Application

 Cambridge

 Christ’s

 Mathematics

 2009

 pooled, offer made (Queens’)

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,1 A,2 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained NA)

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Will be taking AEA Maths and STEP in June/July 2010

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics, 1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP III

I had already gained an A* in Maths – this was not included in the offer

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Good university

I just decided I liked Cambridge better

I like Maths

I choose Christ’s becuase it was in the centre of town and had about 12 maths students in each year.

Preparation

yes

I had one mock interview with a Maths teacher at my school

Go through past exam questions (from this site and your school if they have any)

Interview

no

no

no

1st Interview:
1) Draw graphs of:
y=sin(1/x)
y=x*sin(1/x)
y=(x^3)*sin(1/x)
2) A mechanics question based on M1. Bead on wire – how long to fall from A to B. (that makes it sound more simple than it was though)
3) Draw graph of y=e^(something)

2nd Interview:
1) Prove for a 3 digit number that if the sum of the digits is a multiple of 3, the 3 digit number is a multiple of 3.

2) Do the same as Q1, but in hexadecimal (I had said I was interested in computers)

3) Do same as Q2, but for multiples of 5 (continues on from Q2 – don’t start again)

4) Shown a model of a dodecahedron
Without counting work out:
– how many edges
– how many vertices

5) String tied inside dodecahedron between vertices, forming a cube. How many possible positions could there be for a cube inside the dodecahedron?

Jumper, black trousers and black shoes. Not too casual, but don’t like dressing formally.

Impressions

It seemed OK, didn’t see much though – I was there for 1 hour when it was dark and raining.

The porter was very friendly though.

Final stage

Forgot about it over the christmas holidays. Slightly nervous when letter arrived.

I opened the letter.
I had been pooled – felt disappointed I hadn’t got an offer, but also relieved I hadn’t been rejected.

I picked up the phone.
The director of studies phoned me to tell me Queens’ would offer me a place.

Looking back

Yes.

Practise past interview questions to get used to them