No, it's simply because it's possible to get 11A*s and be utterly mindless; and to have 5A*s and occasionally have rather interesting thoughts that will go down well at interview. The corellation between GCSE performance and being right for Oxbridge is strong but by no means perfect. Although the schools undoubtedly dress it up into some insanely big deal, there really is very little between 5 and 10 A*s.
That's it. So forget all this stuff about being "rounded" and extra-curricular and all these tactics about what grades you should get to stand-out or under-stand-out. Just be yourself. They'll either like it, or they wont.
Last edited by MatthewH; 25-08-2006 at 22:50.
another point i was discussing with my teacher was progression. If you do get 11 A*s you're then expected to get a minimum B grade at A level (not always the case, complacency plays a part). Therefore, you appear to be a better candidate if you get a "mere" 5 A*s, one that is always learning and improving on themselves. Also it seems that A*s dont really amount to much at A level, especially for essay subjects where GCSE's are said to favour the real concise "short and sweet" candidate. However at A level you need to be able to right at length (not waffle) but be creative with your style. anyway, thats what i was told just have to see next year.
I sincerely do think that it is all a lottery and its just a case of whether you feel you want to buy a ticket. However, one thing that was repeatedly said to me when i visited the uni in january was that you need to do something that sets you apart from everyone else that applys. Intelligence is a mutual attribute to all candidates, what else can you give. Also they did make note of the fact that they dont want or need an absolute genius, so dont think you need to get the greatest marks ever..because in my opinion genius is much more than grades on a piece of paper and very few (if any) of us will ever reach it.
AHHHHH well thats my rant over CONGRATS on the all A*s (if thats what you got)
i only managed 6A* 3As and 3Bs,,, A* in maths though YAYAYAYAYYA lol...gd luck in whatever you do...
Last edited by desmondmac; 25-08-2006 at 23:07.
So you're saying that there are NO spoon fed Old Etonians at Oxbridge? Pull the other one.
(Original post by Athena)
Oxbridge take the people they think are both academically able and who are not spoon fed candidates - lots of people are capable are learning to pass exams, this doesn't mean they would prosper in the more independent environment of Oxbridge.
You also seem to be saying that Oxbridge is more independent than other top unis, which again is preposterous.
Getting into Oxbridge is a matter of getting AAA + Performing relatively decent on the interview (i.e. no nerves, answering questions with a decent level of knowledge and awareness etc) + doing well on the admission tests (if there are any for your subject) + LUCK!!! If they don't like you, you're unlucky.
People seem to think that the Oxbridge admissions tutors are Jedis, that have some extra terrestrial intelligence.
Last edited by Alan Smithee; 26-08-2006 at 13:17.