Application

 Cambridge

 King’s

 Economics

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (11 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

The course appealed to me, excellent teaching, reputation, employment prospects, nice place to spend 3 years.

Cambridge offered straight economics and from general reading and asking people seemed a better university.

Very pretty, excellent fellows for economics, seemed to combine the best of both worlds – academically excellent, prestigious yet also very friendly and informal.

Preparation

yes

I had a practice interview with my economics teacher

Make sure u have a sound grasp of economics and some knowledge of current affairs. My interview was more about thinking on my feet, so dont over-prepare, but dont take it too easy either.

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes, there was a rather nasty 50 question test completely unrelated to economics, and which u could not revise for. It was a critical thinking / problem solving test with 25 mathematicalc problems and 25 literary problems.

2 economic fellows interviewed me, from the start asked me academic questions. Before the interview I had a test.

Economics questions surprisingly. No general questions were asked, asked me to sketch a rather difficult graph which I messed up a bit, and then other economic stuff. It was mostly application of knowledge, but there was a bit of factual recall.

Suit, because it just seemed the right thing to wear – show I was serious about getting in.

Impressions

Very nice – beautiful buildings, very friendly students and a nice bar.

NA

Good

Very friendly – they made me feel at ease straight away rather than pressurising me. They helped me through the interview when I got stuck, but allowed me to form my own opinions as well.

Very friendly

Final stage

I opened it and realised id got an offer when i saw the AAA offer. I then had to spend an hour phoning my entire family with the news i had recieved an offer and could be the 1st from my family to go there.

Looking back

Definitely – even if u dont get in its a great experience going down there, and experience should help with your a levels.

Make sure u prepare well but not overly so. Also be friendly and relaxed with the interviewers – they are interested in how ull be as a student in addition to your academic potential,and wont want to teach someone whose really miserable. Dont be too intimidated by the process – they want u to perfoprm to your best (well my interviewers did!)