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    (Original post by Lau14)
    I'm about to be! Don't leave for another week and a half though. Not well to be honest, I accidentally left starting past papers a bit too late and was nowhere near ready for it (I requested my score back and I was only one mark over the interview threshold!). So my advice (mostly based on things I didn't do) would be learn the content you don't know, do as many practice papers as possible, and when it feels horrible and like you'll never do any good because you're used to getting high marks all the time and now you're not just keep going. Take a few breaths or a five minute break but don't give up.

    Don't really know how much detail you want, but for physics everyone has two interviews at their college (the one where they either applied to or were reallocated to) and one at a second college. They're all about 30 minutes long I think. My first two were very strongly maths based and had lots of questions (probably close to an even split between pure maths and physics). My third one was more like a long multiple part question on one topic (electric fields) that started fairly simple and got continually more complicated. Overall a lot of graph drawing was involved (also a useful skill for the PAT).
    I was pretty relaxed through all of mine because I'd decided about a week before getting invited to interview that in the unlikely event I got an offer I'd turn it down (yeah, look how that worked out...) which probably helped me an awful lot. I'd say if you get an interview, do your best to be relaxed and focus on talking them through what you're thinking/doing - and take advantage of three days in Oxford! Talk to students/other applicants, go explore a bit or something.
    That's great! congrats

    And yeah I feel like I have started way too late.. But I might as well try, not applying could be something I would come to regret deeply in the future.
    Thanks again for your advice and the clarification of the interview process! I can see how being relaxed would help out a lot, even just thinking about an interview makes me nervous
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    (Original post by mickel_w)
    That's great! congrats

    And yeah I feel like I have started way too late.. But I might as well try, not applying could be something I would come to regret deeply in the future.
    Thanks again for your advice and the clarification of the interview process! I can see how being relaxed would help out a lot, even just thinking about an interview makes me nervous
    Thanks

    Yeah, it's definitely worth a shot and you've got four more applications. No problem, and good luck!
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    Hello, I'm applying for medicine and as my teachers aren't very familiar with the process (EU applicant), I would have a question about the grade predictions.
    So we have Matura instead of A levels, which is done in 5 subjects. Would it be enough to get my predictions only from bio/chem/maths or should I also include the two languages (German, Czech)? Hope all of them would be 1 anyway (A*), but we have many new teachers who don't know me and I just don't want to argue...
    Thanks for any advice!

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    How important is the academic reference in deciding who gets called to interview. My referee is going to include specific figures talking about my performance in relation to the year group: I got AAA and was in the top 5% of the year group and the highest mark in the year in Government and Politics (A) (not boasting or anything, just wondered how important the reference is).
    I'm applying for History and Politics btw.
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    (Original post by MaxReid)
    How important is the academic reference in deciding who gets called to interview. My referee is going to include specific figures talking about my performance in relation to the year group: I got AAA and was in the top 5% of the year group and the highest mark in the year in Government and Politics (A) (not boasting or anything, just wondered how important the reference is).
    I'm applying for History and Politics btw.
    It seems to me that the HAT and then GCSEs are most important for shortlisting. I'm going for the same course as you, by the way, and I'm also having contextual type of stuff in the reference. I don't think it will be a deal breaker but it can't hurt.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    It seems to me that the HAT and then GCSEs are most important for shortlisting. I'm going for the same course as you, by the way, and I'm also having contextual type of stuff in the reference. I don't think it will be a deal breaker but it can't hurt.
    Ok. I'm just making sure that really specific facts are in there like comparisons. What college are you going for btw?
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    If there are two people from my school both applying for the same course (classics), does it matter if we both apply for the same college? We've both fallen for the same one! Will it affect our chances? Thanks 😊


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    (Original post by madsparrow)
    If there are two people from my school both applying for the same course (classics), does it matter if we both apply for the same college? We've both fallen for the same one! Will it affect our chances? Thanks 😊


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    Definitely not! If you're both good enough for Oxford you'll both get in. The colleges work together to ensure that the best applicants get a place at the university.
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    (Original post by MaxReid)
    Ok. I'm just making sure that really specific facts are in there like comparisons. What college are you going for btw?
    Magdalen. What about you?

    I'm going seriously nuts trying to finish my personal statement!
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    (Original post by danniegee)
    I wanted to apply to a college which...
    ...was not massive, but not tiny either
    ...had access to a kitchen
    ...had wifi available in college
    ...was not extra formal, but wasn't really casual either
    ...would have a fun side but would still be a great place to study
    By the way, just thought I should add that another important thing I bore in mind was whether or not colleges allowed students to live in for the entire duration of their course. This was something which I personally looked for, although it's not necessarily important for many applicants.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    Magdalen. What about you?

