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Application

 Cambridge

 King's

 Economics

 2015

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (6 A*,4 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS (192 UMS))

(A at AS (168 UMS))

(A at AS (295 UMS))

(A at AS (268 UMS))

(A at AS (267 UMS))

Details about the offer

 conditional

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

ranked highest, looks nice, not as snobby as everyone makes it out to be, supervisions are a great idea, the crazy workload is good if you enjoy the subject, perfect for going onto a masters

wanted to do straight econ, no management

liked the maths, politics and economic history in the first year, and options in the second year

looks nice, apparently very chilled, high fellow to student ratio and J.M. Keynes went there!

Preparation

yes

had two mock interviews, they weren't massively helpful but I guess it is a good idea to have some practice explaining yourself under pressure

they design interviews so that prep doesn't help, don't stress if your school isn't very good at this kind of thing, or you haven't done any. BUT, if you do prep you will feel much more confident going into the interview, which helps - I'd done so much prep I wasn't at all nervous going into the interview.

Interview

no

no

no

chilled, didn't feel under very much pressure, interviewers were really nice

Sketch: (3x-2)/(x^2-3x+2)

Two train companies running from Cambridge to London (A and B), each has trains running every 20 minutes. Man arrives at Cambridge station between 8-9am each day (random time, all times are equally likely). After a few weeks he notices that he uses company A three times as much as company B. Give a possible train schedule that would explain this.

What would make the man more certain that this was the schedule?

5 pirates (in order of age) have to divide 100 coins between them using the following method; oldest pirate proposes a way of distributing the coins, if 50% or more vote in favour (they can vote for their own proposals), it is settled, if not, the oldest pirate is thrown overboard. This then continues with the next oldest pirate until the distribution is agreed. Assuming all the pirates are rational (trying to maximize their own payoffs) what will the first pirate propose?

Would pirate X accept is the first pirate offered Y instead?

I toss a coin but do not look at it, my three friends all look at it and each tell me whether it is heads or tails. However, 1/3 of the time, they are lying. Given that all three of them say it is heads, what are the chances that heads actually came up?

had to talk about an economist article about opec overproducing oil, what they did, why they are doing it, and what will happen in the future

suit, everyone says it doesn't matter but you might as well

Impressions

looks super pretty, big and fancy. the library was really cool, felt like the 19th century

only spoke to them in the interview, but they were nice, don't be scared of them

also really nice and helpful, showed me where the library was, answered my questions ect.

Looking back

obviously...

1. I only averaged 92% UMS and got 6A*s at GCSE and I got in, most competitive course at one of the most competitive colleges, so they clearly don't care about that too much
2. stay calm
3. read as much as you can around the subject beforehand (papers are easier and probably more respected than books)
4. you can't really prep for the interview
5. but you sort of can, the more prep you do, the more confident you will be going into it
6. tell people your interview didn't go well so you don't look like a twat if you don't get in
7. DON'T MISS YOUR OFFER IF YOU GET ONE

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