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    Hi, what is the main advantages that people in private schools have? Will the context of the school be taken into account for admissions tests, what score thresholds will result in instant rejection and are there going to be a lower proportion of interviews because of admission tests?
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    (Original post by Fbiemad)
    Thanks.
    I asked my college and they said they forgot to mention it, as I was guessing. I saw the link Jneill sent for the EC Form, but I have few questions about it.

    Firstly, do I have to email the form to my Cambridge college or post it?
    Secondly, in the form it just says to mention the name of the doctor/teacher, so how do universities validate them?
    Lastly, do I have to send it to Cambridge or is the NHS doctor supposed to send it?

    Thanks once again!
    It can be emailed or posted, most email it. You do not fill it in, it's filled in and sent by the doctor or school. Just send it to you doctor and ask him/her to fill it in and then send it to the admissions office at your chosen college.
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    (Original post by agirlontheweb)
    All the answers in this thread are very helpful and reassuring, thank you! Just a question about submitting written work as part of the application process - I assume the college we have applied to will contact us requesting it? If so, do you know roughly when this will be?

    Thanks!
    I'm glad it's been a helpful thread, that's the aim!

    Yes, your college will ask you to send it in and will tell you when the deadline is. Some colleges will wait until they decide on interviewing you and then ask for it while others will ask for it earlier. The traditional deadline for this has been 15 Nov at many colleges but it may well be earlier this year because of the assessments. Essentially, the answer is wait and see but start thinking about what you want to send now.
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    (Original post by Blue.Bird)
    Hi, in the case of extenuating circumstances affecting the family which the school does not know much about (I PM'd you about our specific family circumstances) is it any good for us as parents to complete the form or does it need to come from the school? The former head of our daughter's school knew all about her circumstances as we had to go into detail in the appeal which we had to go through to get her into the school, but the current staff may know little about it. Her loss of school time occurred before she joined the school.
    Parents cannot fill in the form - it needs to come from the school or a doctor or social worker. You will needn't to explain the details to someone at school, preferably the reference writer and then they can fill in the form.
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    Hi, I have a question about the NSAA. As we are required to answer 3 parts from Mathematics + Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics in section 1, do colleges prefer applicants to complete "Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics" over "Physics" since the former is advanced but the latter is not?
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    (Original post by metrize)
    Hi, what is the main advantages that people in private schools have? Will the context of the school be taken into account for admissions tests, what score thresholds will result in instant rejection and are there going to be a lower proportion of interviews because of admission tests?
    The advantages that some private schools have is small class sizes and excellent facilities and opportunities for super curricular engagement.

    We certainly do take into account school context at all stages of the process and we recognise that some people will have more detailed preparation than others.

