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    Gotta say while I have sympathy for all you peeps waiting, I'm gonna reserve the most for the mathmos.

    They can't even truly celebrate or say 'yup, I'm going to Cambridge' until something like 8 months from now . . . STEP is basically like being reinterviewed in June and waiting 2 months for a reply .
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    Thanks so much IDGE! Best of luck
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    (Original post by mwatters)
    If you're rejected from your chosen college on the Saturday, but you've then also been given a straight out offer from another college through the pool, will you find both that information out in the Saturday letter?
    Yes, you will for sure.

    But I haven't quite understood if you will receive both a letter from your chosen college and the one that fished you, or if you will hear from your chosen college saying that you've been pooled and fished and later on a letter from the new college with the official offer.
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    I don't have a hope in hell in getting an offer, low UMS, okay interviews but a terrible written assessment. I don't think there is any point in even opening the letter but oh well! Good luck guys
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    (Original post by ClickItBack)
    Gotta say while I have sympathy for all you peeps waiting, I'm gonna reserve the most for the mathmos.

    They can't even truly celebrate or say 'yup, I'm going to Cambridge' until something like 8 months from now . . . STEP is basically like being reinterviewed in June and waiting 2 months for a reply .
    Ah. I just want the chance meet a STEP offer!! i dont care if its 11 s1 or ss ill give it my best shot!


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    (Original post by ClickItBack)
    Gotta say while I have sympathy for all you peeps waiting, I'm gonna reserve the most for the mathmos.

    They can't even truly celebrate or say 'yup, I'm going to Cambridge' until something like 8 months from now . . . STEP is basically like being reinterviewed in June and waiting 2 months for a reply .
    Is it basically a very difficult maths exam? What's the grading system?

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    (Original post by grammar12)
    I don't have a hope in hell in getting an offer, low UMS, okay interviews but a terrible written assessment. I don't think there is any point in even opening the letter but oh well! Good luck guys
    same mate. my ums is below avergae/ average one good interview and one terrible one. no chance.


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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    That document is for 2014 - it's now 2015
    Here's the 2015 one

    http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...rpool_2015.pdf
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    (Original post by suzanamarieXD)
    People have been saying they think they got a score out of 10 but I don't know how they're figuring it out hahaha
    Nobody has a clue, they're just speculating. You'll get the same thing with pooled people being certain they're autopooled. But there's no particular evidence for it. Don't worry.
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    I don't think it works like that. When my son received his offer from Christ's 3 years ago it was a thin A5 sized envelope. Will see what my daughter's response looks like, hopefully on Saturday!
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    (Original post by suzanamarieXD)
    Is there an actual rank/criteria for what constitutes what score? Like a mark scheme, essentially hahaha?
    Story time involving these scores. I ... gasp ... applied to Oxford* last year, and when I asked for feedback they did send me scores for both my interview and my written work (English applicant). Oh, and the admissions exam (ELAT), but I think that's an Oxford thing only.

    For reference, my interview score last year was a 4/10, which is obviously well below offer. I had a Skype interview**, and it was absolutely awful. Not that it was any scarier than normal - though I don't like Skype as much as natural conversation - but it felt rushed and we spent 5-10 minutes dealing with technical issues.

    They gave me a little bit of reasoning to my low interview score, basically saying I wasn't good at analyzing the poem they gave me (absolutely right, I'd barely touched poetry before, especially not in school) and that I didn't have enough knowledge on the books I'd mentioned in my personal statement (also true, I did absolutely no revision). I, for instance, had not touched Moby **** for over a year before the interview, but I had written a sentence about reading it in my statement, and that took up a whole third of the interview!

    They also said I was inflexible and not well read enough (both true, but fingers crossed that I fixed those problems this time around).

    So, if you were able to bring up a few points and work through the questions with some sort of method during the interview, even if you were nervous or said some daft things, chances are you did better than me last year, which means more than a 4.

    Just goes to show that no matter how much you prepare, you can never really "prepare" for an Oxbridge interview!

    *Oxford have (technically) lower requirements for American students - 3 AP 5's instead of 5 - so I thought Oxford would have been "easier" to get into; wrong of course. This year I did Cambridge instead so I could try and pull off a bit of a David Mitchell . It was really a whim decision though; my gap year is totally unrelated to reapplying and I decided to try at Cambridge just for the heck of it. I'm not expecting to get in, but I'm of course hoping. I definitely felt ten times as prepared and confident this year, even if I wasn't asked about the specific things I'd prepared on.

    **I'm English but I lived in America during my high school years, and didn't have a way to come back for the interview. Skype was the only option, but it was a pretty bad option. I'd have been rejected either way, but I feel with the 20 or so minute Skype chat I wasn't given as much time as I could've used.
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    (Original post by Elcor)
    Is it basically a very difficult maths exam? What's the grading system?

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    S,1,2,3,U. Very difficult exams around double offers then places are given.


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    (Original post by Elcor)
    Is it basically a very difficult maths exam? What's the grading system?

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    S is the best grade, followed by 1, 2, 3, U. 1, 1 is the standard STEP offer and it's ridiculously hard to get. Trinity College even give out S, 1 offers sometimes.
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    (Original post by ClickItBack)
    Gotta say while I have sympathy for all you peeps waiting, I'm gonna reserve the most for the mathmos.

    They can't even truly celebrate or say 'yup, I'm going to Cambridge' until something like 8 months from now . . . STEP is basically like being reinterviewed in June and waiting 2 months for a reply .
    Any sympathy for me bro
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    (Original post by Elcor)
    Is it basically a very difficult maths exam? What's the grading system?

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    Yup, it's pretty difficult - only around 50% of those who are made an offer get in (so probably under 50% actually meet the required grades because they do let in people who miss slightly sometimes).
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    (Original post by paradoxicalme)
    S is the best grade, followed by 1, 2, 3, U. 1, 1 is the standard STEP offer and it's ridiculously hard to get. Trinity College even give out S, 1 offers sometimes.
    Trinity and Churchill did give a handful of S,S offers last year. Though Kings also give one or two 1,2s and Girton give a fair amount of 1,2s.

    Though yes, by far, most offers seem to be 1,1
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    (Original post by newblood)
    Any sympathy for me bro
    Hah, you've got something like S, 1 already right? No sympathy for you if you get an unconditional . . . much sympathy if they force you to retake .
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    (Original post by ClickItBack)
    Gotta say while I have sympathy for all you peeps waiting, I'm gonna reserve the most for the mathmos.

    They can't even truly celebrate or say 'yup, I'm going to Cambridge' until something like 8 months from now . . . STEP is basically like being reinterviewed in June and waiting 2 months for a reply .
    Right now I really just want the opportunity to give it a go with "a place at Cambridge" as my motivation.
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    (Original post by mwatters)
    If you're rejected from your chosen college on the Saturday, but you've then also been given a straight out offer from another college through the pool, will you find both that information out in the Saturday letter?
    Not in the same letter, no. The letter from your preference college will tell you that another college has picked you up, but my understanding is that you won't know which college until you hear directly from them, and that might not be on Saturday.

    (Original post by marsbms)
    Yes, you will for sure.

    But I haven't quite understood if you will receive both a letter from your chosen college and the one that fished you, or if you will hear from your chosen college saying that you've been pooled and fished and later on a letter from the new college with the official offer.
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    (Original post by paradoxicalme)
    S is the best grade, followed by 1, 2, 3, U. 1, 1 is the standard STEP offer and it's ridiculously hard to get. Trinity College even give out S, 1 offers sometimes.
    i heard someone who got a SSS A*A*A* offer 2 years ago. he didnt get it but got picked by another college.


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