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Oxbridge math

Is Cambridge or Oxford harder to get in to
Reply 1
cambridge for sure. although getting the offer is probably equally difficult at both, getting the required grades in STEP II and STEP III alongside your A-Levels, makes getting into cambridge much more difficult
Reply 2
Original post by aranon
cambridge for sure. although getting the offer is probably equally difficult at both, getting the required grades in STEP II and STEP III alongside your A-Levels, makes getting into cambridge much more difficult

Getting a Cambridge offer is easier as they over-offer by over 2:1, but I agree that making the offer is the hardest part of either application process.
Reply 3
Original post by RichE
Getting a Cambridge offer is easier as they over-offer by over 2:1, but I agree that making the offer is the hardest part of either application process.

Do they give really harsh conditions in their offers?
Reply 4
Original post by yi123456
Do they give really harsh conditions in their offers?

The offer is made on A-levels and STEP - usually 1,1 in STEP II and III.
Reply 5
Original post by yi123456
Do they give really harsh conditions in their offers?

If I tell you that 50% of the people who get offers don't meet their offer reqs, what does that tell you? They'll have smashed their A level reqs but the STEP is insanely difficult (trust me, I'm having to prepare for it for my offer from Imperial CS).
Original post by RichE
Getting a Cambridge offer is easier as they over-offer by over 2:1, but I agree that making the offer is the hardest part of either application process.

Making the offer is the easiest part of the Oxford process, its A*A*A, which is very doable for anyone who has passed the MAT and interview save for mitigating circumstances. Its only Cambridge where meeting the offer is hard.
Reply 7
Original post by RichE
Getting a Cambridge offer is easier as they over-offer by over 2:1, but I agree that making the offer is the hardest part of either application process.

50% of the offer holders don't meet their requirements because they messed up the STEP. Grade 2 in one of the papers would be OK but they have to get grade 2 in both papers, which, trust me, is insane! I'm having to do STEP II for Imperial CS and I'm finding it hard enough as it is but it's going OK I think. I'm grinding and hoping.
Reply 8
Original post by vnayak
50% of the offer holders don't meet their requirements because they messed up the STEP. Grade 2 in one of the papers would be OK but they have to get grade 2 in both papers, which, trust me, is insane! I'm having to do STEP II for Imperial CS and I'm finding it hard enough as it is but it's going OK I think. I'm grinding and hoping.

I think you have to get grade 1 in both papers for Cambridge
Original post by vnayak
50% of the offer holders don't meet their requirements because they messed up the STEP. Grade 2 in one of the papers would be OK but they have to get grade 2 in both papers, which, trust me, is insane! I'm having to do STEP II for Imperial CS and I'm finding it hard enough as it is but it's going OK I think. I'm grinding and hoping.

Just to clarify that it's usually two grade 1's, but a grade 1 is the second highest grade with S being the highest.
Reply 10
Original post by melancollege
Just to clarify that it's usually two grade 1's, but a grade 1 is the second highest grade with S being the highest.

Typo 😂...meant to say grade 1
Reply 11
Original post by lalexm
I think you have to get grade 1 in both papers for Cambridge

it was a typo

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