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Hi, has anyone been pooled?

And for Geography students, has anyone been called for another interview or asked to submit written work to the college that they have been pooled to? (I assume this would happen if the college that they applied to did not require submitted work?)

Thanks!!
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I haven't heard about being pooled yet - fingers crossed I don't get sent to a women's college!
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We don't hear if we were pooled until we get the final decision on 25th January - unless you are invited to reinterview, but only about 5% of pooled candidates are reinterviewed.
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Hi, I've been pooled for Vet Med and have been invited for another interview this week. They are yet to let me know the exact date however
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Hi, I've been pooled for Vet Med and have been invited for another interview this week. They are yet to let me know the exact date however
Good luck! How did your interviews in December go do you think?
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peterhouse said <50 people have been invited for another interview this year, I'm surprised to find someone who has! sophiecottis good luck
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Good luck! How did your interviews in December go do you think?
Thank you! I think that there were some good moments but some not so great moments 🤣 I have to admit I was (pleasantly) surprised though to receive an email for interview today
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peterhouse said <50 people have been invited for another interview this year, I'm surprised to find someone who has! sophiecottis good luck
Oh wow! Hopefully there's a good chance of getting an offer then 😅 I hadn't realised the numbers were so low! Thank you - what have you applied to study?
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Thank you! I think that there were some good moments but some not so great moments 🤣 I have to admit I was (pleasantly) surprised though to receive an email for interview today
i'm sure you'll be fine! out of curiosity, which college is interviewing you? (and which one did you apply to originally?)
also i applied for medicine at Queens' i'm expecting a rejection though
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Thank you! I think that there were some good moments but some not so great moments 🤣 I have to admit I was (pleasantly) surprised though to receive an email for interview today
I shouldn't speculate but I strongly suspect you are being re-interviewed because your original interviewers disagreed about your interview score (one thought you did well, one didn't).

This should give you more confidence rather than less confidence though. False negatives (thinking someone is worse than they are) are a lot more common than false positives (thinking someone is better than they are) for interviews. This is part of the reason why people with significantly variable scores are more likely to be invited back. Doesn't mean you will get an offer, but it does mean that your chances are objectively higher now than they were before your first round of interviews.

It's possible there are other reasons though: like another college wants to test vetmed applicants on something completely different to the original college. But this is also quietly a good sign as being interested enough in a candidate to want to do another interview is quite a big commitment from that college.

TL;DR - you should feel encouraged by this, not discouraged. But don't let that affect your actual preparation, approach or performance too much.
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I shouldn't speculate but I strongly suspect you are being re-interviewed because your original interviewers disagreed about your interview score (one thought you did well, one didn't).

This should give you more confidence rather than less confidence though. False negatives (thinking someone is worse than they are) are a lot more common than false positives (thinking someone is better than they are) for interviews. This is part of the reason why people with significantly variable scores are more likely to be invited back. Doesn't mean you will get an offer, but it does mean that your chances are objectively higher now than they were before your first round of interviews.

It's possible there are other reasons though: like another college wants to test vetmed applicants on something completely different to the original college. But this is also quietly a good sign as being interested enough in a candidate to want to do another interview is quite a big commitment from that college.

TL;DR - you should feel encouraged by this, not discouraged. But don't let that affect your actual preparation, approach or performance too much.
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i'm sure you'll be fine! out of curiosity, which college is interviewing you? (and which one did you apply to originally?)
also i applied for medicine at Queens' i'm expecting a rejection though
Hi, I've messaged you
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Slightly off topic (sorry OP), does anyone know how many people are taken out of the Winter Pool? I qualify for compulsory pooling, which I think is where I've ended up as my original College is very competitive, but I'd like to have a realistic idea of my chances.
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I shouldn't speculate but I strongly suspect you are being re-interviewed because your original interviewers disagreed about your interview score (one thought you did well, one didn't).

This should give you more confidence rather than less confidence though. False negatives (thinking someone is worse than they are) are a lot more common than false positives (thinking someone is better than they are) for interviews. This is part of the reason why people with significantly variable scores are more likely to be invited back. Doesn't mean you will get an offer, but it does mean that your chances are objectively higher now than they were before your first round of interviews.

It's possible there are other reasons though: like another college wants to test vetmed applicants on something completely different to the original college. But this is also quietly a good sign as being interested enough in a candidate to want to do another interview is quite a big commitment from that college.

TL;DR - you should feel encouraged by this, not discouraged. But don't let that affect your actual preparation, approach or performance too much.
Thank you for taking the time to write this, I think you could be pretty spot on there as my performance did significantly vary between the first and second interview, so it would make a lot of sense! I'm also a mature student (22) and spent several years out of education before returning more recently, and the colleges that are interviewing me are specifically for mature students, so I think this is part of the reason too

I'm very grateful to have another opportunity and I'm looking forward to it, although a little nervous too :eek:
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Slightly off topic (sorry OP), does anyone know how many people are taken out of the Winter Pool? I qualify for compulsory pooling, which I think is where I've ended up as my original College is very competitive, but I'd like to have a realistic idea of my chances.
I have absolutely no idea about this sorry, but, there are statistics pages on the Cambridge website which you can filter through - with the different courses/colleges etc... if this helps you at all...
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Slightly off topic (sorry OP), does anyone know how many people are taken out of the Winter Pool? I qualify for compulsory pooling, which I think is where I've ended up as my original College is very competitive, but I'd like to have a realistic idea of my chances.
How do you know you qualify for compulsory pooling?
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I have absolutely no idea about this sorry, but, there are statistics pages on the Cambridge website which you can filter through - with the different courses/colleges etc... if this helps you at all...
Okay, thank you, I'll have a trawl Best of luck for your interview!
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How do you know you qualify for compulsory pooling?
I have achieved 3A*+ (post A level).
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Slightly off topic (sorry OP), does anyone know how many people are taken out of the Winter Pool? I qualify for compulsory pooling, which I think is where I've ended up as my original College is very competitive, but I'd like to have a realistic idea of my chances.
i think it's about 1 in 5 people get pooled, and of those, 1 in 4 get offers I believe (not 100% sure tho, check cambridge's website)
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i think it's about 1 in 5 people get pooled, and of those, 1 in 4 get offers I believe (not 100% sure tho, check cambridge's website)
Oooh that's low, hopefully someone generous will take me in! Thanks
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Okay, thank you, I'll have a trawl Best of luck for your interview!
Thanks so much Good luck for Monday!
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