Also, in the same year, you cannot apply for both universities at the same time. In addition to choosing a course of study, you must also choose a college within Oxford and Cambridge. Students must do lots of research to understand all of these application choices!
Finally, competition is tough. Students must demonstrate hard work and determination but go the extra mile to show their genuine interest in one subject!
Just over halfway through January 2019, three of our students received offers from the University of Cambridge and two of our students received offers from Oxford University.
Today, we want to share the story of Gloria, who has just been admitted to Cambridge!
伦敦大学学院(University College London)
伦敦政经学院(London School of Economics and Political Science)
Generally, if I want to apply for Oxbridge, I will submit a UCAS application in mid-October. This application includes grades, courses and university choices, 1 teacher recommendation, and 1 personal statement explaining why you wish to study your subject at university. This needs to be very in depth. But my personal advisor and team helped me a lot here.
I knew I wanted to study economics. It’s my favourite subject and I enjoy reading about it. I also participated in an economics paper competition on behalf of my school. All this was important to my applications as I had lots of specific economics knowledge to talk about!
Once I submitted my application, I had to fill out an online supplementary application questionnaire:the SAQ and the Pre-Interview Cambridge Admissions Test.
Complete the SAQ Questionnaire
申请类型 Application type
个人信息 Personal information
专业信息 Professional information
教育程度 Education level
补充说明 Supplementary explanation
The purpose of SAQ is to help Cambridge collect information. For example, if I apply for an economics course, the interviewer will design a special interview question through the information I submit. My SAQ personal statement needs more evidence to convince the school that they should give me an offer.
My personal advisor, admissions coach, and writing specialists helped me to work on this. Because of our discussions, I was able to summarize my important experiences and write successfully.
Don't repeat the contents of UCAS personal statement; go into more depth!
All of the above are essential preparation but before Cambridge offers interview invitation, students must participate in a Pre-Interview Cambridge Admission Test. Only when students meet admissions standards, will they have the opportunity to interview.
Train your eyes and mind
It was unexpected to get an interview invitation from Cambridge University. But I was very happy! I knew that my preparation until now had been worth it. But I still needed to work hard and prepare.
In this regard, the team's advisors have helped me a lot. I attended interview workshops and three or four specialists from different fields took turns to help me with training my thinking. They asked me questions and challenged me like in a real interview. This process is a bit like making pottery. First break your solidified thinking, then re-model, and finally practice an impeccable logical thinking.
In addition to thinking training, the specialists also taught me a lot of interview skills, like looking at the interviewer's eyes and taking time between responses. This was very useful.
One of the most important things I learned is that successful students are very interested in their chosen subject. Therefore, extensive reading of books related to your own course will be of great benefit to the interview.
In addition, for my economics course, brushing up on the news and accumulate current events was useful. There is a great chance that you will be asked about your opinion in a particular interview. Also, I needed to pay attention to mathematics as it accounted for a large part of my interview.
One of the things I learned preparing for interview is that when you get stuck, I knew I could talk to the professor about which steps I was thinking about. If the brain is a little more agile and open, you can answer questions better.
There is always paper and pen available in the examination room, allowing you to calculate anytime, anywhere, and clear your mind. But if there is any idea in the mind, it is best to speak it out actively.
At Charterhouse, we are not learning A-level or IB, but a more in-depth qualification: Pre-U. In the Pre-U system, we choose 3 to 4 subjects and the content of learning is extended compared to A-level. The exam will be much more difficult. But I hope I am ready! I will sit my exams in May/June and receive my results in August.
There is only one application opportunity and the application process is very lengthy and complicated. I am very fortunate to be able to find the advisors and specialists who are willing to help me to clarify every step and complete every link efficiently. I only need to concentrate on preparing for my Pre-U exams now.