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How important is section 2 of the TSA in getting an interview? I took a past paper from 2019 and scored 41/50 on the first section, but I'm struggling a lot with section 2.

I'm an American student, so my school doesn't have much experience with the application process either. If anyone has resources, reading recommendations, or tips for section 2, I would greatly appreciate it!
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The TSA is only a part of your application, so there isn't a fixed mark you need to get - it's just to give extra information which is considered in the context of your application. The website says section 2 "seeks to evaluate a candidate’s ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing", so this should be your main focus when addressing this section.

Sorry I can't give more specific advice - my experience with these entrance exams is really just that the more practice papers you do the better, especially for something less subject specific like the TSA.
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The TSA is given more weight than the personal statement, as courses have become more competitive over the last ten years. Which paper did you get 41/50? Scores are converted, and they are all converted differently to reflect to account for the variance in difficulty. You want to be targeting at least converted score of 67, though the median score for successful applicants changes depending on the course you’re applying for with PPE having the highest score.On the essay, what are you struggling with specifically? Then I can share some insights from my experience.
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(Original post by Ja-m-ie)
The TSA is given more weight than the personal statement, as courses have become more competitive over the last ten years. Which paper did you get 41/50? Scores are converted, and they are all converted differently to reflect to account for the variance in difficulty. You want to be targeting at least converted score of 67, though the median score for successful applicants changes depending on the course you’re applying for with PPE having the highest score.On the essay, what are you struggling with specifically? Then I can share some insights from my experience.
I got 41/50 on section 1 of the past paper from 2019 here: https://www.admissionstesting.org/Im...-section-1.pdf. The converted score for that in 2019 is 76.1, I think.

Re: the essay: I'm struggling with structuring/developing it. I've always been taught in school that argumentative essays follow the basic intro (including a thesis that lists the points you'll make in the essay), body paragraphs, conclusion structure. But it seems that the tutors aren't looking for students to approach the TSA essay in such a straightforward manner, and that we should consider counterarguments, definitions, different interpretations, etc.? I'd love any advice you have!
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