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It has been a grilling journey, but we are officially less than a week away from Oxford's decision day! No matter what your outcome is, we would like to know here! If it's an offer, many congratulations because your hard work has paid off! If it's an unfortunate rejection, I'm sure you will have the best time of your lives in other institutions!

*Decisions will arrive through letters or/and emails as well as UCAS track on Tuesday, Jan 14. Certain colleges would only send letters for home applicants and copies of letters to international applicants, e.g. BrasenoseAdm whereas others will send both to home applicants. UCAS updates would occur from 0900 GMT onwards.

The thread is opened earlier so you can create a placeholder for the day, and perhaps fill in the reflection parts unaffected by the actual decision.

Please use the following format, removing the bits that aren't relevant to you:
Decision: Pending
Decision: Accepted
Decision: Accepted (Open Offer)
Decision: Rejected

(Can I ask if those of you completing this thread early to include a note of your predicted decision, together with your actual decision when you get it - I think it will be very helpful for future candidates )

Course:
College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable)
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS):
Where were you when you heard?

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Home, EU or International (Country):
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other):
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades:
AS Subjects & Grades:
A2 Predictions:
Other Qualifications
IB (with predicted score):
Other:

Reflection

Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent)
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent)
Why did you chose your college?
What other universities did you apply to?
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?

General Comments & Advice for others:

Any official feedback received from your college:
(if you haven't got this yet it would be very helpful if you could edit it into your post when you receive it. NB offer holders won't receive feedback)

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Best of luck to everybody!
Please note this is not a discussions thread. Discussion will be removed.

Useful links:
Official Oxford University 2020 Deselected Applicants Thread
Oxford 2020 Applicants official thread!!!!!!
Oxford Decisions Guide
Feedback on Admissions Decisions

Thanks to Doones Zacken for the format
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Guess I’ll start lol

Decision: Rejection
Course: Materials Science (FJ22)
College: Mansfield
Offer Conditions: N/A
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Email
Where were you when you heard? In a chemistry exam

Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State for GCSEs, Grammar for sixth form
GCSE Grades: 9999998877A
AS: Further Maths (A)
A2 Predictions: Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*), Mathematics (A*)
Other Qualifications: A in EPQ

Strengths: Probably either my GCSEs (not spectacular but the best in my year) or my personal statement. Having an EPQ probably helped me to stand out pre-interview
Weaknesses: Literally everything else LMAO. I really struggled with the PAT, and I felt that both of my interviews could have gone much better
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (PAT): Maximum of a 4
Interview Assessment: 6/10, 4/10
Why did you chose your college? Highest state school acceptance, the sweetest cats in Oxford
What other universities did you apply to? Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Loughborough
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Manchester
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Maybe Manchester, maybe Sheffield

General Comments and Advice for others: Don't forget to factorise I guess

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Decision: Pending
Course: Economics and Management
College: St Peter's
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS):
Where were you when you heard?

Home, EU or International (Country): International
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Other
GCSE Grades: Not Applicable
A2 (Achieved): Economics (A*), Business(A), Mathematics (A*), Psychology (A)
Other Qualifications:

Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) 5 lmao it went terrible tbh I guessed a load of questions (TSA)
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) 3 it was terrible too I looked like a fool
Why did you chose your college? Open application
What other universities did you apply to? LSE, UCL, Warwick, Manchester
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? UCL or LSE
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? UCL or LSE

General Comments and Advice for others:

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It has been a grilling journey, but we are officially less than a week away from Oxford's decision day! No matter what your outcome is, we would like to know here! If it's an offer, many congratulations because your hard work has paid off! If it's an unfortunate rejection, I'm sure you will have the best time of your lives in other institutions!

*Decisions will arrive through letters or/and emails as well as UCAS track on Tuesday, Jan 14. Certain colleges would only send letters for home applicants and copies of letters to international applicants, e.g. BrasenoseAdm whereas others will send both to home applicants. UCAS updates would occur from 0900 GMT onwards.

