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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    Damn, thinking of re-applying? What were your AS grades like (if you're not post-results applicant)?
    In terms of results, I'm a Scottish applicant so we do Highers and Advanced Highers instead. I suppose the nearest equivalent to AS would be Highers (although Highers are a bit easier, but we normally do 5 of them), and I got AAAAA.

    For Advanced Highers, I'm aiming to get AAA, but AAB would be fine too (the offer would be AAB).

    I'm considering reapplying. As long as I get the grades, then I'm probably going to go for it.
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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    AAAC is good for music provided the C's not in music (which I imagine it isn't). A friend of mine got A*A*A at A2 with AAAC at AS (AABC at the time because e was later able to re-sit one English paper). (E applied post-qualifications and now has an unconditional offer for Classics)
    The C was an physics 😅, stupid new spec paper. The As were Music, Maths and Further maths, with over 90% ums though, so it's possible for me to get grades like that. (That's pretty amazing though, congrats to your friend)
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    The C was an physics 😅, stupid new spec paper. The As we're Music, Maths and Further maths, with over 90% ums though, so it's possible for me to get grades like that. (That's pretty amazing though, congrats to your friend)
    Ah physics -.-
    And wow congrats on your UMS marks! I would say that you definitely have a good foundation for getting AAA at A2, given your score at AS.
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    (Original post by Kalikumar)
    If anyone received a rejection feedback? If so how did they receive? By email? Or by post?
    Email here.
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    I'm still confused about not even getting an interview at Oxford but getting an offer for UCL. Or is that normal? Since biosci interviews about 70% it does feel a little weird
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    (Original post by saes)
    I'm still confused about not even getting an interview at Oxford but getting an offer for UCL. Or is that normal? Since biosci interviews about 70% it does feel a little weird
    No, it's not particularly weird. Most universities have different criteria from each other, with Oxbridge criteria being the most distinct (much stronger academic level, ability to cope with idiosyncracies of the tutorial system, passion in a highly focused way, fluidity in verbal discussion etc, etc). It may have been the fact that your grades were good enough for UCL but not for Oxford or there was something else in your app that Oxford didn't like (which can only be the reference or personal statement pre-interview).
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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    No, it's not particularly weird. Most universities have different criteria from each other, with Oxbridge criteria being the most distinct (much stronger academic level, ability to cope with idiosyncracies of the tutorial system, passion in a highly focused way, fluidity in verbal discussion etc, etc). It may have been the fact that your grades were good enough for UCL but not for Oxford or there was something else in your app that Oxford didn't like (which can only be the reference or personal statement pre-interview).
    My guess is they wanted predicted grades, which my reference could not provide at the time. However, UCL emailed my reference and eventually he gave them some form of prediction.
    I exceeded the grades required by Oxford (on their website at least) so I've thought it was my ps that failed me but now I don't know? To reapply or not reapply... If feedback only was clearer!
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    (Original post by saes)
    I'm still confused about not even getting an interview at Oxford but getting an offer for UCL. Or is that normal? Since biosci interviews about 70% it does feel a little weird
    Are you Swedish? I am Norwegian, so I know the feeling of not having predicted grades to portray - however, neither Oxford nor UCL did ask me for any. The reason might be your subjects, seen as Oxford are very heavily science based. Did you have the requested/preferred subjects, with high enough grades? UCL do also seem to be interested in an international environment, and might have set the bar a little lower. It is still very weird that you were not even called for interview.
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    (Original post by m1m2)
    Are you Swedish? I am Norwegian, so I know the feeling of not having predicted grades to portray - however, neither Oxford nor UCL did ask me for any. The reason might be your subjects, seen as Oxford are very heavily science based. Did you have the requested/preferred subjects, with high enough grades? UCL do also seem to be interested in an international environment, and might have set the bar a little lower. It is still very weird that you were not even called for interview.
    Yes I'm Swedish! I'm studying the natural science program, so I take all sciences plus an extra course called "natural science specialisation". I also mentioned doing my diploma project in biology. Their requirements say "Avgångsbetyg with a total of 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A or B in the majority of relevant subjects.", I have 12 A's and 4 B's (A in both bio courses). I didn't expect to get in but it was quite a let down not to be called for interview. I had just accepted that my application was a failure when I got my UCL offer, so that was a surprise 😂
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    (Original post by saes)
    Yes I'm Swedish! I'm studying the natural science program, so I take all sciences plus an extra course called "natural science specialisation". I also mentioned doing my diploma project in biology. Their requirements say "Avgångsbetyg with a total of 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A or B in the majority of relevant subjects.", I have 12 A's and 4 B's (A in both bio courses). I didn't expect to get in but it was quite a let down not to be called for interview. I had just accepted that my application was a failure when I got my UCL offer, so that was a surprise 😂
    That is very strange, especially seeing as you have incredible results and I know a few swedes below your average who received interviews. It might be that the college was very over-applied to, and their threshold for inviting internationals is higher (due to costs). English language proficiency or generally bad recommendations might have played their role, but I really do not think that should be enough to deny you an interview.

