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    (Original post by MJK91)
    If it's such a rare exam, then why would it be mentioned? It's the sort of thing you'd have to check with them on a case-by-case basis. It's clearly valid so I doubt that's the reason behind your rejection. Call them on Monday and find out, I'd be interested in hearing why.
    Well it is mentionned on King's, Bristol and Liverpool's websites. I also think I don't have any exam listed on the UCAS tariff table so they can't really "rank" me, which is why it is really not in my favor. So i don't have any tariff score. I emailed by head to call them and explain them about my situation, hopefully they might change their mind, or at least consider future applicants with the OIB. It is better that i myself don't call because they will tend to behave rudely because they don't have the time to chitchat with applicants.
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    (Original post by Aelith)
    I take the OIB and very few french schools give that exam : http://www.sis-sevres.net/IMG/pdf/Brochure_for_OIB.pdf
    Most french people take the normal baccalaureate which doesn't give them the opportunity to go to UK, while the OIB gives is the opportunity to go to UK . I have someone from my school last year who just got in Cambridge for medicine, clearly the exam is recognized but not mentionned on Barts ' site.
    I know that's completely unfair, but apparently it's Bart's policy. They are also the only ones who require from me a Statement of comparability, which I paid 60£, to guarantee them my degree (which is named "medical an pharmaceutical biotechnologies") has a strong enough compontent of biology, and that my score is equivalent to a 2.1 with honours (and it will be actually the highest possible).
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    (Original post by booper)
    I know that's completely unfair, but apparently it's Bart's policy. They are also the only ones who require from me a Statement of comparability, which I paid 60£, to guarantee them my degree (which is named "medical an pharmaceutical biotechnologies") has a strong enough compontent of biology, and that my score is equivalent to a 2.1 with honours (and it will be actually the highest possible).
    Actually, that is unfair on Barts. They follow guidance by UK NARIC who assess foreign degrees. Would you prefer them to blindly accept applicants with no proven degree content?
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    I'm beginning to think that Barts using a high ukcat cutoff as a deciding factor. Has anyone seen a ukcat score greater than 760 being rejected?
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    (Original post by MJK91)
    Actually, that is unfair on Barts. They follow guidance by UK NARIC who assess foreign degrees. Would you prefer them to blindly accept applicants with no proven degree content?
    I do not think it is really necessary to pay an agency to assess your degree content, when you are required to write all the exams you took on UCAS application and you can provide a transcript of the exams. All other universities are able to assess it by themselves. However I was aware of it so there is no problem for me.
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    (Original post by chocolate_pies)
    I'm beginning to think that Barts using a high ukcat cutoff as a deciding factor. Has anyone seen a ukcat score greater than 760 being rejected?
    This is what I think too. I'm betting they've adopted Newcastle/Durham's approach and have a cut-off for it now!

    Particularly since people with such high tariffs are being rejected!
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    (Original post by StephenNaulls)
    This is what I think too. I'm betting they've adopted Newcastle/Durham's approach and have a cut-off for it now!

    Particularly since people with such high tariffs are being rejected!
    The 460 ucas selection for interview cutoff is higher than the AAAb entry requirement so a new ukcat cutoff would be in line with a filtering technique that they already use.
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    (Original post by chocolate_pies)
    I'm beginning to think that Barts using a high ukcat cutoff as a deciding factor. Has anyone seen a ukcat score greater than 760 being rejected?
    But are they allowed to suddenly change their selection criteria without notifying us? They said its 50:50 ukcat and ucas in that email! This better not be true! :O
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    (Original post by booper)
    I do not think it is really necessary to pay an agency to assess your degree content, when you are required to write all the exams you took on UCAS application and you can provide a transcript of the exams. All other universities are able to assess it by themselves. However I was aware of it so there is no problem for me.
    How do they know that the degree was accurately marked? Degree fraud is a bit problem in the UK, especially in employment but also in gaining access to academia. There needs to be proof that degrees really tested the content they say they do. Listing your modules and grades isn't proof of the quality of the modules.

    It is not just Barts. Kings use UK NARIC, as do Imperial and Nottingham by quick Google searches.
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    (Original post by ak395)
    But are they allowed to suddenly change their selection criteria without notifying us? They said its 50:50 ukcat and ucas in that email! This better not be true! :O
    I suppose it may not strictly qualify as a change in selection criteria - especially if it is 50:50 ukcat and ucas and then a additional ukcat cutoff used.
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    (Original post by Aelith)
    People who've got rejected got the message "Increased competition for places", which is not my case as they state I did not "meet the general entry requirements". And I have applied for A200, not A100.
    And the exam i am passing in France is not listed on their sites, but it is on King's, Bristol, Liverpool... It is a cambridge exam , and it´s approved by the UK gouvernment.
    Did you have an AS in a 4th subject?
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    (Original post by chocolate_pies)
    I suppose it may not strictly qualify as a change in selection criteria - especially if it is 50:50 ukcat and ucas and then a additional ukcat cutoff used.
    Ah great! Thats my rejection on its way. :\
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    (Original post by MJK91)
    How do they know that the degree was accurately marked? Degree fraud is a bit problem in the UK, especially in employment but also in gaining access to academia. There needs to be proof that degrees really tested the content they say they do. Listing your modules and grades isn't proof of the quality of the modules.

    It is not just Barts. Kings use UK NARIC, as do Imperial and Nottingham by quick Google searches.
    Imperial doesn't require it for sure, I went there personally and they ensured me my university transcript, which is released by my university itself, was sufficient. However no matter man, it's their problem, not ours
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    (Original post by ak395)
    Ah great! Thats my rejection on its way. :\
    Sorry I didn't mean to upset you. I'm worried too, but I can see how this would pass as acceptable. What do you think?
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    (Original post by unnati212)
    Oh really! How do you know?


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    i meant it as a question lol sorry
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    guys stay calm until monday
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    (Original post by nhta112)
    guys stay calm until monday
    Me too.. Keeping my fingers crossed


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    4 a star prediction and got a rejection
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    4 a star prediction and got a rejection
    Sorry to hear. When did you hear from them?


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    (Original post by fdfddfhhfrt)
    4 a star prediction and got a rejection
    So sorry to hear that. What's your ukcat score if you don't mind me asking?
 
 
 
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