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Treetop321
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Is there an actual reason for this? I'm looking to apply for Oxford and am just wondering why this doesn't have an admissions test when so many other subjects do.
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the department of each subject decides if there will be an admissions test so some want it and some not. also a big function of the admissions test is to decide who will be invited for interview but some subjects don't have a huge amount of applicants so they are able to interview the majority of applicants so don't need a test to filter people out earlier.. also some subjects are ones that applicants aren't expected to necessarily have prior knowledge of eg earth sciences so possibly a test wouldn't be so helpful in identifying who is suited to studying it
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(Original post by Treetop321)
Is there an actual reason for this? I'm looking to apply for Oxford and am just wondering why this doesn't have an admissions test when so many other subjects do.
Hola Treetop321,

Most do (85% of candidates take a test). There are two main reasons why a subject may not have a test:

1) The test does not have predictive validity (it does not predict whether a candidate will or will not be made an offer and/or how well they will perform on course). There are instances where subjects have either discontinued a test or not proceeded with one beyond the pilot stage.

2) The ratio of applications to interview spots is such as to not justify the cost of designing and delivering a test (NB the cost includes the cost to schools who invigilate tests).

All tests are subject to continual review and likewise the admissions procedures for each course.

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