    Any how, UCL is amazing - especially for science. It is going to be my insurance, no doubt. I have a friend of mine who study biomed there at the moment, and doing bio-science seems like a dream. But do ask for feedback, if possible, and think about reapplying, because this doesn't make any sense.
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    (Original post by m1m2)
    That is very strange, especially seeing as you have incredible results and I know a few swedes below your average who received interviews. It might be that the college was very over-applied to, and their threshold for inviting internationals is higher (due to costs) - but then again, it really does not make any sense. English language proficiency or generally bad recommendations might have played their role, but I really do not think that should be enough to deny you an interview. Have you asked for feedback?

    Any how, UCL is amazing - especially for science. It is going to be my insurance, no doubt. I have a friend of mine who study biomed there at the moment, and doing bio-science seems like a dream. But do ask for feedback, if possible, and think about reapplying, because this doesn't make any sense.
    I was incredibly happy about my reference and I have A's in all former english courses + predicted A for the one I'm taking now (and I will sit the CAE exam) I did ask for feedback and it pretty much said "we recieve for applications than we have places for interview ... it's difficult to compare students from different backgrounds and schooling systems etc etc"
    I'm so confused about all this and whether I should reapply or not. I don't know how I feel about UCL, it's an amazing school but I'm not sure it's for me. I'm glad I don't have to decide just yet
    So you got in to Oxford for biological sciences? Congrats!! I love seeing fellow scandinavians get in!
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    (Original post by saes)
    I was incredibly happy about my reference and I have A's in all former english courses + predicted A for the one I'm taking now (and I will sit the CAE exam) I did ask for feedback and it pretty much said "we recieve for applications than we have places for interview ... it's difficult to compare students from different backgrounds and schooling systems etc etc"
    I'm so confused about all this and whether I should reapply or not. I don't know how I feel about UCL, it's an amazing school but I'm not sure it's for me. I'm glad I don't have to decide just yet
    So you got in to Oxford for biological sciences? Congrats!! I love seeing fellow scandinavians get in!
    I think that is very lazy of them. I do understand the difficulties of comparing students, and of course they had more applicants than what they were able to interview, but seeing as they usually interview almost 70% - and your grades are way above what is requested, they should not have turned you away like that. I would request further information, and maybe approach a few colleges (or take a look at Cambridge), and ask whether your grades are eligible and good enough for interview standards. Maybe take a look at some statistics and apply more strategically, seeing as your college must have been severely over-applied to.

    I have an offer for Politics & History, actually. I am myself a reapplicant (however, I applied to Cambridge last year, and Oxford this year) - so I am beyond drilled in this system at this point, hehe.
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    (Original post by m1m2)
    I think that is very lazy of them. I do understand the difficulties of comparing students, and of course they had more applicants than what they were able to interview, but seeing as they usually interview almost 70% - and your grades are way above what is requested, they should not have turned you away like that. I would request further information, and maybe approach a few colleges (or take a look at Cambridge), and ask whether your grades are eligible and good enough for interview standards. Maybe take a look at some statistics and apply more strategically, seeing as your college must have been severely over-applied to.

