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    Oh, I should add that you put a smile on DD's face ;-)
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    I know it has already been mentioned but I would really have benefitted from finding out my scores in the NSAA, preferably before the interview but after would also be fine, I think it would be better for applicants to be able to gauge how well they've performed, even just so they can manage their expectations for the outcome of their application
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    The average successful humanities/arts applicant to Christ's last year had 2.12 A*s. But there was quite a lot of variation across subjects, and this is true at other colleges too. There is less variation in the sciences.
    What subject is the strongest in terms of avg a level grades. Im guessing natsci
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    (Original post by thewinelake)
    Oh, I should add that you put a smile on DD's face ;-)
    Hopefully, that means Christ's interviewers were at the friendly end of the spectrum
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Hopefully, that means Christ's interviewers were at the friendly end of the spectrum
    Weeeeeell..... You were, but the subject specialists were pretty "cool", from what I can tell!
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    (Original post by Lauraexplorer)
    I know it has already been mentioned but I would really have benefitted from finding out my scores in the NSAA, preferably before the interview but after would also be fine, I think it would be better for applicants to be able to gauge how well they've performed, even just so they can manage their expectations for the outcome of their application
    I think it's unlikely that we will release scores in the NSAA pre-interview, any time soon, because the second section is marked in colleges, and used in different ways, and we don't want to encourage the belief that there is any kind of universal "cut-off". But I can see why some feedback after the interview might be helpful.
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    What subject is the strongest in terms of avg a level grades. Im guessing natsci
    Physical Natural Sciences and Medicine are both pretty strong.
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    (Original post by thewinelake)
    Weeeeeell..... You were, but the subject specialists were pretty "cool", from what I can tell!
    Architects don't give much away, in my experience. But I'll feed them more biscuits with their coffee next time
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    Good idea! Perhaps "inscrutable" would have been a more appropriate adjective
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    any chance you could pluck up avg number of A*s for economics?
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    (Original post by gozzabomb)
    any chance you could pluck up avg number of A*s for economics?
    It's about three, at Christ's.
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    Hi, I felt the whole process was done very smoothly. As an Economics applicant to John's there's a couple of subject and college based things I'd mention.

    With the ECAA, the actual paper was a lot harder than the specimen... and I mean I got 95%ish on the specimen, and feel I would be lucky to get 75% in the actual one (although I agree with other suggestions and results on those to all applicants). I feel I wasn't the only person to feel the same way (lots of disgruntled Studentroom applicants feeling their economics applications had gone out the window when in fact it seems to have just been low scores all around). Therefore I'd suggest having a look at that, although I obviously appreciate that this will improve over time.

    With regards to other stuff, the SAQ photo form is a right pain... had to covert my photo to paint and recrop it multiple times to avoid my head either looking like a stick or a tomato... and I'm not like that, honest

    At John's, my interviews were both 20 minutes, which felt rather short, although I obviously appreciate time restraints etc. But in my second interview I mucked up a maths question at the start, and then spent an awful lot of time on that, and felt that due to the 20 minutes, I didn't get an opportunity to showcase my other aspects such as personal statement and awareness of books and topics and current affairs etc.. so partly my fault, but would've been nice to not feel I hadn't had time to show my potential.

    But as a first time applicant scared by the prospect of an application to Cambridge, it wasn't half as bad as the Daily Mail might have made it out to be

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    Music applicants average A-level grades/number of A*s?
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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    Music applicants average A-level grades/number of A*s?
    My sample at Christ's is too small to be reliable. But I know of a number of successful applicants for Music, across the University, with one A*, so my guess is that the average is lower than it is for Economics, say (not least because most Music applicants aren't doing a fourth A-level in the form of Further Maths.)
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    My sample at Christ's is too small to be reliable. But I know of a number of successful applicants for Music, across the University, with one A*, so my guess is that the average is lower than it is for Economics, say.
    True, music is a small course relatively speaking. Thank you for info :]
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Warn applicants the SAQ photo will be with them for the entire duration of their studies if they are successful
    wait what
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    wait what
    :yep:
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    (Original post by jneill)
    :yep:
    Generally speaking, humorous SAQ pictures are not a good idea. (We see the same jokes over and over again...)
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Generally speaking, humorous SAQ pictures are not a good idea. (We see the same jokes over and over again...)
    What jokes do you see? I wish I had put more time into getting a decent one now...
    Also what is average number of A*'s for biological natscis at Christ's?
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    (Original post by k.russell)
    What jokes do you see? I wish I had put more time into getting a decent one now...
    Also what is average number of A*'s for biological natscis at Christ's?
    Mostly jaunty angles. (We've never had Darth Vader in the background, which I believe has occurred at other colleges...)

    Last year, the average was 3.6. I anticipate that this will go down slightly this year, as fewer schools are able to offer a fourth A-level.
 
 
 
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