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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: MML (Spanish and ab initio Italian)
    College: Clare College
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when?: Email at about 11:30

    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 6A* 6A (achieved these at a grammar school)
    AS Subjects & Grades: Spanish A, Maths A, Economics A, English Lit B
    A2 Predictions: Spanish A*, Maths A*, Economics A*

    Reflection
    Strengths: Maths UMS: 93, 93, 100, Predicted grades (Economics is slightly ambitious though). I'm also very enthusiastic about languages; everyone knows that I'm crazy about speaking Spanish and I love the country + culture.
    Weaknesses: I got a C in one English Lit paper which lowered the overall grade to a B.
    Interview Assessment: I had a test at the interview and I waffled a lot so wasn't sure how well it went. In the Spanish interview I found it difficult speaking about a text I'd never seen in Spanish, it was so hard to think of the vocab I needed. I really enjoyed my Italian interview though and I was so glad I ended with that as it was like a nice friendly conversation and I could go home feeling reasonable optimistic.
    Why did you chose your college? I had lunch there during the MML Open Day in March. It was so pretty and everyone was really nice.
    Where else did you apply? Warwick, Exeter, Leeds, Birmingham
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Warwick AAB
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    Decision: Rejected
    Course: Natural Sciences Physical
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    Private School
    GCSEs: 6A*, 3A, 3B
    AS: Physics A, Maths A, Further Maths A, Chemistry A
    Predicted: A*A*A*A
    Strengths: 94.6 AS maths and Further Maths UMS, D of E Bronze, Silver & Gold, various maths challenge competitions and courses, Young Enterpise
    Weaknesses: Dyslexia
    Interview Assessment: guess Part A 70% Part B 30%
    College applied to: Robinson
    Offers in Physics from: Durham, Manchester, Exter and Southampton
    Huge effort for one little rejection letter
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Maths
    College:Clare College
    Offer Conditions:A*A*A Plus 1s in step 2 and 3
    How did you first hear and when? : email at about 12 pm
    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 5A*s 6As
    AS Subjects & Grades:Maths(A) Further Maths(A) Physics(A) Computer Science(A)
    A2 Predictions:Maths(A*) Further Maths(A*) Physics(A*)
    Strengths: Good second interview and full ums in further maths
    Weaknesses:Weak first interview
    Interview Assessment: Nice Maths questions
    Why did you chose your college?:I went there on a summer school and I really enjoyed my time there.
    Where else did you apply?: Durham, Warwick, Imperial, Edinburgh
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?: Durham
    General Comments & Advice: I thought my interview wasn't great but I guess it's component on making a decision.
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    (Original post by Magnificat7)
    Decision: Accepted
    College: Homerton
    Offer Conditions: IB 42 with 776 at HL
    How did you first hear and when? 10am this morning by post
    Home, EU or International: Home
    School Type: Private
    GCSE Grades: 7A* 3A
    Insurance choice: Durham
    What subject?
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Natural Sciences (Physical)
    College: St Catharine's
    Offer Conditions: A* further maths, A* physics or chem, A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): letter at 11:30

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    Home, EU or International (Country): home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): state
    GCSE Grades: 9A* 2A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Geography, all As
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*

    Reflection
    Strengths: NSAA
    Weaknesses: 2nd interview, they basically did one question for me
    Interview Assessment: made some silly mistakes but overall decent
    Why did you chose your college? location, looked nice and high number of Natsci applicants
    Where else did you apply? Imperial, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton all physics
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Birmingham
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    (Original post by magails71)
    What subject?
    Just realised I missed out the course, duh, have edited post, but it's Education with English, drama and the Arts
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Education/Psychology
    College: Homerton
    Offer Conditions: A* A A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email 9.45am followed by letter in afternoon post

    Optional
    A2 Predictions: English Lang A* Psychology A* Geography A*


    Reflection
    Strengths: Maybe PS, references and written assignment?
    Weaknesses: Sitting in the interviewers chair at the start of the interview!
    Interview Assessment: Pretty awful - didn't last long!
    Why did you chose your college? Nearly didn't go and see it on Open Day but fell in love with it - fantastic library, accommodation in all three years and all the staff and students were really friendly.
    Where else did you apply? Bath Bristol
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Bath


