Application

 Cambridge

 Christ’s

 Mathematics

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

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)

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

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained 1)

(predicted NA; gained 1)

Details about the offer

 conditional

S in STEP II, S in STEP III

AAB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Would always regret it if I didn’t, if you’re serious about your subject there’s nowhere better to study (in general).

Cambridge better for Maths

Both father and grandfather were there

Preparation

no

Not really

Do loads of questions, read a couple of books and make sure you talk about them (I didn’t manage to mention anything I’d read, and really kicked myself afterwards).

Interview

no

no

no

3 interviews, 1 general, 1 half/half general and applied maths, 1 pure maths. General was OK, talked about my statement and the obvious why Cambridge/Christ’s/maths. Next one was the same then he asked me some more detailed questions which weren’t that hard just confusing, and I felt I really messed up. The third one was all pure maths written questions, which was OK.

Stuff about interests, hobbies etc. The maths questions were really varied, mostly pure and mechanics including proof that root 2 is irrational, and the integration of ln x.

Suit – seemed appropriate

Impressions

Beautiful buildings, quiet after the town outside

Building I stayed in was pretty old fashioned, big room but nothing in it except a table and a bed, the bathroom was miles away. Most rooms are apparentlyy better though.

Good

Could eat as much as you liked and it wasn’t typical cafeteria food, really nice.

Friendly and seemed genuinely to be trying to help if you struggled with a question

Most were fairly normal, and quite friendly to someone who was obviously lost.

Final stage

Was delighted, second interview had gone so badly I was sure I’d not got in, such a relief.

Looking back

Definitely, I got in!

Make sure you mention what you want to mention, I spent the train journey reading a book and never managed to talk about it. Also make sure you have a good reason for picking the college, it doesn’t really matter but it gives you something positive to talk about at interview.