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    Hey so I got disappointing AS results (all As, but low UMS) and I still want to apply to Cambridge. I feel like if I get an interview then get rejected, I'll be fine; if I don't get an interview so am rejected even before that, I'll be pissed. The interview is in a sense a way to make up for my iffy AS results.

    So I want to ensure I get an interview. Now I'm quite confident that every part of my application outside of the AS results is strong (9A*s at GCSE, good personal statement w/ further reading etc) but I still can't be sure whether I'll get an interview.

    This is where the SAQ comes in. I understand that, in the SAQ, there is space for a sort of personal statement 2.0 (albeit shorter and more specific to Cambridge) as well as an 'additional information' box.

    I've got a fab thing (well-backed up) to put in there to suggest that, though my UMS points were disappointing, I will bounce back in the second year. Just take my word for it. Just imagine it is good ok.

    Would that little bit make a difference?

    Would they read that additional information box and think 'wow this jackass is pissed at four As and seems pretty determined to be sick in A2, let's give him an interview' or do they not really care about the box?

    You can even just ignore that whole thing I've just written and answer this question: do Cambridge care about the personal statements made within the SAQ?


    PS: yes I know how pedantic and stupid I sound right now. I've taken enough **** from my friends because I have somehow manage to twist four As into a bad thing.
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    (Original post by triggeredcam)
    Hey so I got disappointing AS results (all As, but low UMS) and I still want to apply to Cambridge. I feel like if I get an interview then get rejected, I'll be fine; if I don't get an interview so am rejected even before that, I'll be pissed. The interview is in a sense a way to make up for my iffy AS results.

    So I want to ensure I get an interview. Now I'm quite confident that every part of my application outside of the AS results is strong (9A*s at GCSE, good personal statement w/ further reading etc) but I still can't be sure whether I'll get an interview.

    This is where the SAQ comes in. I understand that, in the SAQ, there is space for a sort of personal statement 2.0 (albeit shorter and more specific to Cambridge) as well as an 'additional information' box.

    I've got a fab thing (well-backed up) to put in there to suggest that, though my UMS points were disappointing, I will bounce back in the second year. Just take my word for it. Just imagine it is good ok.

    Would that little bit make a difference?

    Would they read that additional information box and think 'wow this jackass is pissed at four As and seems pretty determined to be sick in A2, let's give him an interview' or do they not really care about the box?

    You can even just ignore that whole thing I've just written and answer this question: do Cambridge care about the personal statements made within the SAQ?


    PS: yes I know how pedantic and stupid I sound right now. I've taken enough **** from my friends because I have somehow manage to twist four As into a bad thing.
    There isn't any fixed weighting to any aspect of the application. Every part is looked at holistically and individually to assess the ability, potential and suitability to Cambridge style of teaching of each candidate.

    They interview high proportion of applicants anyway (over 80% usually), so as long your academic profile is within a general range of their requirement, it's quite possible you'll at least get interview.
 
 
 
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