Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Mathematics

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 FE College

 yes (5 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(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 A; gained NA at A2)

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

I applied because I believed Oxbridge to be the place where I would fit in best, both academically and socially. However, in retrospect I realise this not to be the case. If I had realised this beforehand I would not have applied, but unfortunately I only came to this conclusion after my interview (but before I received my decline).

After reading the respective prospectuses, and researching each university carefully, I finally decided upon Cambridge. This was mainly because the course seemed more challenging, and I enjoy a challenge. Cambridge also seemed to have a slightly stronger reputation mathematically.

Several reasons. Chiefly, it has a rich history of mathematicians who went there and also has an immensely strong reputation for the quality of it’s maths candidates. It is also a large college (the largest if I recall correctly) and this appealed to me. The architecture of the college is also inspiring.

Preparation

yes

No extra tuition or practice interviews. Some informal advice instead.

Yes. (see above). To prepare I just read over my A level texts and memorised appropriate formulae. In the actual exam I decided to attempt the questions which looked the hardest in order to impress the interviewers. In retrospect, I should have attempted the easy looking ones instead.

Interview

no

no

yes

Had a one hour test. 10 questions. A couple seemed to test general maths ability, the others seemed to test specifics to A level (eg. integrals).

After the test, there was an hour long individual “discussion” with two cambridge chaps.

The interviewers reviewed my test and went over any slip ups I made.

Shirt, tie, trousers, shoes, socks etc. Formal wear seemed appropriate.

Impressions

Very impressive.

Rooms I looked in seemed rather majestic.

NA

I found the people who intereviewed me a mixed bag. One seemed generally nice. However the other seemed a bit arrogant and made the odd snide comment, which I just accepted.

I didn’t meet any.

Final stage

Received letter. I was a bit shocked to see rejection, but it was well written.

Looking back

Probably not. Certainly not Cambridge though. Possibly Oxford. If I was the same person that I am now, I dont think so.