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    It's run on a need-only basis like the other (university wide) STEP workshop, so if you go to a (decent) private you almost certainly won't qualify. It's not like they're going to run a workshop for all of their (I'm assuming roughly) thirty-odd maths offer holders.
    Fair enough, I realised this before I called them but thought I'd ring a check if I could get on it Apparently only 10 students were invited however.


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    Hello, I'm a student intending to apply to Cambridge for Maths and I found the following on St John's college website:

    ...Those invited for interview normally have three interviews, each of 20–25 minutes duration: one with the Tutor for Mathematicians, who will be concerned to find out what you can contribute to the College in addition to your academic skills, and two subject interviews...

    Can someone say something about this first interview, e. g. what do they ask you?
    Thanks for the answers

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    Does anyone have an average figure of how much accommodation will cost per year? I'm struggling to find anything that's up to date. Just looking for a rough estimate, thanks
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    Does anyone have an average figure of how much accommodation will cost per year? I'm struggling to find anything that's up to date. Just looking for a rough estimate, thanks
    Approx £4k per year

    https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/maintenance-costs
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    (Original post by felecita)
    Does anyone have an average figure of how much accommodation will cost per year? I'm struggling to find anything that's up to date. Just looking for a rough estimate, thanks
    Very much something that's down to the student unless you are unlucky with the random ballot. i.e. you can choose.

    Cheapest (small rooms in north/chapel court) is approx. 2,500. Most expensive (en suite in cripps) will push closer to 5,000. The majority of rooms (ones which are neither small nor large) will come in around 3,700 at a guess. But they have been slowly pushing prices up, so maybe increase these numbers a bit...

    If you choose a room which is used for interview candidates, you get refunded £50-100 or so I think.
    (Original post by to4ka)
    Hello, I'm a student intending to apply to Cambridge for Maths and I found the following on St John's college website:...Those invited for interview normally have three interviews, each of 20–25 minutes duration: one with the Tutor for Mathematicians, who will be concerned to find out what you can contribute to the College in addition to your academic skills, and two subject interviews...Can someone say something about this first interview, e. g. what do they ask you?Thanks for the answersPosted from TSR Mobile
    First interview is a general interview. This really is not very important at all, I think the major reason they do it is simply to calm people down, and ensure that if anyone does have a major breakdown, it doesn't happen in the 2 more important subject interviews.

    Typical questions would be related to your personal statement. e.g. "I see you enjoy chess, would you continue it at Uni?" or "Are you also very interested in another subject". As far as I know, they could probably ask anything within reason. I know a lot of current students who just had a conversation about something quite trivial such as family, sport, a different academic subject or even things like why they think their hotel room might be haunted. As long as you don't come across as a psychopath or come across as immature I think it should be fine. You need to show you're mature and sensible enough that you will fit into university life.

    The person who does a general interview is never knowledgable about the subject. So for maths, you'd probably have a Historian or English fellow (for example) taking the interview. In this scenario, they may take the view that you might prefer to talk about maths - and might ask you something they don't know a lot about like "do you think there's a point to infinity". Or they might ask you what a book was like in your personal statement. The two subject interviews will be 99% "draw the graph of [blah] and find the gradient at [blah]" or something similar.


    All of the above specific examples are completely random I should mention.
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    (Original post by R T)
    Very much something that's down to the student unless you are unlucky with the random ballot. i.e. you can choose.

    Cheapest (small rooms in north/chapel court) is approx. 2,500. Most expensive (en suite in cripps) will push closer to 5,000. The majority of rooms (ones which are neither small nor large) will come in around 3,700 at a guess. But they have been slowly pushing prices up, so maybe increase these numbers a bit...

    If you choose a room which is used for interview candidates, you get refunded £50-100 or so I think..
    Thank you both! £4k sounds reasonable
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    (Original post by R T)
    First interview is a general interview. This really is not very important at all, I think the major reason they do it is simply to calm people down, and ensure that if anyone does have a major breakdown, it doesn't happen in the 2 more important subject interviews.

    Typical questions would be related to your personal statement. e.g. "I see you enjoy chess, would you continue it at Uni?" or "Are you also very interested in another subject". As far as I know, they could probably ask anything within reason. I know a lot of current students who just had a conversation about something quite trivial such as family, sport, a different academic subject or even things like why they think their hotel room might be haunted. As long as you don't come across as a psychopath or come across as immature I think it should be fine. You need to show you're mature and sensible enough that you will fit into university life.

    The person who does a general interview is never knowledgable about the subject. So for maths, you'd probably have a Historian or English fellow (for example) taking the interview. In this scenario, they may take the view that you might prefer to talk about maths - and might ask you something they don't know a lot about like "do you think there's a point to infinity". Or they might ask you what a book was like in your personal statement. The two subject interviews will be 99% "draw the graph of [blah] and find the gradient at [blah]" or something similar.


    All of the above specific examples are completely random I should mention.
    Thanks!

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    Any mathematicians out there, you are probably finding STEP as daunting as the rest of us (either that or you are crazy!), anyway we are creating a Facebook group chat, PM me with full name if you want to join (please only PM if you are taking STEP this year).


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    (Original post by jjsnyder)
    Any mathematicians out there, you are probably finding STEP as daunting as the rest of us (either that or you are crazy!), anyway we are creating a Facebook group chat, PM me with full name if you want to join (please only PM if you are taking STEP this year).


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    (Original post by jneill)
    You know about this thread? STEP Prep Thread 2016
    I actually created it originally believe it or not :P Yeah this is just a chat for Johns applicants


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    (Original post by jjsnyder)
    I actually created it originally believe it or not :P Yeah this is just a chat for Johns applicants


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    Haha, that shamika takes all the glory

    Well good luck with STEP
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    Haha, that shamika takes all the glory

    Well good luck with STEP
    Thanks, I'll need it! :P


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    (Original post by to4ka)
    Hello, I'm a student intending to apply to Cambridge for Maths and I found the following on St John's college website:

    ...Those invited for interview normally have three interviews, each of 20–25 minutes duration: one with the Tutor for Mathematicians, who will be concerned to find out what you can contribute to the College in addition to your academic skills, and two subject interviews...

    Can someone say something about this first interview, e. g. what do they ask you?
    Thanks for the answers

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    In particular, the general interview at St John's is by Dr Edgley (tutor for mathematicians and computer scientists), who is a neuroscientist. He does know a lot about maths (and computer science), so you can confidently discuss maths-related things with him, but he won't ask you any technical questions.
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    *Dusts off cobwebs* anyone got any good news? I'm now in possession of a wonderful and utterly unexpected pair of A* grades so I shall be seeing some of you people on 1st October!!
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    *Dusts off cobwebs* anyone got any good news? I'm now in possession of a wonderful and utterly unexpected pair of A* grades so I shall be seeing some of you people on 1st October!!
    Great to hear! I, along with at least 5 other mathematicians I know, also will be joining you for the start of October Well done on those results!


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    How do i apply for accomodation? I havent received anything? :/
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    Any one from here doing Engineering at johns?
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    Are there no other applicants for St John's this year?!
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    A lot of people talking in this Facebook group

    facebook.com/groups/152481561888778/
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    (Original post by Blue.Bird)
    Are there no other applicants for St John's this year?!
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