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7 A*s at A-Level BUT rejected by Oxford Watch

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    (Original post by Muppetmad)
    but if they don't respond well to one-on-one education then they won't gain as much from the degree as others.

    I agree. If he did not come across as being able to pose and answer simple questions, he was most likely rejected on the basis that he would not flourish within the education system used by Oxford. I.E. One on one sessions, lectures (too shy to ask questions), etc

    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Maybe other candidates had done things like work experience, voluntary work etc and he hadnt.
    Universities look for things other than good grades (to prove you are a well rounded person).
    I thought so too. But the majority of people on TSR agree that extra curricular activities such as, voluntary work only come into play when applying for medicine
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      (Original post by extons)
      it needs to be appreciated that there is more to a successful university application than a string of a* grades
      You've posted that on Twitter and Facebook! We get it Exton :-) :-P

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      Those pictures are very unfortunate. He looks like a very awkward character - probably why he was rejected.
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      I wonder if he's on TSR?
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      I think people forget that grades aren't everything when it comes to a university application, even for Oxford. Maybe he lacked the passion and aptitude for the subject he was applying for. Perhaps he was simply good at studying and revising for exams, we don't know. Universities don't tend to accept candidates who are simply robots.
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      So let me get this straight; a guy takes 7 advanced levels despite the fact you only need three to enter and then is rejected from Oxford prior to getting his results; would you really blame them for thinking that he wouldn't achieve 7 A* grades at A2 level; this isn't elitism it's common sense, he obviously didn't come off very well in the interview and they wanted to give an offer to someone more realistic. Nevertheless even if they had gotten 7 A* grades, the interviewers aren't stupid and know that there is more to studying at Oxford than grades.
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      Wish I had 7 A*'s , wouldn't mind being called a geek
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      Sweet Jesus, will there ever be a year when the daily mail doesn't run this article? (On a side note, the son of the newspaper magnate that owns the DM didn't get into oxford this year, so that may be why, but when I met him he was a total nob anyway)
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      7 A*'s, jesus... his social life must have been on a 2 year break..
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      wow taht sucks
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      (Original post by lilyobz)
      7 A*'s, jesus... his social life must have been on a 2 year break..
      Maybe Oxford didn't think his social skills were good enough for group research.
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      He could have been predicted AABBBBB for all we know, which clearly looks like something Oxford would reject. These stories live and breath on withheld information... and they always single out Oxford or Cambridge. What am I supposed to feel? Sympathy?
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      (Original post by WhatDoIWrite)
      Can't tell if sarcasm. If it is not. You're a ****ing idiot.
      oh lord, do you have aspergers?

      Wonder if you would say that to my face, coward
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      (Original post by Table dust)
      should have picked Harvard over Stanford
      no he should have picked Thames valley university
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      (Original post by rickfloss)
      oh lord, do you have aspergers?

      Wonder if you would say that to my face, coward
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      This guy is obviously very intelligent, but because the UK is so specialised at university level he would have only been judged on his ability in subjects relevant to his chosen course (he applied to Oxford for Maths). The tutors want the people who will be the best at their chosen subject, not necessarily those who can get A*s in loads of subjects but not truly excel at one. It is quite conceivable that he did not do too well on the MAT/interview and was edged out by better candidates for maths specifically. Indeed, the fact that he is leaning towards Chemistry now as his major for Stanford perhaps puts some doubt on his commitment to Mathematics as a degree subject.

      It's not surprising that the top US unis snapped him up though, given that you don't apply for a specific subject and their focus is much more broad: his impressive subject mix and high attainment across the board is probably what attracted them.

      At any rate, I'm sure he'll do well at Stanford and wish him all the best.
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      (Original post by Miracle Day)
      He looks like a pizza..
      What relevance does that have to his academic achievements, hm?
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      (Original post by JodieW)
      I agree. Maybe personality wise he just wasn't appealing to them.


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      Ha!
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      Might be making an unfair judgement here but I could imagine him having the social skills of a doorknob
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      Or maybe he didn't get in because there was a lot of competition.
     
     
     
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