How do people get offers of 2 E's?

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steelmole
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Money? Royalty? Magic?

A guy from my school (a bog standard comprehensive) got an offer of 2 E's to do physics at Oxford. I just wondered how this sort of thing happened.

He did get an amazing mark at AS, I mean I got 280 ish but I think he was very nearly on 300, (ruddy coursework eh?).
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The only person I know to have been offered two Es was a Music genius, one of the best pianists in the country lol. So they have to be uber good...on a different plane to most uni applicants lol
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Christs Cambridge apparently (according to them) give around a third of offers at EE (to the best applicants). Outside that, I think it requires *really* exceptional ability, although I'm not an expert on Oxford.
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I doubt the UMS was a factor. 290+ at AS is nothing special, nearly every Oxbridge applicant will have that in at least one subject.
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I was just mentioning it since I knew it. I never talked physics with the guy. I must say he was pretty charismatic, I bet that helped.
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It's fairly common at Christ's, Cambridge (as pyro says) gives about 1/3 as EE offers, but it seems uncommon in all other cases. Dunno about Oxford. It's certainly pretty cool!
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Do they do a similar thing for the IB, or not?
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I know Oxbridge used to give EE offers in the past, because getting through their admission tests was extremely difficult and the only way they needed to measure your ability. Don't know when it stopped though - around the '80s?

I've never heard of anyone get one nowadays (apart from the ones I just read about in this thread :p:)
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i'm sorry to sound incredibly naive here, but what does an 2 E's offer actually mean? - do they have to get at AEE at a-level or is it something completely different lol??.,,,,,,,,,,
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(Original post by akademic)
i'm sorry to sound incredibly naive here, but what does an 2 E's offer actually mean? - do they have to get at AEE at a-level or is it something completely different lol??.,,,,,,,,,,
Just 2 E's at A level, it takes the pressure off.
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apparently a guy from the boys' grammar school got one a couple of years ago for ppe. those who get ee offers generally will get aaa+ anyway -- it's just for those who are really exceptional applicants.
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(Original post by Pippaaa)
apparently a guy from the boys' grammar school got one a couple of years ago for ppe. those who get ee offers generally will get aaa+ anyway -- it's just for those who are really exceptional applicants.
i don't understand that, if they are capable of getting AAA+ why does Oxbridge make them EE offers then? (is it b/c they are tooo good not to miss out on??)...............

and echolife thanks for the info - i am really surprised to hear that a 1/3 of christ church's offers are EE, is this really actually true and if so are there any reasons as to why so many offers are like this??.............
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(Original post by akademic)
i don't understand that, if they are capable of getting AAA+ why does Oxbridge make them EE offers then? (is it b/c they are tooo good not to miss out on??)...............

and echolife thanks for the info - i am really surprised to hear that a 1/3 of christ church's offers are EE, is this really actually true and if so are there any reasons as to why so many offers are like this??.............
Christ's, Cambridge. Not Christ Church, Oxford:p:

And yes, I know 3-4 people from Christs who received EE offers. It's also called a "matriculation" offer as people need a minimum of two passes at A-level (and a few GCSEs) to get into the uni. Christs are also know for giving REALLY tough offer like AAAAa+Distinction or something equally absurd.
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(Original post by akademic)
i don't understand that, if they are capable of getting AAA+ why does Oxbridge make them EE offers then? (is it b/c they are tooo good not to miss out on??)...............

and echolife thanks for the info - i am really surprised to hear that a 1/3 of christ church's offers are EE, is this really actually true and if so are there any reasons as to why so many offers are like this??.............

I think I read it was some kind of experiment they do to see if the pressure is taken off the student will they still perform in the same way. It's only Christ's College Cambridge that does it.
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Interesting question about the IB -- intuition suggests there must be an equivalent, but I don't know what it is!
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Just 2 E's at A level, it takes the pressure off.
You mean no pressure at all since EE A level scores equals 2 A's at AS level. So entrance is guaranteed. One could simply leave school and wait till september (in theory) though I hazard a guess that no one at Oxford has actually done this?
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You mean no pressure at all since EE A level scores equals 2 A's at AS level. So entrance is guaranteed. One could simply leave school and wait till september (in theory) though I hazard a guess that no one at Oxford has actually done this?
Well, you still have to sit all your A2 exams - and if you do no work for 12 months, I imagine you'd be given a stern talking to when you started your degree.
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I think I read it was some kind of experiment they do to see if the pressure is taken off the student will they still perform in the same way. It's only Christ's College Cambridge that does it.
It isn't an experiment.

EE offers have existed for years.

They used to be "fairly" common.

A friend of my dads got one such an offer from St. cats (Ox) back in the 1980's
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It isn't an experiment.

EE offers have existed for years.

They used to be "fairly" common.

A friend of my dads got one such an offer from St. cats (Ox) back in the 1980's

EE offers in the 80s were for different reasons, they were due to the Oxbridge entrance tests which already tested aptitude to a large degree, making A Levels pointless in the decision making process. Modern EE offers are different and are almost exclusively the reserve of Christs College, Cambridge.
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Perfect academic record
Great personal statement
Great extra curricular activities
Great reference
Great interview performance
They want the applicant a lot

They are so rare, I wouldn't get excited about trying to get one.

We had a guy last year at school who got an offer of EE, he was a genius though.

Hope that helps.
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