    General Comments & Advice: Definitely worth applying even if you are unsure - what have you got to lose?
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Mathematics
    College: Trinity
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A and 1 in STEP II & III
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): E-mail 9:43am

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 7A*s 4 As
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths, Further Maths, Additional Further Maths, Physics and Latin.
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*AA

    Reflection
    Strengths: Not falling apart in interview I guess!
    Weaknesses: Felt like I failed in second interview.
    Interview Assessment: Interesting maths problems.
    Why did you chose your college? I find it beautiful and the college has the most mathmos.
    Where else did you apply? Warwick, Imperial, Newcastle and Southampton
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Southampton
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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: Economics
    College: Selwyn
    Offer Conditions: 555 on AP Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Statistics
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email around 6am EST

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    Home, EU or International (Country): International (USA)
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    Other Qualifications
    Other:
    SAT I: 2390
    SAT II: 800 Math 2, 800 Chemistry, 800 USH
    AP: 55554 respectively on Calc BC, English Language, Chemistry, World History, and APUSH; predicted 555555 on Micro, Macro, Statistics, Physics C Mech, French, and English Lit

    Reflection
    Strengths: Idk the second interview?
    Weaknesses: 4 on APUSH, the first interview, ECAA
    Interview Assessment: First was awful, second was much better and I actually enjoyed it
    Where else did you apply? Yale, LSE, UCL, Edinburgh, St. Andrews
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Yale (accepted SCEA)

    General Comments & Advice: Don't doubt yourself - you are good enough!!! I almost didn't apply but look what happened!!
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: Pringlehouse (Peterhouse)
    Offer Conditions: TBC
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Owl, 12:30

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State sixth form college, mainly does vocational courses like construction and hair with an A-levels department on the side
    GCSE Grades: A*AAAABBBBCCC
    AS Subjects & Grades: Distinction* + AAB - 98 UMS & 66 UMS in my two Politics papers, and I got nearly full marks in Literature which I think was mentioned in my reference
    A2 Predictions: Distinction* + A*A*A


    Reflection
    Strengths: Banging personal statement, smashed the interview assessment, smashed the interview with the Director of Studies, those GCSEs were top 10 in my school, good progression from GCSEs to AS, bad sixth form, low progression to university, first in family to go to university, been in care, disability.
    Weaknesses: That split between 98 and 66 UMS in Politics and the B in History. I believe that made be a borderline candidate where my performance at interview would be used to work out whether I'm more on the 98 UMS side than the 66 UMS side or not. During my second interview I seriously struggled for 10 minutes but brought it back around and smashed it with enthusiasm.
    Interview Assessment: Interview with DoS was glorious, 9/10. Second interview had a very bad blip where I was so confused, but I finally got it in the end and then the interview went 10/10. I believe that if I wasn't able to bring it back, I probably wouldn't have an offer.
    Why did you chose your college? First and foremost it offered me the best chance of getting in for my course. It's also quite pretty, and there's some status in being the 'oldest' college. I also liked how it maintains all the Cambridge traditions. Though if I could have a choice of absolutely any college, Peterhouse wouldn't be my first choice.
    Where else did you apply? UCL, Durham, Bristol, and Manchester.
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Bristol if they give me an offer!

    General Comments & Advice:
    I think I may have the lowest grades without extenuating circumstances that got an offer! Can anyone beat me?

    Don't believe them when they say your college choice does not affect your chances of getting in, it absolutely does. It is the individual college that accepts you, not the department like in Durham. The colleges are not created equal, and what is good enough for one college will get you rejected at another. Make sure you do your research on which colleges consistently have the best applicant/offer ratio for your subject. Look up the GCSE profiles of their successful applicants. Generally don't apply to King's/Trinity unless you want to be rejected.





