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    Hi,

    No forum for us yet so I thought I'd start one...

    Has anyone started preparing yet? What sort of marks are we aiming for to get to interview?

    Also, has anyone done anything for the essay yet?

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    I bought "The Ultimate TSA Guide" and have been working through those questions all of August...I did a paper as a baseline early on and got 61.1 (or 30/50) which was not very good that year. Though I did another one not too long ago and got 67.3 (35/50) which was pretty good that year so if I could replicate that I'd be more than happy. 70+ would be the dream ofc which is usually like 38-40/50.

    I just started doing essay stuff. I came up with a model structure, and have practiced like 3 essays just to get an idea of timing/structure/paragraph lengths but not much more. Planning on doing essay stuff later but you can't really self-mark so it's always a bit limited.
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    (Original post by NamesAreEffort)
    I bought "The Ultimate TSA Guide" and have been working through those questions all of August...I did a paper as a baseline early on and got 61.1 (or 30/50) which was not very good that year. Though I did another one not too long ago and got 67.3 (35/50) which was pretty good that year so if I could replicate that I'd be more than happy. 70+ would be the dream ofc which is usually like 38-40/50.

    I just started doing essay stuff. I came up with a model structure, and have practiced like 3 essays just to get an idea of timing/structure/paragraph lengths but not much more. Planning on doing essay stuff later but you can't really self-mark so it's always a bit limited.
    Hi! I've done all the past papers online and I bought the same book. Only recently I managed to get 70+, but I still think that it is to a large extent random. However, I am really struggling with the essay, although I've already written two. Any advice? Also, what are you going to apply for?
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    Hi, I'm in a similar position. How did you work out the marks based on /50?
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    I was wondering too; how much point would 30/35/40 usually get me?
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    By the way, i m applying for ppe
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    The Oxford TSA website always has a converter for raw marks to score per year bcos it's always slightly different so I just use that.

    I usually also then find the PPE Keble admissions round data for that year because it usually states either a 'good' mark, rhe median or what was essentially the cutoff to get a rough idea of how I did relatively. Though if people cba, though it differs by year, 34-36 is probably average for someone given an interview. 40 is almost always very good, 30 is on the low end. But don't count me on this, its kinda anecdotal.

    Essay wise...as far as the TSA alone no idea. But in general I'm pretty good at essays because I make model structures and have set criteria for each paragraph so I'm gonna attempt the same for the TSA...I guess unless I get it marked I'll never know how good my essays are but at least I can gauge how tight it is structure wise...that's my logic...
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    (Original post by Francois29)
    By the way, i m applying for ppe
    As far as I'm concerned PPE requires relatively high scores. Try to aim at 38-40 for an interview
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    (Original post by Totor0)
    As far as I'm concerned PPE requires relatively high scores. Try to aim at 38-40 for an interview
    Median tsa score of a successful applicant 3 years ago was 66.3, which that year was 34. 40 is ludicrously high.
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    (Original post by DingusDongus)
    Median tsa score of a successful applicant 3 years ago was 66.3, which that year was 34. 40 is ludicrously high.
    Well of course, other factors play a role too, but I don't think that a 40 is unattainable, with a lot of practice. I believe we should aim as high as possible, because you never know what will happen at the actual exam. Stress for example, could result in a lower score than that expected, so it is good to have a bit of "space" and score consistently higher than average. At least that's the strategy I'm using
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    Hey, I've seen a lot of fearmongering in recent TSA threads about how it's impossible to prepare for this particular exam and the first time I did it I got only 29/50 on the specimen paper so I was feeling doomed. But later on ( after reading Think you can think) I got 38 on two past papers. However, I'm stuggling a bit on problem solving, I usually get 17-18/25. Has anyone else been struggling with problem solving? Perhaps people have any advice on where (besides doing tsa) to get more tasks like the ones in the TSA. Obviously, my overall score is not bad but I'd like to reach into 40s/50 as I'm applying to a quite competetive course (PPE).
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    Does anyone know how to do Q43,46,48 in the 2009 paper? Thanks.
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    Hey!! Does anyone have any advice for the flaws and assumptions type of questions??
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    I'm applying for Economics Management and have heard loads of different things; do I have to do Section 1 and 2? Do I have to do the HAT, does anyone know??
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    Never mind, I've figured it out, I have to do Section 1 and 2
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    Is anyone else slightly panicked about section 2?

    Has anyone got any tips?

    I think I'm most worried about it four RANDOM questions... how do you find several good points for a subject you know vaguely?
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    Starting to prepare now. Will need my TSA for E&M.
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    Hi all!

    I'm not sitting the TSA but there's a page on Facebook for all Oxford applicants and there's a group of us who then made a messenger group chat to get to know each other if you wish to join here's a link:

    https://m.facebook.com/groups/129353...?ref=bookmarks
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    Can we start Section 2 straight after Section 1 or are they given at separate times etc.?
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    (Original post by ArchieThackray)
    Can we start Section 2 straight after Section 1 or are they given at separate times etc.?
    Section 2 questions are only provided after Section 1 is finished, i.e. 90 minutes have passed, at least that's how it was for me last year.
 
 
 
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