So… this is for all you people hoping to appeal into English Literature (or any course, really) into NTU. I managed to successfully appeal into NTU English Literature in year 2012 with a grade of BCD/DBA. That’s 70 points.
What you should know about the Indicative Grade Profile (IGP)
The Indicative Grade Profile for my year was BCC/C . However, you should remember that the IGP assumes C for GP and PW. As such, the university admission score that you should ideally get for admittance into English Literature was 70, which I matched.
During the admission window
I was called up by NUS for nursing and NTU for English Literature. I did receive an offer by NUS nursing (which I was happy to get because with my grades, let’s face it: every offer is a good one) and an offer from an overseas university (an American one, to be exact) to read Psychology with a partial scholarship by the end of the admission period.
I was contacted by Nursing in the first application window, English Literature in the second, both of which were my second choices for the local universities. During AY 2012-2013, I matched the 90th percentile admitted for both courses and I got called up for both courses. I had to do an interview for NUS Nursing. For NTU English, they require you to do a written test and an interview. I think it would have been a possibility that I would not have gotten an interview at all if both choices had been lower down on my ranking list. As such, from my own experience, I do think that ranking choices are very important. I put a reach choice as my first option, and then something I could reasonably get as my second based in the IGP released. I think that strategy paid off for me (at least for NTU and NUS since SMU never got back to me)
If your aim is solely to get into a local university, given my scores, a wise choice would’ve been to apply for engineering. There are reasons why I did not do so:
– I did not take physics for the O Levels (or the IP equivalent) so that’s a prerequisite I did not fufill.
– I had no interest in the course at all! This is quite important because the interviewers can tell if you’re interested or not in the course.
What went wrong (and right) during the admission window
I did do something right by being called up for both interviews: clearly, I did do something wrong which led to NTU English rejecting me the first time round.
From my interview, this is what I would surmise went right and wrong:
– I did the written test well! 😀
– My only B was in Economics. This was important for them because they needed to see that I could survive and excel in a humanities course.
– The other B was in GP, so they could see that- again- I could survive and excel in the humanities. Do remember that I am not an O level literature student and have been a science student in JC- this would’ve been important to them.
– All in all, it was commented that I would be a good fit for the course, all things considered.
– I am a sciences student (in JC) and I have had an offer from NUS nursing. I did state that I had an offer upright to the professor. It is quite probable that they knew this- and offered the slot first to someone without an offer waiting.
– More importantly, I did mention that if given a choice, I WOULD appeal to NTU Psychology. Please DO NOT EVER DO THIS because I believed that was what killed my chances. Lie if you have to =X (eg. I know I did put NTU Psychology as my first choice, but English is my true passion and interest….)
So by this time, I received rejections from both SMU and NTU. I did accept nursing from NUS (although I hated the thought of being a nurse). I decided to send in an appeal for NTU but I did not do the same for SMU.
NTU has a web appeal with a 50 words personal statement, which I took approximately 2 hours to sit down and write. Why? It is easy to write down about how much you want the course etc. in 500 words. For 50 words, you have to cut out a lot of things which could potentially help your application. That said, you really don’t want to cut out the most important things.
I decided to focus my appeal on:
– How much I really want that slot in English Literature- and concrete proof to back it up (Not including my marks- they already knew my marks, no need to dump it there again.)
– How I can be a credit to the university
– Do not sound desperate. Make it sound like you WANT the slot without begging.
With the above 2 points in mind, I wrote the 50 word appeal- and waited. I went back twice or thrice to the university to check with the admin people about my appeal. I do not know how much- or little- it helped my application, but I think that it could have helped, partly because you get to put a person to the application.
I thought there would be no hope for my appeal (and I kid you not, since they waited right till the end of the appeal period to give me the spot) but I did get my spot eventually on the 12th of June or something along those lines. After I fulfilled all the requirements to matriculate, I started off on my first year journey.
Fast forward a year. I’m currently in my second year, on track to a Second (Lower) Honours given my GPA in the degree audit. This is a huge leap, given that I appealed into the course. So really…anything is achievable. You just need to dare and then work at it.
Good luck and I hope this helped you!