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    (Original post by SkyRees)
    I mean, my application is more or less all ready to go (asides from extenuating circumstances stuff.) So then between Oct 15 and Nov 10 I'll know which college to send my work to (in the mail?) and then they will have that ready. November 4th is the HAT which my school (which is a centre) will send my thing off and if it's good enough they'll invite me to interview (my course has 64% interview rate so hopefully that's alright...

    And no, I'm Welsh, you must be thinking of someone else :laugh:
    oops- sorry about that...

    So then your school handles all of the HAT- you just make sure that you register, show up & sit the exam.

    You post your writing to your college, which is usually the one you apply to directly. Download and print off the cover sheet(s), complete them and post the samples in. You don't have to, but it is nice to have the comfort of sending them registered, so that you *know* they got there!
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    (Original post by ombtom)
    I have done AS-level physics, maths (teaching myself), media, music technology, and geography. I'm planning to drop geography (and probably music technology), and do all of further maths in a year.

    I'm definitely making progress with the PAT. It's nice to be forced to think rather than regurgitate facts, as in A-levels.
    Good luck with FM, are you going to try to do the whole A-level or only the AS?
    Yes, it is nice to think and its really awesome when you finally find out how to answer a question after being at it for a long time!
    Thats the thing I dont like about the spanish system you have to memorise EVERYTHING even the Periodic table (in the equivalent of yr10)..which I find completely useless...
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    (Original post by DCDude)
    You post your writing to your college, which is usually the one you apply to directly. Download and print off the cover sheet(s), complete them and post the samples in. You don't have to, but it is nice to have the comfort of sending them registered, so that you *know* they got there!
    What if I make an open application, where do I send it then?
    And aye, that sounds good, thank you ^^
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    I'd be slightly more positive than others have been - if you got an interview, it would be well worth asking whether this is possible. It's quite likely they'll say no, but equally I suspect most colleges will try to accommodate people where possible. But of course it is a very busy period, and they obviously can't keep moving things around for everybody.
    We were discussing cases like this in the office this morning, by coincidence.
    Not every applicant is 17 or 18 years old and at school, the home locations and distances from Oxford vary, and in some cases candidates fall ill. Our advice is to communicate as early as possible with the relevant college admissions officer if issues arise - we give two weeks' notice of interview dates. As far as is possible, we will try to make reasonable adjustments - but there are a large number of interviews to arrange and there are limits to what is practical.
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    (Original post by imsomeone)
    Good luck with FM, are you going to try to do the whole A-level or only the AS?
    Yes, it is nice to think and its really awesome when you finally find out how to answer a question after being at it for a long time!
    Thats the thing I dont like about the spanish system you have to memorise EVERYTHING even the Periodic table (in the equivalent of yr10)..which I find completely useless...
    The whole A-level.

    Learning the whole periodic table sounds tedious, but it must be nice once you know it all?
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    Candidates have two interviews for Chemistry. We've sat in on some. The interviews we witnessed lasted about 30 minutes and kicked off with some Maths functions, which candidates had to draw on a wipe board. The interviewer then moved on to discuss a couple of topics that developed different aspects of the A-level Chemistry syllabus. It was very teaching-oriented and the students being interviewed all seemed to learn something from interacting with the Tutor. Without exception, every candidate needed a prompt at some point which the interviewer provided by re-phrasing the question or giving hints or asking the candidate to think about the problem in a certain way. Before introducing a subject, the interviewer asked if the candidate had covered it yet in A-level - if not, he moved on to something else - this made no difference to the eventual offers.

    The advice our Outreach Officer has given to applicants based on this (and other observations) is to practice thinking aloud - explaining a Chemical idea to a friend or family member patient enough to listen to you is good practice. Our students also say don't be afraid to make a mistake - if you say something that is wrong, the interviewer will suggest an alternative or ask you to elaborate. The interview is very much a learning exercise so keep the lines of communication open.
    Thank you very much, are you applying to do chemistry also?
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    (Original post by Tweald)
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    Hi are you applying for Chemistry at Brasenose too?


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    Hi are you applying for Chemistry at Brasenose too?


