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    (Original post by INTJ)
    Also, the LSE is subpar for PPE? The LSE is not subpar for ANYTHING. I cannot believe you even got in there; you do not deserve it.
    Very constructive. Can I assume you did NOT get an offer from LSE? You are clearly very bitter.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    The interview, written work and additional testing all certainly play a significant part in the decisions we come to. Given that, typically, candidates will be amongst the very best in their school, and/or will present outstanding public examination results, these additional factors help us to make more informed decisions, sensitive to the particular aptitudes of each candidate. It’s not true, though, that the interview is always the most important single factor. It may be for some candidates that their performance at interview marks them out, and silences any doubts that may have been present due to perceived weaknesses noted elsewhere. On the other hand, candidates may have bad interviews – perhaps due to nerves – and on the strength of their excellence in other aspects of assessment they may still be offered a place. Overseas candidates may still be assessed without interview of any sort, though with improved telephone facilities it’s now quite rare for this to be the case. We take all factors (including proven examination performance) into account.

    In joint degrees – and at Oxford all degrees involving philosophy are joint degrees – there will need to be agreement between the different branches of the degree. Someone may look like a talented philosopher, but if his or her ability at the chosen modern language is not good enough the candidate will not get a place. A strong performance in physics will be required from a physics and philosophy applicant. In PPE, or in Literae Humaniores, which cover a wide range of subjects and types of study, the rule of thumb is probably that successful candidates will show excellence somewhere, and no obvious weaknesses anywhere. It would be very rare for a PPE applicant to look outstandingly strong in all of philosophy, politics and economics; but they must be strong enough in all three to pass the first year, and strong enough in two to be likely to do well in the final examinations.

    http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/admis...rgraduate_faqs

    Information for you OP. :rolleyes:
    It is blatant to everybody but you that you are, in fact, a blaring imbecile. Oxford have released countless press articles recently indicating their favouring of good-natured, confident students rather than bookish, lonely types such as yourself. Please learn to use google before posting here again.
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    (Original post by r_u_t_h)
    oh and it seems as if 'oxford_destiny' has disappeared now... coinciding with people realising he isn't for real...
    yea, looks like it

    which makes it even more obvious he was a fake
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    (Original post by guitarmike456)
    they both coincidentally got rejected? who knows, maybe they both went to the same interview preparation course...
    and both live in the same town... in the same street... in the same house... and have the same name in real life... naaah, can't be, that would just be toooo big a coincidence :P
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      (Original post by Martin_PPE)
      Very constructive. Can I assume you did NOT get an offer from LSE? You are clearly very bitter.
      If anything you're the one supposedly bitter about your Oxford rejection.
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      (Original post by High As A Kite)
      1. what a RUBBISH excuse. in fact, its not even an excuse, its absolutely ridiculous and i cant believe you put that on your application
      2. GET OVER IT - you're not the only one and you were never guaranteed a place
      3. that's pathetic

      in my eyes, you dont deserve a spot there anyway. get over it
      The family holiday got in the way of revision...why is that not an excuse. We couldn't cancel or we'd lose the deposit so we were thinking of getting me a tutor while we were there, but we couldn't find any. Consequently I had a valid reason why I missed 3 weeks of revision.
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      (Original post by Miss Anonymous)
      yea, looks like it

      which makes it even more obvious he was a fake
      indeed it does

      TROLLBUSTERS!
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      There's always self-study during the vacation - if you're the "perfect" Oxford candidate, you would be driven enough to think of that!

      *insert long "duuuuuuuuuuuuur" here*
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      To all the underachievers spewing out nonsense in this thread, please remember that I had A*A*A*A and was declined.
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      (Original post by Martin_PPE)
      The family holiday got in the way of revision...why is that not an excuse. We couldn't cancel or we'd lose the deposit so we were thinking of getting me a tutor while we were there, but we couldn't find any. Consequently I had a valid reason why I missed 3 weeks of revision.
      Obviously not very good at multitasking if you can't revise while whizzing down the piste
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      (Original post by arianex)
      There's always self-study during the vacation - if you're the "perfect" Oxford candidate, you would be driven enough to think of that!

      *insert long "duuuuuuuuuuuuur" here*
      I did not hit the slopes once. I was revising for the whole three weeks in the apartment.
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      I didn't mention having a hangover in my interview... O.o
      So no need for you to mention skiing
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      (Original post by Martin_PPE)
      The family holiday got in the way of revision...why is that not an excuse. We couldn't cancel or we'd lose the deposit so we were thinking of getting me a tutor while we were there, but we couldn't find any. Consequently I had a valid reason why I missed 3 weeks of revision.
      ok.. but that's still not a valid excuse. your family decided to go on holiday during a time when you should have been revising. its YOUR fault and is not an excuse.

      a death in the family or suffering sevre personal injuries meaning you were confined to a hospital bed for 3 weeks are valid exuses; not "sorry, i was enjoying time abroad".
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      (Original post by oxford_destiny)
      To all the underachievers spewing out nonsense in this thread, please remember that I had A*A*A*A and was declined.
      I'm pretty sure there was an administrative error for you there too.
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      Why are people still feeding the troll? There's nothing to be won here.
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      (Original post by High As A Kite)
      ok.. but that's still not a valid excuse. your family decided to go on holiday during a time when you should have been revising. its YOUR fault and is not an excuse.