The thread is opened earlier so you can create a placeholder for the day, and perhaps fill in the reflection parts unaffected by the actual decision.

Please use the following format, removing the bits that aren't relevant to you:
Decision: Pending
Decision: Accepted
Decision: Accepted (Open Offer)
Decision: Rejected

(Can I ask if those of you completing this thread early to include a note of your predicted decision, together with your actual decision when you get it - I think it will be very helpful for future candidates )

Course:
College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable)
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS):
Where were you when you heard?

Optional

Home, EU or International (Country):
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other):
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades:
AS Subjects & Grades:
A2 Predictions:
Other Qualifications
IB (with predicted score):
Other:

Reflection

Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent)
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent)
Why did you chose your college?
What other universities did you apply to?
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?

General Comments & Advice for others:

Any official feedback received from your college:
(if you haven't got this yet it would be very helpful if you could edit it into your post when you receive it. NB offer holders won't receive feedback)

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Best of luck to everybody!
Please note this is not a discussions thread. Discussion will be removed.

Useful links:
Official Oxford University 2020 Deselected Applicants Thread
Oxford 2020 Applicants official thread!!!!!!
Oxford Decisions Guide
Feedback on Admissions Decisions

Thanks to Doones Zacken for the format
Decision: Predicting rejection, will be a miracle if i get an offer
Course: History
College: Worcester
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS):
Where were you when you heard?

Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State, rated by Ofsted as "Needs Improvement" lol
GCSE Grades: 9988888776
AS: Didn't take
A2 Predictions: A*AA (History, Maths, Biology)
Other Qualifications: Predicted A in EPQ

Strengths: lol none
Weaknesses: everything
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent):
I thought the HAT was okay but probably could have gone better, think I managed to get all my arguments down on paper, but I don't think I expressed myself eloquently at all.
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent)
After my first interview I cried a lot, made myself sound the thickest person alive. No questions about my written work submitted or any of the books I'd read, just about a tiny part of the PS. Second one was my source one and I think that was better, but I doubt it was enough.
Why did you chose your college?
Perfect mix of old and new, close to the city, has a lake with ducks lol
What other universities did you apply to?
Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Warwick
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?
Nottingham
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?
Nottingham

General Comments and Advice for others:

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Decision: I received an offer!

Prediction: I have no idea if I will get an offer or not! I seem to automatically find myself being optimistic about this, but if I assess my chances rationally there seems to be an equal chance of a rejection. I wasn't expecting to get an interview due to my ELAT performance.

Course: English
College: St Edmund Hall
Offer Conditions: A in my RS retake
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): I checked my email around 12.30 and saw an email from my college and an update on Track.
Where were you when you heard? I had been visiting my cousin and hadn't told her that today was the big day, so had plenty to distract myself with in the morning and didn't check until I was on my train back. By this time, the email had come through!

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Home, EU or International: EU
School Type: Other (home-schooled!)
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 18/20 in the French Brevet des Colleges (middle school certificate)
A-Levels: A*A*B achieved in English Lit, French and RS respectively; predicted A* in RS resit
Other Qualifications: Also taking AS Levels in History and Latin and the Goethe Zertifikat for fun this year

Reflection

Strengths: I think my personal statement and my written work were reasonably strong, and my reference and the fact that I got 100% in one English Lit A-Level paper might also help.
Weaknesses: Definitely my third interview, which was very mediocre, but also the ELAT and the fact that I'm resitting a subject.
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment: ELAT; roughly 5 or 6/10. I ran out of time to finish, meaning that the direction of my argument probably didn't come across, making Band 2 the most I can possibly hope for, and Band 3 more likely.
Interview Assessment: I would rate my three interviews 7/10, 7/10 and 4/10 respectively, so roughly 6/10 overall
Why did you choose your college? It has a specialist in an area I'm passionate about, and is small, close-knit and friendly
What other universities did you apply to? Exeter (unconditional) and St. Andrews, Durham and Edinburgh (still waiting)
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? I'm not even completely sure I will firm Oxford, but if I do my insurance will hopefully be either Durham, Edinburgh or St. Andrews (depending on which gives me the lowest offer, and what I think of them when I visit)
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Most probably Durham, but possibly Edinburgh or St. Andrews