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    Yeah, either Brasenose or Keble I think
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    (Original post by SkyRees)
    What if I make an open application, where do I send it then?
    And aye, that sounds good, thank you ^^
    You'll be told which college you've been allocated to; as many as 30% of students in any given year are pooled to another college for interviews as well- that's why you don't send it in until you know the college.

    Don't worry *too* much about this part- it generally works out as long as you keep track of the deadlines.
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    Can anyone tell me whether referees for international students have to mention the country the student is from/lives in? I'm wondering because my grades obviously aren't in the same format as in the UK. As unis don't want you to 'convert' grades into A-levels, I was wondering whether a referee should just write the student's predicted grades in their home country's format and trust the college will know which country the student is applying from, or whether they should explicitly state the country in their reference as well.
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    (Original post by ombtom)
    The whole A-level.

    Learning the whole periodic table sounds tedious, but it must be nice once you know it all?
    I suppose, ive just started..
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    I'm wondering if anyone knows, because my reference is from the Director of Language studies from OU, it is purely academic, they have stated in my reference that they cannot give predicted grades (presumably because the module won't have started being assessed until passed the application deadline). Is this going to disadvantage me?
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    I'm wondering if anyone knows, because my reference is from the Director of Language studies from OU, it is purely academic, they have stated in my reference that they cannot give predicted grades (presumably because the module won't have started being assessed until passed the application deadline). Is this going to disadvantage me?
    We've noticed you've posted a few queries in TSR but the details of your application are scattered across threads. If you would like to PM us we'll be happy to offer advice.
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    i want to apply for engineering science with AAAA at AS (in maths, further maths, physics and german, all 90%+) and 8 A*s and 2 As at gcse but i haven't started revising for the physics aptitude test properly yet and i haven't started my personal statement either so i really feel like it's too late to apply to oxford at this point (i don't know if i consciously try to ruin opportunities for myself but it's a real problem lmao). has anyone else not started revising for an aptitude test yet? or not started their PS?
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i want to apply for engineering science with AAAA at AS (in maths, further maths, physics and german, all 90%+) and 8 A*s and 2 As at gcse but i haven't started revising for the physics aptitude test properly yet and i haven't started my personal statement either so i really feel like it's too late to apply to oxford at this point (i don't know if i consciously try to ruin opportunities for myself but it's a real problem lmao). has anyone else not started revising for an aptitude test yet? or not started their PS?
    Yup same position pretty much here. Haven't revised for the TSA (although in fairness it doesn't seem like you can do much for it) and haven't started my PS. It's certainly not too late to apply, there's plenty of time until the deadline
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    (Original post by midgemeister7)
    Yup same position pretty much here. Haven't revised for the TSA (although in fairness it doesn't seem like you can do much for it) and haven't started my PS. It's certainly not too late to apply, there's plenty of time until the deadline
    That's comforting - which course are you looking to apply for? Unfortunately, for the PAT there actually is an awful lot that can be done in preparation for it but I'm just so lazy!! Hopefully will do some by the end of this week.
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    Could I submit coursework as my piece of written work?
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i want to apply for engineering science with AAAA at AS (in maths, further maths, physics and german, all 90%+) and 8 A*s and 2 As at gcse but i haven't started revising for the physics aptitude test properly yet and i haven't started my personal statement either so i really feel like it's too late to apply to oxford at this point (i don't know if i consciously try to ruin opportunities for myself but it's a real problem lmao). has anyone else not started revising for an aptitude test yet? or not started their PS?
    I'm applying for maths. I've done a draft personal statement but haven't really started preparing much for the MAT yet but I have been teaching myself FP2 over the summer.
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    (Original post by DCDude)
    You'll be told which college you've been allocated to; as many as 30% of students in any given year are pooled to another college for interviews as well- that's why you don't send it in until you know the college.

    Don't worry *too* much about this part- it generally works out as long as you keep track of the deadlines.
    When would I be told? And sure, thanks for the help.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    i want to apply for engineering science with AAAA at AS (in maths, further maths, physics and german, all 90%+) and 8 A*s and 2 As at gcse but i haven't started revising for the physics aptitude test properly yet and i haven't started my personal statement either so i really feel like it's too late to apply to oxford at this point (i don't know if i consciously try to ruin opportunities for myself but it's a real problem lmao). has anyone else not started revising for an aptitude test yet? or not started their PS?
    Meeeeee too scared to start either!
 
 
 
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