Application

 Cambridge

 Peterhouse

 Engineering

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 Canada

 Grammar School

Not a proper grammar school, its a comprehensive but ~30% selective

 yes (7 A*,3 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS (240 UMS); predicted B; gained B at A2)

(A at AS (287 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

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

(A at AS (246 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Because you have nothing to lose

cambridge has a better engineering course

its what i wanted to do, and the cambridge one is particularly good as you have two years general engineering where you do a bit of everything.

I chose peterhouse as its the nearest college to the engineering dept (im lazy) and looked nice.

Preparation

yes

I guess, they had critical thinking and interview practise for oxbridge people but i didnt go to any of them :s

Interview

no

no

no

there were two academic ones- no personal ones (I only got asked two things from my PS in total).

I had a maths interview where there was a list of questions and i had to answer as many I as could going down it.

in the first one there was a graph sketch (which was impossible and the interviewer had to basically tell me how to do it) then there were complex numbers, integration and differentiation questions.
After I had 40mins to prepare two out of three phyiscs problems on a sheet, and in the interview went through my answers explaining what i did and it didnt seem to matter i got them all wrong.

I wore smartish grey trousers, black van trainers, white shirt lime green v-neck jumper on top and an orange cord jacket. I wore this because it was comfortable (the shoes especially) and i didnt see the point in going any smarter really.

Impressions

it was nice and the arcitechture is impressive!

I didnt see them

Dont know

They were really nice, well the interviewers were.

there werent any, it was the xmas holidays for them.

Final stage

i didnt really have any, as it got closer though i guess i was nervous!

I was soo suprised and couldnt believe it, and then went to school and had the best day ever!

Looking back

Definitly, even if i hadnt gotten in. the experience is good for you i think.