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    What specifically is used to determine who is more competitive than other candidates? How do Cambridge justify that one applicant is a stronger applicant than another, if they don't have the same measures of strengths. What if one applicant doesn't have AS where as another one does (with strong raw marks), how do they decide who is stronger then? Are applicants simply compared by their GCSEs?

    The reason I'm asking is because Cambridge states you are compared with the the rest of the cohort, but what does this mean exactly...
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    Admissions test/Interview come into play big time.
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    (Original post by Appleorpear)
    Admissions test/Interview come into play big time.
    Yeah aside from that though?
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    The selection process is holistic, they consider everything together to build up a picture of the type of applicant you are. I would still say very roughly this is the order of importance: Grades (Mainly AS and A2 predicted, GCSE less so), Interview, Contextual factors, Admissions test, Written work, Personal statement/References.
    Btw Cambridge doesn't use raw marks when comparing to other candidates, they just use it to see if it's likely you'll achieve your predicted grades.
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    (Original post by Kenneye_j)
    Yeah aside from that though?
    https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....we-looking-for

    It's really no secret. For academic record, they just removed the AS grades from their for the most part (IK people who put their AS marks in their reference, because beforehand Cambridge used to ask people for AS UMS, but a lot of places don't even do AS exams anymore).

    "If you're taking any modular courses, you're asked to report (in the Supplementary Application Questionnaire, SAQ) the details of your uniform mark scheme (UMS) performance for any modular AS and A Level units taken to date, whether certificated or not (we normally expect good A grades in relevant subjects, if the AS is taken at the end of Year 12). Colleges won't make unconditional offers on the basis of AS Level grades alone. You'll only have UMS marks for modular AS/A Level subjects. If you're taking linear qualifications, your teachers will provide us with information about your performance through their UCAS reference."
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    The whiter, richer and posher, the better.
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    they seek those burning with hunger for the truth
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    (Original post by Maker)
    The whiter, richer and posher, the better.
    Surely it's the opposite, considering how politically correct modern universities are? Positive discrimination...
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    (Original post by Capitata)
    Surely it's the opposite, considering how politically correct modern universities are? Positive discrimination...
    Have you been to Cambridge?
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    (Original post by Maker)
    Have you been to Cambridge?
    I can guarantee you haven't.
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    (Original post by the bear)
    they seek those burning with hunger for the truth
    The truth for what?

    Side note: Why tf would TSR put this on today on TSR...
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    Positive discrimination in name only. It doesn't exist, certainly not at Cambridge.
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    (Original post by Eldronyx)
    I can guarantee you haven't.
    What have you got to hide?
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    (Original post by the bear)
    they seek those burning with hunger for the truth
    What makes you think there is more truth in Cambridge than anywhere else?
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    (Original post by Fox12)
    Positive discrimination in name only. It doesn't exist, certainly not at Cambridge.
    Cambridge is full of white, rich, posh people.
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    (Original post by Maker)
    Cambridge is full of white, rich, posh people.

    #Ibz Mo you tuber at Cambridge
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    tbh you will probably be compared on GCSEs as they are likely to become more important now that there is no modular AS (routinely). Cambridge's admission process will likely move more towards that of Oxfords, where they place a lot of emphasis on GCSEs and entry tests.

    But to answer your question, if you are part of a cohort where lots of people got good GCSEs, and you only got mediocre GCSEs, you're probably in trouble.
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    (Original post by Maker)
    What makes you think there is more truth in Cambridge than anywhere else?
    ermm your statement is not truthful... i did not say that
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    (Original post by Maker)
    Cambridge is full of white, rich, posh people.
    as are most top unis in the UK
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    (Original post by jakey_99)
    tbh you will probably be compared on GCSEs as they are likely to become more important now that there is no modular AS (routinely). Cambridge's admission process will likely move more towards that of Oxfords, where they place a lot of emphasis on GCSEs and entry tests.

    But to answer your question, if you are part of a cohort where lots of people got good GCSEs, and you only got mediocre GCSEs, you're probably in trouble.
    I think it was emphasised several times by admissions tutors now that GCSEs are NOT becoming more important now.
 
 
 
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