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    What does it take to be accepted to Oxford? E.g. in grades, personal statement, etc. What are they looking for?

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    What does it take to be accepted to Oxford? E.g. in grades, personal statement, etc. What are they looking for?
    It depends on the course as far as A Level grades are concerned, since standard offers range from AAA to A*A*A. According to Oxford's website, you also need to have a decent set of GCSE grades ('a large majority of A* and A grades at GCSE') and, where applicable, you need to do well on entrance tests like the MAT, PAT, BMAT, ELAT etc.

    The personal statement is something which you'd have to tailor to all your universities, not just Oxford. Generally speaking, Oxford don't much care about extracurriculars that don't pertain to your subject, although you'll have to include some anyway for the other universities you're applying to. In broad terms, they're looking for academic ability and potential. It also takes a certain amount of luck since Oxford courses are routinely oversubscribed by extremely well-qualified applicants, which means that, despite their best efforts, some deserving candidates are likely to miss out on places year to year.

    Just do your best, really.

    They look for a lot. Enthusiasm for your course, passion for your subject, strong analytical skills and academic ability, excellent work ethic, a curious mind etc.

    Really strong grades is a good way to demonstrate good work ethic and academic potential. Being widely read and showing off your knowledge at interviews can demonstrate your passion for the subject. To go a step further you might want to show you have thought about the topics and are curious to learn more.'

    I think it is best to speak to those who have already gotten into oxford. They know exactly what their tutors are looking out for. I have some seniors who do share these stuff either via blogs or sometimes even personally. Drop me a message if you want to find out more
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