(Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
Hello all. Having discussed things with other colleges involved in TSR, we agreed that it would be a good idea to run a thread like this to try to offer reassurance and general advice to candidates between the admissions assessments and the interviews.
I can't discuss the content of the Admissions Assessments
so please don't ask nor can I say for certain how colleges are going to be using them in their decision making.
The purpose of the thread is to provide general advice and reassurance about the process between now and the start of the interviews in early December, so if you have a query please do send it. I will try to answer as quickly as possible but please bear in mind that things are busy at the moment in Cambridge admissions offices so have patience and I promise to get back to you. I can't answer on behalf of colleges other than Murray Edwards but I can provide some advice or at least a window into the way colleges behave so don;t feel you have to be Murray Edwards applicant in order to ask. A lot of the time, though, the answer will be 'email your college and ask!'
Good luck to everyone involved and do please ask away...
I ask this with the full understanding that different colleges handle admissions in their own way, and I would love your angle on this. I am a post-qualification IB applicant for Economics. As it is a highly competitive course, I'd like to have your insight so that I can have realistic expectations of my chances.
I applied from overseas and have already had the benefit of undergoing my interview in my home country back in October. My IB score is 45 with my HL subjects being Biology, Chemistry, and Math, and I took English, Chinese, and Economics at SL. From your experience, how are post-qualification candidates generally viewed against those applying with predicted scores? Many admissions tutors have commented before on the unreliability of predicted grades, so a candidate with solid qualifications should seem to be a more bankable choice for the college. Do you observe higher rates of success for candidates who have already attained their grades as a result of this (and not to mention the self-selection that occurs where generally only those with good enough grades apply)?
Or do some admissions teams take a different approach, whereby the achieved grades of post-qualification candidates are not given so much importance, and candidates were assessed as though they were applying with predicted grades? I could see some justification in this as colleges can be assured of the final grades of their applicants when their offers are conditional.
Lastly, from your perspective, what are the usual pitfalls that could occur (e.g. within interviews, admissions assessments) in the application of an IB candidate like me, with 45 points, that would be serious enough to discourage you from making an offer?
Thank you for doing this.