General Comments & Advice for others: When you decide whether to apply, you should think about and research the course, the modules, the teaching system, the different colleges and the atmosphere of Oxford. Thinking about the prestige, the ranking or the history of the university isn't helpful, because it means that some people who would thrive at Oxford may be discouraged by thinking you aren't the Oxford "type", and others, conversely, may apply because of the uni's reputation even though the course or the teaching methods really aren't for them.

I had loved Oxford since I first visited the city at the age of eight, but had followed a fairly atypical and sometimes bumpy academic trajectory, and what finally convinced me to apply was the fact that it's one of the few unis in the world that teaches Medieval Welsh as part of an English Lit course, something that I would be fascinated to study. I think the fact that I was motivated by my passion for rather obscure topics throughout the process helped me every step of the way. (This doesn't mean that you have to know about really wacky things, but just that it will help you in every way to be very, very enthusiastic about your subject if you want to apply to Oxford!)

When preparing for interview, what probably helped me the most was having some conversations with people who had some interest in English Lit. I'm not currently enrolled at a school or college, so I couldn't have a mock interview with a teacher, but asked family friends who knew about the subject (one was a retired English teacher) to have a chat with me. This gave me the chance to practice thinking aloud, which is the one most important thing to do in an Oxford interview!

Also, just enjoy the process, go with the flow, and don't get too anxious about it. There will be nerve-wracking moments (waiting to know whether or not you have an interview - eek!) but at the end of the day, Oxford is just one uni among others and you're essentially just trying your luck.

Massive well done to everyone receiving news today, whatever the outcome!! Everyone I met while in Oxford for the interviews was so intelligent and genuinely lovely, so I know that those who don't end up there will do wondrously at other unis.
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Predicted decision: no idea, honestly
Actual decision: offer!!

Course: Chemistry
College: New
Offer Conditions: conditional - just have to send through my A-Level certificates
How did you first hear and when? By email at 9.07, then on track at 9.48
Where were you when you heard? In a coffee shop by my old school

Domicile: Home
School Type: Private
GCSE Grades: 10.5 A*s, A in Additional Maths FSMQ (highest grade possible)
A2 Grades: 4 A*s achieved in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Mandarin

Strengths: I have my grades
Weaknesses:
Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment: TSA S1 - 8/10, they don't care about it though
46/50 from 24/25 in problem-solving and 22/25 in critical thinking for a scaled overall score of 83.6
Interview Assessment: 5/10, 7/10, 6/10
Why did you choose your college? I just liked it when I visited on the Open Day. Then it just so happened that my teacher also went there
What other universities did you apply to? Imperial, St Andrews, York and Durham - unconditionals from all
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? N/A - don't need an insurance since I'm post-results
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Imperial

General Comments & Advice for others: try and have fun with it. I really enjoyed my interviews this time around, and I think it showed. The whole process really takes a lot out of you, so look after yourself during the length of the application process, including post-interview. And of course, the only way you'll know if you'd get in is by applying
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Predicted Decision: I’ll probably be rejected lmao
Decision: Rejection

Course: Chemistry
College: Brasenose
How did you first hear and when? UCAS track, around 10:25am
Where were you when you heard? Sixth form common room

Home, EU or International: Home (England)
School Type: State
GCSE Grades: 9998887776
A2 Predictions: A*A*A (chemistry, maths and biology respectively) + A in EPQ

