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    What about those lectures you skipped 😉
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    I think you'll find old buildings aren't sparse in Cambridge
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    (Original post by rayofsunshine98)
    Just found the NSAA paper... I think I've just been sick mentally.

    Just out of curiosity, did anyone find any like blogs or anything written by previous applicants that were useful when applying?? Or in terms of the confidence wobble that many of us are having/have had recently? I'm asking because I didn't really find anything and I think I might have found something like that really useful, especially if it was written whilst you were in the middle of it all? I know about Lucy Parson's site and her book (highly recommend if you haven't read it) but I'm debating setting up my own blog covering everything from applications to getting through exam season etc and wondered if anyone had seen anything like that and thought it might help future applicants. I'd value some comments on this from you guys, who are like the only people I know in this situation.


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    does it help to hear that I got a high 2i in my physnatsci degree and I'm struggling with it? does it help more for me to reassure you that the general intelligence of natsci students would not find that simple, let alone manageable?

    I think the difficulty of such tests, and of the interview itself, is that all A-Level students are stuck in the mindset that only 95%+ is acceptable. Even by glancing at the questions there, I can absolutely assure you that the average mark will be well below 70%, most likely hitting about 50%. This is intentional.

    edit: having done the entire paper now, perhaps i exaggerated the difficulty (when I looked at it, i thought that q1+2 would likely take more than 2 minutes and there would be a difficulty gradient). Classic example of an exam where you should instantly skip a question you don't immediately know how to do.

    Regardless, isn't this the offer holders thread? Or are you a fellow hooligan who doesn't really belong here?

    You can make a lot of mistakes and be accepted by Cambridge. I made a mistake in my interview involving a negative force and assured the interviewers it was right even after they questioned me about it lol.
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    Applicants dont realise "breaks" = emergency body response to being in cambridge. I collapsed in second year labs after doing ~60 hours work in 3 days.
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    (Original post by rayofsunshine98)
    That's my other thought..and maybe when we are all at Cambridge next year we will all have to do guest posts on each other's blogs for another perspective. Sorry if you've said this already in here (I have a brain like a sieve at the moment) but what course and college were you??


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    Well I had a go at making a blog 😂

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    Applicants dont realise "breaks" = emergency body response to being in cambridge. I collapsed in second year labs after doing ~60 hours work in 3 days.
    Yikes 😱😱😱
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    oh damn, hope u were alright.

    afaik mathmos go crazy and wonder the streets at night instead.
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    Cambridge's philosophy is to put pressure on its students in the same way that the earth's crust would crush carbon mineral deposits. Those that can handle, adapt to and enjoy the pressure get to be little diamonds and everyone else wails in agony or gets spat out by a volcano as they try to survive their degree with a decent mark...

    I am of course kidding, but the cold hard reality of going Cambridge is a mirror of the
    kubler-ross model

    1. Denial. I can do this work. I am still the best. It's not even that hard. I can have fun too, there's time for that. That 50% I got? Just an aberration of my hangover!
    2. Anger. *** those students who pretend they understand this ***. *** those lectures who insist on making everything so damn complicated. How the *** did I manage to un-understand this? And so what if I didn't read 20 papers and a textbook this week, my DoS can fill their own swolen brain with that nonsense. And why did my 5 hour assignment for this week get 59%. Is my suffering really worth so little? How is everyone else finding the time to get this *** done?!
    3. Bargaining. I'd do anything for a 2i. Hermione Granger got a time turner when she was struggling right? So why not me? Maybe if i decorate my essays with £10 notes I will go up a few %. It's not like I have enough money to buy proper food anyway, and cardboard is made from trees. Grass is a vegetable. I can live on those, right? Maybe if my head of department and Dos both like me enough, they will stop me from being thrown out when I fail? Maybe I can swap to land ec!
    4. Depression. It's over. If I have no social life, never sleep and sell my soul it may be enough to avoid a 3rd but that's it. It's not like my coursemates can help, they've already escaped into their caffeine infused daydreams in the library, black eyes blankly staring at words which might as well be scribbles. I knew I shouldn't have bothered existing. It's not like I have any talent anyway.
    5. Acceptance. I am going to get an extremely medicore grade for a huge amount of work and I'm going to struggle to do most of the things I want to do. All of my non-Cambridge friends and family won't understand this or the reality of the journey I've been through. But that's ok.


    Haha! Again, just joking! A bit of expansion behind me collapsing in second year is that I was going for my blue at the time, and tried to rearrange my work schedule to do most of the work during a few days to give me time to make all the practice sessions, hit the gym with a decent routine, etc. Alongside having friends, a girlfriend, wanting to play computer games - this was all impossible. I was effortlessly the best in school which is why doing loads of stuff was possible there. At Cambridge I had to work hard for it, which means sacrifices have to be made (somewhere). One reality of cambridge is that in the set {friends and social life, work, time-demanding EC (e.g. sport, music), sleep} you can only pick 3. There are a handful of people I knew who made 4/4 work, but they are all ridiculously driven (the sort of people who can never relax) and incredibly intelligent and diligent.
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    does it help to hear that I got a high 2i in my physnatsci degree and I'm struggling with it? does it help more for me to reassure you that the general intelligence of natsci students would not find that simple, let alone manageable?

