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    (Original post by Ainur123)
    Can a bad bmat score rule someone out of a place at Cambridge? If Cambridge interview most people, why do they wait for bmat scores to call for medicine interview? (especially if it's true that only a super bad bmat would otherwise prevent someone from obtaining an interview)
    On it's own, no, a poor BMAT score is not going to rule someone out of a place but they will need to show strength elsewhere in the application.

    The reason why we wait for BMAT before sending out interview invitations is because we do not wish to give students the impression that we thought the rest of their application was strong or weak. We know that the interview and application process is stressful enough without opening up a whole new window of anxiety about when exactly you heard you were getting an interview and what tat might mean for how we are assessing the application.

    I think I've said this elsewhere but there tend to be three types of medicine candidate at this stage - those we're going to interview regardless of BMAT; those for whom we want to see what BMAT says before making a decision about interviews; and those whom only a good BMAT score will ensure that they get an interview. Letting candidates know which group they fall into at this stage would be counter-productive for both them and us, hence the wait.
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    (Original post by bateaux)
    Hello! I have applied for MML, and I was wondering if you knew if there are any available practice papers for the admissions test, outside those already listed on the course page, I would really like to get some more practice in! Also, what would you say would be the best way to prepare for an MML interview?
    No, sorry, we don;t have any secret extra papers that we only give out to those that ask!

    Seriously, though, we've only been running the assessments for two years and so there isn't a huge amount of information. We're committed to ensuring that everything we have is made available publicly for applicants and potential applicants to engage with.

    Best advice for the interview - practise your language/s as at least part of one of the interviews will be in the language/s for which you're applying. Re-read your PS and essays and be prepaed to talk about the aspects of your chose language's/s' culture that most interested you at this stage. Keep an eye out for those countries in the news.

    Best of luck!
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    (Original post by ImprobableCacti)
    Are subjects without admissions assessments likely to give interview invites sooner than subjects with?
    Yes. We started sending out interview invitations for at-interview assessment subjects on Friday and will continue this week. We probably won't be sending ones for pre-interview assessment subjects until at least the middle of this week and final decisions will be made on them early next week. Other colleges may be doing things slightly differently timetable-wise but not massively.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Yes. We started sending out interview invitations for at-interview assessment subjects on Friday and will continue this week. We probably won't be sending ones for pre-interview assessment subjects until at least the middle of this week and final decisions will be made on them early next week. Other colleges may be doing things slightly differently timetable-wise but not massively.
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    (Original post by Potato09)
    Best way to practise for an AMES (Chinese) interview?
    As with other Humanities interviews, re-read your PS and essay/s, engage with short articles discussing your subject, think about China in the news and be prepared to talk more about what aspects of Chinese language, culture and history interest you.
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    (Original post by southpacific)
    Is it normally possible to change the interview date if I e-mail the college? I'm international. My friend (also having an interview) and I will have to travel together as she's under 18, but we have different interview dates!
    At this stage it is going to be very difficult to change the date of your interview. Colleges are organsising hundreds of interviews and are dealing with teams of four interviewers who often have very busy schedules, so we can't easily schedule a single interview for a subject on a different day from the one/s agreed on. There's no harm in asking (and it won't damage your chances if you do ask) but it will be hard for us to accommodate the request.
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    (Original post by themight)
    What about the ECAA results?
    They should arrive with CAO any minute and will then be passed onto colleges as soon as possible.

    Economics, Nat Sci and Engineering arrive today. As the largest pre-interview subjects , their marking has been prioritised.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    By 4pm Friday 17 November.
    So should English applicants expect a rejection/interview invitation next week?
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    (Original post by user20167)
    So should English applicants expect a rejection/interview invitation next week?
    I would expect so, yes. You *might* get one earlier but I would expect you to receive one next week.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    No, sorry, we don;t have any secret extra papers that we only give out to those that ask!

    Seriously, though, we've only been running the assessments for two years and so there isn't a huge amount of information. We're committed to ensuring that everything we have is made available publicly for applicants and potential applicants to engage with.

    Best advice for the interview - practise your language/s as at least part of one of the interviews will be in the language/s for which you're applying. Re-read your PS and essays and be prepaed to talk about the aspects of your chose language's/s' culture that most interested you at this stage. Keep an eye out for those countries in the news.

    Best of luck!
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    Hi,I was just wondering if you'll be updating the Murray Edwards twitter page when the interview invitations have been sent out as you did last year? I know that I'd like to see updates as to when things come out, although I don't think it would make me any less nervous.Thanks!
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    HI, how far can an interview compensate for a bad bmat? (and how far can bmat compensate for a bad interview?)

