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Cambridge Philosophy Application Help 2017

Cambridge Philosophy Admissions Help

Having taken my masters degree at King's College, I'm very familiar with the demands of the Cambridge philosophy application procedure.

I coach only a few candidates each year, so you're assured of the personal attention that identifies your particular strengths and diagnoses for your weaknesses. My approach encourages your individuality to flourish rather than force you to adopt a 'coaching hot-house' model.

I offer help, tuition and mentoring at all stages of the Cambridge philosophy application process; including advice on college selection, if you've not already made up your mind.

You'll find information on each step of the application procedure below.

If you're thinking of making a Cambridge philosophy application, and would like some help and advice from an experienced university philosophy tutor, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Application Help Enquiry

Cambridge Philosophy Application Procedure

Cambridge University Philosophy Admissions Procedure

The Cambridge philosophy application procedure, in keeping with all undergraduate degrees, requires you to apply to, and be accepted by, a college. In 2017, all but one college (Murray Edwards) offers philosophy.

The philosophy application procedure varies slightly between colleges, reflecting the fact that they operate semi-autonomously.

There will always be a minimum of three hurdles, some colleges add a fourth:

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Writing Sample (if your chosen college requires one)
  3. Admissions Test
  4. Interview Practice

I have considerable experience of mentoring candidates at each stage of the application process; there are further details.

If you would like to discuss Cambridge University philosophy admissions procedure, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Admissions Procedure Enquiry

Help with Cambridge Philosophy Personal Statements

Cambridge Philosophy Personal Statements

Your Cambridge philosophy personal statement has two functions. First, along with your exam results, it helps secure you an interview. Secondly, it helps the interviewers frame some of their interview questions.

Whilst I don't write personal statements for students, I comment on early drafts, helping candidates present themselves in the best possible light.

The two main questions that the Cambridge philosophy admissions tutors are seeking to answer, when reading your personal statement, are:

  • Does the candidate understand the nature of Cambridge philosophy?
  • Will the candidate make a success of the opportunity to study philosophy at Cambridge?

Cambridge philosophy, like analytical philosophy in general, prizes the twin virtues of clarity and rigour. Your application may therefore be compromised if your personal statement fails to demonstrate these qualities.

If you would like your Cambridge philosophy personal statement reviewed by an experienced philosophy tutor, by all means email me: Cambridge Philosophy Personal Statement Enquiry

Help with Cambridge Philosophy Writing Sample

Cambridge Philosophy Writing Sample

A Cambridge philosophy writing sample typically comprises an essay, or essays, that your school or college has reviewed and marked.

Not all colleges require a writing sample as part of their application process.

So far, in 2017, the following eight Cambridge colleges will require a writing sample at some stage in their admissions procedures:

  • Churchill
  • Downing
  • Emmanuel
  • Homerton
  • Magdalene
  • Peterhouse
  • St. Catherine's
  • Trinity

It is not usually required that the writing sample be on philosophical subjects: though of course the college to which you're applying will provide the precise details.

If you're planning to apply to any of these colleges, then you might want to consider the various philosophy essay prizes that are offered by UK universities.

If you win, then you can both mention your success on your personal statement, and submit the essay as your writing sample. However, even if you don't win, the essay may nevertheless serve as the foundation for an improved piece of work that you could submit.

If you already have a good draft of your writing sample, then I would be happy to read and comment on it. If you have yet to begin, then you might like to consider my philosophy essay-writing masterclass.

If you would like advice on preparing your Cambridge philosophy writing sample, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Writing Sample Enquiry

Help with Cambridge Philosophy Admissions Test

Cambridge Philosophy Admissions Test

The Cambridge philosophy admissions test is usually sat on the day that you attend for interview.

It is not designed to test your philosophical knowledge; rather, it is intended to discover your capacity to think and express yourself clearly.

In previous years the Cambridge philosophy admissions test has lasted an hour and comprised two parts:

  • 20-minute multiple choice test
  • 40-minute short essay

The multiple choice questions test your reasoning ability, the essay gives you the opportunity to demonstrate clarity and rigour in your writing.

Here is a link to an example of a Cambridge philosophy admissions test.

I offer help and advice on both aspects of the test, including setting and marking mock tests. Performance in the short essay test often responds particularly well to informed feedback from a professional philosopher.

If you would like help preparing for your Cambridge philosophy admissions test, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Admissions Test Enquiry

Help with Cambridge Philosophy Interview Preparation

Cambridge philosophy interviews do not attempt to plumb the depths of your knowledge: you wouldn't be shorlisted unless you were able to absorb and re-present subject knowledge under exam conditions.

Rather, the Cambridge philosophy interviewers are more interested in the way that you think. They are therefore more concerned to discover how you deploy familiar concepts in new contexts, and how you explore unfamiliar concepts.

My practice philosophy interviews aim to encourage this fluency of thought by simulating the kind of philosophy tutorials you can expect to receive at Cambridge.

The interview simulations also include the kind of pre-interview logic puzzles that some Cambridge colleges like to set their philosophy candidates.

If you would like help preparing for your Cambridge philosophy interview, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Interview Preparation Enquiry

Cambridge Philosophy Interview Questions

2017 information to follow shortly.



If you would like practice answering Cambridge philosophy interview questions, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Cambridge Philosophy Interview Questions Enquiry
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