On Wednesday, April 12th, Dr. Kamran Yunus and Dr. Mengmeng Wang, two representatives from the world-renowned university, the University of Cambridge, had a face-to-face exchange with students of SCBS. During the event, the representatives provided practical application information to the students, including admission standards, application processes, interview requirements, and admission requirements for the University of Cambridge. This sharing not only enabled the students to have a better understanding of the University of Cambridge, but also injected more learning motivation into everyone.
6. Submit written work and/or take admission assessment/test
7. Interview (December)
The representatives from the university stated that understanding the university's courses is the first step in the application process. Admissions officers advise students to spend more time researching their courses to ensure they choose the ones they truly want to study.
Cambridge has 31 colleges, and selecting which college will affect one's future learning experience. The representatives suggest that students first understand their own needs and consider what they value most, such as location, facilities, food, accommodation, research projects, or study companions. Then, they should check the school's website to find the college that best fits their interests.
The representatives mentioned that some students will inquire about the number of applicants for a certain college, thinking that colleges with fewer applicants will have a greater chance of being admitted. However, this is not always the case. As admission officers, they value academic ability more and consider outstanding applicants who were rejected by other colleges. Therefore, students are advised to choose colleges based on their preferences rather than taking chances. Additionally, students can choose to apply through "open admission," where the university allocates colleges for students.
After selecting their desired course and college, students need to understand the subject requirements. For example, subjects like engineering, natural sciences, medicine, economics, etc., require pre-registration assessments. On the other hand, arts and humanities subjects do not require an entrance assessment, but students may need to submit an art portfolio, essay, or undergo an interview evaluation. Examples of these assessments, essays, and past papers can be downloaded from the school's website for students to study on their own.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR
1. Academic ability and potential
2. Satisfy the subject requirements
3. Genuine subject interest - motivation and enthusiasm
4. Good ‘fit’ between applicants and course
5. Vocational commitments
6. Assess applications holistically
The representatives stated that Cambridge assesses applicants solely based on academic achievement. The school focuses on students' academic abilities and potential, and admissions officers will evaluate whether the applicant can thrive and excel at Cambridge's teaching style. Since Cambridge's terms are very short, the university requires applicants who can keep up with the high-intensity learning pace and adapt to Cambridge's teaching methods. This requires students to have independent thinking skills.
In addition, vocational commitments are also a key focus of interviewers. In addition to assessing students' academic abilities, the university also needs to ensure that students have indeed seriously considered the careers they want to pursue, especially in the medical field. For example, whether the student has considered what it takes to become a doctor? Whether they can become a good doctor? Whether they have empathy? Whether they have the personality and interpersonal skills required to become a doctor? The univerisity hopes to cultivate students who can become medical professionals and truly help others and make contributions.
For admissions officers, the interview is just one part of the application process. Before making a final decision, colleges will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the student's written work and information, including academic performance, recommendation letters, personal statements, and assessments. Even if the applicant performs poorly on the day of the interview, it does not necessarily mean that the interviewer will reject the applicant. Instead, they will consider the applicant from all angles. The most important thing for colleges is the academic value of the applicant.
Regarding personal statements, the Cambridge representatives suggest that applicants should not focus too much on what admissions officers want to hear, but rather on what they want to tell them. For example, why they chose this major, how they researched their topic and provided supporting evidence, and what they gained from this research experience. Admissions officers want to see the applicant's passion for the chosen major, the reasons for their fascination with it, and whether they truly understand the subject.
Meanwhile, both representatives suggested leaving some space at the end of the personal statement to discuss extracurricular activities related to the chosen major. For example, relevant books or magazines read, museums visited, documentaries or online lectures watched, etc. Admissions officers want to see if applicants truly understand their chosen subject and have formed their own views from these experiences.
During the interview process, admissions officers are more interested in the applicant's approach and logic to answering questions than their speed in solving problems. In Cambridge's academic environment, the school expects students to become independent thinkers who can critically analyze problems, explain and express their own views.
Finally, the two representatives expressed that there are many available resources on the university website and encouraged students to make good use of the information on these websites.
The visit by the representatives from the University of Cambridge allowed students to understand the application requirements of top universities in the world and helped them to develop more comprehensive plans for their future studies. Through comprehensive guidance on university admissions, SCBS maximizes the cultivation and display of each student's personal potential. The school's guidance services for university admissions begins from the student's enrollment in middle school and continues throughout the seven years of secondary education, providing comprehensive support to help students successfully enrol in their desired universities.