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    I know this will vary from college to college but how do colleges generally consider students applying from another university?

    I'm applying to the Computer Science course with my 1st year marks from the university of Cape Town having done subjects in pure maths, applied maths and computer science where I attained 5 firsts and 2 2.1s - Would this be sufficient for an interview?
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    I know this will vary from college to college but how do colleges generally consider students applying from another university?

    I'm applying to the Computer Science course with my 1st year marks from the university of Cape Town having done subjects in pure maths, applied maths and computer science where I attained 5 firsts and 2 2.1s - Would this be sufficient for an interview?
    Generally colleges are fine with accepting applicants from universities outside the UK, providing they have done enough material to make them compatible with the first year of study in Cambridge. I can't comment at this stage on what a college may or may not do in terms of offering you an interview with your grades as I'm not personally familiar with the South African curriculum.
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    I'm applying for architecture at magdalene and was kinda wondering about the interview process (i know you aren't a specialist in either area but any info would be great)

    I know there is an at interview assessment and an interview revolving around my portfolio, but i was wondering if there are any more (such as these general interviews i hear about )
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    (Original post by BasilBrick)
    I'm applying for architecture at magdalene and was kinda wondering about the interview process (i know you aren't a specialist in either area but any info would be great)

    I know there is an at interview assessment and an interview revolving around my portfolio, but i was wondering if there are any more (such as these general interviews i hear about )
    http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/architecture/

    "Candidates attending interview in Cambridge will receive two interviews, a subject and a general interview. The subject interview will normally be with the Director of Studies. Candidates will be expected to bring to the subject interview a portfolio of design, and they will be encouraged to discuss their work with the interviewers. Candidates will also be expected to take a written assessment at the same time as they attend for interview."

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    http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/architecture/

    "Candidates attending interview in Cambridge will receive two interviews, a subject and a general interview. The subject interview will normally be with the Director of Studies. Candidates will be expected to bring to the subject interview a portfolio of design, and they will be encouraged to discuss their work with the interviewers. Candidates will also be expected to take a written assessment at the same time as they attend for interview."

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    What happens at general interviews?
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    Are section 2s marked manually by the colleges? Also will they use the results as an average score or separately
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    Hello and thank you very much for all the advice you have given over the last few months.
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    I'm just wanting your opinion really. My daughter has applied for medicine and her Cambridge college has asked her to keep a range of dates free for interview.

    She has a strong academic record and a high UKCAT, so she should get interviews at her other 3 medical school choices. The problem is that there is a potential overlap with interview dates with all 3 other choices and Cambridge, and she is likely to hear back from at least one or two if not all three of them in the next couple of weeks regarding interviews.

    Obviously, she has no idea if Cambridge will invite her for interview, and probably won't know until the last week of November, once BMAT results are released.

    I'm just wondering how an admissions tutor would react if they received an email from an applicant in the next couple of weeks saying that they couldn't come on a certain date that they had been asked to keep clear, as they have been invited for an interview elsewhere? The other universities also have set dates as they interview by MMI (multiple mini interview), so they don't have much flexibility to move either.

    I'm presuming that it wouldn't count against her.

    This is all a hypothetical situation at the moment, but I would prefer it if we knew in advance how you/admissions tutors would deal with this if it occurred.
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    Hey,

    I'm applying to Fitz and on the Fee Status Questionnaire, it says the deadline is the 1st of December - I'm posting it tomorrow - but I've noticed that everywhere else has a deadline of the 3rd of November! Is this a mistake and, if so, would my application be at risk for following the deadline specified on the form sent to me by Fitz?

    Thanks
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    When do Colleges get the BMAT results? Will interviews only be sent out once the results are in?
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    We'll be looking at everything we can at this stage (with the exception, at a few colleges, of Section 2 of the pre-interview assessments). So, yes, the information on the SAQ, the personal statement and contextual data will be looked at before decisions are made.
    Are you aware of which colleges will not be considering (or considering to a lesser extent) Section 2 for deciding interviews for History? Thanks so much for taking the time to make another thread - your last one was invaluable😃


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    Post qualification applicants with very high grades achieved have a generally very god rate of admission as they are a known quantity in terms of their results where predictions aren't.
    What is generally considered to be 'very high grades' for the IB?
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    (Original post by Hamartia)
    What is generally considered to be 'very high grades' for the IB?
    I'm not the AT but I'd suggest anything above the typical requirement would probably be considered "very high".
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    (Original post by Oh the Byrony!)
    What happens at general interviews?
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    General interviews are conducted by non-subject specialists (usually the Admissions Tutor or a senior fellow at the college) but often by someone in a related discipline. They will mainly be academic focused still but may approach your subject in a more general way and may draw more on your personal statement and other subjects and how they relate to your chosen degree. They will usually be shorter than the subject interview (often 20 minutes compared to 25-30 minutes for a subject interview) and will not be as important in the overall consideration of the candidate.
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    (Original post by metrize)
    Are section 2s marked manually by the colleges? Also will they use the results as an average score or separately
    The Sections 2s are being marked manually in colleges. Section 1 and Section 2 will be given separate scores and used separately.
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    (Original post by Just_a_mum)
    Hello and thank you very much for all the advice you have given over the last few months.
    .
    I'm just wanting your opinion really. My daughter has applied for medicine and her Cambridge college has asked her to keep a range of dates free for interview.

