Application

 Cambridge

 King’s

 Computer Science

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (2 A*,5 A,3 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

To see if I could get in! I was perfectly happy to go to my other choices, but Oxbridge is in a league of its own.

I’d been to a summer school at Cambridge, and really liked it. Plus it created computer science, it seemed appropriate!
Course applied for:

Lots of people from state schools, very modern (June Events, no gowns, etc)

Preparation

no

Interview

no

no

yes

The new TSA aka IQ test. I had a look at the sample paper to let me know what I was getting in for, other than that, just relax, and DON’T PANIC!

Both were subject orientated, there were no general questions (Why did you choose cambridge, etc)

In the first: Resistance, calculus, probability In the second: How does a router work, show me a sort algorithm, how efficient is it? Show me a search algorithm, how efficient is it? How can it be improved? Whats the efficiency of the new one? What programming have you done? How does this work [choosing one of my examples]. What are you most proud of?

Normal clothes

Impressions

Kings – VERY impressive, its a huge college, very nice grounds, and the chapel is amazing. The porters are lovely!
Trinity Hall – Nice, close college. Very nice grounds, its out of the way of most tourists, but there are still a few.

I was in a 1st year room, it wasn’t particularly impressive, but definately liveable. There were en-suites in every room, a fridge and highspeed network connection. Thin walls though!

NA

I went to Pizza Hut (horrible service!) and Burger King instead

Very friendly, they didn’t try to intimidate you at all.

Happy to be going home for christmas. There were a few finishing off pieces of work while having lunch, overall it was a nice atmosphere.

Final stage

My mom grabbed it off me and I didn’t see it again for 10 minutes, after she’d phoned everyone she knew…… *groan*

Looking back

Definately, even if you don’t get in, its still a great experience.

[When filling in the forms]Try to let the admissions tutors know why you’ve applied to that subject, and establish a background interest (it was picked up on in BOTH my interviews)

Expect Maths and NatSci questions, the course is very close to these, and they’ll want to know what you can do. Also revise D1! (Decision and Discrete Mathematics)

Just do it, nobody I met regretted applying, even if they were sure they’d messed up!