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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Thank you, much appreciated! Hope the HAA went well.
    Thanks, I'll let you know if I get an interview! I felt surprisingly confident when I finished the HAA, but whether that's good or not is a different story. I may have spectacularly failed!
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    Hello, thank you for answering all our questions it has been really helpful.

    I saw somewhere else that colleges are only getting section 1 scores on the 14th, is this true? If it is are decisions suspected to be made relatively quickly after this (given you have already looked at them quite thoroughly)? Do you have the same sort of categorised technique you mentioned when considering BMAT scores for the new AAs?
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    (Original post by domaths)
    Hello, thank you for answering all our questions it has been really helpful.

    I saw somewhere else that colleges are only getting section 1 scores on the 14th, is this true? If it is are decisions suspected to be made relatively quickly after this (given you have already looked at them quite thoroughly)? Do you have the same sort of categorised technique you mentioned when considering BMAT scores for the new AAs?
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...62&postcount=3
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    You aren't expected to know political theory but signs of engagement with politics and ideas beyond simply cheering leading for a particular party or cause is useful.
    Ok, thanks for being such a great help with this thread
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    The place I saw it must have been here then and I forgot, lol. Thank you
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    (Original post by sirious)
    Would the focus of overseas interviews be more general rather than course-specific?
    Similarly, would the personal statements and written work be used differently?
    It depends a little on who the interviewer is and their subject specialism but generally the aim is to make it as close to a subject interview in Cambridge as possible.
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    (Original post by Student1256)
    I know it might be different for different colleges but what's the general format for natsci (physical) interviews? Is there another pre interview test like some maths folk have? Do we have to do a TSA which I read we might have to do on Cambridge's website once? I also heard personal statements aren't usually focused on in the interviews, is that true? Also from my personal statement I've made it clear physics is my main focus so I'm assuming that means i wont be asked chemistry based questions so I don't plan on revising my chemistry for the interviews, would this be wise?
    As you say, things may vary from college to college but you won't be asked to do the TSA at any colleges as far as I'm aware.

    A common structure to the two physical nat sci interviews is one which focuses on maths and physics and the other which focuses on physics and chemistry. It will depend on who are in the interviewing teams but it would be a mistake to assume that because you've emphasised physics in your PS then you won't get asked any chemistry (unless you're not doing chemistry A level). While the physics element will be more important if that's your expressed interest, it's important to remember that you haven't applied for physics but for natural sciences.
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Thanks, I'll let you know if I get an interview! I felt surprisingly confident when I finished the HAA, but whether that's good or not is a different story. I may have spectacularly failed!
    Best of luck with it. Glad you felt good after the HAA, don't worry about it now. Unless your college tells you they're going to use it in the interview then it's gone!
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    (Original post by domaths)
    Hello, thank you for answering all our questions it has been really helpful.

    I saw somewhere else that colleges are only getting section 1 scores on the 14th, is this true? If it is are decisions suspected to be made relatively quickly after this (given you have already looked at them quite thoroughly)? Do you have the same sort of categorised technique you mentioned when considering BMAT scores for the new AAs?
    I do yes.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Best of luck with it. Glad you felt good after the HAA, don't worry about it now. Unless your college tells you they're going to use it in the interview then it's gone!
    Exactly right! Nothing will change the outcome, and I know the college I have applied for use written work in the interview. I think this (most likely) rules out Section 2 being used in the interview? I did feel good; it has to be said that I'm doubting myself as times goes on. I am always critical of myself so that's to be expected. I actually really enjoyed the HAA, I know I can't discuss it in depth but a part of the second section made me laugh!
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Exactly right! Nothing will change the outcome, and I know the college I have applied for use written work in the interview. I think this (most likely) rules out Section 2 being used in the interview? I did feel good; it has to be said that I'm doubting myself as times goes on. I am always critical of myself so that's to be expected. I actually really enjoyed the HAA, I know I can't discuss it in depth but a part of the second section made me laugh!
    It's good to be reflective but be careful that it doesn't overflow into negativity. As you say, we can't discuss the content but I'm glad it made you laugh, they made me laugh too, they were fun passages.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    It's good to be reflective but be careful that it doesn't overflow into negativity. As you say, we can't discuss the content but I'm glad it made you laugh, they made me laugh too, they were fun passages.
    Indeed, that's very true. I think the easiest way to avoid it overflowing into negativity is to put it in context and remind yourself that no worrying will change the outcome now. They really were!! Very fun and engaging. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of my application goes, for better or for worse. May I ask you about wider reading?