    She has a strong academic record and a high UKCAT, so she should get interviews at her other 3 medical school choices. The problem is that there is a potential overlap with interview dates with all 3 other choices and Cambridge, and she is likely to hear back from at least one or two if not all three of them in the next couple of weeks regarding interviews.

    Obviously, she has no idea if Cambridge will invite her for interview, and probably won't know until the last week of November, once BMAT results are released.

    I'm just wondering how an admissions tutor would react if they received an email from an applicant in the next couple of weeks saying that they couldn't come on a certain date that they had been asked to keep clear, as they have been invited for an interview elsewhere? The other universities also have set dates as they interview by MMI (multiple mini interview), so they don't have much flexibility to move either.

    I'm presuming that it wouldn't count against her.

    This is all a hypothetical situation at the moment, but I would prefer it if we knew in advance how you/admissions tutors would deal with this if it occurred.
    Hello and thanks for your comments about the advice!

    In this situation, the best course of action is to keep the college informed as early as and much as possible. In a subject like Medicine most colleges will have sufficient applicants to have to interview over more than one day. therefore, there should be enough flexibility to ensure that they can schedule the interview on a day that will work for your daughter. The sooner they now, however, the better as then they can know not to schedule on a certain day rather than having to change the delicately constructed timetable retrospectively. Colleges know that in Medicine candidates are likely to have interviews elsewhere and we will be sympathetic towards that, providing that we have enough notice to be able to be so.

    Essentially, then, she should email the college as soon as she knows any information about other dates and it may be worth emailing then now about the possible clashes, so the admissions co-ordinator (who arranges the interviews) is aware of the potential problem and can factor that in now as something to keep an eye on.
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    (Original post by Physics15)
    Hey,

    I'm applying to Fitz and on the Fee Status Questionnaire, it says the deadline is the 1st of December - I'm posting it tomorrow - but I've noticed that everywhere else has a deadline of the 3rd of November! Is this a mistake and, if so, would my application be at risk for following the deadline specified on the form sent to me by Fitz?

    Thanks
    If Fitz have told you 1st December then that's not a mistake. These are internal deadlines not external or intercollegiate ones like UCAS and the SAQ. You'll be fine!
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Hello and thanks for your comments about the advice!

    In this situation, the best course of action is to keep the college informed as early as and much as possible. In a subject like Medicine most colleges will have sufficient applicants to have to interview over more than one day. therefore, there should be enough flexibility to ensure that they can schedule the interview on a day that will work for your daughter. The sooner they now, however, the better as then they can know not to schedule on a certain day rather than having to change the delicately constructed timetable retrospectively. Colleges know that in Medicine candidates are likely to have interviews elsewhere and we will be sympathetic towards that, providing that we have enough notice to be able to be so.

    Essentially, then, she should email the college as soon as she knows any information about other dates and it may be worth emailing then now about the possible clashes, so the admissions co-ordinator (who arranges the interviews) is aware of the potential problem and can factor that in now as something to keep an eye on.
    Thank you for replying so quickly - I appreciate how busy you must be at the moment.

    She will of course email as soon as/if she has any actual clashes. However, as there are potential clashes with all of the Cambridge interview days, I'm not sure whether emailing now would be helpful.
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    (Original post by Blue.Bird)
    When do Colleges get the BMAT results? Will interviews only be sent out once the results are in?
    The 22nd or 23rd November. In most cases decisions about interviews in Medicine won't be sent out before we get the results. Some colleges might do, especially to facilitate visa applications for strong overseas applicants but, for the most part Medics and Vets shouldn't expect to hear anything before 23rd November.

    Colleges will usually make three lists prior to the BMAT results: 1) interview no matter; 2) very unlikely to interview regardless of BMAT; 3) borderline cases and BMAT will help decide.

    Once the results come in, we can then draw up final lists of yays and nays for interview and get them out asap.
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    (Original post by SnowLeopard27)
    Are you aware of which colleges will not be considering (or considering to a lesser extent) Section 2 for deciding interviews for History? Thanks so much for taking the time to make another thread - your last one was invaluable😃


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    The only colleges that I know for certain are not using Section 2 for de-selection in all subjects (but are using it in selection) are Churchill and Pembroke. Both have advertised this on their websites. I don;t know of any others, though if TSR applicants have been told this by their college do please share.
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    (Original post by Hamartia)
    What is generally considered to be 'very high grades' for the IB?
    Well different people might say different things. For me, 'very high' in Cambridge terms would be 44 and 45 points.
 
 
 
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