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    Good morning,
    I did the Cambridge pre interview Natural Science assessment (NSAA) and it went bad. Is still there a chance I'll be invited for the interview?
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    So, how bad is bad actually?
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    Describe exactly how bad. Say if you got in the bottom 10-20% you might not get an interview.
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    Sometimes students think the admissions assessment went very badly but it wasn't as bad as you may think... the interview assessment has passed so I wouldn't worry too much. I would start focusing on the next chapter/ business i.e. preparing for an interview even if an invitation does not come.
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    (Original post by black1blade)
    Describe exactly how bad. Say if you got in the bottom 10-20% you might not get an interview.
    Add that if you’re among the lowest cohort in all of the three parts, there’s a slight chance they’ll reject you before interview. But I think to be f*cked up in (two or) three parts you should be doing really bad, like really really bad.
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    Results are not out yet, but I think I got around 20-30%
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    The average entry line is a bit above 50%. I think you might still get an interview but would need good predicted grades and to really shine at interview. The exact percentage score doesn't mean that much because people can have different amounts of luck in guessing the multiple choice questions, so two identical candidates could easily have a difference of 10% in their score based on lucky or unlucky guesswork.
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    (Original post by CormaniF)
    Good morning,
    I did the Cambridge pre interview Natural Science assessment (NSAA) and it went bad. Is still there a chance I'll be invited for the interview?
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    Results are not out yet, but I think I got around 20-30%
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    The average entry line is a bit above 50%.
    No.

    There's no pass mark (and you won't get results, if at all, unless you request post-Decision feedback.)

    It's just one part of the consideration of your application. People last year with very low scores had offers nevermind interviews.

    If the rest of your application is strong then you should be fine. You'll know for sure in a few weeks...

    Good luck
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No.
    There's no pass mark
    An average entry mark is not the same thing as a mandatory entry requirement, but it is a rough gauge of the competition. Glad to hear that it's not the be all and end all, though, as my son also found this tough.
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    (Original post by David888)
    An average entry mark is not the same thing as a mandatory entry requirement, but it is a rough gauge of the competition. Glad to hear that it's not the be all and end all, though, as my son also found this tough.
    Well also consider that these assessments are specifically written to "test" the top 2% of the A-level population. It's likely that nearly everyone finds them pretty tough and it will be the first time that a previously "Straight A*" student will be properly "pushed" by a test.

    Also focussing on an "average entry mark" can be rather misleading - the spread is honestly *very* wide.

    Good luck to your son (and you , as a parent I know what it's like... )
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    Thank you so much for providing an 'inside' perspective. I only posted my 'I think ....' because I was struggling to find such guidance before you posted. My son's teacher had given him the 50%+ figure based on last year, but from your comments it clearly isn't that helpful, even if accurate. Your comments will certainly reassure my son, as he was asking broadly the same question as Cormani yesterday evening.

    Good luck to everyone who's having a go - while we may or may not get in to Cambridge, there are enough science problems out there in the big wide world to keep us all busy!

    :goodluck:
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    (Original post by David888)
    Thank you so much for providing an 'inside' perspective. I only posted my 'I think ....' because I was struggling to find such guidance before you posted. My son's teacher had given him the 50%+ figure based on last year, but from your comments it clearly isn't that helpful, even if accurate. Your comments will certainly reassure my son, as he was asking broadly the same question as Cormani yesterday evening.

    Good luck to everyone who's having a go - while we may or may not get in to Cambridge, there are enough science problems out there in the big wide world to keep us all busy!

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    No problem at all. And I have a chart somewhere showing the spread of marks for applicants Vs offer holders for the ENGAA (Engineering). I'll dig it out asap. All the AAs will show a similar profile.

    PS. My son is already at Cambridge (Engineering) and started before these assessments came in. But he did do STEP so I know what "hard" feels like for a DC and a parent...

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    Thank you everyone for your responses!!
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    (Original post by David888)
    Thank you so much for providing an 'inside' perspective. I only posted my 'I think ....' because I was struggling to find such guidance before you posted. My son's teacher had given him the 50%+ figure based on last year, but from your comments it clearly isn't that helpful, even if accurate. Your comments will certainly reassure my son, as he was asking broadly the same question as Cormani yesterday evening.

    Good luck to everyone who's having a go - while we may or may not get in to Cambridge, there are enough science problems out there in the big wide world to keep us all busy!

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    Here's that ENGAA chart:
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    The spread of marks for Offer holders is 1.6 to 9.0
    And the coefficient of correlation for Scores and Offers is 0.39 (that's officially "weak").
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    Thanks Doonesbury, that gives a much more useful picture than an average entry mark. I wish your son strength, happiness and a rewarding career
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    (Original post by David888)
    Thanks Doonesbury, that gives a much more useful picture than an average entry mark. I wish your son strength, happiness and a rewarding career
    Good good.

    And you're very kind. So far he's on target

    Hopefully your DS will join him next year.

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Here's that ENGAA chart:
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    The spread of marks for Offer holders is 1.6 to 9.0
    And the coefficient of correlation for Scores and Offers is 0.39 (that's officially "weak".
    Do you also have a chart for Natsci applicants and their NSAA scores?
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    (Original post by Mingsan9)
    Do you also have a chart for Natsci applicants and their NSAA scores?
    Nope. But I guarantee it will be similar.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Nope. But I guarantee it will be similar.
    Doonesbury, I did well on the section 1 on the ENGAA and also did well on the paper 2 which required working but unfortunately for the paper 2 I forgot to shade in my answers in the beginning of the paper. Does the college review that paper since it required working? If I get a 0 does that mean I dont get an interview?
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    (Original post by bazinga19)
    Doonesbury, I did well on the section 1 on the ENGAA and also did well on the paper 2 which required working but unfortunately for the paper 2 I forgot to shade in my answers in the beginning of the paper. Does the college review that paper since it required working? If I get a 0 does that mean I dont get an interview?
    I doubt it will make any difference whatsoever.
 
 
 
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