Application

 Cambridge

 St John’s

 Natural Sciences (Physical)

 2008

 pooled, offer made (Girton)

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (8 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (296 UMS))

(A at AS (286 UMS))

(A at AS (290 UMS))

(A at AS (294 UMS))

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

B in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics

yes

yes

N/A

cambridge all the way!

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

best living environment and reputation

cambridge course is far better

flexibility

n/a

Preparation

yes

1 practice interview-nothing like the actualy thing

learn the a level syllabus off by heart and even modules not covered yet

Interview

no

n/a

no

n/a

no

an hour science test-sooo hard didnt know anything on it

chemistry-easy, maths and physics very hard thought i had failed them both

only academic questions

some really hard differentiation questions, things i had not covered before in both maths and physics

suit

Impressions

very nice as are all colleges in cambridge

the room i stayed in was fairly small but quite modern

nice and a large selection

all were very friendly

they wenrt there when i was at interview

Final stage

thought i had definately been rejected because i thought the maths and physics interviews went badly

i was very surprised and extremely happy

Looking back

yes definately

check the competitiveness of the college you are applying for,it probably wont reduce your chances of getting into the university but you may end up at a college you didnt choose if your origional choice is very competitive