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How did you guys find the admissions test?

I thought Section 1 was harder than usual tbh
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Same, I found the comprehensions a lot harder than the practise papers! Although the essay section went surprisingly well. As an international student I've taken the SAT twice and its actually very similar to HSPSAA Section 1
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Yeah, looking through the posts from yesterday seems like the consensus is that it was harder...on the website it says the top applicants may get 80%, do you think that would be lower this year? Like 70 or something idk, I know 80 is missing 7 marks and 70 is missing 11 marks...how many marks were you guys unsure of?
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Hey guys. Just messed up my HSPSAA yesterday... I really find it more difficult compared with specimen and past papers on the website. How do you feel about that?
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Hey guys. I thought section 1 was difficult, I had to read stuff more than once and finished with only 2 mins to spare but i feel like the 2017 paper was harder for me.
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.......section 2 isn't that ideal
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(Original post by pinkyswear32)
i found the section 1 okay actually, except the article2, but i am really unsure with section2
[mod edit: please don't discuss Section 2 - thanks]
Me too! Literally same feeling.
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Does anyone know whether we are allowed to submit essays that we wrote for essay competitions or do they have to have both been marked by a teacher?
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Does anyone know whether we are allowed to submit essays that we wrote for essay competitions or do they have to have both been marked by a teacher?
it says on the website they must have been marked assessments with no added edits.
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I mean, I asked if I could literally just send in my A Level essay. They said it was okay if I made it clear that it was CCEA (Northern Ireland's equivalent of AQA) who marked it, not my teacher.

Hope that vaguely helps.
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is there anyone apply to kings college? or any other college, do you know what time they will send off interview invitation? i have heard about trinity college giving off philosophy invitations
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is there anyone apply to kings college? or any other college, do you know what time they will send off interview invitation? i have heard about trinity college giving off philosophy invitations
Online it says they aim to give a few weeks notice for interviews and for my college (jesus) the interviews are expected to be 2,3,4 December. So I guess mid-November hopefully.
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since there are some courses that still have a deadline to send written work assessments, I'm guessing majority of offers for interviews won't begin until mid-november
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Might be a lil' premature, but I found that someone (presumably a current student) has submitted a request for information for the examiners' reports for the various Year 1 papers. I found it really interesting to see how the cohort has fared generally, and what kind of questions did most lean towards. I thought this also gave a good idea of the questions we are expected to answer at the end of the first year and it has really reinforced how much HSPS is made for me...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...coming-1257956

The same guy also asked about admission statistics for last year which I thought anyone reading this thread would definitely be interested in. Cambridge hasn't replied but I will be watching very closely! He asked for pretty much all of the different aspects in assessing the applicants and at least based on numbers, provide us with a good idea of what kind of applicant makes the cut at the end of the day. If all the information he asked for gets provided, there are a lot of possible trends that we can definitely analyse for. I am not sure if Cambridge would release all the information he asked for given that I have seen on some other FOIs that they decline to provide the information due to the small sample size that may make the applicant easily identifiable, which I think might be the case for the question on which college each successful applicant was admitted to.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...coming-1252814
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is there anyone apply to kings college? or any other college, do you know what time they will send off interview invitation? i have heard about trinity college giving off philosophy invitations
Not sure about Kings but Homerton's timeline says they'll send out all interview invitations in "late November"
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Not sure about Kings but Homerton's timeline says they'll send out all interview invitations in "late November"
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Has anyone been invited to interview yet?
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Has anyone been invited to interview yet?
No
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Has anyone been invited to interview yet?
No! Other colleges haven’t offered interviews yet either... good luck everyone
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No! Other colleges haven’t offered interviews yet either... good luck everyone
For hsps or Cambridge in general? As I’ve seen people for other subjects have already started receiving invitations just not hsps
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