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    Hello guys,

    I was wondering if gaining an interview at Oxford relies more on the HAT scores or the personal statement? And, if getting an interview depends on the HAT score, does that mean the personal statement isn't considered much?

    (I'm asking this as someone who has a good PS but anxious about the HAT)
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    Definitely HAT scores are more important. PS is only for interview questions and show of academic interest in the subject.

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    Indicatively, 70% of your 'score' at shortlisting stage comes from the HAT, 30% from GCSEs. Predicted grades matter as well.

    In practice, the interview is most important, followed by HAT, and nothing else is nearly as important.
    The PS and written work are mostly for interview discussion, but the written work will almost certainly come up and be discussed at length, the PS much less likely.
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    As long as your personal statement is free of egregious spelling and grammatical errors, and displays some kind of interest in your subject, it's adequate and there's nothing you can do to improve it from an admissions point of view.
 
 
 
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