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    11 Due to the opening of a new road which avoids the town centre, my average journey time to work
    has been cut from 40 minutes to 30 minutes. This is because, although my journey is 4
    kilometres longer than it used to be, my average speed has increased by 20 kilometres per hour.
    How far do I currently travel to work?
    A 21 kilometres
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    C 24 kilometres
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    E 28 kilometres

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    You are aware that Oxford look at how relevent the subjects are you are doing, in relation to the course due to such high competition. I have been informed students with backgrounds in Politics, History, Maths and Economics may ultimately be preffered to those without.
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    It Was So Harddddddddddddddddd ((((((((((((((((((((((

    And The Essay Questions ((((((((((((((
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    Yeah how did everyone feel about it?? I thought it was way harder than the one from last year and the year before
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    Don't believe the questions really were that much harder. They needed more thinking time and therefore - at least me as a non-native - time fell short. But I think it was pretty doable.

    The essay possibilities were a bit strange, I chose the one about the increasing life expactancy
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    I agree. You did need more time to think about the questions and that was my biggest problem. I think I ended up skipping most of the mathematical problems that would have taken me over 2 minutes. I probably will have a really low score for the Problem Solving questions which is probably a bad thing.

    Do you think Oxford will use the TSA the same way they use the history test and just cut people that score under a certain percentage? Is the TSA really important?

    I was happy with the essay section though, I chose the one, "Does science have limitations?" as we had just done sciences in TOK
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    Doesn't that make them harder? If they required more time they and didn't involve the need for more advanced calculations they at least must have required keeping track of more information. That would make them harder and, therefore, more time-consuming in my opinion.
    But anyway - didn't it bother you that time fell short?? I was kinda pissed.
    I wrote the essay on rationality. Didn't write the two finishing lines! Time ran out. Hope it's not a disaster.. After all, I had already given my conclusion in the introduction, so I don't think the overall point was lost because of the cut-off ending. Do you think the tutors will think i'm a git??
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    So how many of you actually worked the exam in reverse order? :p:
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    Started at the second half
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    I thought it was alright...Some of the maths questions definitely seemed harder than the past ones, though. I had ten minutes left over at the end to go through some of the ones I wasn't entirely sure about, but even then there were still a few that would've taken me longer.

    The essay questions were okay, but why do I get the feeling that they were different for EP than for other subjects? I did the one with Einstein's quote in, about science being just everyday thinking refined. If I was meant to answer that from a really psychological viewpoint, then I'm screwed.
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    Thx Athena for opening the thread again.

    I really do think it was harder. I'm afraid I might only have gotten about 30/50. I too skipped a lot of the "long calculation" questions but I think even the flaw-finding tasks etc. were much harder. I believe that if it's the general consensus that it was harder than last years and any of the similar practice papers I think they might take that into account and be a little less harsh with the interview-selection.
    I found the essay questions not to be what I had expected. Anyway I took the "giving a reason for actions = rational actions" question and argued that there are reflex or emotional actions have a reason but are not the result of a conscious (rational) calculation. I believe it went quite well so I'm not writing myself off just yet^^
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    i also think that it was harder than the ones from last year.
    Took me much more time and so I had to choose 2 answers randomly and had no time to check the ones I wasn't sure about.
    what is your answer for the last question? unfortunately couldn't think about that one.

    But anyway, I kind of enjoyed
    Did the "reason - rational" essay which wasn't too hard.
    Btw. what did you guys (who did the same) write?
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    i flopped rawly just didnt have enough time
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    Wrote about rationality in economics and in psychology and discussed whether different types of actions could be placed within these frames. So a lot like Stashup it seems.
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    (Original post by llacerta)
    The essay questions were okay, but why do I get the feeling that they were different for EP than for other subjects? I did the one with Einstein's quote in, about science being just everyday thinking refined. If I was meant to answer that from a really psychological viewpoint, then I'm screwed.
    Im applying for EP, and started the question about einstein and then hit a brick wall so i did the one about rational actions instead. (completely screwed it up). but from what Iv heard, it doesnt matter what perspective you write from i.e if you want to do psychology it doesnt have to come across as a psychology essay. There werent really any questions that lent themselves to psychology anyway! I just wrote what i thought really. And it turned out random and crap but thats a different story..
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    (Original post by 09911041)
    i also think that it was harder than the ones from last year.
    Took me much more time and so I had to choose 2 answers randomly and had no time to check the ones I wasn't sure about.
    what is your answer for the last question? unfortunately couldn't think about that one.

    But anyway, I kind of enjoyed
    Did the "reason - rational" essay which wasn't too hard.
    Btw. what did you guys (who did the same) write?
    Yeah I thought that it was definitely harder than the two papers available on the cambridge assessment site. :eek3:

    I did the same essay!!! :yes:
    It seemed to go quite well and I came up with lots of ideas, although now looking back there is an awful lot more I could have said. But I did it comfortably in the time, writing about 1 and 1/2 sides of what seemed to me like coherant argument. How much did you end up writing for it?

    I'm just so glad that I managed to come up with enough ideas (I was really worried that I would just blank when it came to doing the essay)
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    The first 10 questions were pretty good though, gave me confidence, but unfortunately ran out of time towards the end.

    Incidently, does anyone know the earliest time Oxford give interviews for TSA related subjects- in particular - Economics and Management?
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    (Original post by Roundabout)
    So how many of you actually worked the exam in reverse order? :p:
    Why do you think people would do that?
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    Lol I just remembered something funny

    I did the test at a very exclusive German boarding-school. And the guy that administered the test was just great. Usually you have a person like that trying to calm the students down. What he said to us was:

    "Ok. You're about to write a test that might determine the rest of your lives"

    An expert on applied psychology it seems hilarious^^

    Btw @Elitist1991 No disrespect but who willingly calls himself elitist? Or is that just my socialist soul speaking?^^
 
 
 
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