Strengths: I think my personal statement was pretty solid
Weaknesses: interviews were mediocre at best
Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment: Section 1 TSA, I think this went okay, hoping at least 35+/50. Update after getting results (!!!): I got 69.5 overall with 76.2 in problem solving and 63.4 in critical thinking. I'm a bit annoyed at the 63.4 because it brought my overall score down but the TSA doesn't have much weighting anyway so I'm still really happy
Interview Assessment: I had four interviews; 6/10 (organic and inorganic, the organic was okay I think but the inorganic was terrible), 7/10 (maths and physical, I think this went pretty well, felt comfortable in the interview and while I did make a stupid mistake with the product rule I did realise without him telling me), 5/10 (at a second college, interview was all inorganic so of course it went terribly, both interviewers made me feel really dumb sometimes with what they said to me and were quite harsh, I felt like crying coming out but didn’t so I see that as a win lmao), 7/10 (physical/maths and organic, both parts were pretty good I think although tbh everything was about 100% better than the inorganic interview so my ratings for the other three are probably a bit off).
Why did you choose your college? I did the UNIQ summer school, I stayed at Brasenose and didn’t really want to apply to anywhere else
What other universities did you apply to? UCL, Sheffield, Hull and Lincoln.
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? UCL
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? UCL + Sheffield

General Comments & Advice for others: just try your best, if you don't apply you have absolutely no chance of getting in but if you do apply at least you have a chance. If you don't get in, you'll have learnt A LOT trust me, even if unsuccessful. Being rejected from Oxford doesn't mean you aren't intelligent, passionate about your subject, or incapable or achieving amazing things. So just go for it you have four other choices and many other amazing universities to choose from.

Any official feedback received from your college: will update when I get it
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Predicted Decision: Awaiting my inevitable rejection
Actual Decision: In receipt of my inevitable rejection
Course: PPE
College: Magdalen, reallocated before interviews to Somerville
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Email from Somerville
Where were you when you heard? Home

Home, EU or International (Country): International (Canada)
School Type: Equivalent to a state school
GCSE Grades: N/A
A Levels: N/A
Other Grades: A 96% (out of a possible 100%) total average of all secondary school courses (over the course of four years) - most of my later courses have been based in the humanities and mathematics
Other Qualifications: A score of 1570 on the SAT

Strengths: I think that my reference and PS were quite strong
Weaknesses: Coming from a different academic background than most applicants - no A Levels, no GCSEs - is most likely to my disadvantage
Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment (TSA): 6 or 7/10 on the TSA, the spatial geometry questions were particularly troublesome
Interview Assessment: 5/10 on the first, 4/10 on the second; I was so nervous I was literally shaking the whole time smh
Why did you chose your college? I chose Magdalen because the college is so beautiful, but I loved rooming at Somerville and have now fallen even more in love with this college
What other universities did you apply to? No others in the UK, 5 in the US (all Ivy Leagues), and the rest in Canada (Queen's, McGill, UofT, and McMaster)
If you were accepted, what are your Insurance choices? Any of the Canadian schools
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Whichever uni will take me!! lol

General Comments and Advice for others: Well done to all who applied and good luck to all those considering applying in the future. The only advice I feel that I am qualified to give is regarding interviews (not the interviews themselves, but the overall experience). If you are an international student and are financially able to attend the interviews in-person I highly recommend doing so. I understand that it is not feasible for all students to do this, but I found the experience incredibly beneficial, regardless of the overall outcome. Meeting the other candidates helped me realize the sheer number of students who deserve to study at Oxford, and that the outcome of my application by no means suggests that I am not qualified, there are just too many amazing students to choose from and sometimes it comes down to luck.

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Decision: Offer given
Predicted decision (I wrote this before I received my offer): I have no idea of whether I will be accepted or rejected. I'm very unsure about it all. I'm not going to get my hopes up, though.


Course: English
College: Magdalen
Offer Conditions: AAA
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Through UCAS track. It updated at 9:50am and I saw it at 11:40am
Where were you when you heard?: Sitting in the car with my dad in my sixth form car park lol

Home, EU or International (Country): Home (England)
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 999988876
AS Subjects & Grades: N/A (didn't do them) but my subjects are Religion & Philosophy, Eng Lit and German
A2 Predictions: A*A*A

Strengths: I think I did well on the ELAT and my interviews didn't go awfully
Weaknesses: My GCSE grades could be better and I don't think my interviews were outstanding either
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (ELAT): 48/60
Interview Assessment: Personal statement interview maybe 6/10, unseen interview 9/10
Why did you choose your college?: I loved the architecture at Magdalen and the tutors seemed lovely. I also like its position in the city and accommodation.
What other universities did you apply to?: Exeter, Lancaster and Nottingham
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?: Exeter
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?: Exeter, maybe Lancaster––not that this matters now I've gotten an offer!

