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    If I get an interview for Oxford (biology), does that mean that my academics are good enough for them?

    I've heard that a lot is dependent on the interview....
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    (Original post by bettyspencer)
    If I get an interview for Oxford (biology), does that mean that my academics are good enough for them?

    I've heard that a lot is dependent on the interview....
    If they weren't interested in taking you, I doubt they'd give you an interview. I think the proportion of applicants that Oxford interviews is lower than that of Cambridge (40%?).
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    Basically, yes. It means that their selection criteria have been met to a good standard as far as you can do so on paper. But there is more to an application than exam grades as you know! The interview is important as showing e.g. your ability to think and engage in reasoned discussion about the subject, as well as your enthusiasm for it and motivation to study at a high level.
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    Yes
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    They interview a lot of people, not that many are rejected straight off. For instance, I know someone who got an interview for medicine with BBB at AS-Level.
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    Everything you could ever want to know about the Oxford biology admissions process (the info is from keble but thats not important because the process is centralised); http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/admissions...gical-sciences
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    If they weren't interested in taking you, I doubt they'd give you an interview. I think the proportion of applicants that Oxford interviews is lower than that of Cambridge (40%?).
    The proportion of applicants called for interview depends on the course.

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...science_4.html

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    (Original post by bettyspencer)
    If I get an interview for Oxford (biology), does that mean that my academics are good enough for them?
    Kind of. What it means is that based on what they have seen of your application up to that point, they have no reason to assume that you're not good enough.
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    They don't invite you if they think you're not going to get in no matter what. They invite those who have a shot, which sometimes means your interview has to be fricking awesome for you to get an offer and sometimes it means you just don't have to be a total weirdo, and everything in between.
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    (Original post by bettyspencer)
    If I get an interview for Oxford (biology), does that mean that my academics are good enough for them?

    I've heard that a lot is dependent on the interview....
    Being invited to interview means you have made a better impression on the tutors than the rejected applicants have. Academic results, however, may not be the sole reason for this. It can be because your personal statement and reference show that you have exceptional talent and so the tutors became curious to learn more about you to see if you really have the ability and potential to flourish in the Oxford teaching. The interview is the part of the admission process where you have to demonstrate your ability beyond your academic results. So this means your academic results are good enough for them. But it's the other aspects of academic ability they are more interested in at the interview.

    Certainly an interview invitation means Oxford is interested in you.
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    haha it means that your grades do not cancel you out and they want to see wether they like you enough to bother teaching you for 4 years. Jeez. What a ******* stupid question.
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    (Original post by Kerny)
    They interview a lot of people, not that many are rejected straight off. For instance, I know someone who got an interview for medicine with BBB at AS-Level.
    Medics get shortlisted by a computer algorithm based on GCSEs and the BMAT. AS levels don't affect the algorithm.
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    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    Medics get shortlisted by a computer algorithm based on GCSEs and the BMAT. AS levels don't affect the algorithm.
    Really? Is there a source for this?
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    (Original post by Firaila)
    Really? Is there a source for this?
    http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/med...lin/statistics

    Initial short-listing was based heavily on available GCSE and BMAT data (both quantitative and objective measures). If candidates had not taken GCSEs or IGCSEs we gave more weight to the BMAT result.

    We do not ascribe equal weighting to all sections of BMAT - in 2009, weightings were: section 1=40%, section 2=40%, section 3=20%.
    When they say heavily it means that if you're in the top ~370 places based on GCSEs and BMAT you'll get an interview. They then manually add a couple of applicants they feel could also have a shot.
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    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/med...lin/statistics



    When they say heavily it means that if you're in the top ~370 places based on GCSEs and BMAT you'll get an interview. They then manually add a couple of applicants they feel could also have a shot.
    Cool I didn't know that :P

    Do you think for E & M they'll use a similar algorithm based on GCSEs and the TSA?
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    (Original post by Firaila)
    Do you think for E & M they'll use a similar algorithm based on GCSEs and the TSA?
    No.
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    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    No.
    Fair enough
 
 
 
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