    Also would someone with 5.5 in s1 and s2 still have a chance of receiving an offer?

    thank you
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    Hi, I've applied for Economics at Newnham and I was wondering if I should focus more on practicing my maths or economics related areas in preparation for my interview. Furthermore, I am also curious if my ECAA scores will make a huge difference when selecting candidates for an interview or not... Thank you for your help for trying to reassure students!!
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    (Original post by fcmcmurray)
    Hi,I was just wondering if you'll be updating the Murray Edwards twitter page when the interview invitations have been sent out as you did last year? I know that I'd like to see updates as to when things come out, although I don't think it would make me any less nervous.Thanks!
    Hello and thanks for the question. Yes, we have started to do that and Catherine, our SLO, will be updating the page daily with the subject in which interview invitations have gone out.
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    (Original post by Ainur123)
    HI, how far can an interview compensate for a bad bmat? (and how far can bmat compensate for a bad interview?)

    Also would someone with 5.5 in s1 and s2 still have a chance of receiving an offer?

    thank you
    The answer to your second part is yes, plenty of people are successful with scores of around 5.5. in Section 1 and Section 2.

    For the first part, we're looking at more than just BMAT and the interviews - we're looking at everything and we want as much data as we can. Very few candidates are strong in everything and most candidates have areas of strength and weakness and one can certainly be accepted with parts of your application (be they BMAT, interviews, GCSEs or anything else) that are weaker than other parts.
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    (Original post by jmbang18)
    Hi, I've applied for Economics at Newnham and I was wondering if I should focus more on practicing my maths or economics related areas in preparation for my interview. Furthermore, I am also curious if my ECAA scores will make a huge difference when selecting candidates for an interview or not... Thank you for your help for trying to reassure students!!
    You're welcome, glad to be of help. Obviously I can't speak for Newnham and how they will handle their interview decisions but I think that there is a general sense that the pre-interview assessments are more used positively than negatively - as a reason to interview a candidate if they've done well than to rule them out if they've done badly. We are trying to avoid using the assessments as the sole reason for why a candidate is not called for interview.

    As for the interviews themselves, the two areas are clearly related and any maths that you do in the interview will be relevant to an economics-type problem. I would say that they are probably most concerned about Maths at this stage (as, in the end, Maths is a compulsory subject at A Level or equivalent if you want to study Economics, and Economics isn't) but you should be thinking about your maths and, indeed, your other subjects in relation to how they can be applied to the study of Economics.

    I hope that helps and best of luck.
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    Hello Murray Edwards Admissions! (It is my second time asking you a question after summer holiday)

    I took my NSAA, and I am waiting for the interview decision. I just have a question about natsci (biological) interview.
    I didn't take IB biology (which is obviously a disadvantage), but I studied more than half of the syllabus by myself and noted this fact on COPA. I am just a bit worried that if my interviewer asks me a bunch of biology specified questions, it is very probable that I would not be able to answer at all and not perform my best.
    Will the interview be specified to my interest (like chemistry/biochemistry that I've written on my PS/COPA) and will the interviewers consider my choice of subjects in IB options?
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    (Original post by Najung)
    Hello Murray Edwards Admissions! (It is my second time asking you a question after summer holiday)

    I took my NSAA, and I am waiting for the interview decision. I just have a question about natsci (biological) interview.
    I didn't take IB biology (which is obviously a disadvantage), but I studied more than half of the syllabus by myself and noted this fact on COPA. I am just a bit worried that if my interviewer asks me a bunch of biology specified questions, it is very probable that I would not be able to answer at all and not perform my best.
    Will the interview be specified to my interest (like chemistry/biochemistry that I've written on my PS/COPA) and will the interviewers consider my choice of subjects in IB options?
    Hello and welcome back!

    The interviews may involve some elements around your own interests but some will be questions that are asked of everyone. If you do get questions on biology that you find hard, then remind your interviewers that you haven't done biology in the IB and they will then hopefully give you more help with it and expect to see different things from your answer (i.e. how quickly you respond to the help that they are giving you).
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    When can we expect to get invitations for Economics?
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    (Original post by themight)
    When can we expect to get invitations for Economics?
    Colleges have their Section 1 and Section 2 results now, so will start sending out interview invitations shortly. The things that ight hold things up from them going out immediately will be 1) a backlog of invites to go out. Colleges might be ensuring that they get all their invites for at-interview assessments out first; and 2) arrnaging meetings between the DoS and the AT, both of whom are very busy at this time of year and so that might take a day or so.

    For us at Medwards, I've had my meeting with our Economics DoS and so we have made decisions but there will be a short delay while we send out invitations in other subjects. Ultimately candidates need to have patience and remember that one person can only do one thing at a time! You will all hear soon!
 
 
 
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