      a death in the family or suffering sevre personal injuries meaning you were confined to a hospital bed for 3 weeks are valid exuses; not "sorry, i was enjoying time abroad".
      Listen to me, smart arse. If the family has to go abroad to meet someone important and the venue HAPPENS to be a skiing resort, it doesn't mean I was enjoying myself.
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      (Original post by oxford_destiny)
      The exact same situation for me. It appears that the rumours that Oxford is seeking to take less intelligent undergraduates to appear less "elitist" is true. Ever since I was 8 years old i knew i was destined for a position high in the world and I only applied to Oxford as a backup (For Harvard and Dartmouth, proper universities), so to see a rejection was laughable. With my A*A*A*A predicted grades they must have either declined me accidentally or, as mentioned earlier, seen me as too intelligent for the new breed of .... average students.

      Perhaps Oxford were looking for a less pretentious candidate. I wonder what your definition of a "proper" university is? I am not disputing that Harvard and Dartmouth are excellent universities, despite Dartmouth being considerably worse than Oxford, whilst Cambridge surpasses Harvard at number one in the world rankings, however discrediting Oxford simply because they don't want you is not only childish but goes to show what a hindrance you would have been to the University. No doubt, had Harvard or Dartmouth rejected you, you would have sneered at them. Although don't pride yourself too much, Ivy League schools in the US will take the most average student as long as they have a scholarship of sorts.
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      (Original post by im so academic)
      SO many people are faultless on people.

      That's why they have interviews/admission tests.

      :rolleyes:

      My God.

      (In fact just because you have perfect qualifications it doesn't make you the perfect student).
      And you would know this how? Excuse me while I talk sense when I say that your quintessential ignorance is obvious to everybody but you. Going to oxford is all about showing you have the skills to become a world leader, that could be by showing your leadership skills (rugby captain), being a school leader (Head boy etc.). Please stop embarrassing yourself and learn to use google, Oxford have released countless articles recently stating their preference for social skills though of course you probably don't even know what they are.
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      (Original post by Martin_PPE)
      I'm pretty sure there was an administrative error for you there too.
      You really seem bitter, I am just going to say that there certainly was an administrative error in giving you an interview in the first place!
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      (Original post by Martin_PPE)
      Hello all, this is my first post here so I will try to be as concise as possible to ensure I do not overcomplicate matters.

      My name is Martin, and after much deliberation I decided that Oxford would be the university best suited to my planned study of PPE (philosophy, politics and economics in case you didn't know). Naturally, my school supported this decision and the head of sixth form contacted the college to let them know of my intentions to apply (school policy to ensure high acceptance rate).

      So the time came to apply and I filled in my UCAS (7A*'s at GCSE, A* A* A predicted grades. Would have been more but my revision suffered due to a skiing holiday, so i put this on the form). As expected I was invited to interview pretty quickly unlike some of my peers who did not even get interviewed.

      The interview went swimmingly, the interviewer even dropped heavy hints that I would be chosen, so, naturally, we planned for me to live in oxford and I began studying all the major historical happenings and we even bought a romper suit with the oxford university logo embossed in the lapel (straying off topic here).

      I logged into UCAS on the 24th to find an 'unsuccessful' stamp on my application to oxford. Reeling with shock I immediately telephoned the college to have my say but I was told no-one would be there to answer my calls until after christmas, which, i'm sure you'll agree, is outrageous. The verbal contract me and the interviewer held has been shattered and i'm beginning to think oxbridge in general is as rubbish as people say. I wasn't sure I wanted to go there in the first place and having put trust in a university which has a reputation for apparently being 'the best' (...) but being turned down is ludicrous.

      Could someone please explain why I might have been rejected considering the interviewer guaranteed me that I would be accepted (firm handshake, smiling etc)? I have spoken to my head of sixth form already and he has written a letter of complaint to the college that they have acted with misleading conduct. He said there's a chance I might get in if we prove that I have been misled. As it stands at the moment I have to hear back from York and I have an offer from LSE but both of these are subpar for the course I want to study so I feel lost and confused.

      Thanks alot,

      Martin

      EDIT; I have come under fierce criticism and the point of the topic has been lost. Please stay on track and provide possible reasons why the interviewer would blatantly lie to my face and then not offer me a place. I am also interested in discussing the issue with a current PPE student at Cambridge as I'm considering applying there next year.
      If you honestly think that firm handshake and smiling at you constitutes pretty much giving you an offer... I'm at a loss for words really. Same about your college's policy of ringing up colleges in advance to announce that you've applied :lolwut:

      The fact is that, unfortunately for you, someone was better. Even if they honestly did want to give you a place after interviewing you, maybe the people after you were better and they changed their mind.

      I seriously doubt you'll be able to prove misleading contact. Even if there was, it's hardly going to endear you to college and entice them to retract their decision and take you in now, is it?

      Get a grip and go to LSE instead :yes:
     
     
     
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