    I have an offer for Politics & History, actually. I am myself a reapplicant (however, I applied to Cambridge last year, and Oxford this year) - so I am beyond drilled in this system at this point, hehe.
    I think that's what I'll do, I'm not ready to give up on them yet haha. And huuuge congrats again, hopefully I'll see you next year
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    (Original post by saes)
    I think that's what I'll do, I'm not ready to give up on them yet haha. And huuuge congrats again, hopefully I'll see you next year
    Know the feeling! Fortunately you still have a long while to decide - and hopefully, I'll be your guide at interviews next November/December :daydreaming:
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    (Original post by saes)
    I was incredibly happy about my reference and I have A's in all former english courses + predicted A for the one I'm taking now (and I will sit the CAE exam) I did ask for feedback and it pretty much said "we recieve for applications than we have places for interview ... it's difficult to compare students from different backgrounds and schooling systems etc etc"
    I'm so confused about all this and whether I should reapply or not. I don't know how I feel about UCL, it's an amazing school but I'm not sure it's for me. I'm glad I don't have to decide just yet
    So you got in to Oxford for biological sciences? Congrats!! I love seeing fellow scandinavians get in!
    that "it's difficult to compare students from different backgrounds and schooling systems" sort of sounds like... oh it's that weird swedish thing um wtf we're not sure so let's just reject cos there's a lot of applicants

    are you absolutely sure there wasn't something in your personal statement that implied a lack of passion or interest? they don't really look at the PS so it would have to be major in that sense but since you've got far above the requirements and your reference was good it seems kind of odd.
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    (Original post by m1m2)
    I have an offer for Politics & History, actually. I am myself a reapplicant (however, I applied to Cambridge last year, and Oxford this year) - so I am beyond drilled in this system at this point, hehe.
    There's definitely something to be said for experience. I think a lot of people underestimate how much being familiar with the system can help you (less nerves at interview, more knowledge of what they want exactly etc). Especially true if someone knows where their app went wrong (grades being a key example of things you can objectively change but interviews can be improved too). The fact that some people do get in on reapplication (and some don't) shows that it's not really a locked system and not one you can't adapt to or improve for. Better grades, wider reading, practice with illustrating a point or argument, subject-specific extracurriculars/placements/training done on a gap year... All of those can do a lot (or even a little and sway a place). Of course, you have to be prepared for any outcome, but then again a life without risks isn't really a life at all is it? :P
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    (Original post by auburnstar)
    There's definitely something to be said for experience. I think a lot of people underestimate how much being familiar with the system can help you (less nerves at interview, more knowledge of what they want exactly etc). Especially true if someone knows where their app went wrong (grades being a key example of things you can objectively change but interviews can be improved too). The fact that some people do get in on reapplication (and some don't) shows that it's not really a locked system and not one you can't adapt to or improve for. Better grades, wider reading, practice with illustrating a point or argument, subject-specific extracurriculars/placements/training done on a gap year... All of those can do a lot (or even a little and sway a place). Of course, you have to be prepared for any outcome, but then again a life without risks isn't really a life at all is it? :P
    Absolutely! And I think this might be even more relevant for us international students, coming from academic background where the only thing associated with Oxbridge are big blockbuster movies and romanticized gothic buildings - and most of us end up doing the whole application process without guidance. Personally, I knew where I screwed up, and I even ended up changing my course. Nevertheless, you have to be sure that there is a chance, and that you are willing to spend a year taking that chance. It is not for everyone. Many people who are rejected post-interview are not rejected due to their academic incompetence, but rather because they do not fit the tutorial system, so I think you have to have a strong sense of integrity when taking the reapplying decision as well - don't go throwing yourself under the bus if you just dodged the bullet.
 
 
 
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