Hi,Hi, a bit off topic but I was just looking at your one your older posts about how your 99.85/91%tile did not get a place offer at unsw despite a very good interview. I am asking this because I have a slightly lower ATAR and probably a similar ucat percentile but was hoping that a strong interview could get me a place at unsw. Could it be that doing IB/HSC makes a difference? Thanks in advance!
The only real difference doing IB/HSC does is that IB candidates receive second round interviews, which have invitation cutoffs that depend on the lowest offer from the first round interview, and so often may be higher - hence, just scraping an interview with 91%ile. Crow is right in saying that a strong interview is needed to offset a weak ATAR/UCAT combination, and it was highly unlikely that my interview score, despite a strong interview (I called to confirm it was a strong interview, they didn’t give any precise information besides that), was in, say the top 45 people of the 450. When I called, I was informed that I was about 20 places from receiving an offer. So certainly, a stronger interview that put me in the top 10% of interviewees might have increased my chances of scraping a BMP. So with that ATAR/UCAT combination; you will most likely need to have a very very strong interview to receive an offer. Regardless, not receiving an offer is not necessarily a bad thing, studying interstate just becomes an entirely different experience that ends up being worth it.