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Halal Haribos
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Which do I have a better chance of getting into?
GCSES: 10A*s 2As and one A in additional maths (not a gcse, a FSMQ).
AS results: 94 ums average, SUMS of 91.3.

I know Oxford like 90% gcses at A* and Cambridge like 95+ UMS, but 90+ still gives you a chance.
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You have a reasonable chance at both. Cambridge has more places than Oxford.
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You have VERY similar GCSEs to me, only difference is that I did AS critical thinking as well Anyway, I'm going to Cambridge for Medicine this October and I got 95.4 average. I would say that you really have to consider how you would fare in the BMAT as this comprises 50% of the "mark" Oxford gives their applicants before selecting them for interview (anyone feel free to correct me if wrong). The other half, surprise surprise, is GCSE grades, more like % of A*s. I do not know how they will consider the FMSQ qualification though.

My gut feeling is that at Cambridge you may have a *slightly* better chance but interviews play a huge part.
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Probably a slightly better chance for Cambridge.

Which one do you want to go to?
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I like the sounds of both but edging towards Cambridge because of the town.
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Thanks for the reply I think BMAT will go ok since it's more of my type of exam. Do you know how much weight Cambridge put on it? I think I might end up applying for Cambridge because they give more interviews which I think I'd do okay in.


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You have VERY similar GCSEs to me, only difference is that I did AS critical thinking as well Anyway, I'm going to Cambridge for Medicine this October and I got 95.4 average. I would say that you really have to consider how you would fare in the BMAT as this comprises 50% of the "mark" Oxford gives their applicants before selecting them for interview (anyone feel free to correct me if wrong). The other half, surprise surprise, is GCSE grades, more like % of A*s. I do not know how they will consider the FMSQ qualification though.

My gut feeling is that at Cambridge you may have a *slightly* better chance but interviews play a huge part.
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(Original post by Halal Haribos)
Thanks for the reply I think BMAT will go ok since it's more of my type of exam. Do you know how much weight Cambridge put on it? I think I might end up applying for Cambridge because they give more interviews which I think I'd do okay in.
They interview a greater proportion, but their interviews are less extensive. They only interview each candidate once, I believe, whereas Oxford does 4-6. Thus I would say interviews are more important to Oxford. If you get one.
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I have the same question ... so hopefully you don't mind me posting here :')

I got 93.3% SUMS average and I got 6As at AS level ... likely to get 4A* prediction.
I go to a well know grammar school for AS
I went to a non-selective comprehensive for GCSE and got 9A* and 2As
Choosen for 2 Oxford Summer schools...
Which one do I have a better chance of getting into?
(I do have a preference but I just wanted an honest, unbiased opinion.)
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(Original post by Halal Haribos)
Thanks for the reply I think BMAT will go ok since it's more of my type of exam. Do you know how much weight Cambridge put on it? I think I might end up applying for Cambridge because they give more interviews which I think I'd do okay in.
much less than oxford. My BMAT was pretty shoddy at 5.4, 5.7 and 2.5A (the essay is often not considered). But they still let me in so I doubt that much weight is put on it. I thought I would do OK too but I ended up making loads of silly mistakes and did much worse than expected (I was getting high 6s, and low 7s). Unfortunately it's not black and white! Apply to the uni you prefer.
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They interview a greater proportion, but their interviews are less extensive. They only interview each candidate once, I believe, whereas Oxford does 4-6. Thus I would say interviews are more important to Oxford. If you get one.
(Original post by Halal Haribos)
Thanks for the reply I think BMAT will go ok since it's more of my type of exam. Do you know how much weight Cambridge put on it? I think I might end up applying for Cambridge because they give more interviews which I think I'd do okay in.
I don't know about all the other colleges, but Caius (Cambridge) do three interviews. I would tell you how long each one is but I don't have it noted down I'm afraid, I think each interview was about 15-25 minutes? Anyway, I suspect most other Cambridge colleges will do two or three interviews.

Oxford has a system where you can be interviewed at two (or maybe three) colleges right? So each college interviews you 2/3 times at Oxford then?
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I don't know about all the other colleges, but Caius (Cambridge) do three interviews. I would tell you how long each one is but I don't have it noted down I'm afraid, I think each interview was about 15-25 minutes? Anyway, I suspect most other Cambridge colleges will do two or three interviews.
I had assumed that but was then told by a Cambridge student on here that they only did one. Perhaps there is a mixture?

Oxford has a system where you can be interviewed at two (or maybe three) colleges right? So each college interviews you 2/3 times at Oxford then?
Two colleges. 2/3 at each. Normally 20-30 minutes I think. Very occasionally a college does only 1 but it would be a longer interview.
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I had assumed that but was then told by a Cambridge student on here that they only did one. Perhaps there is a mixture?
It is my understanding that most Cambridge colleges would have 2 interviews. Caius have 3, Trinity have 1, as far as I know. There may be other exceptions that I am unaware of.
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