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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    I suppose that's true. The only thing is that the information that they do ask for (UMS where it still exists) isn't particularly flattering for me... (My bad Politics module). And even though they won't ask for raw marks, they're going to know roughly what I got anyway because I got a B in my other subject. :/
    Don't worry, all you gotta do is shine at interview, there's no point worrying about all the small details you can't change - I applied with no AS levels, nothing but a crap grade in STEP I and I made it through based solely on that interview.

    Sir you had me very worried for a second and I had to double check that there is no pre-interview test for Law.
    Ooh, my bad, I assumed everybody would have one. Sorry! Just change "pre-interview test" to "interview".
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    I'm not entirely sure about this but I think if you copy-paste the good parts off your old personal statement it can be picked up for plagiarism by UCAS?
    No the plagiarism system understands it was written by the same person so it's ok.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    No the plagiarism system understands it was written by the same person so it's ok.

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    Cheers, will edit it in.
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    Zacken
    Where did you get the information on them shredding the applicant's information? It might be in their computer systems though...

    LSE admissions told me they will have all my data in their system, so they will read my old personal statement too. But I do not know if they only keep it for the offer holders or if they will keep it for all applicants who applied.
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    (Original post by Fbiemad)
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    Where did you get the information on them shredding the applicant's information? It might be in their computer systems though...
    No, it won't be in their computer systems, that would defeat the point...

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...5#post67148324

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...5#post67166050

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...7#post49947749

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    And several more times.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    No, it won't be in their computer systems, that would defeat the point...

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...5#post67148324

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...5#post67166050

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...7#post49947749

    [...]

    And several more times.
    Haha, thanks mate.
    I guess the extra space they give us in the questionnaire will get filled this time even though I feel like Cambridge doesn't value Personal Statement that much. Its the tests/interviews they take which makes the difference I guess.
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    (Original post by Fbiemad)
    even though I feel like Cambridge doesn't value Personal Statement that much.
    Depends on the (course, college) 2-tuple, imo.

    Anywho, good luck!
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Depends on the (course, college) 2-tuple, imo.

    Anywho, good luck!
    Thanks, good luck to you too!
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    (Original post by Fbiemad)
    Thanks, good luck to you too!
    I'll need it.
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    Another question: If my country only offers AS Latin as the highest qualification for that subject, and I take that in year 13 after doing it for 4 high school years, could I apply and have my application taken seriously by the admissions people at Cambridge/other UK universities? If I work at Latin to the point where I can read/translate at at the level of a very able A2 student but only sit an AS exam (and hopefully do very well) would the admissions folk accept that arrangement (I wouldn't have a Greek a-level either (or at IGCSE/GCSE))?

    Unfortunately I haven't any other choice in terms of the qualifications I sit for Latin, but classics is my passion, and Cambridge classics especially so.

    Thank yoouuu.
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    (Original post by fedoratipbot)
    Another question: If my country only offers AS Latin as the highest qualification for that subject, and I take that in year 13 after doing it for 4 high school years, could I apply and have my application taken seriously by the admissions people at Cambridge/other UK universities? If I work at Latin to the point where I can read/translate at at the level of a very able A2 student but only sit an AS exam (and hopefully do very well) would the admissions folk accept that arrangement (I wouldn't have a Greek a-level either (or at IGCSE/GCSE))?

    Unfortunately I haven't any other choice in terms of the qualifications I sit for Latin, but classics is my passion, and Cambridge classics especially so.

    Thank yoouuu.
    Do you mean your country equivalent of AS-Level or the actual AS-Level by a international or UK board offering A-Levels or AS-Levels? Because if it's the latter, your question doesn't make much sense - you could still sit for the exam. If it's the former, then you're better off talking about the actual qualifications and not the equivalent UK one. That'll be much easier to understand.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Do you mean your country equivalent of AS-Level or the actual AS-Level by a international or UK board offering A-Levels or AS-Levels? Because if it's the latter, your question doesn't make much sense - you could still sit for the exam. If it's the former, then you're better off talking about the actual qualifications and not the equivalent UK one. That'll be much easier to understand.
    It's an 'New Zealand only' AS course offered by CIE. My school don't really like our equivalent to a-levels -- which is called "NCEA" -- and so they do CIE's IGCSEs and a-levels instead.

    In fact our national qualifications are really weird. They're a single certificate, and graded at Excellence, Merit, or Achieved, where Excellence is similar but not quite the same as A*-A for an a-level, Merit B-C, and Achieved is somewhere around a D, but its an opinion firmly held by some people that our national qualifications are much, much easier than a-levels. Students regularly complete the 'equivalent' of AS Mathematics in year 10, and the perhaps move to another school where CIE a-levels are offered and struggle quite a bit with the jump in difficulty to AS Mathematics. And the fact that NCEA results don't have percentages/UMS upsets a lot of teachers and their high achieving pupils too, because they like to know exactly how well they perform in a subject. And you get a different certificate for each year that you do it, from level 1 (yr11) to 3 (yr13).

