(Original post by 221bTARDIS)
So, I'm obviously new to this board and I have a lot of questions (which have probably already been covered- I'm so
sorry about that).
I'm an American rising Junior who's looking to apply to Oxford in the future (SHOCKER, right?) for English Language and Literature. And I'm sort of terrified.
I've done some research and I know that my GPA and extracurriculars don't matter, and that my minimums are 3+ relevant APs at a score of 5 or better, an SAT of 2100, and 3 relevant subject tests at 700 or better.
So, this year I could only take AP World History; I feel like I definitely could've gotten a 4/5, but I'm really pulling for a 5. I also took the subject test, and I'm kind of unsure of how that went.
My AP schedule for the next two years looks like this:
AP Language and Composition
AP United States History
AP United States Government and Politics
AP Calc (I know it's irrelevant, but the list felt incomplete without it)
My PSAT was pretty awful (I think it was 1985... or something like that), but I didn't prep for it, and goodness knows I'm prepping now.
So, erm, any advice would be gladly appreciated beyond measure. Any links to related threads would also be welcome. I know the interview is a killer as well as the personal statement. Oh, and not to mention the "minimums" or near-perfect APs and SATs!
It's just that I'm truly being honest, Oxford has always been my dream school; it's just that I've never let myself imagine that I'd ever get in. And I recently decided that I have
to apply or I'll be living in a world of "what-ifs". I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford it, I love the UK too much to only spend a semester abroad there, and I want to start English right away instead of waiting to declare my major. My parents think I could do it (and would kill me if I didn't apply, anyway). So. Why not?