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Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone has taken an Online/one day course for the natural sciences admissions assessment.

If you have, it would be great to know which ones they are and if you recommend them.

Many thanks
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Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone has taken an Online/one day course for the natural sciences admissions assessment.

If you have, it would be great to know which ones they are and if you recommend them.

Many thanks
Who is running it, and does it cost money? If so run away, very fast.

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Who is running it, and does it cost money? If so run away, very fast.

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Its by Uniadmissions and they have quite a good reputation so thought it might be a good idea. Run by NSAA graduates
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Its by Uniadmissions and they have quite a good reputation so thought it might be a good idea. Run by NSAA graduates
Nobody has graduated from Cambridge after doing NSAA yet It's a relatively new assessment.

Run away. Very fast.
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I’m not a graduate, but I have done the NSAA.

You don’t need to do any courses like this to do well in the NSAA. It would be a waste of time and money

To prepare for the NSAA, do the past papers available to you under exam conditions to get a feel for the questions and practice the timings.

Look at the specification which tells you everything that they could expect you to know. Use this to reassure yourself that you know what you need to, and spend a little bit of time to revise anything you can’t remember

Both of these resources are easy to find on the internet, and anyone running a course has no more information than this

Stay calm and relax. A poor score in the NSAA won’t prevent you getting an interview, but I’m sure you’ll do great anyway
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A poor score in the NSAA won’t prevent you getting an interview, but I’m sure you’ll do great anyway
Good point :yep: There's always plenty of offer holders with below average NSAA scores. It's just one more factor for them to consider holistically.

Edit: £195... waste of money.
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Hard m2/m3 questions are good practice for the physics long questions if you run out of nsaa past papers
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The teacher in charge of higher education at my school has just booked a few of us on a preparation course for the admissions assessments (for free) so I'll let you all know how it goes
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Update for FiloThePhilo, Doonesbury and yolkie:
It's sh*t
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Update for FiloThePhilo, Doonesbury and yolkie:
It's sh*t
lol - why?
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I'm going to see if I can sneak out early because this guy just doesn't know what's on the paper or where everyone's at. Started off by giving us all an integration problem that would fit very well in STEP III, and they're doing all the different subjects at different times. Few people here do further maths anyway so there's just mass confusion. So even though physics doesn't start until 2, I still have to sit through 3 hours of irrelevant chemistry and biology. I'm going to email the teacher who booked this, tell her never to do it again. Which will be awkward, because she payed with her own money for it
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lol - why?
I didn't see your reply but I ended up answering nonetheless.
Everyone is taking a very very extended lunch break. By that I mean, I've just arrived back home when it's meant to last until 6

In a nutshell - extremely boring, unnecessary (going through questions that were sent to us before the day) and at times, inaccurate at times to what's actually on the NSAA. The person teaching us didn't actually go to Cambridge

Everyone doing it is severely disappointed and I suspect a lot of strongly-worded emails are about to be sent.
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Which will be awkward, because she payed with her own money for it
Oh dear, I hope it wasn't expensive...

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The person teaching us didn't actually go to Cambridge
That's probably the most telling bit...

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Oh dear, I hope it wasn't expensive...



That's probably the most telling bit...

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Well it may have just been from her personal school budget. Hopefully.
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Well it may have just been from her personal school budget. Hopefully.
Was your course run by UniAdmissions by any chance (think they run it at Birkbeck university)
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Was your course run by UniAdmissions by any chance (think they run it at Birkbeck university)
Yep
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nice
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