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I'm sending off my written work for my application this week but I'm really unsure and could do with some guidance.

I want to send in an essay I wrote during a timed mock exam at the end of the last school year. It falls under the 2000 word limit but I have a couple of concerns:
  1. It isn't perfect, there's a couple spelling/grammatical errors dotted but obviously you're not meant to rewrite them after marking nor write one specifically for sending them off. Is this something people actually adhere to, or do people rewrite them, and therefore would I be at a disadvantage? I'd love to edit it to make it perfect, but I don't want to be dishonest.
  2. It says on the website it can't be a "short timed essay" or "a critical commentary on particular passages of text." Mine was 1 question of a 2 and a half hour exam, does this fall into short timed essay? It is also a question on a book (arguing whether a particular theme is 'central' in the text) so I'm worried if that falls into critical commentary on a text at all.
  3. When it says it has to be a 'marked' essay, does that mean they want to see the marking on it? This one has marking and feedback all over it, is that okay? Or do they just mean that a teacher has seen it.

If this one doesn't tick the boxes then I might send in an extract from my coursework instead, which is more recent and maybe slightly better (not in timed pressure and no little errors because it's done on a word processor and not by hand) but it doesn't have marking on it, it's just been checked over by my teacher - it can't be properly marked as it's a coursework draft.

Can someone help clarify this for me please - thank you!
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1. it's not supposed to be perfect. Please do not worry about grammatical errors as long as they're not plentiful.

2. That doesn't sound like a critical commentary to me.:nah:

Taken from Oxford's website:

"If you are not sure what to send, or if you are concerned that you do not have suitable written work, please contact the college that is considering your application."
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(Original post by 04MR17)
1. it's not supposed to be perfect. Please do not worry about grammatical errors as long as they're not plentiful.

2. That doesn't sound like a critical commentary to me.:nah:

Taken from Oxford's website:

"If you are not sure what to send, or if you are concerned that you do not have suitable written work, please contact the college that is considering your application."

Thank you! I'm going to email the college tonight
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