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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    Well people, dont really think black people are smart or can go to a prestigious uni like oxbridge
    'Oxbridge' isn't a uni. Oxford is and Cambridge is. Oxbridge is not a university.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    'Oxbridge' isn't a uni. Oxford is and Cambridge is. Oxbridge is not a university.
    Stop being pedantic. I think the poster knows that..
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    (Original post by teenhorrorstory)
    Stop being pedantic. I think the poster knows that..
    No.
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    chilll im black (somali) and i got an offer and i know personally two other black people with offers to cambridge and oxford. lool how can concentration of melanin in your body have any influence on intelligence looool
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    Best of luck OP. It can be done and one thing I'll always say is always go into the interview and assume they will judge you solely on merit and that's it (this is what I did in my interview and I gained an offer).
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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    My future aspiration is to get A*'s at A levels and go to Oxbridge to Study CompSci or Economics.
    believing in yourself is all that matters and having self discipline ( so this means waking up early, playing sports and not playing too much) yhh and do lots of questions and go over pastpapers even if you are going over them for the third time. (Actually doing questions is my number one advice)
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    This is what you sound like.
    http://youtu.be/klvCleuZ_Kg
    Just make sure you paint yourself white for your interview.
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    (Original post by mercuryman)
    Was rejected post interview. He couldn't have prepared any more. I'm still surprised about the fact that he wasn't accepted by cambridge. He excels at anything he does. He managed to teach himself alevel FM in year 13 along with Maths, chem and bio.
    Uh... was there meant to be a point to this? So he goes for an interview and doesn't make the cut, so your immediate assumption is based on race rather than uh... I dunno, the interview? I mean, c'mon - GCSE's and AS's don't say anything about how how good you are at your subject or how you respond to supervision style or etc... but no, I'm sure it's because he's black that he got rejected.

    (also: lol at you asking if 98% in maths is standard)
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Uh... was there meant to be a point to this? So he goes for an interview and doesn't make the cut, so your immediate assumption is based on race rather than uh... I dunno, the interview? I mean, c'mon - GCSE's and AS's don't say anything about how how good you are at your subject or how you respond to supervision style or etc... but no, I'm sure it's because his black that he got rejected.

    (also: lol at you asking if 98% in maths is standard)
    I didn't mean it was the biggest factor, I just think that it may have played a part. Mainly, I just think the oxbridge luck got to him. And like one person commented below, the admissions tutors probably draw names from a hat when selecting people. I mean if you come across 10 beasts, and you have 5 slots left, who you gonna pick b?

    and mate with all due respect, I do not know of anyone that is so well rounded enough to get 98% avg in bio, chem, maths and history. For cambridge standards that is extremely high.
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    (Original post by mercuryman)
    I didn't mean it was the biggest factor, I just think that it may have played a part. Mainly, I just think the oxbridge luck got to him. And like one person commented below, the admissions tutors probably draw names from a hat when selecting people. I mean if you come across 10 beasts, who you gonna pick?
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    Isn't that a bit jumping to conclusions though? There's nothing to suggest that race played any part in the decision making process.

    Admissions tutors do not draw names from a hat, they've got very good reasons for picking who they do. Not that they're always right, they certainly do make mistakes, but on the whole, they're good at what they do. Remember that the application process is more than just your intelligence, it's assessing you for how suitable you are for the Cambridge style, whether the course would suit you, whether you cope with supervisions well, on top of the more prevalent how good you are at your subject.

    That said, I think the other subjects could do with a better admissions system like maths where a bunch of people get offers and duke it out over a massively difficult entrance exam like STEP. :lol:

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    (Original post by mercuryman)
    I didn't mean it was the biggest factor, I just think that it may have played a part. Mainly, I just think the oxbridge luck got to him. And like one person commented below, the admissions tutors probably draw names from a hat when selecting people. I mean if you come across 10 beasts, and you have 5 slots left, who you gonna pick b?

    and mate with all due respect, I do not know of anyone that is so well rounded enough to get 98% avg in bio, chem, maths and history. For cambridge standards that is extremely high.
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    You'd pick the ones who you'd feel would suit the teaching style the best, which is a part of the interview process, had a friend with, obviously, similar grades and performed fairly well in pre interview testing but had a horrible interview( their suggestions kept putting him off his train of though etc) so he was rejected


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    Whats the point in saying your skin colour?
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    (Original post by ikhan94)
    Whats the point in saying your skin colour?
    attention whore
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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    Well people, dont really think black people are smart or can go to a prestigious uni like oxbridge
    Thats rubbish.
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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    Sometimes I wonder if this would happen to me, and if it does then so be it,there isn't much I can do about it. And if I do make it into oxbridge, how would it feel like being the only black person there?



    White people will say your skin doesn't make a difference. However, your only saying this because your white. You would't know what difference your skin colour makes when it comes to things like education.
    Lmfao I promise you, you won't be the only black person there...
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    attention whore
    It's a fairly common mentality tbf, always found it a bit weird but meh


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    (Original post by mercuryman)
    I didn't mean it was the biggest factor, I just think that it may have played a part. Mainly, I just think the oxbridge luck got to him. And like one person commented below, the admissions tutors probably draw names from a hat when selecting people. I mean if you come across 10 beasts, and you have 5 slots left, who you gonna pick b?
    I wouldn't expect that they are actually that random lol, but the point is that a lot is probably to do with fine margins.
    Here's an interesting article that shows a bit of what goes on behind the scenes: https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...ns-really-work
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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    Sometimes I wonder if this would happen to me, and if it does then so be it,there isn't much I can do about it. And if I do make it into oxbridge, how would it feel like being the only black person there?



    White people will say your skin doesn't make a difference. However, your only saying this because your white. You would't know what difference your skin colour makes when it comes to things like education.
    I'm Brown and just done my MPHIL at Cambridge, it's certainly a white dominated community. However, I also know many black students, so this no black students at Cambridge is a myth.

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    (Original post by Hashtosh302)
    And if I do make it into oxbridge, how would it feel like being the only black person there?

    1. Please learn the difference between "your" and "you're". I get that this is an online forum, but those aren't shorthands, they're just wrong.

    2. You won't be the only black person there, honestly. I hope you're only coming across as dumb because it's the internet, otherwise you won't stand a shot at getting into Oxbridge.
 
 
 
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