General Comments & Advice for others: Give it a shot! I thought I was probably too mediocre to get an invite to interview and considered not even applying. Then I thought that my performance at interviews probably wasn't outstanding enough to secure my place. I was clearly wrong. So just try your best! Even if you don't believe that you're good enough, the decision isn't down to you, it's down to Oxford, so just present yourself as though you are and have fun with the whole process

Any official feedback received from your college: TBC
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Predicted decision: rejection
Actual decision: offer! (Trinity)

Course: biomedical sciences
College: Lincoln + second interview at Trinity
Offer Conditions: A*AA (any subject combination)
How did you first hear and when? Avoided looking at my phone for the whole school day but checked it at the end of the school day. Opened my email and saw one from Trinity admissions. Given that I didn't apply to Trinity, I knew it was an offer!
Where were you when you heard? Walking down to the bus stop!


Home, EU or International: Home
School Type: Private
GCSE Grades: 9A*, 1A
A2 Predictions: A*A*A (biology, chemistry & English lit)
Other Qualifications: A* EPQ

Reflection

Strengths: I felt my second interview went well, but can’t really tell. My BMAT isn’t amazingly strong, but it’s decent.
Weaknesses: my first interview was POOR. It was a lot of physics questions and things I’d never even thought of thinking about, and I flailed a lot. Didn’t know how to answer so spent a lot of time sitting in silence being talked at.
Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment: BMAT - 6.2, 5.1, 4A
Interview Assessments: 3/10, 7/10
Why did you choose your college? was looking for a small, friendly & central college + heard that the food was good
What other universities did you apply to? Edinburgh, Imperial, Bristol & KCL
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Edinburgh
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?
Likely Edinburgh, perhaps Imperial

General Comments & Advice for others: Practice for the admissions test - I only prepared for the BMAT for a few days and it was only through luck that I scored well. At interview, I’d say try to think through your nerves rather than not attempting a question out of fear (what I did), to take some time to think before you start answering in order to ensure that your answer is concise and relevant, and to - as everyone says - voice your thought process to your interviewers. Try to engage with them productively and enjoy the chance to solve problems in a subject you love. I’d also say that of the five people interviewing me, not one of them was ‘mean’ - the interviewers are genuinely kind people and want you to do well, and the interview is never as scary as you think it’ll be.
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Course: Maths
College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable) St Hugh's
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Rejection
Where were you when you heard? In the middle of a maths exam

Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 6 9's, 5 A*s and A in Additional Mathematics
IB (with predicted score): 45

Strengths: My first interview?
Weaknesses: MAT performance
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): 3; completely flunked it on the day
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent): interview 1: 8.5/10, interview 2: 7/10, interview 3: 5/10
Why did you chose your college? - it was very big and is close to the Mathematical institute
What other universities did you apply to? Imperial, UCL, LSE, St Andrews
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Imperial, though I might reapply next year
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Imperial/UCL
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Decision: Rejection
Prediction: really don't know was not expecting an interview really after MAT
Course: Mathematics
College: St. Catz
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): No email from anyone just checked UCAS
Where were you when you heard? In sixth form just came out of stats mechanics mock😂

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Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 99999987A*, A in Additional Maths
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Course:Physics -Pending

College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable) Merton- Reallocated to Jesus.
Offer Conditions: A*AA
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Pending
Where were you when you heard? Pending

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Home, EU or International (Country): UK Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State School, Above Average
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 999998887
AS Subjects & Grades: A Maths, A Chemistry, A physics, B Further Maths
A2 Predictions:A*A*A*A
Other EPQ predicted A*


