[Official] Cambridge English Applicants 2022

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Not sure who's supposed to start this thread (and if it's even 'official'...), but, with applications in, I thought I'd kick things off.

1. A-Level subjects & predictions
2. 'Supercurriculars' & personal statement
3. GCSEs
4. ELAT prep
5. College & reason
6. The inevitable question: why Cambridge? (in other words, why not the 'other'...?)
7. State/ private/ grammar (more optional)

I imagine this will become more of an ELAT discussion thread in the coming weeks, but would be great to get to know each other!
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(Original post by Rockyd123)
Not sure who's supposed to start this thread (and if it's even 'official'...), but, with applications in, I thought I'd kick things off.

1. A-Level subjects & predictions
2. 'Supercurriculars' & personal statement
3. GCSEs
4. ELAT prep1. English, History, Politics (3A*)
2. Reading, lecture or two, one MOOC.
3. 10 A*s (although these are covid grades)
4. We don't talk about that...
5. Pembroke -- great for English, central, academic, beautiful
6. Cambridge course is better: more modern, nothing of the likes of Beowulf, practical criticism
7. State

Definitely time to start a thread for this, especially as the 'other' : ) have one.
5. College & reason
6. The inevitable question: why Cambridge? (in other words, why not the 'other'...?)
7. State/ private/ grammar (more optional)

I imagine this will become more of an ELAT discussion thread in the coming weeks, but would be great to get to know each other!
1. English, History, Politics (3A*)
2. Reading, lecture or two, one MOOC.
3. 10 A*s (although these are covid grades)
4. We don't talk about that...
5. Pembroke -- great for English, central, academic, beautiful
6. Cambridge course is better: more modern, nothing of the likes of Beowulf, practical criticism
7. State

Definitely time to start a thread for this, especially as the 'other' : ) have one.
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1. A*AA - English Literature, Sociology, and English Language
2. MOOC's and school productions
3. 7 grade 7s and 2 grade 8s
4. Had a look at the format of the questions and some of the types of extracts that may come up
5. I did an open application and have been assigned 'Murray Edwards' - need to find out a bit more about it as I don't actually know much about it!
6. I really liked how much the course has to offer and being able to explore lots of different types of literature
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1. A*AA - English Literature, History and Religious Studies
2. Reading, lectures, LAMDA
3. 4 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s, 2 Grade 7s and 1 Grade 6 (but that's biology, we don't talk about that!)
4. Had a read through some different extracts, will be practising the papers
5. Jesus College - I visited there and adored it, beautiful grounds and very welcoming people
6. The atmosphere, the course's emphasis on literature through the ages really appeals to me and the focused, one-on-one style of teaching there looks incredible.
7. State
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1. A*AA - English Literature, History and Religious Studies
2. Reading, lectures, LAMDA
3. 4 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s, 2 Grade 7s and 1 Grade 6 (but that's biology, we don't talk about that!)
4. Had a read through some different extracts, will be practising the papers
5. Jesus College - I visited there and adored it, beautiful grounds and very welcoming people
6. The atmosphere, the course's emphasis on literature through the ages really appeals to me and the focused, one-on-one style of teaching there looks incredible.
7. State
Nice! What type of stuff did you read for your application?
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hey guys wondering if you’ve thought about what essays you’d submit? idk if it would be weird to submit an extract of my NEA
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hey guys wondering if you’ve thought about what essays you’d submit? idk if it would be weird to submit an extract of my NEA
Unlike Oxford, I don't think Cambridge has a word limit for written work. You could submit your entire NEA then?
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On my college’s website it says you can’t submit coursework as your written work…. does that rule out NEA then? I was going to send my NEA on Jane Eyre & feminism, I’m really proud of it and don’t have anything else as good I don’t think. Panicking now! Any insight?
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On my college’s website it says you can’t submit coursework as your written work…. does that rule out NEA then? I was going to send my NEA on Jane Eyre & feminism, I’m really proud of it and don’t have anything else as good I don’t think. Panicking now! Any insight?
Which college is this for? I would assume that it rules out NEA but may be worth emailing the college to check?
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Nice! What type of stuff did you read for your application?
I'm really interested in diversifying my literature tastes, so I read Toshikazu Kawaguchi's Before the Coffee Gets Cold, which is a translated Japenese novella - I'd definitely recommend it if you're a fan of magical realism! So I talked about that in my PS, about reading literature from different cultures. I also mentioned reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller for a more contemporary take on tragedy for my Aspects of Tragedy A-Level unit. Another novella I mentioned was This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill which is published on The New Yorker website - it details workplace sexual harassment, so I referenced my passion for modern feminist literature.
What kind of books did you all read?
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anyone have any elat prep? apart from practice questions 😭
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So annoying that so much of it is copyrighted 😩
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So annoying that so much of it is copyrighted 😩
what?
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what?
i think because sm of the elat texts they use are copyrighted:/ really hard to practice have to open like ten tabs
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I'm really interested in diversifying my literature tastes, so I read Toshikazu Kawaguchi's Before the Coffee Gets Cold, which is a translated Japenese novella - I'd definitely recommend it if you're a fan of magical realism! So I talked about that in my PS, about reading literature from different cultures. I also mentioned reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller for a more contemporary take on tragedy for my Aspects of Tragedy A-Level unit. Another novella I mentioned was This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill which is published on The New Yorker website - it details workplace sexual harassment, so I referenced my passion for modern feminist literature.
What kind of books did you all read?
Before the Coffee Gets Cold!! What a gorgeous, thought provoking book. I know this isn’t a book club thread but I haven’t come across anyone else who’s read it before. What did you think of the ending?
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what?
All the practice papers I find on their website 4/6 texts aren’t published bc of copyright ?
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Hi guys! I'm a current second year doing English at Christ's College, feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck with your applications!
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Hi guys! I'm a current second year doing English at Christ's College, feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck with your applications!
Hey! I was just wondering about submitted work. I only have a few essays I’m really proud of (because of COVID we haven’t written many) but they are for AS content because my school separates it. I know you just have your experience to answer by but just wanted advice!
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Hey! I was just wondering about submitted work. I only have a few essays I’m really proud of (because of COVID we haven’t written many) but they are for AS content because my school separates it. I know you just have your experience to answer by but just wanted advice!
It's hard to give an answer because it really depends on your course/college and what they've asked for! But submitting AS/equivalent content was okay in my case.
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Hi, I'm trying to complete the cover letter for my submission of assessed work, but I don't have access to a printer. Would I be able to digitally fill out the cover letter, or is it required to print it out and fill out the cover letter in writing?
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