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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: Pringlehouse (Peterhouse)
    Offer Conditions: TBC
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Owl, 12:30

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State sixth form college, mainly does vocational courses like construction and hair with an A-levels department on the side
    GCSE Grades: A*AAAABBBBCCC
    AS Subjects & Grades: Distinction* + AAB - 98 UMS & 66 UMS in my two Politics papers, and I got nearly full marks in Literature which I think was mentioned in my reference
    A2 Predictions: Distinction* + A*A*A


    Reflection
    Strengths: Banging personal statement, smashed the interview assessment, smashed the interview with the Director of Studies, those GCSEs were top 10 in my school, good progression from GCSEs to AS, bad sixth form, low progression to university, first in family to go to university, been in care, disability.
    Weaknesses: That split between 98 and 66 UMS in Politics and the B in History. I believe that made be a borderline candidate where my performance at interview would be used to work out whether I'm more on the 98 UMS side than the 66 UMS side or not. During my second interview I seriously struggled for 10 minutes but brought it back around and smashed it with enthusiasm.
    Interview Assessment: Interview with DoS was glorious, 9/10. Second interview had a very bad blip where I was so confused, but I finally got it in the end and then the interview went 10/10. I believe that if I wasn't able to bring it back, I probably wouldn't have an offer.
    Why did you chose your college? First and foremost it offered me the best chance of getting in for my course. It's also quite pretty, and there's some status in being the 'oldest' college. I also liked how it maintains all the Cambridge traditions. Though if I could have a choice of absolutely any college, Peterhouse wouldn't be my first choice.
    Where else did you apply? UCL, Durham, Bristol, and Manchester.
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Bristol if they give me an offer!

    General Comments & Advice:
    I think I may have the lowest grades without extenuating circumstances that got an offer! Can anyone beat me?

    Don't believe them when they say your college choice does not affect your chances of getting in, it absolutely does. It is the individual college that accepts you, not the department like in Durham. The colleges are not created equal, and what is good enough for one college will get you rejected at another. Make sure you do your research on which colleges consistently have the best applicant/offer ratio for your subject. Look up the GCSE profiles of their successful applicants. Generally don't apply to King's/Trinity unless you want to be rejected.






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    My grades were much lower den urs and i got 2 offers m8
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Economics
    College: Caius
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A in Maths, F.Maths and Economics
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): letter when I got home after school at like 3pm
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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: Classics (3 years)
    College: Pooled from Peterhouse to Girton
    Offer Conditions: TBC
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email from Girton, and then an email from my original college telling me to expect an email from Girton.

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    Home, EU or International (Country): International
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    IGCSE Grades: 4A* 2A 1B
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAAAA (in English, Classical Studies, Economics, History, Latin and French)
    A2 Subjects & Grades: I got my results in January this year - A*A*A*B (in English, Classical Studies, History and French respectively)

    Reflection
    Strengths: Personal Statement + my AS UMS. I think my PS had some quirky stuff in it, and that could have maybe made me stand out a bit more? My at-interview assessment went fairly well too.
    Weaknesses: IGCSE results, first interview performance.
    Interview Assessment: First one was unnerving. There was one part of the translation that I simply could not get, no matter how many clues the interviewers gave me, and I think that put me off for the rest of it. In hindsight, I probably needed to know my grammar more thoroughly, and to be a bit more methodical in the way I went translating. I felt more confident in my second interview though, and I feel that showed.
    Where else did you apply? Durham, St Andrews, KCL, UCL and some universities in my home country.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Economics
    College: Peterhouse
    Offer Conditions: A* Further Maths, A* Economics, A History (no Maths requirement)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email circa 9.30am

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 9A*,1A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths A, Further Maths A, (Economics and History are linear)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*


    Reflection
    Strengths: Maths AS UMS, Personal Statement
    Weaknesses: Simple maths at interview
    Interview Assessment: Strong start, less strong end
    Why did you choose your college? It pretty
    Where else did you apply? LSE, KCL, UCL, Warwick
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Undecided
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Philosophy
    College: Robinson
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when?: Letter at 11:30AM
    School Type: State
    GCSE Grades: 5A*, 4A and 2B
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAC (Philosophy, Psychology, History, Eng lit)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A