Reflection

Strengths: UNIQ Summer School did Physics at Oxford, Work experience at Notts Uni doing Particle Physics and Cosmology, Work experience in a lab at a company in Notts. Member of Notts Astronomical Society for 7 years. 2/3 interviews went good.
Weaknesses: Maths interviews she felt didnt go so great, Physics was good, and 2nd interview at St Hughs was good
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) PAT she thought she did bad but, got an interview.
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) Interview 1 = 5/10, Interview= 2 9/10, Interview 3= 8/10
Why did you chose your college? She chose Merton was reallocated but loved Jesus.
What other universities did you apply to? Lancaster (uncon) York, Leicester
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? York.
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Lancasters Unconditional (not choosing lancaster as insurance as accommodation is not guaranteed, where Yorks is) She is excited about those too, so if Oxfords not meant to be, she is excited about those unis also.

General Comments & Advice for others:
For new applicants, do as much as you can to pack your p.s. Summer schools, work experience, clubs related to the subject. For applicants who have done their interviews and is in pending: If it is a rejection, please dont despair, the other unis you have gone for; please do get excited about those too. look at their websites, accommodation, vlogs on those unis, reading about their freshers week etc.....No-one knows hows its going to go on the 14th, so if its not meant to be you have some fantastic other options to be looking forward to.


Any official feedback received from your college: Pending (not official feed back , but st hughs said they liked her thought process during interview. So if she doesn't get in, she is happy she got that nice comment from them anyways)
(if you haven't got this yet it would be very helpful if you could edit it into your post when you receive it. NB offer holders won't receive feedback)
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Decision: conditional offer (AAA)
Course: PPE
College: Somerville
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): UCAS
Where were you when you heard? Studying double angle rules in maths

Home, EU or International (Country): Home Student
School Type: State School
GCSE Grades: 988888877A (I'm so happy Oxford don't discriminate between 8s and 9s)
A Levels: A*AA (predicted - not as great as others but hey-ho)

Strengths: I would say my personal statement is fairly decent, as well as my academic performance on a contextual basis
Weaknesses: My interviews probably lol. I also feel like I did not perform very well on my TSA
Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment: I feel as though I achieved some 60-65 on my section 1 and 60-65 in section 2 (so like 5-6/10). I think I was invited to interviews as a result of further considerations.
Interview Assessment: This is hard... 1/2 of Philosophy was really good whilst the other half was shambolic. Economics and Politics were just really weird... So, 4-5/10
Why did you chose your college? I joke around and say it's because Margaret Thatcher went there, but it's mostly because of how laid-back and easygoing it is as a college. When I went there for the interviews, I fell in love with it and got a bit too attached unfortunately. AND THE FOOD IS REALLY GOOD !!
What other universities did you apply to? Manchester (offer), Warwick (offer), Durham (offer), Essex (idk I didn't feel very confident in myself)
If you were accepted, what are your Insurance choices? Warwick
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Either Durham or Warwick - most likely Durham
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Course: Maths and Philosophy
College: Corpus
Prediction: Cautious optimism
EDIT: Accepted! Woohoooo

School Type: Unremarkable british state school
GCSE Grades: 999999887
AS Subjects & Grades: Predicted 4 A*

Reflection
At this point I'm just happy I've given it my best shot, so I know I don't need to reapply next year because I've already given it everything I have Still gonna be upset for a while if it doesn't work out, but I'll get over it eventually.

Strengths: Personal statement, interview (???)
Weaknesses: MAT. 2/10. I had practised a lot of the past papers, so it seemed a better option than STEP... Oh my goodness, by the end of it I was trying to just write and not cry. I knew it was meant to be hard but it's still disheartening when you open a paper and get stuck on the very first question! Can't have got more than ~30-40 according to the answer video they released. Just hoping that getting to interview means that might not hold me back?

