Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Medicine

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (10 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (292 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

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

(A at AS (290 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry

AAA

yes

no

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Loved the place/colleges, good quality of teaching, prestige, best opportunities, good facilities.

Visited Cambridge on a school trip and really liked it. I also thought that Cambridge was more catered towards the sciences than Oxford.

Always been interested in Medicine, Dad is a doctor, interested about causes/cures of diseases. Not much else I wanted to do really.

Preparation

yes

We had 1 practice interview.

Read arround about the sorts of questions that they could ask you. Try preparing a couple of answers for the above questions. Don’t overprepare for the interview though. Do lots of work experience as well.

Interview

yes

I had to sit the BMAT examination. I got 5.7/5.3/7.5. There is not much you can do to prepare for it really…apart from a good nights sleep.

no

no

I only had one 25 minute interview which didn’t go too badly or too great really.

Pretty much the whole interview was devoted to science questions. There were no “social” questions like “Why do you want to come here?”. I didn’t do AS or A2 Biology but lots of the questions still involved Biology which made it quite hard.

Problems involving science (and a little bit maths). See above.

Casual smart wear…not a suit.

Impressions

Trinity is a very grand/imposing college but it is one of the nicest looking and richest colleges. The people were very friendly there as well.

The room size was amazing. It was about 3 times the size of my bedroom at home and extremely well furnished. It even had a little fireplace in the room!

I didnt have it. But Trinity has a good reputation for the food so it would have been awesome.

They were nice and friendly and made the interview as comfortable as an interview can be.

The student who showed me round was very nice and friendly and put me at ease before my interview. I didnt really see many others apart from her.

Final stage

Slightly nervous but not too bad. There was not much I could do about it so I put it to the back of my mind.

I opened the letter and was happy that I got in 🙂 I was a bit surprised that I had got in after the difficult interview.

Looking back

Yes…all in all it wasn’t as stressful/hard as you think it would be.

Don’t get yourself all worked up and in the process overprepare. It is better to have spontaneous answers that rehearsed answers. Don’t worry too much about your college preference either, you will love any college that you go to.