Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Mathematics

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (4 A*,2 A,3 B,1 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)

Details about the offer

 conditional

1 in STEP II, 2 in STEP III

AAB, lthough I didn’t quite meet their conditions in STEP, they did accepted me at Trinity (after a very long 24 hour wait whilst they decided).

yes

N/A

 offer missed, still accepted

Decisions about the application

I love maths and want to study with like minded people. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t apply – I just had to try!

I asked my maths teachers about the reputation of both. I asked my parents and friends what they thought of the cities. I also read the prospectus and web pages.

I asked for recomendations from someone I know who goes to Cambridge and asked students whilst at the Open day. I asked my teacher and read the perspectus. Trinity has an excellent reputation for maths. I looked on the Cambridge web page to see what I would be required to do at the interview. By process of elimination (and a bit of guess work) I then chose Trinity!

Preparation

yes

I had two mock interviews which were quite useful. I also got to chat with the students from my school that applied to Oxbridge the previous year.

Make sure you have some idea of what you are going to say to the standard questions i.e. ‘Why Trinity / Cambridge / maths?’. You propably won’t be asked (I wasn’t) but you will feel more prepared. Look at the sample test on the web page – the questions are of a similar standard. Have some questions ready for the end of the interview – makes you look interested.

Interview

no

no

yes

I signed in and then went to the room where I had a test. Four aplicants took the test at the same time as me. It lasted an hour. I had to answer as many questions as I could and was allowed a calulator. I answered two questions completly and about four partly.

Straight after the test I went to my interview. It lasted about 40 mintes. Two people interviewed me – one did most the talking whilst the other made notes. The vast majority of the interview was based on the test. I explained how I had answered (or attempted) each question and we then discussed it. They offered me hints or explained the thoery to all the questions I hadn’t finshed then they expected me to complete the question. They asked me why I was doing things and encouraged me to explian my thought process. It was more of a maths lesson than an interview. The last five minutes was more of a typical interview based on my Ucas form.

The questions in the test were about the same level of difficultly as those on their web page. Most the questions were based on what I had written in the test and why. I was also asked if I would be having lessons in STEP and a few general questions about my A levels and hobbies.

A trouser suit. I’m not sure it was neccersary but I would recommend dressing smartly. Even if nuthing else it puts you in the right fame of mind. The four applicant I saw were in suits.

Impressions

They all look beautiful!

I didn’t see any. I was only there for about two hours because my interview was immediatly after my test and then I left.

NA

I only saw the two who interviewed me and they seemed very friendly and relaxed. They were chatty and put me at ease.

My stay was very brief so I didn’t see any.

Final stage

I was very nervous opening it but extremely happy once I had!

Looking back

Yes, because I got an offer!

Apply! You never know, you might get an offer!