    I have been reading the Spirit of Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic. I know that an interviewer will not test my knowledge as if a game of mastermind, but will want to see how I think instead. If they asked me about the Spirit of Capitalism, and my thoughts contradicted an idea I'd had on my Personal Statement, would it reflect poorly on me or would they see it as me continuing to assess and develop my thinking? What if I had an idea which went against the general historical consensus, especially as the book is so controversial in many fields (History, social sciences etc) but also pretty 'essential'? I'm really enjoying Weber, but I'm almost finished it. History is so subjective as to an individual's perspective, and there is no one way to view History (although Elton disagreed with that ). Surely, a controversial opinion won't reflect badly on me (or will it)?
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    Hello, thank you very much for answering questions.
    I am a Chinese applicant applying for History at King's. According to the statistics most history applicants accepted by the university are the ones who have achieved an average of 90%+ in their UMS grades. Since my average UMS is 87% for the three best
    AS subjects and I only got 82% for AS history, will my application be among the weaker ones? This is despite that I did four AS subjects (History, Economics, Sociology and Mathematics) and six IGCSEs simultaneously, that I studied three of the AS subjects myself and that I got an 8 in IELTS.
    Also, in my personal statement I wrote lengthy discussions regarding the works of Eric Hobsbawm (who was, incidentally, an undergraduate student at King's) and my thoughts about his analysis, with an emphasis on his approach to studying history. I would like to know whether all this (historiography etc.) will be of greater importance during an interview, in comparison with the specific historical studies that I dealt with in my submitted essays?
    Thanks again!
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    Hello there, thanks for answering all these questions! I was just wondering if you could possibly shed any light on the graduate entry medicine (A101) interview offers? I have read that some GEM applicants have received invites; is it the case that all of the interview invites are sent out first and then rejections? Thank you
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    Hi,

    I have noticed applicants referring to 'section 1' and 'section 2' of their admissions test, I'm a bit confused by this. I sat the ELAT and there was only one question to answer? Have I completely missed something or is the sectioning only relevant to some subjects?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    Hi,

    I have noticed applicants referring to 'section 1' and 'section 2' of their admissions test, I'm a bit confused by this. I sat the ELAT and there was only one question to answer? Have I completely missed something or is the sectioning only relevant to some subjects?

    Thanks.
    The "Section 1 & 2" comments refer to the new admissions assessments used by Cambridge only - e.g. ECAA, ENGAA, HAA, NSAA.

    ELAT is a different format and is used differently (i.e. by Oxford too).

    http://www.admissionstestingservice....w-assessments/
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Indeed, that's very true. I think the easiest way to avoid it overflowing into negativity is to put it in context and remind yourself that no worrying will change the outcome now. They really were!! Very fun and engaging. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of my application goes, for better or for worse. May I ask you about wider reading?

    I have been reading the Spirit of Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic. I know that an interviewer will not test my knowledge as if a game of mastermind, but will want to see how I think instead. If they asked me about the Spirit of Capitalism, and my thoughts contradicted an idea I'd had on my Personal Statement, would it reflect poorly on me or would they see it as me continuing to assess and develop my thinking? What if I had an idea which went against the general historical consensus, especially as the book is so controversial in many fields (History, social sciences etc) but also pretty 'essential'? I'm really enjoying Weber, but I'm almost finished it. History is so subjective as to an individual's perspective, and there is no one way to view History (although Elton disagreed with that ). Surely, a controversial opinion won't reflect badly on me (or will it)?
    We expect your thinking to have developed. As you read more your ideas will change. That's only natural and right. As long as you make it clear in your answer that you realise you might be contradicting something in your PS then that will be a good thing.

    As long as you're able to justify your thoughts and be prepared to engage with discussion about it, then no having ideas that go against consensus is fine.
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    (Original post by Billy Shears)
    Hello, thank you very much for answering questions.
    I am a Chinese applicant applying for History at King's. According to the statistics most history applicants accepted by the university are the ones who have achieved an average of 90%+ in their UMS grades. Since my average UMS is 87% for the three best
    AS subjects and I only got 82% for AS history, will my application be among the weaker ones? This is despite that I did four AS subjects (History, Economics, Sociology and Mathematics) and six IGCSEs simultaneously, that I studied three of the AS subjects myself and that I got an 8 in IELTS.
    Also, in my personal statement I wrote lengthy discussions regarding the works of Eric Hobsbawm (who was, incidentally, an undergraduate student at King's) and my thoughts about his analysis, with an emphasis on his approach to studying history. I would like to know whether all this (historiography etc.) will be of greater importance during an interview, in comparison with the specific historical studies that I dealt with in my submitted essays?
    Thanks again!
    Most students won;t have UMS this year but, historically, your 87% average and 82% in History is a bit on the low side. Given the circumstances in which you did your ASs, however, that will be taken into account.

    I can't tell you what your interviewers will decide to pick up on and the direction they will take the interview and the importance they will place on different parts - I'm not a mindreader! I my own experience as a History interviewer, I can say that different elements often leave the most lasting impression from different candidates - I don't have a fixed idea of what is most important as I know that different things at different times will give me an insight into a candidate's abilities and potential.
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    (Original post by catface34)
    Hello there, thanks for answering all these questions! I was just wondering if you could possibly shed any light on the graduate entry medicine (A101) interview offers? I have read that some GEM applicants have received invites; is it the case that all of the interview invites are sent out first and then rejections? Thank you
    I'm afraid I don't know, sorry. Only the graduate colleges deal with the GCM (Graduate Course in Medicine) and I've never had any experience with it being at a standard aged college.
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    Hi,

    I have noticed applicants referring to 'section 1' and 'section 2' of their admissions test, I'm a bit confused by this. I sat the ELAT and there was only one question to answer? Have I completely missed something or is the sectioning only relevant to some subjects?

    Thanks.
    No need to worry, it's as jneill says. The ELAT is a pre-existing test and isn't structured the same way as the new Admissions Assessments.
 
 
 
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