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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Geography
    College: Girton
    Offer Conditions: 4 H2 As and H3 Distinction (based on past year conditions)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email
    Home, EU or International (Country): International (Singapore)
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 6A1 4A2
    A Level Predictions: 4H2 As with H3 Distinction

    Strengths: Personal statement, prediction grades
    Weaknesses: Actual school grades
    Interview Assessment: Personally, I thought my interview was trash and I felt like I wasn't being interviewed at all. Most people say that your interview should be okay if you feel like you've learned something during the interview. I was honestly taken aback by the interview questions because of how standard they were as I expected something that isn't from my school syllabus. I prepared based on what my seniors and other geographer undergrads were asked. Looking back, I guess I did maintain a positive energy during the interview.
    Why did you choose your college? Acceptance rate, friends who are current undergrads, headmistress is a geographer(??)
    Where else did you apply? UCL, LSE
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? UCL
    If you were rejected, which university is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? Definitely UCL.
    General Comments & Advice: My advice is to always stay positive and have faith! Getting this offer isn't exactly great either because I'm terrified that I can't meet my conditions haha. Despite feeling absolutely bummed after my interview and pre-interview assessment, I highly recommend applying for the course that you like and even trying out for Cambridge! Don't ever feel like you aren't cut out for something. Anything is possible.
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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: History of Art
    College: Trinity
    Offer Conditions: A*AA excluding music
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): letter

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 13A* 1A
    AS Subjects & Grades: English Lit, German, History, Music, AAAA
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A

    Reflection
    Strengths: grades, admissions test
    Weaknesses: interviews!!
    Interview Assessment: 1st one was not very great lol 2nd one was better
    Why did you chose your college? Chose King's but got pooled to Trinity really really don't mind!!
    Where else did you apply? UCL, St Andrews, Edinburgh, York
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? UCL

    General Comments & Advice: I cried
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Natural Sciences (Biological)
    College: St John's
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A in any of Maths, Further Maths and Biology
    How did you first hear and when?: Email today

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Grammar
    GCSE Grades: 10 A*
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths A, Biology A, Chemistry A, History A
    A2 Predictions: Maths A*, Chemistry A*, Biology A*, Further Maths A

    Reflection
    Strengths: UMS Scores (around 95%)
    Weaknesses: Chemistry interview was a geg lol
    Interview Assessment: General and Biology interview went well, felt like I had a strong and enjoyable discussion with the academics involved and built a positive rapport with them. Chem less so...
    Why did you chose your college? Want to do a Choral Scholarship there
    Where else did you apply? Durham, UCL, Edinburgh, Manchester
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Durham (standard)

    General Comments & Advice: It's strange they omitted Chemistry from my offer
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Medicine
    College: Emmanuel
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email and letter

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 12A*s
    AS Subjects & Grades: 4As (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths)
    A2 Predictions: 3 A*s (Maths, Chemistry, Biology)

    General Comments & Advice: I surprised myself by actually really enjoying the interview, I found it really interesting and liked working through the problems.
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    Decision: Accepted from pool
    Course: MML (French and Spanish)
    College: Newnham
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email at about 11am and then a letter
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: History & Politics
    College: Homerton
    Offer Conditions: A*AA (in any of my 3 subjects)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): by email at 9:01 this morning

    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 7A*, 4A, 1B
    AS Subjects & Grades: History A, German A, Maths A, Economics C (dropped) and had to get it remarked to get that C haha
    A2 Predictions: History A*, German A*, Maths A* - (which is not gonna happen lol)
    Other Qualifications: N/A
    IB (with predicted score): N/A
    Other:

    Reflection
    Strengths: i guess my interview must've gone a lot better than I thought lol and I did feel that the HAA went really well
    Weaknesses: obvs my AS grades were hardly great and gcse's pretty average
    Interview Assessment: 6-7/10 know i did well on a few questions on some pretty hard stuff, but did try and tell an italians international relations expert that italy was in the UN security council
    Why did you chose your college? Did an open application, however upon visiting homerton found it to be very nice, lovely grounds, everyone was super friendly, plus sports facilities on site, really happy to end up there (even if i do have to cycle everyday lol)
    Where else did you apply? Warwick, Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Warwick or Exeter haven't decided yet
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? n/a

