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This is my view also, if we get the grades a lot of re-applicants are successful second time around. They know and understand the system, how to play it and how to prepare. And in the grand scheme of things 1 year to mature and do something useful may actually be something which we will really enjoy!
exactly, also, we've been working solidly for years now- a year out to mature, follow our interests etc, will be more beneficial when we go to university. Really, 8 weeks or whatever it is, isn't that long to de-stress and prepare to go to such an intense environment as Cambridge and perform to our best abilities
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put me out of my misery........

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Thanks a lot for the help! Are you currently studying there? How Dyu know this haha?

Can I ask why they would increase the STEP offer even more if you take a gap year? That seems like they want you to redo it and try and make you fail because S,S is insanely hard?
And there's no guarantee that you will receive an offer again? Say the interview goes poorly again?


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theres never a garuntee i'm afraid.. so taking a gap year just for cambridge is a big gamble, cos you may get rejected again- i hope nobody does tho!
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Thanks a lot for the help! Are you currently studying there? How Dyu know this haha?
Over the last year I've become a bit of a STEP expert... I post a lot on the STEP prep thread

I've never studied at Cambridge though.

Can I ask why they would increase the STEP offer even more if you take a gap year? That seems like they want you to redo it and try and make you fail because S,S is insanely hard?
I think there's a few reasons. The first is that the interview process tests, amongst other things, your suitability to the Cambridge supervision system. So you might actually just not be suited to that kind of learning. Making you re-interview should help them work that out.

Secondly, maths is one of those subjects where you absolutely need to practice to be good at it. Gap years are not great for mathmos, and so they'll want you do to more maths.

Thirdly, you're at an advantage over all first-time applicants as you know the system. They'll want to take that into consideration; the Maths Tripos is arguably the hardest degree in the world (arguably, before I start a fight), so they'll want to ensure you can cope.

And there's no guarantee that you will receive an offer again? Say the interview goes poorly again?
Yes, there is no guarantee of another offer, and its possible the questions are tougher too given your additional year of knowledge.
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I've drowned from Emma in ChemEng via Engineering. And still no news from Imperial. I don't know where I'd settle if the latter would also reject me.

Well, it's great talking to you guys. Good luck to us all in our future endeavours.
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My track was just updated- I drowned I applied to Downing for HSPS. Not really surprised as I had 2As and 2Bs at AS level. Well done to everyone who got offers though! Anyone seriously thinking of reapplying?
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My track was just updated- I drowned I applied to Downing for HSPS. Not really surprised as I had 2As and 2Bs at AS level. Well done to everyone who got offers though! Anyone seriously thinking of reapplying?
Track is updated already?!
This is getting scary.....
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Got rejected from Queens' for Computer Science
Gutted, but at least I've got Imperial and UCL.

Good luck to everyone who's still waiting!
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Track is updated already?!
This is getting scary.....
Mine was track told me I was unsuccessful and then I came home to find a letter confirming my rejection. It's been a great day. I'm guessing your still waiting to hear? Good luck!
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FAO SIDNEY SUSSEX HOPEFULS:

Just rang admissions, letters were sent out today as the admissions tutor has been ill. If you request an email you should get one today... arghhhhhhh.
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Would it be reasonable to request that my college sends my decision letter via e-mail?
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Rejected today by Downing Phys Nat Sci through tracker/letter... 93 UMS avg in most relevant 3 subjects.

Their loss, looks like Imperial will be lucky enough to have me now ^_^

good luck to anyone left
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hey guys, got sent into the pool.. then rejected hahaha so sad

I applied for Law, open application, got directed to Selwyn.

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Got the Pembroke rejection letter.

Also for reapplying I believe for 18 year olds its about 25% success rate and for 19 year olds 20%? Worth bearing in mind.
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i'm sorry <img src="images/smilies/frown.png" border="0" alt="" title="" smilieid="11" class="inlineimg" /> where you planning on going now? i'm a bionatsci expecting rejection from pembroke soon... did they email you or letter?
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Hopefully St Andrews. I got it by letter today.
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Drowned today for Downing HSPS, I'm surprised to have come this far but the fall still hurt a lot haha.
It would have been preferable that I received my letter BEFORE my track update but life goes on.

Hey there Durham....
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hope you get all offers fromyour other unis- i'm sure they're great!
Thanks. Were you lucky enough to get fished?
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Interestingly, they actually make this point in their own advice for interviewers - that notes from interviews could potentially become subject to a data inquiry, so interviewers must make sure that anything they write down would be appropriate.
I had that section in mind

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I've submitted a Freedom of Information act request because Cambridge was being ridiculous. They have every right not to provide information contrary to the law, but to be so snide about a reasonable request was what made me push them to give me what I wanted.

Destroying information, as has been suggested by more than one tutor at Cambridge, would not absolve them from their obligations under the Data Protection Act, nor Freedom of Information Act. (I'm seriously not making up the destroying info part.) There's an easy way out for Cambridge, and that is to be more transparent

Having said all of that, don't do what ukdragon suggested, because I don't think that's even the least bit reasonable
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Of course you are not. There are numerous references to the possibility of it in examiners' reports and committee meeting minutes etc.
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Pooled from Emma for CompSci on the 4th, drowned today via post. I was in the auto-pool category. No UCAS Track update as of 16:10.
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Today my heart has joined the thousand, for my dream drowned with me
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Homerton has officially rejected me for Linguistics, by post.

The system is awful. I will leave it there.


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