    There is no pass or fail for the assessments, that's why we are avoiding the word 'test'. Each candidate's scores will be reviewed in coordination with the rest of be information that we have about their application. We anticipate interviewing a similar proportion to previous years - c75-80% of the whole applicant field.
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    (Original post by ML8020)
    Hi, I have a question about the NSAA. As we are required to answer 3 parts from Maths + Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics in section 1, do colleges prefer applicants to complete "Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics" over "Physics" since the former is advanced but the latter is not?
    Candidates are free to answer any two additional sections after Maths. I think that many people who express an interest to specialise in Physics will choose to do both the Physics and the advanced maths and advanced Physics sections. However a student who demonstrates strength in Chemistry as well as physics is not going to be penalised for not answering the advanced Maths and Physics section.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Candidates are free to answer any two additional sections after Maths. I think that many people who express an interest to specialise in Physics will choose to do both the Physics and the advanced maths and advanced Physics sections. However a student who demonstrates strength in Chemistry as well as physics is not going to be penalised for not answering the advanced Maths and Physics section.
    Thanks for the answer, but what will be the case if I am applying for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences? As Chemistry is essential in this course, the remaining quota after Maths and Chemistry will probably be one of "Advanced Maths and Advanced Physics" or "Physics". Do you think colleges will rate applicants who completed the advanced maths + advanced physics part higher than those who did normal physics as the advanced one is more difficult? (Assuming the scores are equal in total)
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    Hello again! I'm filling in the SAQ (I'm sure you're getting 74324892384 questions in this vein right now so very sorry!) but I'm just interested in the section after the 1,200 character 'PS'. It gives you 600 characters to write 'anything else that they should know'... what kinds of things would you write in there? I'm honestly just asking out of interest, sorry if I'm just repeating what everyone else has said!
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    (Original post by ML8020)
    Thanks for the answer, but what will be the case if I am applying for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences? As Chemistry is essential in this course, the remaining quota after Maths and Chemistry will probably be one of "Advanced Maths and Advanced Physics" or "Physics". Do you think colleges will rate applicants who completed the advanced maths + advanced physics part higher than those who did normal physics as the advanced one is more difficult? (Assuming the scores are equal in total)
    It's impossible to speculate exactly what individual colleges, ATs and DoSes will think in that situation. My own view would probably be that if there was an equal score then the candidate who had done the advanced section would have an advantage in this particular element but it's important to stress that this is only one part of the whole application.
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    (Original post by blue2337)
    Hello again! I'm filling in the SAQ (I'm sure you're getting 74324892384 questions in this vein right now so very sorry!) but I'm just interested in the section after the 1,200 character 'PS'. It gives you 600 characters to write 'anything else that they should know'... what kinds of things would you write in there? I'm honestly just asking out of interest, sorry if I'm just repeating what everyone else has said!
    Most people leave that section blank and I'd encourage you to do so unless you have something that you do really feel we need to know. Most of the time when people fill it in it's irrelevant to their application, but it sometimes useful. On those occasions it is usually some information that might have affected the candidate but is perhaps not serious enough to put in an ECF.
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    Hi I have a question.
    There is only one entrance exam available for engineering. I was wondering what other material may be useful to help me revise for the Cambridge Admissions Test?
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    Also I was told that for the technical based subjects like engineering the SAQ additional personal statement isn't weighted heavily in the admissions process. Would not writing an additional personal statement disadvantage me in the application process?

    Thanks
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    Hi I'm applying for Computer Science with Maths, I have a question

    I got 4A in AS for Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. For A2 I decided to drop Computer Science (over dropping Physics) as my school doesn't have the option to take 4 subjects in year 13.

    I was wondering if I should talk about this decision in the SAQ? Or, seeing as how Cambridge recommend taking Physics instead of Computer Science, is this common for Computer Science applicants and doesnt really need explaining?
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    For GCSEs and AS Levels, I was ill during the months leading up to the exams, but not on the exam days themselves, which affected my performance in final exams. Because I wasn't ill at the time of the actual exam, I wasn't eligible for extenuating circumstances. Is this something I should put in the SAQ to explain weaker performance in certain qualifications?
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    (1) how important is work experience for non-vocational subjects?

    (2) would an invasive surgery (with a general recovery time of around 3 months) that took place a month before AS exams count as something that I could put in an extenuating circumstances form?
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    Hi Dr. Spencer,
    I have applied an open application for medicine.
    My maths UMS C1 94/100 C2 85/100 S1 84/100. My other 2 subjects are linear.
    Is there a possibility of me getting an interview?

    Also, I arrived in the UK 3 years ago with English not being my first language. Is it something I should mention in my SAQ? If yes, could you please tell me in which section?

    Thanks
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    How important are undergraduate grades for a Dphil Education application? I have a 2:2 in hospitality and Merit classifications for 2 MA degrees which are both in social sciences. Would I have better luck applying into the Masters program first, or would my graduate degrees be sufficient?
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    (Original post by aismail1)
    Also I was told that for the technical based subjects like engineering the SAQ additional personal statement isn't weighted heavily in the admissions process. Would not writing an additional personal statement disadvantage me in the application process?

    Thanks
    A.Ismail
    You may find the iwanttostudyengineering website helpful for preparing for the Assessment.

    You don't need to write anything in the additional PS on the SAQ of you don't want to, you won't ever be disadvantaged by not filling in that section.
 
 
 
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