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I'm taking the HAT on 4 November. Besides practice past papers, do you have any suggestions for preparation? My school has never sent anyone to Oxford, so I'm trying to figure out as much as I can. Thank you!
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I'm taking the HAT on 4 November. Besides practice past papers, do you have any suggestions for preparation? My school has never sent anyone to Oxford, so I'm trying to figure out as much as I can. Thank you!
I know this is essentially a non-answer, but there's little you can do other than completing all of the past papers. The HAT is trying to test your innate ability, so it's pretty much impossible to study for it as you would the PAT or a regular exam. The best advice I have is to go through the mark schemes for the past papers carefully to try and see the kind of details they're expecting you to pick up on. That's all you can really do. Good luck for November 4!!
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I know this is essentially a non-answer, but there's little you can do other than completing all of the past papers. The HAT is trying to test your innate ability, so it's pretty much impossible to study for it as you would the PAT or a regular exam. The best advice I have is to go through the mark schemes for the past papers carefully to try and see the kind of details they're expecting you to pick up on. That's all you can really do. Good luck for November 4!!
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I'm taking the HAT on 4 November. Besides practice past papers, do you have any suggestions for preparation? My school has never sent anyone to Oxford, so I'm trying to figure out as much as I can. Thank you!
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I took the HAT last year and got 80% (interview feedback). I was rejected post-interview but the HAT was probably the best part of my application since my contextualised GCSE score was negative and my interview was a hot mess.

I would say (if you can) try to get a teacher to mark your practice papers? Even if they haven't sent anyone your teachers should be able to interpret the sources with more ease than you so their input can't hurt you. Try to read sources more generally even if you don't write them up properly like you would a HAT practice. The Cambridge HAA papers are also good to look at - you get two to compare and contrast, and I found that when having two sources on similar material certain features really jumped out, and it became easier to identify that sort of thing in individual sources over time.

At the end of the day I agree with what viennas said earlier - I did all the practice papers, did the exam and still came out feeling absolutely terrible. My best advice is to try and enjoy the HAT as much as you can - it sounds hard given all the pressure but if you make it into an enjoyable experience (bit like Stockholm syndrome) then at least it feels fun. A weird tip that I found helped me was to think of the people in the sources (this does not work for all the sources) as people that you know.

If you have any questions feel free to ask? Good luck for the HAT!
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I took the HAT last year and got 80% (interview feedback). I was rejected post-interview but the HAT was probably the best part of my application since my contextualised GCSE score was negative and my interview was a hot mess.

I would say (if you can) try to get a teacher to mark your practice papers? Even if they haven't sent anyone your teachers should be able to interpret the sources with more ease than you so their input can't hurt you. Try to read sources more generally even if you don't write them up properly like you would a HAT practice. The Cambridge HAA papers are also good to look at - you get two to compare and contrast, and I found that when having two sources on similar material certain features really jumped out, and it became easier to identify that sort of thing in individual sources over time.

At the end of the day I agree with what viennas said earlier - I did all the practice papers, did the exam and still came out feeling absolutely terrible. My best advice is to try and enjoy the HAT as much as you can - it sounds hard given all the pressure but if you make it into an enjoyable experience (bit like Stockholm syndrome) then at least it feels fun. A weird tip that I found helped me was to think of the people in the sources (this does not work for all the sources) as people that you know.

If you have any questions feel free to ask? Good luck for the HAT!
Thank you! I definitely \really enjoy the HAT and the level of source analysis that I've been exposed to in preparing for it these past few months. It is genuinely incredibly thrilling and takes me back to being a little younger and trying to analyze historical sources for fun! I am doing all the past papers, analyzing sources on the side, and really enjoying the process. I've been telling myself that whether or not I'm successful, I've enjoyed the "journey" as it is...but there's always that tinge of anxiety!
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