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    I was just wondering what sort of mark is 'normal' and what I should be aiming for. I am. Currently getting just under 50% and don't seem to be improving. Any tips?
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    Have you tried using Crayola crayons instead of the standard brand?
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    (Original post by Cubone-r)
    Have you tried using Crayola crayons instead of the standard brand?
    I haven't!! Thanks so much for the help. I will try it now.
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    I haven't!! Thanks so much for the help. I will try it now.
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    Hi,

    I took the GAA last year (and got an offer )

    Yes, it's meant to be hard, and 50% is a respectable score. I only started looking at the GAA two weeks before I took it (as it requires no "revision" per se), so you're very prepared! They don't tell us what our results were from the assessment, so I can't tell you exactly how well I did in the real thing. But when I was preparing, I probably averaged around 50-60%. I didn't do much of my practice in timed conditions, which I regret somewhat. The maths questions were hard for me, whereas I was much better at the English questions.

    I made the attached document last year when I was taking it, I hope it's somewhat useful. In the "TSA" section, you'll see the 5 types of question they ask, and what I tried to do in order to solve each one. Some stuff in the document is brief/might not make sense, so feel free to ask about things i've written.

    Bear in mind that, during the actual timed exam, you're quite nervous (or, at least, I was) and I didn't think much about my preparative techniques anyway :P

    Also, you might want to save some of the past paper/specimen questions for closer to the exam - you might run out if you do them all now.
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    (Original post by Inister)
    Hi,

    I took the GAA last year (and got an offer )

    Yes, it's meant to be hard, and 50% is a respectable score. I only started looking at the GAA two weeks before I took it (as it requires no "revision" per se), so you're very prepared! They don't tell us what our results were from the assessment, so I can't tell you exactly how well I did in the real thing. But when I was preparing, I probably averaged around 50-60%. I didn't do much of my practice in timed conditions, which I regret somewhat. The maths questions were hard for me, whereas I was much better at the English questions.

    I made the attached document last year when I was taking it, I hope it's somewhat useful. In the "TSA" section, you'll see the 5 types of question they ask, and what I tried to do in order to solve each one. Some stuff in the document is brief/might not make sense, so feel free to ask about things i've written.

    Bear in mind that, during the actual timed exam, you're quite nervous (or, at least, I was) and I didn't think much about my preparative techniques anyway :P

    Also, you might want to save some of the past paper/specimen questions for closer to the exam - you might run out if you do them all now.

    Wowww!! Thanks so much for your help! Seriously that was so useful. I do not know anyone who applied for or is applying for geography at Cambridge so that's amazing. What college did you apply to? If you took it last year are you there now?
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    (Original post by ppjk)
    Wowww!! Thanks so much for your help! Seriously that was so useful. I do not know anyone who applied for or is applying for geography at Cambridge so that's amazing. What college did you apply to? If you took it last year are you there now?
    Yeah, I was the only one in a sixth form of 1600 students, and not many people on TSR applied for it either.

    I have just finished my A2 exams - if I get the grades then I will be going in October, so I'm not there just yet I applied to Homerton.
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    (Original post by Inister)
    Yeah, I was the only one in a sixth form of 1600 students, and not many people on TSR applied for it either.

    I have just finished my A2 exams - if I get the grades then I will be going in October, so I'm not there just yet I
    applied to Homerton.
    Good luck. Hope all goes well. I'm thinking of applying to gonville and caius. What made you choose homerton?
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    (Original post by ppjk)
    Good luck. Hope all goes well. I'm thinking of applying to gonville and caius. What made you choose homerton?
    Thanks - I considered Caius when applying, alongside Corpus and St Catharine's. I chose Homerton in the end because it had: a "relaxed" atmosphere (as opposed to more competitive colleges like St Johns or Trinity), a large student base, a good gender ratio, academics/tutors with similar interests to me, its more "distant" location away from tourist-central, and I liked its aesthetics.

    Also, they didn't require me to send in an essay prior to admission (although I ended up having to write one in the GAA anyway)
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    (Original post by ppjk)
    I was just wondering what sort of mark is 'normal' and what I should be aiming for. I am. Currently getting just under 50% and don't seem to be improving. Any tips?
    Tagging Forecast who, I think, has collated some info for all the admissions assessments.
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    Thanks to Doonesbury for the tag - here's the distribution of marks for the 2016 Geography Section 1 admissions assessment.

    Name:  GAA2016.png
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    Important notes:

    • The 'grade' is a score from 1.0 to 9.0 which indicates how well you scored on that part compared to all of the other candidates taking the assessment. The scores were distributed in such as way that the average candidate scored 4.0.
    • These results are just one part of the your overall assessment as an applicant - and because they are new, many colleges will be treating them with caution. Depending on what the rest of your application looks like, you could easily be made an offer with a below-average result. Similarly, someone with the top mark in both parts is in no way a shoe-in.
    • The score conversion applies only to the 2016 paper, not to the specimen paper or to any future papers.
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    (Original post by Forecast)
    Thanks to Doonesbury for the tag - here's the distribution of marks for the 2016 Geography Section 1 admissions assessment.

    Name:  GAA2016.png
Views: 99
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    Important notes:

    • The 'grade' is a score from 1.0 to 9.0 which indicates how well you scored on that part compared to all of the other candidates taking the assessment. The scores were distributed in such as way that the average candidate scored 4.0.
    • These results are just one part of the your overall assessment as an applicant - and because they are new, many colleges will be treating them with caution. Depending on what the rest of your application looks like, you could easily be made an offer with a below-average result. Similarly, someone with the top mark in both parts is in no way a shoe-in.
    • The score conversion applies only to the 2016 paper, not to the specimen paper or to any future papers.
    Thanks so much
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    (Original post by Forecast)
    These results are just one part of the your overall assessment as an applicant - and because they are new, many colleges will be treating them with caution. Depending on what the rest of your application looks like, you could easily be made an offer with a below-average result. Similarly, someone with the top mark in both parts is in no way a shoe-in
    (Original post by ppjk)
    Thanks so much
    This bit is the most important part. No one thing is more important than anything else - it really is all holistically assessed.
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    (Original post by Forecast)
    Thanks to Doonesbury for the tag - here's the distribution of marks for the 2016 Geography Section 1 admissions assessment.

    Name:  GAA2016.png
Views: 99
Size:  5.4 KB

    Important notes:

    • The 'grade' is a score from 1.0 to 9.0 which indicates how well you scored on that part compared to all of the other candidates taking the assessment. The scores were distributed in such as way that the average candidate scored 4.0.
    • These results are just one part of the your overall assessment as an applicant - and because they are new, many colleges will be treating them with caution. Depending on what the rest of your application looks like, you could easily be made an offer with a below-average result. Similarly, someone with the top mark in both parts is in no way a shoe-in.
    • The score conversion applies only to the 2016 paper, not to the specimen paper or to any future papers.
    @Forecast Where did you find the data for this table?
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    @Forecast Where did you find the data for this table?
    http://bit.ly/2016ScoreConversion
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    Thank you @Forecast

    Where online did you find this document?
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    (Original post by afewquestions)
    Thank you @Forecast

    Where online did you find this document?
    The information was released by Cambridge Assessment (who set and mark the multiple-choice papers) in response to an FOI request: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...ew_assessments
 
 
 
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