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that might be it actually...so you applied 4 biological natsci then??

Yes.
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is it a good thing when u laugh at the stupids things u say in the interview? cause i was really stuck on a question they asked me so i said something like, he had a very powerful magnet in his pocket....... then one interviewers laughed, so did i. but the other didn't look too happy.
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Sounds like you had really nice interviewers Mine were nice, but very scary when questioning.
I was really lucky in that respect because they helped me keep calm (being nervous really hinders my performance!) - I had 3 interviews (and 1 extra test) in total and only in 1 did I have scary interviewers but I was sort of prepared (because I had met one scary interviewer on the open day ).
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Well, I'm off to bed now (it's 1:24 AM where I am). Good luck to everyone waiting for their replies! It's been great talking to you all!
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Well, I'm off to bed now (it's 1:24 AM where I am). Good luck to everyone waiting for their replies! It's been great talking to you all!
cya!! hope u get into christs....
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Good luck Jon ! It's been fun sharing interview horrors !
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Lucky I did extensive research on my interviewers (Google, haha) and asked students what they liked/disliked. Hope it worked. Sigh!
Why did you have 1 extra test? Other than the BMAT, I'm assuming.
god what a geek, as if u would
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Lucky I did extensive research on my interviewers (Google, haha) and asked students what they liked/disliked. Hope it worked. Sigh!
Why did you have 1 extra test? Other than the BMAT, I'm assuming.
This is especially important for History. One person I know read an interviewer's book, raised a point about the style of historical writing in the book during his interview, then suggested theories about the stlye as presented in the book's introduction. The interviewer looked delighted and asked if he'd read his book, to which the student responded "no".

Needless to say he got a place
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Lucky I did extensive research on my interviewers (Google, haha) and asked students what they liked/disliked. Hope it worked. Sigh!
Why did you have 1 extra test? Other than the BMAT, I'm assuming.
lol I did that too, though it didn't really help because their research areas were so specialised and random, there was no way we were going to talk about it during my interviews (not if I could help it anyway !)

As for the test, the new application procedure at Oxford meant that all medical applicants were interviewed at two colleges (one chosen as his/her first choice and one allocated) - I was allocated to Somerville which decided to include a 'surprise' test in their selection procedure this year (my typical luck!). It was a 15 minute test (they gave you a passage) where 4 questions were multiple choice (BMAT style, analysis of passage) and 1 question was an essay :eek: . I hate BMAT style tests so I didn't enjoy it at all!
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This is especially important for History. One person I know read an interviewer's book, raised a point about the style of historical writing in his interview, then suggested theories about the stlye as presented in the book's introduction. The interviewer looked delighted and asked if he'd read his book, to which the student responded "no".

Needless to say he got a place
Clever!
Haha. Yeah, the thing is to read up on their areas of research etc., because likelihood is they might ask you about it or draw on it
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god what a geek, as if u would
Oh jealousy look at me now
Jealousy you got me somehow
You gave me no warning
Took me by surprise
Jealousy you led me on
You couldn't lose you couldn't fail
You had suspicion on my trail
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Clever!
Haha. Yeah, the thing is to read up on their areas of research etc., because likelihood is they might ask you about it or draw on it
Another person realised he'd actually quoted his interviewer in a piece of work he sent off.
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lol I did that too, though it didn't really help because their research areas were so specialised and random, there was no way we were going to talk about it during my interviews (not if I could help it anyway !)

As for the test, the new application procedure at Oxford meant that all medical applicants were interviewed at two colleges (one chosen as his/her first choice and one allocated) - I was allocated to Somerville which decided to include a 'surprise' test in their selection procedure this year (my typical luck!). It was a 15 minute test (they gave you a passage) where 4 questions were multiple choice (BMAT style, analysis of passage) and 1 question was an essay :eek: . I hate BMAT style tests so I didn't enjoy it at all!
But you got a place! So you must have done fine fine fineee.
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god what a geek, as if u would
Plenty of applicants do it (including myself) and there is nothing wrong with expressing an interest in the tutors who may be teaching you during the next 3 years (in fact I think it is quite useful).
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Who is fred86? Hmm...an Engineering applicant.
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Plenty of applicants do it (including myself) and there is nothing wrong with expressing an interest in the tutors who may be teaching you during the next 3 years (in fact I think it is quite useful).
i didn't really mean it in a bad way but like it's bit weird to be trying to get an insight into everything, u lot like well desperate for places then?
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But you got a place! So you must have done fine fine fineee.
lol my essay writing skills have much to be desired Nevertheless, during the next three years I can hopefully work on them How did you find your interviews then, pretty hard I suspect?
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i didn't really mean it in a bad way but like it's bit weird to be trying to get an insight into everything, u lot like well desperate for places then?
No, I just didn't want to be taught by people (in case I got in) whose interests were way off to mine - that's why I made the effort of looking into their interests and then going to visit them on the open day. Sounds like a normal type of method of choosing a college - how did you choose?
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No, I just didn't want to be taught by people (in case I got in) whose interests were way off to mine - that's why I made the effort of looking into their interests and then going to visit them on the open day. Sounds like a normal type of method of choosing a college - how did you choose?
was on summer school in june at cambridge + stayed at my college then
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lol my essay writing skills have much to be desired Nevertheless, during the next three years I can hopefully work on them How did you find your interviews then, pretty hard I suspect?
Yes, pretty hard. Although general consensus around my school was that the Cambridge interviews this year as a whole were easier than Oxfords! Of course I didn't agree to that, don't quite know who came up with it

Anyway, got asked some questions on the Personal Statement, subject choices, etc. Also a few random questions i.e. just to see how you think and problem-solve. Then some okay cell-biology qs. Then one or two impossible questions. Overall they pushed me very far too, but I think I came out ok.
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