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12th December, Afternoon. Probably go on the 11th.
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hey Allotriophagy, I'm a mature applicant too. You were right about the St. John's admissions department being angels, and about the grad colleges (st. ed's in particular) being a bit grim!

I imagine the undergrad colleges have a maximum number mature students they admit. I suppose that puts us in indirect competition with each other :-(
Hello! I don't think they have a fixed number of mature students, but the website says that there are typically 1 or 2 out of an intake of 170. I don't know how many mature applicants there are, though. Do you have MSN or something similar? I always like to chat to other mature students. If so, send me a private message with your details.

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Oh...another thing that has crossed my mind is that if St.John's would offer a mature student a place but due to quotas or available spaces or whatever they can't, then that person may get pooled to one of the "specialist" colleges. Which would be better than no Cambridge at all.

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So let me get this right:

My parents didn't go to the uni, so I can apply for the special access scheme? Will this benefit me a lot?

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So let me get this right:

My parents didn't go to the uni, so I can apply for the special access scheme? Will this benefit me a lot?

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If your parents went to any uni you cannot be considered under Special Access - however, if YOU are the first one in your family to apply for uni you can!
Oxbridge get more in-depth information about you from your school via a special access form they complete.
Providing the interviewers consider you are able enough for their course, you prove you can think on your feet during interview and fulfil other 'normal' considerations you stand a better than average chance of getting an offer.
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If your parents went to any uni you cannot be considered under Special Access - however, if YOU are the first one in your family to apply for uni you can!
Oxbridge get more in-depth information about you from your school via a special access form they complete.
Providing the interviewers consider you are able enough for their course, you prove you can think on your feet during interview and fulfil other 'normal' considerations you stand a better than average chance of getting an offer.
Isnt it that your parents havent been to university AND your school is a low particapation school?
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How long do Cambridge take to let you know if youve got an offer after your interview? Will they hint afterwards?

Not in my experience. Phrases like 'yes, we were impressed by this' are always good to hear in a interview but you can never tell. I got acceptance letter on 28th Dec but I've heard letters come as early as 23rd. Which is *****y if you get rejected, before christmas and all.
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I got mine on the 28th, I thought everyone did :confused: I got told that Oxford send theirs out just before Christmas, and Cambridge do it just after, but I'm not sure.

I had no indication whatsoever from my interviewers as to how it had gone. Some bits I though "yeah, that was good, think they liked that," and others I thought "oh my God, I'm such a fool, they're never going to let me in after I've spouted that crap!" However, there was not even a hint of an indication - besides, I suppose until they've interviewed everyone they can't know exactly who's going to get in and who isn't (there is a pretty strict quota for Medicine).
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Don't be frightened They're usually really nice to you - of course, this is nice at the same time as asking horrible questions!! But they'll help you through stuff - they just want to get an idea of how you think. Don't try and be anyone you're not cos they'll probably see through it - they have quite a lot of experience at this kind of thing... And if you come out thinking it was totally crap it's probably a good sign - they want to really test the people they think have ability! They'll ask you questions to help you with things to talk about; just when they've asked you a question try and think of lots of things to say. It's better not to give really short answers because then they have to ask loads of questions and that won't give a very good impression, but don't panic over it You'll be fine I'm sure!!
thanx for all the good advice.....i dont know why but i am goign totally nuts over it....im not usually too bad at interviews. and neone at cambridge oe if you have experiences there...post them plz theyre really interesting to read!
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i hav my interview on 10 December at Girton for English (at 11 am!!!!) and i'm getting really confused reading all of people's posts....wat r these reading lists you're all talking about?! How come i'v never heard about any of this?! I'm really starting to worry here....! Please explain wat they r and how come i don't KNOW wat they r?!
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Does anyone know if there are any practice tests or anything for the Law test before the interview? I have no idea what I'm going to be tested on.. :confused:
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Isnt it that your parents havent been to university AND your school is a low particapation school?
Yes Goat, you're right - but I was just addressing the poster's point about his/her parents not having gone to the uni.
Another consideration for Special Access is that the applicants education has been disrupted or disadvantaged through health or personal problems, disability or difficulties with schooling
This seems to be regardless of other family members having been to uni or whether your school has low participation rates in Higher Education.
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Is anyone applying to Christ's????????????????? I'm being interviewed there for English on 26th November - that's next week. I can't believe they only gave me 1 weeks notice!!!
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Is anyone applying to Christ's????????????????? I'm being interviewed there for English on 26th November - that's next week. I can't believe they only gave me 1 weeks notice!!!
They shouldn't have - oh well. Better than no interview at all!

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Just got the letter from Trinity Hall. My interviews are on the 12th December. I've got two interviews in the morning, followed by the TSA test in the afternoon.

Now I'm starting to feel nervous about the whole thing :O
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Hello! I don't think they have a fixed number of mature students, but the website says that there are typically 1 or 2 out of an intake of 170. I don't know how many mature applicants there are, though. Do you have MSN or something similar? I always like to chat to other mature students. If so, send me a private message with your details.

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hey, I suppose your write about being pooled to grad colleges. I'd have to give that one a long hard think - not that i'm not keen on going to cambridge, but having just turned 21 i consider myself more of a gap-years student than a proper mature student who's had a job, so I might feel way out of place stuck up the hill at st. edmunds.

sorry, i don't use msn, it annoys me!

Good luck
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Sunday 7th December, 11am at Girton.

Yes! Finally I have news from them! Good to know they know my application is serious. Bah, a test and TWO interviews, and now another form to fill in! But free lunch!!! Uh-dutty yeah!
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Sunday 7th December, 11am at Girton.

Yes! Finally I have news from them! Good to know they know my application is serious. Bah, a test and TWO interviews, and now another form to fill in! But free lunch!!! Uh-dutty yeah!
Hehehe, good luck! You'll do fine - and if all else fails, just think of the free lunch through the interview
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Sunday 7th December, 11am at Girton.

Yes! Finally I have news from them! Good to know they know my application is serious. Bah, a test and TWO interviews, and now another form to fill in! But free lunch!!! Uh-dutty yeah!
Hey Good Luck!

Mines at 11 too.. but a different day. Do they expect you there at 11.. or is 11 the latest you should be there?
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Hey Good Luck!

Mines at 11 too.. but a different day. Do they expect you there at 11.. or is 11 the latest you should be there?
11 the latest I think Elle. Try finding a train to get you there at that time and leave enough time to get to Girton! Plus mine will cost more because it's sooner grrr!
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Hehehe, good luck! You'll do fine - and if all else fails, just think of the free lunch through the interview
Mmmm forbidden ham...
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