    Anyway the difficulty with this is that you can't easily pick one subject from our national curriculum and then do the rest of your subjects as a-levels with CIE. Our universities don't let each combined qualifications like that count towards the tariff required for NZ university entrance.

    So anyway, what this all means is that the highest level of Latin I can do is either CIE'S 'AS Latin' course, bespoke for NZ, or NCEA's watered-down internally-assessed Year 13 Level 3 Latin qualification, which is probably even less difficult than AS Latin *

    Which is a bit of a bummer tbh.


    *just to illustrate the difference in difficulty, the unseen translations of CIE/OCR's AS Latin exams have no vocabulary glossed at all besides the few really awkward and unfamiliar words that pop up. In NCEA, from year 11-13, every word is glossed, even simple words like "you," "me", "to be" and "have".
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    (Original post by fedoratipbot)
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    Cheers, this should be useful for the AT to use to reply to you! Have you already seen this: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/newzealand ?
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Cheers, this should be useful for the AT to use to reply to you! Have you already seen this: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/newzealand ?
    Holy moly our country has its own webpage.

    Thanks, this seems quite informative.
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    (Original post by fedoratipbot)
    Holy moly our country has its own webpage.

    Thanks, this seems quite informative.
    Every country has one.

    No problem!
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Don't worry, all you gotta do is shine at interview, there's no point worrying about all the small details you can't change - I applied with no AS levels, nothing but a crap grade in STEP I and I made it through based solely on that interview.



    Ooh, my bad, I assumed everybody would have one. Sorry! Just change "pre-interview test" to "interview".
    Hi there. It's good you're posting on here. Info and advice from AT's and students IMO give a really good overview of the admissions process. It would appear you felt your interview maybe swung it for you? Can I ask a question? How much research and prep did you for it? Congrats on your place, hope you have a great time!
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    How are candidates who apply:

    (1) Post A-level
    (2) Reapply after being unsuccessful

    perceived? Do these ways hinder your application slightly? I am looking to apply to physical natural sciences.

    Thank you
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    (Original post by 210555)
    Hi there. It's good you're posting on here. Info and advice from AT's and students IMO give a really good overview of the admissions process. It would appear you felt your interview maybe swung it for you? Can I ask a question? How much research and prep did you for it? Congrats on your place, hope you have a great time!
    Definitely! I feel the interview was a pivotal piece of the admissions process for me because I didn't sit any AS-Levels prior to it because of some weird circumstances meant that I'd be sitting my AS and A2 Levels at the same time after one year of study instead of the normal 2. Not to mention I had a 2 in STEP I taken a year (or technically two) early, which didn't look good at all. So the interview must've really swung things around.

    I didn't end up doing much research and prep for my interview because I got my invitation halfway through a family holiday overseas and went from there to Cambridge directly, so there wasn't any time for prep during that period. But I guess having sat STEP I early really did help me improve at the sort of maths thinking they test at interview and got me through, so there's that.

    Thank you very much! Hope you enjoy your undergraduate years too!
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    hi i have a question.. im currently doing computer science, maths, further maths, physics and aiming to apply to do computer Science at University... I am passionate about the subject, i know that at least... but due to the lack of teaching (we have an IT teacher not a computing teacher) at my College I am uncertain I would be able to achieve an A/A* (i would have to self-teach)...this would mean I would miss an offer since Oxbridge base their offer on 4 all subjects?.. Im worried about this so I may drop computer science since it isnt a requirement but will Universities look down upon the fact that ive dropped the subject i really want to do at University?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    hi i have a question.. im currently doing computer science, maths, further maths, physics and aiming to apply to do computer Science at University... I am passionate about the subject, i know that at least... but due to the lack of teaching (we have an IT teacher not a computing teacher) at my College I am uncertain I would be able to achieve an A/A* (i would have to self-teach)...this would mean I would miss an offer since Oxbridge base their offer on 4 all subjects?.. Im worried about this so I may drop computer science since it isnt a requirement but will Universities look down upon the fact that ive dropped the subject i really want to do at University?
    not if it's Comp Sci, you don't really need it to do be doing Comp Sci at uni anyway - plus the SAQ has a section exactly for this sort of stuff in "teaching difficulties" where you can talk about it. Maths, Further Maths and Physics would made a good combination to study CompSci, you'll be more than fine with that.

    Good luck.
 
 
 
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