    Reflection

    Strengths: Second interview in particular I felt went relatively well. Enjoyed the exam. Spent a long, long time on my PS.
    Weaknesses: Grades and first interview
    Interview Assessment: I was terrified for my first interview and it showed, I waffled and stuttered. However, I was able to identify when the interviewer was trying to, for want of better words, 'catch me out.' Second interview I was myself and was really relaxed. I tried my best to give creative answers to the questions.
    Why did you chose your college? Down to Earth, practical, close to Sidgwick site.
    Where else did you apply? Durham, Exeter, Nottingham, Manchester.
    Insurance choice? Durham.

    General Comments & Advice: So worth having a go, even if you're not at all confident about your chances! Very excited.
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    Course: Law
    College: Downing
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): letter; arrived on the 13th because I live in Oxford
    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): International; Hong Kong, but study abroad in the UK
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 10A*s, 2 As
    AS Subjects & Grades: Eng Lit, Class civ, Maths, Bio, Chinese AAAAA (including internal exams)
    A2 Predictions: A*AAA (dropped Chinese)
    Reflection Strengths: Ability to BS on command; including fluffy essay writing
    Weaknesses: tendency to panic, spazzle
    Interview Assessment: Went well. Interviewers were really really nice. Went out feeling like I nailed it and was pretty happy
    Why did you chose your college? Prettiest college in town
    Where else did you apply? UCL, LSE, KCL, Warwick, other international units
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Warwick/ KCL
    General Comments & Advice: Well done to everyone Hopefully see you all in Oct!! ^^
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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.
    Current grades?
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    Decision: Pooled and rejected
    Course: History and Modern Languages
    College: St Catharine's
    How did you first hear and when?: Email 12/01/17
    School Type: Private
    GCSE Grades: 11A*1A
    IB (Achieved Score - not predictions): 45 with 777HL
    University that I will go to: Durham

    Obviously a disappointing result but I am sure that Cambridge made a justified decision. Congratulations to all those that gained places! I hope to see many of those who didn't receive offers in Durham.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Medicine
    College: Newnham
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email came through about 11am on the 12th but had to get mum to open my letter that had arrived that morning as I can't access my emails at school.

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 6 1/2 A*s 4As 1B
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAA Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A* Maths Biology Chemistry

    Reflection
    Strengths: AS grades, SAQ personal statement, BMAT section 1 and presumably interview as well!
    Weaknesses: GCSE grades not quite as high as other applicants, BMAT section 2, personal statement probably not great.
    Interview Assessment: Felt okay at the time then got thinking about how terrible it was a couple of weeks after! But I must've worked through all the problems well even though I didn't really get much 'right' in my eyes.
    Why did you chose your college? Went there on an open day: fell in love! My friends were so weird about it being all girls but it just seemed so beautiful and nice and supportive I just couldn't apply anywhere else.
    Where else did you apply? Sheffield, Newcastle, Hull-York
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Sheffield, if I get an offer. Because it's medicine people don't usually get more than 1 or 2 so it could end up being one of the others.

    General Comments & Advice: Just go for it! Honestly I never thought I would even get an interview and to actually have an offer now is unreal. I remember coming to an open day in summer and being so sure that I would never be good enough for medicine, let along Cambridge, it's crazy how much can change! So grateful
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    Decision: Accepted
    (completing on behalf of my son)
    Course: Physical Natural Sciences
    College: Jesus
    Offer Conditions: A in Physics
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email on 12th, letter on 13th

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

    Reflection
    Strengths:
    Weaknesses:
    Interview Assessment: He felt it went pretty well and enjoyed it
    Why did you chose your college? Grounds / sports facilities / location
    Where else did you apply? Durham Exeter Warwick Manchester
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Was going to be Durham but their offer is higher!
 
 
 
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