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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    Hah, so still 20 days to go.

    How did you friend receive a couple of Skype interviews? With different colleges?
    Yeah, he was invited by two colleges for interviews. He had a phone interview with tutors at Pembroke first, then he had a Skype interview with tutors at St John's (his original choice).

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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    When can we expect to receive the decision? I am very nervous and hope to see the decision soon.

    I had my computer science Skype interview today. But I solved pretty much all problems in 15 minutes. Is that a bad sign? My friend at Oxford told me the tutors want to see what you cannot solve and then teach you that in the interview. So solving all the problems actually ruined my interview? I am kinda worried. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Thx.
    The tutors will have wanted to find out how you think - they can do that with you getting the answers right! They will be looking to see how you respond (including to hints) but that can be done quite quickly. If they had wanted more information they would have interviewed you for longer, or given you a second interview. It's really hard to read into how interviews went. Trying to second guess everything normally just makes people more stressed. I know it's easy for me to say, but try and sit back and relax.
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    (Original post by Oxford Computer Science Dept)
    The tutors will have wanted to find out how you think - they can do that with you getting the answers right! They will be looking to see how you respond (including to hints) but that can be done quite quickly. If they had wanted more information they would have interviewed you for longer, or given you a second interview. It's really hard to read into how interviews went. Trying to second guess everything normally just makes people more stressed. I know it's easy for me to say, but try and sit back and relax.
    How exactly do I request for my MAT score in January? By the way I asked the tutors in my interview and they said they couldn't give it to me then- I'd have to enquire further with admissions office
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    (Original post by nahomyemane778)
    How exactly do I request for my MAT score in January? By the way I asked the tutors in my interview and they said they couldn't give it to me then- I'd have to enquire further with admissions office
    In January, after the offer letters have been sent out, you can request feedback on the application process by contacting the college admissions office.

    (If you can bear to wait a few days, the college admissions office will appreciate it, because they will almost certainly get flooded with requests, and they've been busy constantly since the beginning of December.)
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    (Original post by OxfordMathsDept)
    In January, after the offer letters have been sent out, you can request feedback on the application process by contacting the college admissions office.

    (If you can bear to wait a few days, the college admissions office will appreciate it, because they will almost certainly get flooded with requests, and they've been busy constantly since the beginning of December.)
    merci beaucoup.
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    Its good to be back in London and all this is over :adore:
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    My second interview was one hour long lol
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    Good luck everyone! I guess all we can do is sit back and relax until we receive the letter.
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    Just wondering, how can we expect to get a reply, I.e in the form of an email, telephone call, letter? Does it depend on whether someone gets an offer or not?
    Also, as it's already been two weeks now, I'm guessing some have got offers already?


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    (Original post by NewtonsApple)
    Just wondering, how can we expect to get a reply, I.e in the form of an email, telephone call, letter? Does it depend on whether someone gets an offer or not?
    Also, as it's already been two weeks now, I'm guessing some have got offers already?


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    It's a letter posted on January 7th which should arrive on the 8th.

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    (Original post by seohyun)
    It's a letter posted on January 7th which should arrive on the 8th.

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    Does it apply to all colleges?
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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    Does it apply to all colleges?
    Yes. (With the exception of Harris Manchester, I guess.)

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    (Original post by souktik)
    Yes. (With the exception of Harris Manchester, I guess.)

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    Great. 2 weeks to go.

    I'm basically too nervous to do anything before Jan 7. I attempted to read some maths texts but I wasn't able to focus at all.

    What have you been doing recently? Preparing for the IMO team selection?
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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    Great. 2 weeks to go.

    I'm basically too nervous to do anything before Jan 7. I attempted to read some maths texts but I wasn't able to focus at all.

    What have you been doing recently? Preparing for the IMO team selection?
    No, just writing essays. Deciding to apply to American unis was rather unwise.
    And I'm pretty nervous as well.

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    (Original post by souktik)
    No, just writing essays. Deciding to apply to American unis was rather unwise.
    And I'm pretty nervous as well.

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    Yeah, luck plays a big role in US college admissions.

    IMO, definitely choose Oxford unless you can get into Harvard, Princeton, MIT, or Stanford. I wouldn't even choose Caltech over Oxford cuz the Caltech's core is ridiculous; you have to do chemistry, biology, geography, physics, astronomy, humanities etc ...
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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    Yeah, luck plays a big role in US college admissions.

    IMO, definitely choose Oxford unless you can get into Harvard, Princeton, MIT, or Stanford. I wouldn't even choose Caltech over Oxford cuz the Caltech's core is ridiculous; you have to do chemistry, biology, geography, physics, astronomy, humanities etc ...
    If MIT's course is supposed to be the more challenging out of Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford - I'd rather be at Oxford. From what I've seen of MIT problem sheets and exams, their undergraduate course isn't of 'COWI' standard. Although there's no denying it has a better reputation than, at least, the WI part of COWI.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    If MIT's course is supposed to be the more challenging out of Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford - I'd rather be at Oxford. From what I've seen of MIT problem sheets and exams, their undergraduate course isn't of 'COWI' standard. Although there's no denying it has a better reputation than, at least, the WI part of COWI.
    MIT's course shouldn't be easy, otherwise there won't be that many IMO gold medalists going to MIT every year.

    I think probably what you looked at were the easy versions for scientists and engineers. Maths majors usually take 'Honors' courses.

    I found Havard's Algebra and Analysis courses. They seem to be quite challenging.

    http://www.math.harvard.edu/~elkies/M55a.10/
    http://www.math.harvard.edu/~elkies/M55b.10/
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    (Original post by hilbert_spaces)
    Yeah, luck plays a big role in US college admissions.

    IMO, definitely choose Oxford unless you can get into Harvard, Princeton, MIT, or Stanford. I wouldn't even choose Caltech over Oxford cuz the Caltech's core is ridiculous; you have to do chemistry, biology, geography, physics, astronomy, humanities etc ...
    The core is that broad for any American college, not just Caltech. And well, I'm VERY unlikely to got into even one among HYPSM.
    (Original post by Noble.)
    If MIT's course is supposed to be the more challenging out of Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford - I'd rather be at Oxford. From what I've seen of MIT problem sheets and exams, their undergraduate course isn't of 'COWI' standard. Although there's no denying it has a better reputation than, at least, the WI part of COWI.
    COWI as in Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Imperial?

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    (Original post by souktik)
    The core is that broad for any American college, not just Caltech. And well, I'm VERY unlikely to got into even one among HYPSM.


    COWI as in Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Imperial?

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    Well, Caltech's science core is notorious. At Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton etc. you don't need to complete that many core courses; even if you need to, you can use AP credits to fulfill the requirements. But Caltech doesn't give you any credit for AP qualifications.

    Somehow I think Oxford's maths course is better than Cambridge's maths course. Cambridge's maths course seems to involve too much physics and applied stuff. Well it would probably be great for people who want to 'double major' in maths and physics though.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    If MIT's course is supposed to be the more challenging out of Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford - I'd rather be at Oxford. From what I've seen of MIT problem sheets and exams, their undergraduate course isn't of 'COWI' standard. Although there's no denying it has a better reputation than, at least, the WI part of COWI.
    MITs course is considered by many to be second only to cambridge....and even then its debatable which is better
 
 
 
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