    General Comments & Advice: be confident in your interview and try and strike a balance between being too relaxed/guarded - best advice is to just to think through your thought process aloud (they will generally nod if your going in the right direction) and try and properly consider the question/ the point your making before answering. Feel free to say ummmm... well.... its better to speak intelligently after an awkward pause then rush in and say something stupid/illogical (eg. my italy claim at the start fml, i'll have her for supervisions as well, gonna be so awkward). Above everything just be open-minded and logically consider anything put to you, don't freeze/be scared of not being instantly able to formulate a whole answer, think aloud and logically go through it. I'm proof that you can say something stupid + still get ratings (tho it was only homerton tho, at Kings i doubt i would've got in lol)
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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: Law
    College: Wolfson (originally applied to Downing)
    Offer Conditions: A*, A. 2018 entry.
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): E-mail

    Reflection
    Strengths: Personal statement, SAQ, invested interest in the study of (specific areas of) law
    Weaknesses: B,B,C A-Levels. I was predicted an A for Art (taking the entire A-Level in one year) and a B for Philosophy (retake)
    Interview Assessment: I thought it went really well. All 4 lecturers that interviewed me said they were thoroughly impressed by my responses.
    Why did you chose your college? I chose Downing due to their exceptional law society. I also loved the atmosphere at the college and the student societies would have suited my interests perfectly.
    Where else did you apply? Southampton (rejected), LSE (awaiting response)
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Southampton, but I was rejected. So, as ridiculous as it sounds, it's now LSE.
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? N/A

    General Comments & Advice: Don't assume that you have to have A* and A grades to apply - but that said, my extenuating circumstances made me an exception, application-wise (I've had a kidney transplant/spent secondary school playing catch-up for missing about 2 years of school). Focus on the interview; don't be afraid to ask the interviewers for clarification, if needed. Focus on having an engaging conversation about your passion for your subject (and how you can show that, i.e. reading, etc.)
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Japanese)
    College: Selwyn
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Post, picked it up after school!

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 10 A*
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAA in Chinese, Maths, English Language and Religious Studies
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A Maths, English Language, Chinese

    Reflection
    Why did you chose your college? Close to lectures and drop dead gorgeous! Also has decent gyps I've heard
    Where else did you apply? Sheffield, Edinburgh, Durham and SOAS
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Sheffield

    General Comments & Advice:
    Cambridge isn't so lofty - don't be afraid to apply and be confident! And don't be afraid to apply for smaller subjects if that's what you're into
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    Decision: Rejected

    Course: Computer Science
    College: Clare
    Offer Conditions: N/A
    How did you first hear and when? Letter
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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    IB (with predicted score): 41
    Other: Pooled, but not fished. I am slightly disappointed, as they thought me good enough to be pooled. I really thought I'd be good enough to get in, and really fell in love with the place. My advice to future years is to give it your honest best shot and see where that takes you
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    Decision: Rejected after pooling

    Course: NatSci (phys)
    College: Pembroke
    How did you first hear and when? Letter

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    Home, EU or International (Country): UK
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State sixth form
    GCSE Grades: A* x 12
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths, f. maths, physics, chem. Average 95-6 UMS in maths and f. maths ASs
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A

    Reflection
    Strengths: GCSEs, predicted grades
    Weaknesses:
    Interview Assessment: Definitely made some mistakes but I'd say they went mediumly and were quite interesting.
    Why did you chose your college? Couldn't decide between a couple of them so just picked one. Also it was very pretty
    Where else did you apply? Durham, Warwick, Bristol, Southampton
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? Durham

