Current FAQs

Arriving at King's

Arriving at King's

This page is for current King's applicants and is updated during the admissions period with answers to frequently asked questions. The more crucial page to be reading is the Applicant Information main page.

  1. General queries
  2. Subject-specific queries
  3. International applicant queries

General queries

What will happen if I submit my SAQ after the SAQ deadline?
Unfortunately we will not be able to consider your application if your SAQ is late. Please don't let this happen to you! We advise all candidates to avoid leaving the SAQ to the last minute, because if you have a problem it way be too late to do anything about it. The SAQ deadline is 18:00 (UK time) on 22 October 2016.

What if I've made a mistake on an application form?
Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do about mistakes in the electronic data. So the first thing to say is please fill in forms carefully. If you do find that you've made a mistake, please email us (remember: name, subject, UCAS number at the start) with details and we will print it and put it in your application file.

My school have sent an Extenuating Circumstances Form to King's. How will I know that it has been received?
We can not normally acknowledge forms received, however we make an exception for Extenuating Circumstances Forms. In the case of Extenuating Circumstances Forms, we send a brief acknowledgement email to the person who filled in the form. They will normally receive this within two working days of us receiving the form (so do allow a bit of time). We will continue to accept Extenuating Circumstances Forms beyond 15 October and will put the form in your file when it arrives. If you have only just heard about this form, we recommend that your school should send it so that we receive it by 20 October.

When are you likely to be interviewing for my subject?
There is a very provisional timetable in this section. This does not apply to students being interviewed overseas.

All questions about written work and admissions assessments / tests
If you have questions about written work and admissions assessments in your subject, the information is in the pre-interview notes for candidates in this Applicant Information section. There is also a separate page on Admissions Assessments.

Is there a specific score that I have to achieve in the pre-interview Admissions Assessment in my subject?
No – there will be no set score that you have to achieve. When we select students for interview, this is based on all elements of the application considered together and the overall strength of the application.

Someone at my school is applying to Robinson College and she has been asked to....
It is irrelevant because you applied to King's. All information for King's applicants is in the Applicant Information section. Don't worry if people applying to other Colleges have slightly different instructions. As long as you've read the King's information carefully and follow our instructions, you will be fine. Sometimes talking to other Cambridge applicants can be more confusing than helpful!

Is there anything else I need to send for my application?
Sorry - we cannot answer such questions. We have provided full information. We need you to read it and take responsibility for your application. If you are feeling worried about the application process, you might like to find a willing relative, guardian or friend to read the how to apply page and the Applicant Information with you, and check that you're on track.

Subject-specific questions

None at the moment.

International applicant queries

Stansted airport

London Stansted airport (actually closer to Cambridge than to London). Credit: John Lord (cropped)

How should I send my transcript?
Please see this information on the transcripts page.

What if I missed the 20 September application deadline for overseas interviews in China, Malaysia and Singapore?
You'll need to apply for interview in another location as we cannot consider late applications for these interview locations. Please be careful with the eligibility information for other countries, however. See details on the overseas interviews page.

Is it possible to be interviewed by skype?
We're afraid not - you must be available for interviews in person, either in Cambridge or at one of our overseas interview locations. You may find this information about interviews helpful in order to understand the importance of interviews.

Does my referee have to provide predicted grades for every subject or just an overall prediction?
We would like to receive predicted grades for every subject as well as an overall prediction.

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