Application

 Cambridge

 King’s

 Computer Science

 2000

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (5 B,4 C)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

challenging course

Cambridge course had more varied content.

Nice name, high proportion of normal people compared to other colleges.

Preparation

no

Interview

no

no

no

2 interviews, about 20mins each. One was general, the other focused on a book and mathematics questions

Interview 1; A simple integral, after which I was told to leave. Interview 2; Discussion of a book, followed by a series notation-led question.

Normal clothes

Impressions

Underwhelming.

Traditionally stylised, acceptable.

NA

Interview1; A fussy bald man asked me questions while a chubby person beside him wrote about my responses in red ink. Interview2; A long bearded, rather happy looking old man, with his assistant, it seemed.

A few variations, looked like serious people.

Final stage

Not much. I confirmed initial thoughts about what I wanted to do.

Looking back

Not really. The entire process was extremely time-consuming. Modelling myself to be the ideal oxbridge candidate could’ve had undesirable effects on other aspects of my life.

Just be yourself.