Application

 Cambridge

 Magdalene

 Economics

 2007

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 India

 Comprehensive School

 yes (3 A*,2 A,3 B,2 C)

A-levels

(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)

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Merit; gained Ungraded)

(predicted Merit; gained Ungraded)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

loved the college

oxford don’t offer pure economics

i love maths, and very good reputation

I thought it would be less competitive, tutors seemed friendly.

Preparation

no

N/A

Focus on getting good A-Levels

Interview

no

TSA- did not do very well, got 51%

yes

I Sent in a paper from business studies on monopolies and a history essay on French political economy of the 15th century

yes

I had one interview with the master and two with economics tutors, first went well but second did not, i could not answer the maths questions…

I Was asked to differentitate x²/z²+h² (had no clue how to do that!) then i had to sketch the graph of sin²x+2=y

suit and tie

Impressions

really nice,good atmosphere

Big room, but no bathroom

good, loved the chicken, don’t miss the breakfast

quite friendly

did not see much of them, looked nice, not many fit girls though…

Final stage

Knew i wouldn’t get in after my second inteview

My initial reaction was disapointment and rage, then i was fine.

Looking back

nope

do well in your a-levels, practice interviews…