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    (Original post by Jasey)
    One of my good friends got an A*A*AA offer for classics. Is this (also) Magdalene college by any chance? I've heard they've taken the absolute piss with giving out high offers this year.
    Nope, Pembroke!
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    Hey guys I have a quick question, and hope someone may be able to shed light on it
    Shortly before my exams, my mother very sadly passed away. Inevitably I was in no state to revise nor sit my exams, and missed both of my biology exams. I was on OCR biology, and had done the practical (which is 20%). Last year I got 93% UMS in biology, and in the practical I suppose I should get an A. My exams officer said they will generate me a grade, but without having done either A2 examination unit, I am unsure of the grade I'll receive, and naturally very anxious.

    My teachers seem to think they'll give me an A, but I have no idea how they came to such a conclusion. Does anyone have any knowledge on this? Thanks
    Hope it works out for you.


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    (Original post by Jasey)
    One of my good friends got an A*A*AA offer for classics. Is this (also) Magdalene college by any chance? I've heard they've taken the absolute piss with giving out high offers this year.
    The average number of A*'s is 2.5 for entrants so its not an unreasonable offer.


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    (Original post by Goods)
    The average number of A*'s is 2.5 for entrants so its not an unreasonable offer.


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    Not unreasonable I agree, but for humanities the average will be lower. The 2.5 figure is probably skewed by science students.
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    No, I'd like to be though lol. Do you think I would have higher chances at Oxford, as they haven't mentioned any absolute requirements for further? If I tell them I am self-teaching it this year, do you think they would trust me and give me a chance, or is it too late? I did D1 already and I think I could learn S1 quite easily- I'm just worried about FP1. But I won't bother if there's no chance :/ Do you have an offer?
    Yeah I have an offer. I don't think there's any disparity between Oxf and Cam regarding FM--both much prefer you to do it officially but you still have alright chances without it. I recommend self teaching A2 maths leading up to the summer, because I would have been ****ed in my interview if I hadn't done it the previous year haha. There is a website for people in your exact position for self-teaching FM. You can find lots of info on how they regard FM on the Cambridge Engineering Department's website.

    Don't do M3 before M2, but going over their syllabi before interview is also a good idea.

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    Nope, Pembroke!
    What subject? I think Pembroke are vaguely harsher than average with offers (only think this anecdotally though).
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    (Original post by Goods)
    The average number of A*'s is 2.5 for entrants so its not an unreasonable offer.


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    Not unreasonable I agree, but for humanities the average will be lower. The 2.5 figure is probably skewed by science students.
    Speaking as a humanities student, i didn't say it's ~unreasonable~ but in the type of subjects we do getting the A* is far more unpredictable and hence it's quite harsh considering that the majority of others for the same course would have just had an A*AA offer. I'm confident he'll get even 4A*s but for essay subjects no matter how good you are you can never ever be as certain so
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    (Original post by Elcor)
    What subject? I think Pembroke are vaguely harsher than average with offers (only think this anecdotally though).
    Philosophy. Ah right, I heard that colleges sometimes make higher offers if they were going to reject to but wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, so hopefully it's just what you said instead.
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    (Original post by MagicJigsaw)
    Philosophy. Ah right, I heard that colleges sometimes make higher offers if they were going to reject to but wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, so hopefully it's just what you said instead.
    They make offers very much with the hope and assumption that you will meet them.
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    Yeah I have an offer. I don't think there's any disparity between Oxf and Cam regarding FM--both much prefer you to do it officially but you still have alright chances without it. I recommend self teaching A2 maths leading up to the summer, because I would have been ****ed in my interview if I hadn't done it the previous year haha. There is a website for people in your exact position for self-teaching FM. You can find lots of info on how they regard FM the Cambridge Engineering Department's website.

    Don't do M3 before M2, but going over their syllabi before interview is also a good idea.