    General Comments & Advice: Gutted Oh well, Durham was actually very nice. Best of luck to everyone else still yet to hear!
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    Decision: Accepted from pool
    Course: NatSci physical
    College: Churchill
    Offer Conditions: A*A*AA (A*s in F.Maths and Physics, A's in Maths and Chemistry)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email, at school
    Home, EU or International (Country): EU (Poland)
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: econ tripos
    College: hughes hall
    Offer Conditions: none. Mature student with grades A*A*A in alevel.
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email
    Home, EU or International (Country): UK
    School Type :state
    Decision: accepted

    General comments:
    Been reading a lot of bad review of hughes hall and just found out it is the lowest ranked cambridge college in terms of the percentage of firsts achieved . So a little worried.
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Maths
    College: Jesus
    Offer Conditions: A*A + 1,1 in STEP II and III
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email 10:30 on Thursday, Letter with conditions on Friday

    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    GCSE Grades: 9A*,1A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science AAAAA
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*A*

    Reflection
    Strengths: Personal Statement, UMS
    Weaknesses: Interview
    Why did you chose your college? Older college with nice grounds
    Where else did you apply? Bristol, Durham
    What is your Insurance choice? Bristol, I think
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    Decision: Accepted (still can't believe it)
    Course: Architecture
    College: Trinity
    Offer Conditions: A*AA

    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Wished for an owl, got an email 9:08am 12th (went around the school and cried to every friend and teacher I could find T^T) and a letter later in the day 😂
    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): International
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Independent
    GCSE Grades: 8 A* 3.5 A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths, F Maths, Physics, Art/ AAA (didn't take Art AS)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A* (dropped F Maths)

    Reflection Strengths: Portfolio, love for preservation and historical architecture, quite a lot of outside reading and online courses on the history of architecture
    Weaknesses: Building identification...*facepalm*
    Interview Assessment: I felt it went horribly and I still think that now... but somehow I have an offer???
    Why did you choose your college? Bc scholarship (I'm gonna need to pay £38000 a year as an international 😭😭😭)

    Where else did you apply? Bath, UCL, Cardiff and Edinburgh
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Edinburgh
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? Bath

    General Comments & Advice: peachykeen I cried too 😂 Multiple times
    To those who are doubting themselves and think they might not apply: APPLY. If you don't apply, you'll never get in. To those who would be preparing for an interview or just simply are thinking of applying (Gotta start early you know 😂): keep reading, keep looking at architecture news articles on the Guardians etc and keep thinking to yourself and comment on the buildings that you see around you. You can never overprepare for it so keep going. All hard work will pay off.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Natural Sciences Bio
    College: St Catharine's
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Letter on the 12th

    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 12A*s 1A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, French, General Studies AAAAAA
    A2 Predictions: Biology, Chemistry, Maths A*A*A*

    Reflection
    Strengths: AS and GCSE grades, Maths UMS (average 93.5)
    Weaknesses: NSAA
    Interview Assessment: I didn't think it went very well but it was enjoyable
    Why did you chose your college? I really liked it on the open day, it is very central and isn't too small
    Where else did you apply? Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Probably Edinburgh

    General Comments & Advice:
    Just go for it. Try to be friendly at interview and at least with natsci, while you do need to know everything on your personal statement, knowing the syllabus is probably more important.
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    Course: Natural Sciences (Physical)
    College: Downing
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A (Out of Maths/FMaths/Physics/Chemistry)
    How did you first hear and when?: Had a letter delivered before I got back from Sixth Form to open it at 13:40

    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 5A*s (including Maths, Physics, Chemistry obvs) 5As 2Bs 1C (German lol)
    AS Subjects & Grades: A*(EPQ) AAAA
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*


