Application

 Cambridge

 Pembroke

 Economics

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (5 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(NA 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)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

Reputation. Get a good job.

Cambridge was rated better in the league tables and there were articles in the newspaper slagging of oxford. Also oxford doesnt offer economics.

I knew someone who had been there and really enjoyed it. Couldnt choose between others, they all looked similar

Preparation

yes

Discussed economics articles in small group once a week for about 5 weeks.

keep up to date with current affairs. Know the subject well.

Interview

no

no

yes

one 1-hour written test. 6 questions on logic, ethics, economics, current affairs and maths. No a level knowledge assumed, but it helped

Had written test in the evening and then 3 interviews next day after staying overnight. Met lots of other interview candidates and current students

I had 3 interviews. One with tutor, not specifically economics, just general 10 minute chat. Two with economics people who asked Very hard questions about economics and statistics. Went through problems on written test.

a suit. I wear it for school and i asked teachers and they said i should. i wish i didnt as hardly anyone else did.

Impressions

amazing buildings, very friendly, good location & size.

modern relatively large rooms. Quite nice. Older accomodation looked worse

Edible but not great

friendly. clever.

friendly. clever.

Final stage

I sort of expected i wasnt going to get a place. it was a last minute decision to apply. I was dissapointed, but not too upset

Looking back

yes, there was no harm, it was a good experience and i do not regret it.

Relax, its nothing to worry about. Make sure your mobile is turned off, mine wasnt – it went off!! – very embarassng