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    (Original post by derangedyoshi)
    I feel a bit like you do for Cambridge, but I do think it's difficult to judge. So don't give up hope yet!! And either way, at 3 offers from great unis you're doing better than me so far :P
    What college did you apply for?
    After reading this thread, I feel quite lucky to have my offers aha! Where have you applied to?
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    (Original post by iyanaomi)
    What college did you apply for?
    After reading this thread, I feel quite lucky to have my offers aha! Where have you applied to?
    Info's all in my sig - I applied for Emmanuel, you?
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    I got a new scientific calculator for christmas.....how much of a maths geek does that make me look?!!? haha
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    (Original post by safmaster)
    Well done on your STEP grades! What's the best way to prepare for STEP in your opinion? Do you just keep on doing past paper questions?
    Thank you I did both of the Siklos booklets to kickstart my revision in February, then I just worked through all the past papers in chronological order 2000-2010. Make sure you don't give up on a question; work for about an hour on it then just keep coming back to it. If the next day you still haven't got it then look at the answers. When you see the trick it will be lodged in your brain because you will have spent so long getting frustrated!
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    (Original post by desy.kris)
    thats not what i said. i said that rejectees are not good enough to get in, and those who get in are better than those who get rejected. (that's common sense) but now i see that it's not merely based on whether one is good or not.

    and, if you just wanna tell me that it's karma, no it is not because i knew that the CS dep rejected me already when i said that. and i admit to not being a good CS applicant in the first place (lack of bg knowledge)
    No, the admissions process is not perfect. the fact that oxford do not look at UMS tells me that some people could of simply had a good bad/interview and been accepted/rejected infront of people that are better/worse than them. Basically, im 99% sure that someone who is better than you at maths, was rejected.

    anyhow congratulations on the offer!
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    (Original post by Jampolo)
    No, the admissions process is not perfect. the fact that oxford do not look at UMS tells me that some people could of simply had a good bad/interview and been accepted/rejected infront of people that are better/worse than them. Basically, im 99% sure that someone who is better than you at maths, was rejected.

    anyhow congratulations on the offer!
    In my first interview, they asked me for my UMS. I'm fairly certain the different colleges that interview you share that between each other. Not sure if this goes for all colleges at Oxford, but mine definitely knew my UMS.
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    (Original post by officeface)
    In my first interview, they asked me for my UMS. I'm fairly certain the different colleges that interview you share that between each other. Not sure if this goes for all colleges at Oxford, but mine definitely knew my UMS.
    this is a surprise, although i know some ask you to bring evidence of qualifacations incase of 'cheaters'.

    you heard any news back from oxford yet?
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    (Original post by Jampolo)
    this is a surprise, although i know some ask you to bring evidence of qualifacations incase of 'cheaters'.

    you heard any news back from oxford yet?
    Yep, offer from Lincoln college
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    (Original post by Jampolo)
    this is a surprise, although i know some ask you to bring evidence of qualifacations incase of 'cheaters'.
    Yep. And I am guessing UMS formed an important part of that admissions for that college. However, I do not see how high UMS correlates in any way to mathematical ability.

    Regarding the Ox/Cam admissions process, it is fair to say that a very good candidate has a higher chance of being rejected from Ox. STEP helps with the self-seletion for Cam (which i guess is better than just one 25 min interview, but even then there is an element of luck in STEP, and some schools offer rigourous preparation, you may have an advantage by taking all the extra applied modules, etc.).
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    (Original post by officeface)
    Yep, offer from Lincoln college
    Congratulations
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    (Original post by twig)
    Yep. And I am guessing UMS formed an important part of that admissions for that college. However, I do not see how high UMS correlates in any way to mathematical ability.

    Regarding the Ox/Cam admissions process, it is fair to say that a very good candidate has a higher chance of being rejected from Ox. STEP helps with the self-seletion for Cam (which i guess is better than just one 25 min interview, but even then there is an element of luck in STEP, and some schools offer rigourous preparation, you may have an advantage by taking all the extra applied modules, etc.).
    I feel theres a very big difference between taking and not taking STEP though, but for maths UMS dosen't correlate very well with the tripos results.
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    Hello all. I'm here wanting to ask for some advice.
    I'm having my AL(maths, further maths, phy) in 2012 May-June. Since I've got no grades in AS, I think I'll apply for uni next year...
    But do you think this still bring disadvantage if I wanna apply for those top uni? (because this seems not the usual way to go... you all got grades in GCSE and AS... but I dun have these qualifications... )

    I expect I'll have at least 2 A*.
    and I've participated in some quite qualified extra-curricular activities (provided by some uni) and have gained some credits in maths,
    ermm... and a 5 in AP calculus BC (an exam in US)
    dunno if this help enriching my profile...