    I'm going seriously nuts trying to finish my personal statement!
    Trinity . Yeah, the PS is hard to write, it took me about 12 drafts haha
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Thanks

    Yeah, it's definitely worth a shot and you've got four more applications. No problem, and good luck!
    How important do you think your personal statement was? Did they question you on it at interview? My school is killing me constantly tinkering with my PS - saying its fine for other unis but need to get it really sharp for Oxford. Am I just fooling myself by thinking they will only take a brief look at it?
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    (Original post by georgeous31)
    How important do you think your personal statement was? Did they question you on it at interview? My school is killing me constantly tinkering with my PS - saying its fine for other unis but need to get it really sharp for Oxford. Am I just fooling myself by thinking they will only take a brief look at it?
    I talked about my Personal Statement in both my interviews - the tutors picked out a certain thing which they noticed and asked me to elaborate/asked me further questions about it. However, I did notice that the bits which the tutors were interested in were not the bits I would have expected: my reading and academic work weren't mentioned, but the fact that I said that French was a beautiful language was! It's probably best to get your Personal Statement as best as possible...if your teachers reckon it needs a little more work, I guess you may as well go for it - I doubt it will hurt your application!
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    (Original post by georgeous31)
    How important do you think your personal statement was? Did they question you on it at interview? My school is killing me constantly tinkering with my PS - saying its fine for other unis but need to get it really sharp for Oxford. Am I just fooling myself by thinking they will only take a brief look at it?
    They said this to me a lot too! For physics, obviously it will be taken into account but it's probably the least important part of your application (mine was still pretty terrible by the time it was sent off). No, they don't ask you about it at all really - in one interview we had a quick question at the start based on something we showed interest in in our personal statement (mine was astrophysics, so I got the spectacularly easy "explain why we see phases of the moon"!) but not all colleges will do this as far as I know and they definitely aren't going to start asking you about anything that isn't physics. Other subjects I think use the personal statement a lot more at interview, but physics mostly just likes to test you on relevant things.
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    (Original post by madsparrow)
    If there are two people from my school both applying for the same course (classics), does it matter if we both apply for the same college? We've both fallen for the same one! Will it affect our chances? Thanks 😊
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    The short answer is no - students from the same school are admitted quite often, including sometimes applicants for the same course. Referees are not asked to rank candidates and for the different subjects, applicants have to achieve the same entry standard and so are in contention with other candidates across the University.

    That said, some candidates find it psychologically uncomfortable to be applying for the same course from the same school or continue to worry that they may be at a disadvantage despite reassurances similar to those given above. Since the vast majority of Oxford students are happy with their college (according to the surveys), if this applies in your case you could always flip a coin and if you both get in, you can invite each other to different Hall suppers.
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    I've just got my IELTS results. First step for Oxford(and then world domination) complete^_^

    Who else has the results as international applicants?
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    Hello,

    I have no gcse's as I am do not live in England, but an equivalent grade of 95% A*. There is no module for me to fill in on the UCAS form, so I don't know how this will affect me. Can anyone help with this?

    In regards to other factors pertaining to my application, I have predicted IB 45, and I believe a strong personal statement, as well as a very enthusiastic reference. How important is the reference?

    What are my chances overall? I understand that this is difficult to say without having done the BMAT, but as an approximate?
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    (Original post by madsparrow)
    If there are two people from my school both applying for the same course (classics), does it matter if we both apply for the same college? We've both fallen for the same one! Will it affect our chances? Thanks 😊


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    Do you mind if I ask which college it is that you both like?

    I am applying to Merton for Classics 1A.

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    (Original post by georgeous31)
    How important do you think your personal statement was? Did they question you on it at interview? My school is killing me constantly tinkering with my PS - saying its fine for other unis but need to get it really sharp for Oxford. Am I just fooling myself by thinking they will only take a brief look at it?
    I got to discuss my personal statement in both of my interviews, it probably made up about a third of the total interview time.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    They seem fine from what I can tell, again the weight is like 70% MAT to 30% GCSE - so you really need to get above the average mark in that for the chance of an interview.

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    My Physics teacher has for some reason tuned down the number of A* predictions he gave out, and now has predicted me an A. Would a prediction of A*A*A*A be damaging to my application, compared to the original A*A*A*A*?
 
 
 
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