Getting into the world’s leading universities and choosing the very competitive courses needs careful and thorough preparation.
In order to support our applicants applying to Oxbridge, and for Medicine, members of our governing body generously gave up their time to conduct formal mock interviews with our students. These were then supplemented by subject interviews by members of the teaching staff. Those applicants to the University of Cambridge who opted to be interviewed in Malaysia were all successful in securing interviews which were held on Saturday 26th October. A few students have kindly shared their experiences.
Angertdev Singh – Applying to read Chemical Engineering
‘I feel that the mock interview was a good platform to gauge my readiness to be interviewed by the Cambridge admission tutors. We were able to get a feel of what the atmosphere will be like during out actual interviews and this has made it feel less daunting. We also received detailed personalised feedback regarding our strengths and weaknesses which is very useful in that it gives us an idea of the specific areas that we can work on.’
Hoong Yip Yee – Applying to read Mathematics
‘The governor’s mock interview was really helpful indeed. It helped me to discover my strengths and weaknesses in interview. It also showed me how nervous I was and how I should prepare to overcome this. Recording the interview was a great idea as I was able to review my body language etc; my mom critically analysed it frame by frame!
I enjoyed the subject interview a lot and found that the questions asked were very similar to the actual Cambridge interview. It boosted my confidence in my mathematical abilities. Mrs Freeman gave me a really good piece of advice: “The interviewer is looking for your thought process not whether you can solve it or not. How you will react to new and challenging questions. Will you give up or push on?”
My Cambridge interview was on Saturday. The interviewer did not look like his pictures online; he was nice and friendly. From the moment he invited me into the room, I could feel my heart pound, almost to the extent that I could hear it. However, I somehow managed to hide all the nerves. I would say I became a whole new different person - not shy, and confident. The interview consisted more of mathematical questions which was what I wished for. I hoped I did well and now, fingers crossed.’
Vandit Trivedi – Applying to read Mathematics
‘The beginning of the academic year brought with it the added task of university applications. Perhaps the prospect of writing a personal statement was the overriding factor in what made this seem a long, tough process. For me, there also existed the added pressure of an earlier deadline. However, after much typing and editing, as well as the assistance of various staff members, the 4000-character statement of ‘my proposed course and I’ was completed in time. But this was not the end. The prospect of an interview was met with apprehension. A workshop and two mock interviews later, I was ready (with understandable uncertainty) to face the next challenge. The interview itself was an interesting experience. Now the wait begins.’