pooled, offer made (Jesus)


 International Baccalaureate




 Comprehensive School


International Baccalaureate

( predicted 6; gained 7)

( predicted 7; gained 6)

( predicted 7; gained 7)

( predicted 6; gained 6)

( predicted 7; gained 7)

( predicted 6; gained 5)

( predicted NA; gained NA)

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained 1)

(predicted NA; gained 3)

Details about the offer


1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP II

39, including bonus points.



 offer missed, was not accepted

Decisions about the application

I simply wanted to study the most challenging course available.

It was based on advice from an Oxford graduate. Basically she told me that Cambridge students were more centred around school work, while Oxford students cared more about the student (night) life. So naturally, I chose Cambridge.

I love maths. Need I say more?

Trinity is said to have the best mathematicians. I looked at pictures of the college, and I also saw that they admitted many more undergrad mathematicians than other colleges. The beautiful college grounds and the prospect of being in an even larger crowd of nerds did have a great influence of my choice.



Prepare. That’s a pretty good idea. I didn’t prepare for the interview situation, so I felt kind of stranded when I sat there facing two stern-looking fellows. Simply preparing for the test is not enough





A very simple test, but time was scarce. I scrabbled down solutions to 8˝ out of 10 questions, and got lot of details incorrect. Maybe it would have been better to do fewer problems, and don’t waste any time when getting stuck but just move on.

It was a very nervous experience. My brain seemed to go into emergency lockdown mode because of the tension, because I messed everything up, even the things I didn’t know it was possible to mess up.

Only questions about the problems given beforehand. The interviewers only asked a quick question about my upcoming exams, and then the rest was all maths.

Jeans, shirt and purple-striped v-neck. I wanted to look sharp, but not stiff. I had a haircut right before the interview as well, because I thought my long fringe would make me look unserious.


Beautiful! That’s really all I need to say.

The room I was acommodated in was of fair size, with shower and bathroom not more than ten metres down the corridor. It seemed that all rooms had carpets instead of hard-wood or linoleum floor, which wasn’t exactly fresh.

Good, but not very spicy. The prices were affordable indeed.

Unfortunately, I didn’t meet any tutors.

Less nerdy than I had expected, and quite diverse when it came to clothing and such. They were very friendly, and keen to promote their College!

Final stage

Simply dreadful. I couldn’t find out my results until the 20th, so it was pretty agonizing knowing they’d already made their decision while I didn’t even know if I’d met the offer.

I was terribly disappointed, and simply refused to think about it for a few days.

Looking back


Make sure you have a large number of exams to test your ability, so one bad exam won’t ruin everything.