    I think the difficulty of such tests, and of the interview itself, is that all A-Level students are stuck in the mindset that only 95%+ is acceptable. Even by glancing at the questions there, I can absolutely assure you that the average mark will be well below 70%, most likely hitting about 50%. This is intentional.

    edit: having done the entire paper now, perhaps i exaggerated the difficulty (when I looked at it, i thought that q1+2 would likely take more than 2 minutes and there would be a difficulty gradient). Classic example of an exam where you should instantly skip a question you don't immediately know how to do.
    Did you have a look at the Section 2 paper as well? Some interesting questions in there; the range of difficulty is quite wide and it's made quite a bit harder by the fact that you're given only 40 minutes to choose and solve two of them!
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    Did you have a look at the Section 2 paper as well? Some interesting questions in there; the range of difficulty is quite wide and it's made quite a bit harder by the fact that you're given only 40 minutes to choose and solve two of them!
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    Yes. Tbh, questions 3 and 4 together took me about 10 minutes (although this is me at an unfair advantage after 3 years of degree level chemistry). Similarly question 5 was very easy (I did cell biology in year 1 and 2).

    Question 2 is similar to a question I got in my admissions test for natsci (i took the test in 2012), except it has a resistor whereas my test involved a thermistor and another quirk which basically involved plotting a load of resistance/voltage graphs and finding intersect points. I remember I ***'d it up.

    Question 6 looks like a good question to get an average mark on. No doubt getting 12/12 in the essay would be difficult under time pressure.

    Question 1 I think is fair, probably a slight time pressure there too.


    Question choice isnt a thing to expect an A-Level student to be any good at. Clearly, there are 2 physics questions and 2 chemistry and 2 biology. I think the nature of the exam means you can't waste time if you want to get things finished. I wouldn't recommend spending any more than 2 minutes to review all questions before starting. Before the exam, probably just pick 2/3 subjects so you can pick in about 1.5 mins. If I were to recommend a strategy, probably just list the topics in AS Level you think you are best at before the exam, and then pick questions based on that.

    Me aged 17 would have probably picked question 1 and 4. I think I would have been put off by electricity (something I find hard to visualise) and by the calculations in question 3 (without a calculator). I would have been put off by the essays in questions 5 and 6.I think I would probably have done better (compared to most candidates) on a paper like this compared to quickfire multiple choice. FWIW I don't think i would have finished the exam in time, probably I would have got stuck on a part of question 1, and then ran out of time on 4.
    Edit: probably me aged 17 would have done best on questions 2 and 3 ironically. The trap in question 2 is easier than the trap in question 1 - and question 3 requires a lot less thought to get a lot more marks than question 4. Just goes to show I guess.
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    Really interesting insights, thanks for this I did Q2 and Q4 when I took the test thinking that I'd be better at the organic chemistry question, turns out that the other one was more straightforward!
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    does it help to hear that I got a high 2i in my physnatsci degree and I'm struggling with it? does it help more for me to reassure you that the general intelligence of natsci students would not find that simple, let alone manageable?
    I think you're very much over exaggerating this (from my experience, of course - I might certainly be wrong), unless there's a genuinely really big gap between average mathmo ability and natsci ability.

    An average undergraduate first year mathmo should be able to easilydo STEP by the end of their first year (a far far harder exam than any of this AA stuff), so it's rather surprising to hear that a NatSci would have the least bit of trouble with the NSAA - of course, I don't know very much about the NSAA and it's relevance to the NatSci course, so that might account for it to a small extent, but I don't know...
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    Firstly, just because a course is listed in Extra doesn't mean it actually is in Extra. Some universities are rather lazy and don't remove their courses from Extra... so you need to call the university first to check.
    Thought this wouldn't be too relevant tbh as OP is not going to apply through Extra.

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    Thought this wouldn't be too relevant tbh as OP is not going to apply through Extra.

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    Yeah, i know. But it's relevant if someone is using presence in Extra as a predictor for presence in Clearing.

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    Next Jake Wright/Joe Binder/Ibz/Holly Gabrielle???
    You never know 😂😂


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    You never know 😂😂


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    Next Jake Wright/Joe Binder/Ibz/Holly Gabrielle???
    I'll be starting one

    Hope all the clips of me terroring Zacken won't get too boring tho... :rofl:
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    I'll be starting one

    Hope all the clips of me terroring @Zacken won't be too boring tho... :rofl:
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    Yeah, i know. But it's relevant if someone is using presence in Extra as a predictor for presence in Clearing.

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    Fair, glad you are good! (Just relatively inactive because of revision but otherwise I'm coping )

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