
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    I think having a low AS mark on your Further maths - will hurt you more.

    If you haven't got 90% in your modules in AS, it will be pretty hard to get an offer.
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    My school offers further maths, but I haven't done it. I got high A grades in physics, computing and maths (mechanics) at AS level - all averaging over 90%, though only physics technically an "A*"

    I've also got a B in AS ICT, and A in general studies (super useful). I'm doing an AS in further maths this year with my A2 levels - FP1, D1, D2

    What are my chances for engineering? they accommodate for people who haven't done further maths, but I think that's meant to be for people whose schools don't offer it. how badly will this hurt my chances?
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    Right, I'm now slightly regretting my decision to apply for Cambridge, because I joined this site about five minutes after sending off my SAQ and looking at all the other applicants GCSE results has sent me into an absolute frenzy of doubt.

    I've never really been able to get a decisive answer into how much they look at GCSE results. Mine were less than stellar, but I'm fairly confident that my personal statement is good quality, as will be my essay, and I got three A's (two of which I think were well in the right boundary to have been A* - it's supposed to be above 90%, right?) and a B at AS. I'm prediced A*A*A this year.

    Another cause to worry, though, because from what I can see a lot of people are doing four A2's.

    Have I aimed a bit too high, here?

    (Not that a reply will help either way now that I've applied but I want to ask so I know whether to have relative peace of mind or if it's time to start preparing for rejection.)
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    (Original post by sophiasunshine)
    Right, I'm now slightly regretting my decision to apply for Cambridge, because I joined this site about five minutes after sending off my SAQ and looking at all the other applicants GCSE results has sent me into an absolute frenzy of doubt.

    I've never really been able to get a decisive answer into how much they look at GCSE results. Mine were less than stellar, but I'm fairly confident that my personal statement is good quality, as will be my essay, and I got three A's (two of which I think were well in the right boundary to have been A* - it's supposed to be above 90%, right?) and a B at AS. I'm prediced A*A*A this year.

    Another cause to worry, though, because from what I can see a lot of people are doing four A2's.

    Have I aimed a bit too high, here?

    (Not that a reply will help either way now that I've applied but I want to ask so I know whether to have relative peace of mind or if it's time to start preparing for rejection.)
    Cambridge do look at GCSE results, but AS scores are more important. If you got bad results at GCSEs, a good interview can still definately get you an offer (as it does for many people).

    4 A2s is only really an advantage for subjects where Further Maths may be preferred. If you're doing an Arts subject, 3 is fine.
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    (Original post by sophiasunshine)
    Right, I'm now slightly regretting my decision to apply for Cambridge, because I joined this site about five minutes after sending off my SAQ and looking at all the other applicants GCSE results has sent me into an absolute frenzy of doubt.

    I've never really been able to get a decisive answer into how much they look at GCSE results. Mine were less than stellar, but I'm fairly confident that my personal statement is good quality, as will be my essay, and I got three A's (two of which I think were well in the right boundary to have been A* - it's supposed to be above 90%, right?) and a B at AS. I'm prediced A*A*A this year.

    Another cause to worry, though, because from what I can see a lot of people are doing four A2's.

    Have I aimed a bit too high, here?

    (Not that a reply will help either way now that I've applied but I want to ask so I know whether to have relative peace of mind or if it's time to start preparing for rejection.)
    What were GCSE results?
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    (Original post by Sageevan)
    What were GCSE results?

    English - A*
    Art & Design - A*
    English Literature - A
    Religious Studies - A
    Science - A
    Additional Science - B
    Graphic Products - B
    Mathematics - B
    German - C
    ICT - Pass (Equivalent of 2 C's)
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