    Many thanks!!!
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    (Original post by dbou)
    Thank you I did both of the Siklos booklets to kickstart my revision in February, then I just worked through all the past papers in chronological order 2000-2010. Make sure you don't give up on a question; work for about an hour on it then just keep coming back to it. If the next day you still haven't got it then look at the answers. When you see the trick it will be lodged in your brain because you will have spent so long getting frustrated!
    did you do all of the stepI papers first and then all of the stepII papers or did you do them at the same time (one stepI paper and then one stepII papers and so on)?
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    (Original post by like_a_star)
    did you do all of the stepI papers first and then all of the stepII papers or did you do them at the same time (one stepI paper and then one stepII papers and so on)?
    I did all the STEP I papers (except 2010) then all the STEP II papers (except 2010), then I did the 2010 papers in the days before each exam.
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    (Original post by aliveyuen)
    Hello all. I'm here wanting to ask for some advice.
    I'm having my AL(maths, further maths, phy) in 2012 May-June. Since I've got no grades in AS, I think I'll apply for uni next year...
    But do you think this still bring disadvantage if I wanna apply for those top uni? (because this seems not the usual way to go... you all got grades in GCSE and AS... but I dun have these qualifications... )

    I expect I'll have at least 2 A*.
    and I've participated in some quite qualified extra-curricular activities (provided by some uni) and have gained some credits in maths,
    ermm... and a 5 in AP calculus BC (an exam in US)
    dunno if this help enriching my profile...

    Many thanks!!!
    So you've got no AS grades, but you will have complete A-levels this June?

    That's fine. You'll be able to apply, and it won't disadvantage you People don't put in AS grades unless they have them, and a lot of independent (posh) schools in the UK don't certificate AS-levels, so they wouldn't have them either

    The most important thing is to have your Personal Statement, reference and grade predictions done a few days before the deadline. (You do the PS, your teachers do the rest.) Then you'll have time to sort out any issues you might have.

    Mention the extra stuff in your Personal Statement and you'll be fine good luck!
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    (Original post by BeccaCath94)
    Well done What course? I got an offer from them on wednesday Its going to be one of my top two i think
    Haha whats the 5th one?
    for G100 BSc Mathematics
    What one did you get an offer for?
    The 5th one is Bristol and they're likely to reject me anyway so hey-ho
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    (Original post by dbou)
    I did all the STEP I papers (except 2010) then all the STEP II papers (except 2010), then I did the 2010 papers in the days before each exam.
    ahh ok thanks
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    (Original post by rachaelizabeth)
    for G100 BSc Mathematics
    What one did you get an offer for?
    The 5th one is Bristol and they're likely to reject me anyway so hey-ho
    Ooh well done Mines for G1R2 - Maths and German....although im regretting the german part now!!!
    Aww i'm sure they wont....
    I've got offers from heriot-watt, liverpool and lancaster and have an open day at sheffield then will get an offer...just leeds left
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    Regarding the Ox/Cam admissions process, it is fair to say that a very good candidate has a higher chance of being rejected from Ox. STEP helps with the self-seletion for Cam (which i guess is better than just one 25 min interview, but even then there is an element of luck in STEP, and some schools offer rigourous preparation, you may have an advantage by taking all the extra applied modules, etc.).
    I completely disagree. I have just received an offer from oxford, and to do so I had 6 interviews!! My friend, also applying for maths, at cambridge had only one. Over the course of 6 interviews, a lot I know and is not the case for all applicants but the point still stands, the best candidates are more likely to shine through. STEP will not truly show the best candidates because Cambridge will already have made their selection by this point in time, and if you do perform well in STEP but not in your interview your scuppered.
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    (Original post by johnny1994)
    STEP will not truly show the best candidates because Cambridge will already have made their selection by this point in time, and if you do perform well in STEP but not in your interview your scuppered.
    Bear in mind, though, that they will take into account that not everyone will be at their best on the interview day, and they have personal statement, reference, grades and predictions, and info on the supplementary questionnaire to go by as well - and they give out about twice as many offers as there are places, so STEP does do quite a lot of the selection by itself. And in all honesty, STEP is a far better method of selection than any interview. I felt the questions asked in my interview for Cambridge were very brief, but they had to be, otherwise we'd only have discussed one question in each interview! STEP allows more detail in a question.

    EDIT: and your numbers of interviews are a bit extreme, I had two at Cambridge for maths, and I'm sure very few people get 6 interviews for anything anywhere ever. :P
 
 
 
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