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    (Original post by Renewhj)
    Did some simple counting stuff wrong which frustrated me annoyingly. I'm expecting 50ish. I haven't lost hope cuz the requirement of mat seems to be not that harsh for ComPhil applicants.


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    There was counting on MAT? O_O Are you sure you got the correct year?
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    (Original post by Topo15)
    Myself and a friend of mine were both reallocated for Law. It's not necessarily a determination of your potential as an applicant or anything, just to redistribute an even spread of applicants to all the colleges. Good luck and congratulations!
    Allocation is assigned randomly, I think by the time of submission or something. When each college usually considers x applicants per year, all the applicants after number x gets moved to other colleges. Allocation is not based on how good you are because you are allocated before they read your file.
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    (Original post by ForeignStudent32)
    BMAT is an exception. Most subjects the top 5% scorers are almost always accepted. Medicine is hard to get in, it is not that they did not do good on interview, it is that they did not do good enough. While other subjects, I get 75 plus on the tests, I can just do okay on interview and still get in due to less competition.

    Medicine is just so competitve that you need an excellent interview and excellent score. Where in most subjects, one of the two above component would be sufficient.
    Maybe, but I don't buy it.

    Firstly, yes the acceptance rate is different, but not that significantly (with a couple of exceptions). 10 to 1 vs 5-6 to 1 generally.

    Secondly, there is probably a correlation between BMAT score and interview performance. So even if 0% weight was attached to BMAT, we would still expect a similar correlation to the one seen. Meaning that the effect I brought up above probably under-estimates the interview's importance if anything.

    And lastly: money. Organising your own entrance exams is costly but not extravagant. Having senior academics interviewing such a high proportion of candidates, over multiple interviews, over multiple days (all whilst providing free accommodation that can often could have been rented out for >£100 per night per room)... that's an extraordinary expense. Other universities interview a much smaller proportion, if they interview anyone at all. That kind of investment strongly suggests that the tutors believe the interviews to be vitally important for everyone (no one is exempt from interview no matter their academics, even though that would save Oxbridge thousands of pounds).
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Maybe, but I don't buy it.

    Firstly, yes the acceptance rate is different, but not that significantly (with a couple of exceptions). 10 to 1 vs 5-6 to 1 generally.

    Secondly, there is probably a correlation between BMAT score and interview performance. So even if 0% weight was attached to BMAT, we would still expect a similar correlation to the one seen. Meaning that the effect I brought up above probably under-estimates the interview's importance if anything.

    And lastly: money. Organising your own entrance exams is costly but not extravagant. Having senior academics interviewing such a high proportion of candidates, over multiple interviews, over multiple days (all whilst providing free accommodation that can often could have been rented out for >£100 per night per room)... that's an extraordinary expense. Other universities interview a much smaller proportion, if they interview anyone at all. That kind of investment strongly suggests that the tutors believe the interviews to be vitally important for everyone (no one is exempt from interview no matter their academics, even though that would save Oxbridge thousands of pounds).
    10 to 1 and 5 to 1 is pretty big difference. That is twice the rate =="

    Interview is important, however, you said that people in top 5% of all BMAT taker , only half of those get accepted. However, for other tests, top 5% is almost always accepted. Score and interview performance is correlated but there are people who perform worse on interview than exam. At Med, those would be eliminated. At other subjects, those who perform worse on interviews are still accepted given that almost all top 5% are given an offer.
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    What do we wear to interview!!??? I was told I can wear whatever I want (by the admissions tutors!) but I feel like I have to wear something smart.
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    (Original post by lovecathy)
    Oh no, don't bring it back..
    We're still here...
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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    What do we wear to interview!!??? I was told I can wear whatever I want (by the admissions tutors!) but I feel like I have to wear something smart.
    They care about your brain rather than your dress sense.

    If you share that philosophy, Oxford is most probably for you.

    (But seriously, wear a suit or wear a onesie, nobody cares - just focus on your grey matter and you'll be fine )
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    (Original post by jonwithnoname)
    They care about your brain rather than your dress sense.

    If you share that philosophy, Oxford is most probably for you.

    (But seriously, wear a suit or wear a onesie, nobody cares - just focus on your grey matter and you'll be fine )
    Haha I know, but it's hard to counter the mentality that an interview = a suit. Maybe I will just wear some leaves to show my subject interest!
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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    Haha I know, but it's hard to counter the mentality that an interview = a suit. Maybe I will just wear some leaves to show my subject interest!
    I wore jeans to mine last time - as long as you don't turn up in a thong and a glitter hat, it's all good
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    (Original post by jneill)
    We're still here...
    Why does the Cambridge part have so many more posts ... even tho we have more applicants.
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    (Original post by jonwithnoname)
    I wore jeans to mine last time - as long as you don't turn up in a thong and a glitter hat, it's all good
    You've been before?
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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    You've been before?
    I'm reapplying for the subject I should've done first time around - it's a long story
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    (Original post by jonwithnoname)
    I'm reapplying for the subject I should've done first time around - it's a long story
    I got time :P Might as well get to know each other now since we might be spending the next 3 years together.
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    (Original post by jonwithnoname)
    I'm reapplying for the subject I should've done first time around - it's a long story
    I know the feeling, I've actually been to university for a year, and am now taking a year out and applying for what I should've back then
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    (Original post by jonwithnoname)
    I'm reapplying for the subject I should've done first time around - it's a long story
    Same here! Nice to know somebody else is in the same situation
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    (Original post by ForeignStudent32)
    Why does the Cambridge part have so many more posts ... even tho we have more applicants.
    Empty vessels?
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    (Original post by JosieH98)
    Chemistry at Jesus college, you?
    Law at Keble College
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    Empty vessels?
    lol
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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    What do we wear to interview!!??? I was told I can wear whatever I want (by the admissions tutors!) but I feel like I have to wear something smart.
    They say it's casual but then again it'll feels as though they'd be judging us based on our clothes, too!

    I'd definitely wear something formal-casual, at least a presentable shirt and maybe a jacket. I don't really want to take any chances wearing jeans and a T-shirt, no matter how much they say 'wear what you want'.
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    (Original post by ForeignStudent32)
    I got time :P Might as well get to know each other now since we might be spending the next 3 years together.
    Haha love your optimism!

    So as a boneheaded 17 year old, I decided for one reason or another that I couldn't *possibly* read English at uni without becoming an English Teacher (which was, at the time, a fate worse than death...), so I decided instead to read Philosophy. Oxford only do Philosophy when it's combined with something, so that became Philosophy & Theology, which I applied to at all my universities.

    I was summoned for interview and pretty much bombed - but while I was there, Nottingham made their offer to me unconditional, which was kind of amazing. I was rejected from Oxford, so I accepted Nottingham's offer (rejecting Durham in the process), and didn't work too hard at my A Levels (there were family problems at the time and I should've applied for extenuating circumstances to be honest...)

    I did better than I expected with my A Levels, but it didn't matter anyway because my offer was unconditional. I went to Nottingham and studied the subject for a whole year, got pretty decent marks overall and made a few good friends. But I was miserable - the course wasn't right for me, I hadn't engaged with the university experience, and family problems took me away from uni more often that I'd have liked (all three of these things are linked).

    So I've bitten the bullet and quit uni this year. I'm reapplying for English, and working as a TA at my old high school in the meantime.

    Hope this makes sense, I'm not entirely sure I'm typing well because I have a poorly finger
 
 
 
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