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Hi everyone!

I saw a similar thread started by @Daiana_Ash for Cambridge HSPS Applicants 2021, and thought that it would be a good idea to start one for Economics Applicants - I'm sorry if one already exists, if so, let me know & I'll close this thread! As there are multiple threads that are full of good discussion for other Cambridge courses, I figured an Economics one would be useful to have a space to ask questions, give tips, and support each other through tough times.

Questions adapted from the other threads:

1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
2)GCSE Grades?
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?
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1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
Advanced Higher: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Economics (all predicted A1)
2)GCSE Grades?
National 5: 8 As -- Higher (AS-level equivalent): 4 A1s, 1 A2
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
Prepares well for advancing career
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
St John's
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
LSE, UCL, St Andrews, Glasgow (Maths/Econ)
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Just practicing questions
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?
Reading around economic topics of interest
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1) Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Chemistry (4A*s)
2)10 9s and A in FSMQ Add Maths
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4) Fitz
5) LSE, UCL, Warwick, Durham
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1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
A*A*A*A (Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Further Mathematics) + A* for EPQ
2)GCSE Grades?
9999999A*AA (with the A's being for Additional Mathematics & my Language)
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
Just love the Tripos tbh. Amazing faculties & lecturers, Marshall Society; the university itself offers a shedload of societies and opportunities that no other uni does. Has always been my dream.
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
Robinson
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
LSE, UCL, Warwick & Bath
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Past Paper Questions
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?

Tbh just further reading.. Most of which I wrote about in my PS anyways.
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(Original post by arshakshahr)
1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
Advanced Higher: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Economics (all predicted A1)
2)GCSE Grades?
National 5: 8 As -- Higher (AS-level equivalent): 4 A1s, 1 A2
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
Prepares well for advancing career
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
St John's
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
LSE, UCL, St Andrews, Glasgow (Maths/Econ)
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Just practicing questions
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?
Reading around economic topics of interest
Best of luck with your application! Out of curiosity, have you received an offer from St Andrews yet? I heard that they've given out some E&M offers already, so was wondering whether this applied to pure Econ as well?
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(Original post by EconHopeful)
1) Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Chemistry (4A*s)
2)10 9s and A in FSMQ Add Maths
3)"
4) Fitz
5) LSE, UCL, Warwick, Durham
Ah Fitz is a great college - amazing A Level predictions btw! We do the same subjects haha & seem to have applied to 4-out-of-5 of the same universities.. Best of luck with your application; if all goes well, we might end up being at the same uni x
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How are you guys preparing for the ECAA?
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How are you guys preparing for the ECAA?
Honestly, I've got no idea. Like I don't intend to sweat about the essay bit too much as they provide a text, so even if you have no idea what to write about, I'm sure that you can pick out some relevant points from the text & build on them - that's what I'm hoping anyway lmao. But for the mathematics, I'm worried; I found the Specimen Paper quite challenging & tbh, I'm quite bummed that they removed the Problem Solving part of the paper as that was the part of the ECAA that I was the most confident in!
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Best of luck with your application! Out of curiosity, have you received an offer from St Andrews yet? I heard that they've given out some E&M offers already, so was wondering whether this applied to pure Econ as well?
Thanks, same for you! No, I haven't received any update from St Andrews other than a confirmation but hopefully will hear back soon
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1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics, 4A*s
2)GCSE Grades?
Did IGCSEs: 9 A*s and 3 As
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
Cambridge is known for its strong Economics department and string of famous economists
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
Corpus Christi
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
LSE, UCL, Warwick, Durham
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Done a few past papers, and practicing some other similar styled qs
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?

Just been continuing my reading, with more of a focus on econometrics.
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Hi everybody!

1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted? A*A*A*AA* (maths, further maths, economics, history and achieved my EPQ result)
2)GCSE Grades? 9999999998
3)Why Cambridge for Economics? the course offered is great and so is the reputation!
4)Which college(s) are you looking at? St. John's
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying? lse, warwick, ucl, nottingham
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA? just some past paper questions when i can
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger? further reading like everyone else i suppose


good luck with your application
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1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
A*A*A*A* Maths, fm, Econ, Physics
2)GCSE Grades?
9 x 9s, an 8 and an A in Ad Maths
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
So many reasons
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
Robinson
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
UCL, Warwick, Bath
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Some practice questions
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?
Reading and some more reading
Nice stats - I've applied to all the same universities (and even college) as you!
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Nice stats - I've applied to all the same universities (and even college) as you!
Nice, you seem like a strong applicant yourself - Good luck!
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Hi everyone!
1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Physics (4A*) and EPQ (A*)
2)GCSE Grades?
10 Grade 9's
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
I really like the mathematical focus of the course.
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
Applied to Pembroke
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
UCL, LSE, Warwick and Bath
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Just tons of practice questions and past papers.
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?

Further reading like everyone else.
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Hi everyone!
1)What A-levels are you taking and what grades are you predicted?
Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Physics (4A*) and EPQ (A*)
2)GCSE Grades?
10 Grade 9's
3)Why Cambridge for Economics?
I really like the mathematical focus of the course.
4)Which college(s) are you looking at?
Applied to Pembroke
5)Besides Cambridge, what other universities are you thinking of applying?
UCL, LSE, Warwick and Bath
6) How are you preparing for your ECAA?
Just tons of practice questions and past papers.
7)What are you currently doing (academically especially) to make your application stronger?

Further reading like everyone else.
Ayy we've literally applied to the exact same universities xD
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How did you guys find the ECAA? For me, I found the 'Mathematics' section went really well. The 'Advanced Maths' section did not go nearly as well, I did much fewer questions. The essay didn't go great either, I just felt I was relying on points from the extract too much.
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Was a guessing game.
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Definetely harder than most the past papers but ye for sure advanced maths was harder. Guess we’ll just have to see. How’re you all feeling about it tho?
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Hi, I also felt like the Advanced Maths section was a guessing game. Maths was better. I didn't use the extract much though because of the phrasing of the first bullet point question. And I cracked under the pressure I feel.
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same, tried to take shortcuts which just cost me more time and I kinda misjudged the essay. most people will get an interview but I'm not sure how important the tests are afterwards.
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