Interview Assessment: 7/10 This was kinda suprising, but I actually really enjoyed talking to the academics about my subject. Whether I performed well to the criteria or not, I cannot judge, but the problems and discussions were challenging but super interesting. When something came up I wasnt too familiar with they gave hints to help me work through it, so they won't just watch you suffer if you're totally stuck. I tried to stay calm and think through them carefully. Only after I stepped out the interview room I realised I had been sweating buckets the whole time from nerves! My last interview was pretty odd in that I have no idea if it went well or not as the guy was indecipherable. I feel like he was starting to get impatient like I was missing something obvious. Who knows...

Why did you chose your college? Nice cosy community, beautiful gardens and reasonably central. Not too fussed really. My second college was St Johns, so kinda hoping I might get an offer from there instead as the grounds/facilities were so lovely.

What other universities did you apply to? Got all my other offers, gonna firm/insure unconditional at Lancaster

General Comments & Advice for others: Try and stay optimistic (at least a bit), don't give up too early. I genuinely thought I had no chance after the awful MAT, yet the interview came through! Give yourself a chance. Have fun at interview if you can - I met some really lovely people there and you'll probably bump into a few of them at another uni even if you don't end up at Oxford. I really wish them all the best

Also genuinely consider imagining yourself at your other choices of Uni, and you might start to like them more than you realised! That's how come I was so surprised to get an interview as I'd already started researching accommodation and planning my life at Warwick lol.
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Predicted decision - rejection

Course: Chemistry
College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable) Hertford
Offer Conditions: 3A*

How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS):
Where were you when you heard?


Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 999999888A*A*A*A*A*A
AS Subjects & Grades: AAA
A2 Predictions: 3A*


Reflection

Strengths: Probably the personal statement
Weaknesses: interviews were AWFUL
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) TSA - 5/10
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) ohhhh bad. Both interviews at Hertford were so so bad, then got allocated and interviews were better.
Why did you chose your college? Random guess tbh
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Durham
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? Durham (haven't actually got the offer yet though lol)


UPDATE - ACCEPTED??? surely the interviewers confused me with someone else
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Decision: Acceptance (Pembroke College)
My thoughts: Most likely a rejection.

Course: English Language and Literatures
College: (original college, plus reallocated college if applicable) LMH, pooled to Pembroke College.
Offer Conditions: AAA
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): Through UCAS track 10:24
Where were you when you heard? In my English lesson!

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Home, EU or International (Country): Home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State, then Independent
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: I’d prefer not to say (they’re shocking, due to extenuating circumstances).
AS Subjects & Grades: N/A
A2 Predictions: A*/A/A in English Literature, History and Philosophy respectively.
Other Qualifications: A* in EPQ, discussing English Literature.
IB (with predicted score):
Other:

Reflection

Strengths: I really enjoyed the discussion element of all three of my interviews, and I didn’t feel like a complete idiot.
Weaknesses: My nerves definitely got the better of me in my personal statement interview, which led to me making a silly mistake (I forgot the answer to a plot related question). I also found myself being stuck on one perspective, however I was open to the tutors ideas.
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent) ELAT. I think it went around a 6/10. Whilst the points I made were arguably interesting, I’m questioning whether I compared and contrasted enough.
Interview Assessment: (include what you think you scored: 1=bad, 10=excellent):
Personal statement interview: 6/10. I made some very silly mistakes, but the conversation was engaging, and one of the tutors found my perspective on Romantic poetry “interesting”.
Unseen poetry interview: 7/10. Whilst I failed to immediately notice some of the intricacies, I thought that the points I made were, as I said before, interesting.
Combined interview at Pembroke: 8/10. I actually thought this interview went the best out of all three. I found out conversation stimulating, and I used some of my mistakes from my last interview to help with this one. I found the discussion of the speech from the English Civil War very challenging, but I really enjoyed our discussion of sonnet 94.
Why did you chose your college? I think it is beautiful, and I love it’s feminist history.
What other universities did you apply to? York, Lancaster, Reading and Surrey.
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Lancaster.
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? York

General Comments & Advice for others:

