Students say that they want to be evaluated as individuals, and not as a list of numbers. But as soon as you start doing that, they cry "Unfair! This is subjective!". They can't have it both ways.
You sure as hell wouldn't see me complaining about getting to play the numbers game. Numbers never lie. If I ace the entrance exam, no way I can be denied entry. There's also the problem that I might have had a bad day on the day of the exam but it's the kind of risk I'd be willing to take.
With the application process being so subjective, it seems like one can be denied admission to a school just because somebody didn't like the tone he used or be granted a seat because somebody happened to like his way with words. It can get more nerve racking for some. I'm pretty certain I mentioned how Cambridge do their admissions and that, in my opinion is much more fair. If you've got the grades, you're invited for a purely academic interview. If you do well in it, you're in. It's basically a few problems in your subject of choice that you have to solve on the spot. From what I gather, one should be explaining what he's doing to the interviewer as he's doing it.