Anyone else get an S, 1 STEP offer?Watch
I applied to Trinity, solved 5 questions in the interview, then got an offer from Peterhouse. I was slightly disappointed to be pooled, but that was overwhelmingly outweighed by having a Cambridge offer.
I logged on to UCAS today expecting only to need a 1,1 in STEP II-III, since I already have 5s in eight APs.
But instead I got S, 1 (in any order) + a 5 in AP Physics 2 + a 5 in AP Physics C: E&M. I must've really stuffed my interview.
Anyone else get an S,1 offer, or even worse, S,S?
Or perhaps there's a lot of American applicants so they'd like to take the best people that are doing AP? I mean, Cambridge probably wants to attract the best international mathematicians...
I'm an American applicant who applied with AP's. I had 5s in Physics C (Both Mech and E&M), Calc BC, Stat, US History, European History, English Lang & Comp, and a 4 in French. I'm taking a few more AP's this year but none of them were particularly relevant to math, so they didn't make up my offer.
I too applied to Trinity. And it sounds like we did solved comparably many questions in the interview. (That is, presuming you meant that you did 5 questions during the test *before* the interview. Maybe I was particularly talkative and had a particularly short interview, but I would be greatly surprised (impressed), if you really did mean that you did 5 full questions *during* the interview. I think I did two.)
I however, got what seems to be the standard 1,1 in STEP's II,III offer. I would not thus put the blame for your higher offer strictly on the AP curriculum. (Although it certainly is possible that Peterhouse has a different opinion on AP than Trinity.) Having said that, it is possible that I had other parts of my application going for me that made the difference in my offer. (I did some neat stuff over the summers, worked through a few books, took some extra classes at a local college, made some cool software stuff. I was, however, never very good at contest math.)
While this does not directly relate to the offer above, I also must say that I find it odd that you are taking both Physics C and Physics 2 (and thus you have presumably taken Physics 1 as well.) At least in my understanding (and in the understanding of my school), these courses have a great deal of overlap, and while the 1&2 sequence is marginally broader in scope, the Physics C sequence just covers the same material in a more mathematical (caculus-y) way. Did you, perhaps, take one physics class in school and decide to take both exams just to get the extra 5?
But S, 1 is overkill for that purpose, since they take in plenty of people who miss the standard offer of 1, 1. One reason for higher offers is if you've already done STEP I (or II and III and are reapplying) and they want to make sure you don't slack off. I expect there are other reasons too, but I don't know any.