    Reflection
    Strengths: AS UMS? Maths(297) Further Maths(272) Physics A(276) Chemistry A(279). I think I got about 70% on the NSAA. I think the interviews went quite well and I enjoyed them at least.
    Weaknesses: Nothing unique on my personal statement (if they even read it.) Only got the 2nd best Maths UMS in my year as I messed up a couple of my Further Maths exams. Bad GCSEs (literally not even in the top 10 at my school.)
    Interview Assessment: At first I thought they were probably a 7 but considering the other parts of my application and that I've got an offer they must have gone really well so probably more like an 8 or 8.5. I never got completely stuck anyway.
    Why did you chose your college? I went there for a 3 day residential in June on an event called South West Open Day and decided I really liked it there.
    Where else did you apply? Imperial (not heard back) Warwick (offer) Bath (offer) Southamption (offer).
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Warwick
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    Decision: Rejected

    Course: Mathematics (with Physics)
    College: Trinity
    Offer Conditions: N/A
    How did you first hear and when? Email at 9:01
    Home, EU or International (Country): Home

    Other: Rejected without being even put in the pool. I do 6 A-Levels including Further Mathematics (Additional) and am predicted straight A*s in all so I have no idea why they didn't even pool me. My interviewer was absolutely abysmal though and was totally intent on catching me out.
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    Course: History
    College: Emmanuel
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl)mail then a letter (waiting for the owl my heart is going so fast I'm that nervous)

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State (innit fam)
    GCSE Grades: A* History A* Spanish A*French A* English Lang A* R.E. A Core Science A Additional Science A English Lit A Geography B Maths B Drama
    AS Subjects & Grades: A History A Spanish A Classics C French
    A2 Predictions: A* History A* Classics A Spanish
    Other Qualifications I've got a HSK in Chinese?


    Reflection
    Strengths: Talking about my coursework in the interview and the nature of the sources, my PS and references were good too and my predicted grades are sexy
    Weaknesses: Very flustered in the interview and I got a bit confused at times, I also said something I couldn't really back up as the time was spent so that was annoying, my UMS wasn't perfect like I got As in all the UMS scores I submitted, my history would have been A* equivalent but as it was reformed I couldn't send it :/ I felt my written test went badly but I'm not sure now as I've been accepted so it must have been reasonably strong! I didn't really understand the text till the night before which was stressful!
    Why did you chose your college? Prettiest one, lots of cash, famously friendly, suitably old, many ducks and I went on a taster day and summer school there
    Where else did you apply? Durham, King's London, Bristol and Newcastle
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Either King's or Newcastle (probably King's unless it's too expensive as a 2nd choice uni!)


    General Comments & Advice:
    Sleep A LOT before your interview, do an essay plan for the exam as well as doing a mock of it, read loads of history and philosophy books and practice debating as that really helps and really go for it in the interview treat it as an aggressive test rather than letting yourself panic over trying to impress them.
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    Decision: Pooled then Rejected
    Course: Physical NatSci
    College: Pembroke
    How did you first hear and when?: Letter, around lunchtime
    Home, EU or International: Home
    School Type: Private
    GCSE Grades: 11A*s plus Distinction in Additional Maths
    AS Subjects & Grades: Chemistry A, Physics A, Maths A, Geography A
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A* (Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths)
    Why did you chose your college?: It has a college cat. 'Nuff said.
    Where else did you apply?: Warwick, Imperial, Durham, Manchester (all for Chemistry)
    Which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? Imperial
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Bio Natsci
    College: Selwyn
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Letter

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Grammar for GCSE, 6th form college for A levels
    GCSE Grades: 9A* 1A 2B
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAB Chemistry/Biology/Maths/Art
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*

    Reflection
    Strengths: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Judge that for yourself
    Weaknesses: NSAA, only doing 3 subjects
    Interview Assessment: Ups and downs. Answered 2 questions well, 1 less so well, and the general one doesn't mean much anyway
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Imperial (AAA Biological sciences w a year in industry)

    General Comments & Advice: If you want to get in, give it a go, you have nothing to lose! It's just another slot on your UCAS and it's an amazing experience to go down and do the interviews. Don't overthink things too much with regards to college choice or your GCSE grades or whatever, just be yourself and let the interviewers judge you rather than judging for yourself if you think you have a shot
 
 
 
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