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    Thanks for the advice There's no entrance exam that I have to do beforehand for Cambridge, right? Did you take the TSA? I'm not quite sure what I would specialise in yet so general Engineering at Oxbridge seems like the best option, so I think I will still apply- though I'm not sure I've made good enough choices this past year to be granted an interview at Cambridge. This is a helluva lot of work for something I probably won't even get an interview for lol. :afraid::afraid:

    I checked the departmental website- they seem to stress the fact that at least AS Further Maths is needed. It is available at my school, but I swapped last minute for Chemistry to widen my horizons- but it did quite the opposite instead haha.
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    Thanks for the advice There's no entrance exam that I have to do beforehand for Cambridge, right? Did you take the TSA? I'm not quite sure what I would specialise in yet so general Engineering at Oxbridge seems like the best option, so I think I will still apply- though I'm not sure I've made good enough choices this past year to be granted an interview at Cambridge. This is a helluva lot of work for something I probably won't even get an interview for lol. :afraid::afraid:

    I checked the departmental website- they seem to stress the fact that at least AS Further Maths is needed. It is available at my school, but I swapped last minute for Chemistry to widen my horizons- but it did quite the opposite instead haha.
    On that same website it says what various tests there are for each college. Oxford interview far fewer candidates I think--Cambridge interview like 80% of applicants. As long as your average UMS is above 85%, it's worth a try.

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    So I did a thorough search- basically, only Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards do not require Further Maths at all. I will probably do AS next year anyway, but will they accept this?? Is there a way for me to put it down on my UCAS? What does everyone generally think of these colleges??
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    (Original post by ChronicBoredom)
    So I did a thorough search- basically, only Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards do not require Further Maths at all. I will probably do AS next year anyway, but will they accept this?? Is there a way for me to put it down on my UCAS? What does everyone generally think of these colleges??
    Yes you can put pending exams on UCAS. That's how you also tell them which A-levels you are doing.

    Murray Edwards is a women-only college.

    However so long as you will be doing FM AS most of the other colleges are also available. Only 7 require FM at full A-level.

    Note that the Engineering site also tells you the Admissions procedures for each college, eg do they have tests at interview, or TSA etc. Christ's now usually also sets a requirement to achieve a 1 in STEP 1 (the Cambridge maths entrance exam).

    http://www3.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/guide/table3.html

    http://www3.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/guide/table2.html



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    Yes you can put pending exams on UCAS. That's how you also tell them which A-levels you are doing.

    Murray Edwards is a women-only college.

    However so long as you will be doing FM AS most of the other colleges are also available. Only 7 require FM at full A-level.

    Note that the Engineering site also tells you the Admissions procedures for each college, eg do they have tests at interview, or TSA etc. Christ's now usually also sets a requirement to achieve a 1 in STEP 1 (the Cambridge maths entrance exam).

    http://www3.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/guide/table3.html



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    That's alright, since I am a girl lol. (:
    Ah, silly question. I see, thank you. I will take the TSA anyway- is STEP 1 the first level, or the top/last? I can't seem to find out on the admissions website. I think I will apply then- I was going to do an open application, but I might just apply to murray edwards to save everyone a bit of time.
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    That's alright, since I am a girl lol. (:
    Ah, silly question. I see, thank you. I will take the TSA anyway- is STEP 1 the first level, or the top/last? I can't seem to find out on the admissions website. I think I will apply then- I was going to do an open application, but I might just apply to murray edwards to save everyone a bit of time.
    There are three STEP papers, I, II and III. I is the easier one; II and III are more difficult and of broadly comparable difficulty to each other.
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    (Original post by ChronicBoredom)
    That's alright, since I am a girl lol. (:
    Ah, silly question. I see, thank you. I will take the TSA anyway- is STEP 1 the first level, or the top/last? I can't seem to find out on the admissions website. I think I will apply then- I was going to do an open application, but I might just apply to murray edwards to save everyone a bit of time.
    STEP 1 is the "easiest". STEP papers are graded S, 1, 2, 3 with S being the highest grade.

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    There are three STEP papers, I, II and III. I is the easier one; II and III are more difficult and of broadly comparable difficulty to each other.
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    STEP 1 is the "easiest". STEP papers are graded S, 1, 2, 3 with S being the highest grade.

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    Thank-you, I'm not a huge fan of living with all-females so I think I might try STEP out too. All depends on my results next week to see if its a viable option.
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    Flipping like 9 days. **** sake. ****s pissing me off now.
    My step results went from S2 to like 22. Duno wtf gona happen.


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    (Original post by ChronicBoredom)
    Thank-you, I'm not a huge fan of living with all-females so I think I might try STEP out too. All depends on my results next week to see if its a viable option.
    You might want to check this thread too:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3478331
    STEP Prep Thread 2016

    But only Christ's, so far, usually ask Engineers to do STEP. And you only do it after you get an offer, not before.

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    (Original post by ChronicBoredom)
    Thank-you, I'm not a huge fan of living with all-females so I think I might try STEP out too. All depends on my results next week to see if its a viable option.
    There are almost 30 colleges and only 3 ask for STEP for Engineering, so you may as well not apply there.

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