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Get your school to contact them. They're obliged to offer feedback. You'll get much better explanations than random people on a forum who don't know the rest of your application.
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Just means the other applicants, even on paper, were just far better such that they didn't feel there was any real chance of you being given an offer. It saves both parties the time and effort of an interview. It sucks, but you will still end up somewhere good with those grades so it doesn't really matter. You can, as stated, get feedback if you care enough
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Did you have an aptitude test?
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

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MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
What were your UMS scores exactly? And also, Electronics and Computing probably don't rank highly on the respected subjects tables judging by Trinity College's blacklist. So, relatively lower UMS in combination with 2 weak subject choices and a B in Physics probably meant you didn't make the cut.
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Did you have an aptitude test?
Cambridge tend to do that at interview do they not?
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Cambridge tend to do that at interview do they not?
Yeah think they do now you mention it, haha. Have very little knowledge of their system, never applied. Just thought that might have been an area that contributed to the rejection if the test was sat pre interview like oxford.
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Personal statement?
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

AS:
MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
the physics probably brought you down, even though you were 5 UMS off an A

Sorry bro, but if you applied to cambridge i imagine you'll go to somewhere like Imperial or Brunel so i wouldn't worry too much they are great
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

AS:
MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
I would say it's because of the A-levels of Computing and Electronics - they are not 'conventional' - and I don't mean they're easy, they're just not considered best for academic studies but are more vocational.

Furthermore, the decision is also based on PS and reference but I'd say that the A-levels would probably be the reason.

That said, with the results you're predicted, you'll surely be fine in another top institution. Besides, if you're doing computing and electronics, which are more practical/applied (as lcsurfer said), it might be that you'll really do better somewhere which is not so purely-academics based? Either way, good luck and don't worry!
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

AS:
MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
Raweed, well done with the good grades, contact cambridge and they will tell you why.... i assume its because of the physics, you need a an A or A* with a high UMS for the A grade....

what subject did you apply for?

electronics and computing are not as respected than say maths and further maths or simply maths at a high grade....

anyway more to the point, you should be eligible for Imperial College, UCL, Warwick and many other top unis, on paper your VERY good....


Honestly:o:rolleyes:
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Yeah, because Cambridge Engineering is particularly competitive, it is likely the UMS may have been less than they wanted.
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They don't read it.
what?
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computing and electronics arent highly rated at oxford as they prefer more traditional subjects. Im sure it says that on their website
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In addition to what other people have said, the majority of applicants will have had further maths, which is pretty much a prerequisite for the course...
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They don't read it.
Now, how could you possibly know that?:confused:
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Now, how could you possibly know that?:confused:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...nal-statements

Whether that is 100% true for every college and course is another thing however. I would think for courses such as Medicine they would read it due to work experience ect.
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

AS:
MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
B in Physics, lack of Further Maths, only two 'traditional' subjects (Computing and Electronics probably would've been fine as long as you had three traditional subjects in addition), GCSEs not great, maybe your UMS also weren't great (if your average is below 90% then it would certainly be below average for Cambridge Engineering applicants).
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Hey I applied to queens college for engineering and got rejected for even an interview

AS:
MATHS - A
COMPUTING - A
ELECTRONICS - A
PHYSICS - B (5 UMS from an A)

I am carrying on all 4 at A2, my predicted are A*(Electronics), A, A, A.
My UMS for maths show A*

My GCSE's where average at 4A*'s 4A's 1B and a couple of NVQ's equivalent to 3 extra GCSE's

Anyone have any ideas why I would be rejected for even an interview? I wasn't keeping my hopes high for an offer but would have thought I'd at least get an interview.
That must suck! It must be painful

If i were to comment on why you didn't get an interview offer, it must be your subject choices and predicted. My GCSE (equivalent) results were slight worse than yours and I got 3 As and 1 B for my AS too, but managed to gain an interview offer.
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Electronics is not a weak subject.
Its harder than maths as it actually needs you apply knowledge and theory to practice!
In general, true. For Cambridge, they are looking for strong performance in academic subjects. If the Physics grade had been higher, Electronics wouldn't be a problem. Computing is certainly considered a weak subject - Further Maths would be a better choice for Cambridge Engineering.
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