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Yeah, it's important to get a really good BMAT. though try not to stress too much because you have plenty of time! I revised for about 4 weeks before the BMAT and that was plenty! I found it really useful to do all the practice papers that you can find online, and revise my GCSE sciences, and there are lots of helpful youtubers who give advice especially on the essay section
did you find the BMAT revision overlapped with UCAT revision or not?
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did you find the BMAT revision overlapped with UCAT revision or not?
Do you mean time-wise or content-wise?
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Hi Oxford Mum,
Am thinking of applying for PPE, but am very conscious of the competition. I have 99999999998 in GCSE's and am likely to be predicted A*A*A in Politics, Divinity and Maths. I am doing Spanish as a 4th A level just now (although considering dropping it), but could get an A* prediction. My question is, am I better focusing on my extra reading (am teaching myself some economics) or doing the 4th A level. I would be very grateful for your thoughts.
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I didn't do GCSE bio: will this be a problem when applying for straight chem?
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Hi Oxford Mum,
Am thinking of applying for PPE, but am very conscious of the competition. I have 99999999998 in GCSE's and am likely to be predicted A*A*A in Politics, Divinity and Maths. I am doing Spanish as a 4th A level just now (although considering dropping it), but could get an A* prediction. My question is, am I better focusing on my extra reading (am teaching myself some economics) or doing the 4th A level. I would be very grateful for your thoughts.
Hi alec333

Just for your information, here is the Oxford Demystified chapter for PPE:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6436380

Yes, I would definitely drop the Spanish A level to concentrate on extra reading and to follow the news and read various interesting articles.

The only problem with PPE is that it's VERY popular, so it's quite hard to get in! Do apply, and enjoy getting to know your subjects better, but do see getting in as a bonus rather than the be all and end all.
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Thank you. This chapter is great and so helpful. I will drop the Spanish A level and focus on my reading. I know it’s really competitive and watched my brother get rejected after interviews last year. If I don’t try, I’ll never get in!!
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Exactly alec333.

Later on today I will be posting probably the most important Oxford Demystified chapter, how to make a successful reapplication. I truly believe that mindset is crucial to getting in, and I have taken all the winning attitudes and approaches of successful Oxford Demystified chapter writers towards tests, interviews etc and put them together in one chapter.
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Exactly alec333.

Later on today I will be posting probably the most important Oxford Demystified chapter, how to make a successful reapplication. I truly believe that mindset is crucial to getting in, and I have taken all the winning attitudes and approaches of successful Oxford Demystified chapter writers towards tests, interviews etc and put them together in one chapter.
PRSOM - this is fantastic OM, I am looking forward to reading it
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in other news, there have been some changes regarding admissions tests!

geography applicants are now required to sit both sections of the TSA, and economics
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in other news, there have been some changes regarding admissions tests!

geography applicants are now required to sit both sections of the TSA, and economics
Excellent, azby1098! Now, at last, you can prove your worth to the admissions tutors.

Plus, to get good A levels grades, to boost your chances even higher.
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I am probably a lone wolf in the wilderness, saying that mindset is crucial to Oxbridge admissions. This can make or break your application.

With a positive mindset you will

Not be afraid of applying, if you are smart and look like you will get decent grades
Forget the Oxbridge stereotypes, they are mostly wrong
Be yourself - that's all they want to see. Don't put on a "posh" persona - most students come from state schools.
Delve as deeply as you can into your own subject - and enjoy it.
Don't worry about the competition - you may be better than them, and not realise it, Just concentrate on being the best you can be.
Oxbridge want natural intelligence and this will shine out at interview. You can't prepare for the interview, so everyone, no matter what the school, has an equal chance.

Here is the sensible advice, gleaned from Dobbo, an applicant who got into Oxford on the fifth attempt. Also I added all the best tips from our fantastic Oxford Demystified chapter writers, to show you what it takes to be a real winner.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...4#post93381234
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Excellent, azby1098! Now, at last, you can prove your worth to the admissions tutors.

Plus, to get good A levels grades, to boost your chances even higher.
yes exactly!
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yes exactly!
If you get in in 2022, I will think that all my birthdays have come at once. It will be like Dobbo part II. Pink Woshette is waving her magic wand in excited anticipation!
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Next week I will be showcasing some Oxford state school schemes in Oxford Demystified.

This will feature the usual favourites such as UNIQ, Target Oxbridge and Zero Gravity. If you know of any more, do shout out and I may include them too.

Thanks! :thumbsup:
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If you get in in 2022, I will think that all my birthdays have come at once. It will be like Dobbo part II. Pink Woshette is waving her magic wand in excited anticipation!
Yessss!!! I am actually getting quite excited to apply now OM
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Next week I will be showcasing some Oxford state school schemes in Oxford Demystified.

This will feature the usual favourites such as UNIQ, Target Oxbridge and Zero Gravity. If you know of any more, do shout out and I may include them too.

Thanks! :thumbsup:
There's a website called insideuni with lots of information about interviews, etc, for all Oxford and Cambridge subjects which is quite helpful!
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There's a website called insideuni with lots of information about interviews, etc, for all Oxford and Cambridge subjects which is quite helpful!
Am looking at it now!
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Next week I will be showcasing some Oxford state school schemes in Oxford Demystified.

This will feature the usual favourites such as UNIQ, Target Oxbridge and Zero Gravity. If you know of any more, do shout out and I may include them too.

Thanks! :thumbsup:
There is a programme called OMS - Oxbridge mentoring scheme. In 2019. 40% of their members got offers. You can see more information on their website called insight outreach.
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Next week I will be showcasing some Oxford state school schemes in Oxford Demystified.

This will feature the usual favourites such as UNIQ, Target Oxbridge and Zero Gravity. If you know of any more, do shout out and I may include them too.

Thanks! :thumbsup:
Hey there! I am a international student in the 1st year of my igcses. A few of my peers and acquaintances suggested that, as a pvt candidate for my igcses, my application can be rejected. Its discouraging and devastating! Are such claims true. Secondly, my english is below average and hence,i wont ace the tsa essay part. Will this possibly, affect my entire status? I ll be pleased amd flattered,if you ever consider replying to this message of mine. And hopefully, with your assistance, my mind may find the tranquility that i often yearn for.
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Hey there! I am a international student in the 1st year of my igcses. A few of my peers and acquaintances suggested that, as a pvt candidate for my igcses, my application can be rejected. Its discouraging and devastating! Are such claims true. Secondly, my english is below average and hence,i wont ace the tsa essay part. Will this possibly, affect my entire status? I ll be pleased amd flattered,if you ever consider replying to this message of mine. And hopefully, with your assistance, my mind may find the tranquility that i often yearn for.
Hello, Hania! I do not see how being a private candidate can automatically get you rejected, or put you at a disadvantage. Anyone could get rejected for any amount of reasons, and at any stage of the process.

What I would work on is your English, if you believe it is a problem. Please see below the English requirements for Oxford:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...e-requirements

The teaching at Oxford will be in English and the TSA will also be in English, so it's always worthwhile brushing up your skills. If the TSA forms part of your application process, it's vital that you get a good mark.

I cannot unfortunately turn the key to get you into the golden gates of Oxford: that will need to come from you. However if, by taking an English course, such as the one recommended on the Oxford page, it leads to new confidence and a place at a great university, it will be time well spent, and I will be really proud of you.
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