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    (Original post by aasvogel)
    Not an issue at all. Tutors will want to see evidence of your own interest in the subject, everybody will probably have read one or two from the reading list so it's difficult to stand out when you're just talking about books which were given to you. Personally think it's better to find your own books and talk about what you enjoyed.

    I only gave a cursory mention in my PS to one book on the suggested list.

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    Thing is, I haven't read any of the books on the reading list. I just wanted to follow my own interests but now I'm starting to regret my decision...

    Btw, if I recall correctly it was you who recommended me to read Kofi Annan's Interventions a while back wasn't it? I absolutely adored it! I thought it was brilliant, thank you very much.
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    (Original post by adynaton)
    Thing is, I haven't read any of the books on the reading list. I just wanted to follow my own interests but now I'm starting to regret my decision...

    Btw, if I recall correctly it was you who recommended me to read Kofi Annan's Interventions a while back wasn't it? I absolutely adored it! I thought it was brilliant, thank you very much.
    Honestly don't worry at all, I only read one and doubt it made any difference to my application. Most of those books on the reading list are only introductory texts.

    No problem, glad you enjoyed it! I'm annoyed I hadn't read it before I applied or I definitely would have talked about it!

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      My thoughts exactly, thanks!

      What course are you applying for btw?
      Biochemistry, most likely

      All depends on results :afraid:
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      (Original post by aasvogel)
      Honestly don't worry at all, I only read one and doubt it made any difference to my application. Most of those books on the reading list are only introductory texts.

      No problem, glad you enjoyed it! I'm annoyed I hadn't read it before I applied or I definitely would have talked about it!

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      Great, hope everything will work out fine. Thanks!

      That's probably what I'm going to do, it links perfectly to the other texts I intend to include in the ps
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      (Original post by enaayrah)
      Biochemistry, most likely

      All depends on results :afraid:
      Sounds very interesting!

      I'm sure you'll be just fine
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      (Original post by LoveToArgue)
      When choosing a college, is it worth playing the numbers game and working out which college take more students from state/private schools, have the lowest application numbers etc? I think, if I apply, I'll just apply to the one I liked the best when I visited
      It's a very common misconception that you can use numbers to your advantage when applying to colleges at Oxford. The colleges all confer with one another before handing out offers anyway so the only thing you can do to increase your chances of getting in is to make yourself a better candidate for your course. They will take you if you present what they are looking for, regardless of which college you apply to. So just apply to the college that you like the most - remember, it will be your home and hub for the duration of your degree.
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      (Original post by Edminzodo)
      I do English with CIE. Are you going to drop one of your subjects next year?
      drop chemistry/Chinese
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      (Original post by iBall)
      Hi,

      How did this statistic vary for E&M?

      Also do you have figures for the GCSE range of applicants admitted/interviewed?


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      For E&M, candidates applying to us and invited for interview by an Oxford college achieved the following scores:

      TSA problem solving: min 42, max 79, median 62
      TSA critical thinking: min 48, max 78, median 65
      TSA essay: min 45, max 70, median 62
      TSA overall: min 50, max 75, median 63

      For all subjects, the GCSE A* profiles are as follows:
      a) any interview: min 1, max 13, median 8
      b) any offer: min 1, max 12, median 9

      Note that the minimum threshold for GCSE A* can be distorted by international candidates who offer multiple qualifications who may have taken the odd GCSE.

      As before, our advice is to consider applying if you think you can match these scores.
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      (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
      For E&M, candidates applying to us and invited for interview by an Oxford college achieved the following scores:

      TSA problem solving: min 42, max 79, median 62
      TSA critical thinking: min 48, max 78, median 65
      TSA essay: min 45, max 70, median 62
      TSA overall: min 50, max 75, median 63

      For all subjects, the GCSE A* profiles are as follows:
      a) any interview: min 1, max 13, median 8
      b) any offer: min 1, max 12, median 9

      Note that the minimum threshold for GCSE A* can be distorted by international candidates who offer multiple qualifications who may have taken the odd GCSE.

      As before, our advice is to consider applying if you think you can match these scores.
      How many of the first year accomodation rooms have an ensuite, is it common to get a sink if not? Also do you get fridges in your room and are you allowed toasters/kettles etc
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      is the chinese reading list just those four books?
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      (Original post by learner248)
      is the chinese reading list just those four books?
      That is the only recommended reading specified, but they do also suggest we read other chinese literature outside of that just to gain insight x
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      (Original post by Omni Vanitas)
      Aren't we all... D:
      True, but there are so many smart people on this forum >-< (including yourself)
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      Oh I know, I just thought it was a tad short! Were you there on the open day on 1st July?
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      (Original post by learner248)
      Oh I know, I just thought it was a tad short! Were you there on the open day on 1st July?
      Sadly not due to health constraints
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      (Original post by lucyx)
      Are teachers allowed to look at a personal statement?
      I don't see why not.

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      (Original post by Eux)
      How many of the first year accomodation rooms have an ensuite, is it common to get a sink if not? Also do you get fridges in your room and are you allowed toasters/kettles etc
      Some general information about accommodation can be found here:

      http://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...modation-rooms

      http://jcr.bnc.ox.ac.uk/?page_id=459

      And also in the Alternative Prospectus:
      https://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/downloads/p...gital_2014.pdf

      Most first year rooms have shared bathrooms because the buildings are historic and can't be adapted very easily in ways that meet planning restrictions. The upside though is that rooms tend to be large and the ratio of students to bathrooms is reasonable. Nearly all (indeed possibly all) rooms have sinks. Largely for environmental reasons, there are shared fridges in kitchens. You can bring toasters and kettles so long as the equipment passes a PAT test and you don't burn toast too often as this sets off the fire alarms.
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      (Original post by tilly5798)
      True, but there are so many smart people on this forum >-< (including yourself)
      Ha, that statement would be true if you included yourself and left me out
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      (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
      For E&M, candidates applying to us and invited for interview by an Oxford college achieved the following scores:

      TSA problem solving: min 42, max 79, median 62
      TSA critical thinking: min 48, max 78, median 65
      TSA essay: min 45, max 70, median 62
      TSA overall: min 50, max 75, median 63

      For all subjects, the GCSE A* profiles are as follows:
      a) any interview: min 1, max 13, median 8
      b) any offer: min 1, max 12, median 9

      Note that the minimum threshold for GCSE A* can be distorted by international candidates who offer multiple qualifications who may have taken the odd GCSE.

      As before, our advice is to consider applying if you think you can match these scores.
      Hi,

      I was wondering how the TSA scores varied for Experimental Psychology applicants. Many thanks in advance.
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      (Original post by TARS)
      drop chemistry/Chinese
      Cool. Where else are you applying?

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      (Original post by Edminzodo)
      Cool. Where else are you applying?

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