Enjoy your time at Oxford, should you get called to interview! It is such an incredible privilege to be part of a college’s history. Make sure you thoroughly look over your notes and books before your interviews, and remember the tutors are humans too, who really want you to do well
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Decision: rejection
Predicted decision: definite rejection, see interview

Course: chemistry
College: Merton
Offer Conditions:
How did you first hear and when (email/letter/UCAS): UCAS track
Where were you when you heard? At home sick in bed lol

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Home, EU or International (Country): International (SE Asian)
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): private
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 8A* 2A
AS Subjects & Grades: 5a (chem, bio, physics, maths, history)
A2 Predictions: 3A* 1A (predicted, then achieved between interview and decision) (chem, bio, physics, maths)

Reflection

Strengths: possibly reference and TSA idk
Weaknesses: interview
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment (e.g. TSA, HAT, PAT, CAT, ELAT, GAT, BMAT, etc): TSA S1 - predict 7/10, was high on adrenaline so had time left over and caught like 5 mistakes while checking, but may have been balanced out by more mistakes in the first place
Interview Assessment: felt like 3/10 - only got one 30 minute interview bc didn't go to Oxford; completely screwed up maths questions, physical was ok but not exactly groundbreaking and missed a couple of basic concepts, sputtered some nonsense during organic
Why did you chose your college?
Nice and small, decent price tag, guaranteed accommodation, don't mind the stereotype
What other universities did you apply to?
Imperial, UCL, Durham, St Andrews, others outside UK
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?
N/A
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight?
Probably Imperial, or a non-UK uni

General Comments & Advice for others: just chill about the whole thing, I lowered my expectations wayy down so felt disappointed for about half a second. (Try to manage other people's expectations too.) There are always postgrad opportunities as well, so if you're keen on academia (which I assume like half of applicants to Oxbridge would be) you could always apply again for your Master's/PhD
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(Original post by JJ112)
Thanks to Doones Zacken for the format
So Oxford is copying Cambridge's thread now? :P
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Updating 14/01/20
predicted: honestly no idea (ok to be honest, it was probably 70% offer, 30% rejection but I didn't want to jinx it)

Course: Medicine
College: applied to St. John's, reallocated to Lincoln, second interview at LMH offer from LMH!!
Offer Conditions: A*AA
How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/UCAS): UCAS updated at 9:29 (didn't get an email informing me it had tho!) just got a letter at 10:15
Where were you when you heard? at home (study leave for mocks)

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Home, EU or International (Country): home
School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): high-performing state school
GCSE (or equivalent) Grades: 99999999999 a* (a* two years early, native language)
AS Subjects & Grades: A A (one achieved two years early, native language; the other was Y12 fourth A Level I have now dropped)
A2 Predictions: predicted: A*A*A* achieved: A* (two years early, native language)
Other Qualifications: none
IB (with predicted score): n/a
Other:

Reflection

Strengths: stats
Weaknesses: I guess the fierce competition (9% acceptance rate)
Pre- or At-Interview Admissions Assessment - BMAT : 6.8, 5.8, 4A (70%ish for Oxford's scale)
Interview Assessment: so so hard to tell to be honest, none were awful, but not great either - forgot a couple of simple things, and zoned out during one of the questions (although was able to answer pretty well when it was repeated); some weird questions that make it super hard to judge what they are looking for.I'd say: Lincoln 1: 5/10, Lincoln 2: 7/10, LMH 1: 6/10, LMH 2: 7/10
Why did you chose your college? chose John's because the atmosphere was really lovely and it's very rich - but absolutely loved both Lincoln and LMH
What other universities did you apply to? Bristol, Leeds and Sheffield
If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? wherever will take me - if I could choose probably Leeds
If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Oxford's oversight? same as above

General Comments & Advice for others: getting to interview is great as it is, so if interviews don't go well/rejected please don't be too disheartened. Oxford is great, but it has its downsides too. expect to be asked weird questions, but give them your best go and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Any official feedback received from your college:
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