(Original post by Architecture-er)
You're really not making any sense.
I'm saying extra-curric and interview prep is how public schools get an edge.
That other person said that extra-curric don't matter, it's about academic potential.
I said that people's academic potential can't really be taken into account, since everyone applying will be performing adequately for oxbridge, at least on a measureable level.
Then you say that good grades aren't necessarily a good indicator for academic potential.
Basically this conversation has zig-zagged its way hither and thither, and what you're saying is completely irrelevant. Good grades aren't necessarily a good indicator of potential? Then please enlighten us, but frankly it doesn't contribute in any way to what we're discussing, I suspect you jumped on my reply to the other person as an opportunity for you to flout the flout, but frankly, you're not actually refuting anything (since you're not addressing anything).
Since I was retorting that everyone will be relatively equal academically, what does it matter whether if they're assessed by grades or some other method, the point still stands that oxbridge applicants tend above the bar of entry, as an average. So that makes academic potential irrelevant to discussing how private schools give students an extra edge, since anyone can have the required intellect for oxbridge admission, but perhaps not have the sports facilities or teachers with oxbridge knowledge that will give them a more solid base from which to pitch themselves.
If you have a relevant point to make, perhaps on how public schools do give a significant leading edge in academia over their state-funded counterparts, then please do so.. but it looks like you just wanted to be a nit-picker, without actually having a contribution to put forth....
Oxbridge admission officers don't care about extra curriculars. As one admissions tutor put it "I'd rather have a brilliant historian than a good one than can play the flute."Unless an extra curricular is directly related to the subject,like volounteering with the elderly for Medicine, they won't care either way. Organ, Choir Scholars etc. are the only type of admissions where they care about an extra curricular activity, in music. Oxbridge differentiate on candidates based on tests like the ELAT,HAT,STEP etc. The ELAT, for English, needs no past knowledge of literature or essay structure, only a naturally effortless writing style and sense of analysing texts. Along with the interview, in which you must demonstrate your personal love for the subject, what you've done to further your knowledge, to back up your PS, show that you can gain and learn and critically think well and on your feet in the interview ,which is somewhat like a mini tutorial, and are suited to Oxbridge. Oxbridge want someone brilliant in their field,and don't care about anything outside academia. Go ask on the Oxbridge forum and you'll find the students giving you similair answers. Private schools have many advantages
maller class sizes, no distruptive pupils(kids can be expelled with much less hassle), bad teachers will be fired quickly, good knowledge of Oxbridge admissions to make sure myths like the above don't lower the strength of the application, etc.
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