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C6 Oxbridge Application Prep Day

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# Plenty of ability, motivation and dedication, including any personal skills and qualities particularly relevant for the course (for example, medicine)

# The potential to develop much further and also to cope with the demanding nature of Oxbridge degree courses

# A virtually unquenchable thirst for knowledge

# The ability and enthusiasm to pursue their research on their own without constant guidance or pressure from tutors

# An excellent feel for their chosen subject

# Stimulating and enjoyable people to teach
Oxbridge Preparation Day
* Around a quarter of sixth formers in British independent schools alone get 3 grade As at A level each year;

* Oxford and Cambridge between them only accept about 6,500 out of 27,000 odd candidates who apply for entry each year;

* Those rejected annually include over 10,000 with at least 3 grade As at A level.
The Interview
Personal Qualities
Two interviews
Personal Statement
Written Work
Reasons for that college and course
The obvious
Analysis of the unknown
Expect to be challenged
'wacky' questions
Challenge
Unfamiliar
What to wear?
Please wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable in. Most tutors will not dress formally, and it is not necessary for you to do so

Source: Oxford University website
The best rule to follow is to wear whatever you feel comfortable in. There is no need to dress formally, and it is not necessary to wear a suit. On the other hand, you might not want to look like you are going to the gym or for a Friday night out! Remember though, you are not being assessed on your dress or haircut

Source: Cambridge University website
Remain calm and collected

Be on time

During the interview, if you haven't understood a question or don't know an answer, don't be afraid to say so

If you need to, take your time

If you feel you've handled a particular question badly, don't worry about it. You can always come back at the end, during the questions, to say you’ve had a rethink about your answer.

If interviewed by a panel, address your answer to a particular question predominantly, but not exclusively, to the person asking the question.
Technique
Videos
A video guide to admissions interviews at Cambridge
Further videos of example interviews at Cambridge

Guides from the universities
Cambridge guide to interviews
Oxford guide to interviews
Oxford University Students Union interview guide

Student guides (unofficial)
Applying to Oxbridge
Interviews at Oxbridge

Other resources
Podcasts from Oxford's Director of Admissions
UCAS guide to admissions tests
Resources
www.oxbridgeinterviews.co.uk/guide7.html
Interview
Written task
Plenary
James Matcham
Director of Sixth Form
In subject Areas
Which areas did you feel most comfortable discussing in interview?
What were the three most challenging questions you faced?
What would you do differently next time?
Feedback from Interviewers
next steps
read
research
relax
Today
The Pack
What will the interview be like?
Today

10.30 – 11.00 – Welcome/Introduction/Overview

11.00 – 11.45 – Personal Statements

11.45 – 12.00 – Break

12.00 – 12.45 – The Interview Process

12.45 – 1.15 – Lunch

1.15 – 2.00 – Discussion groups/plenary

Straight-A* student rejected by universities
A student who achieved straight A*s in her A-levels said today she was rejected from every university she applied for, including Oxford.

Prina Shah has been rejected from all four of her University choices to study medicine.
Prina Shah, from Mill Hill in north London, did not manage to secure a university place to study medicine despite being awarded the top A-level grade in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry.
The 18-year-old was rejected from four top-flight universities, including Oxford, University College London, Nottingham and Kings College London.
She said: "It was a really disheartening experience because I did have straight A*s at GCSE, a really high UK clinical aptitude test (UK CAT), everything on paper seemed to go my way.
"Even now with four A*s at A-level everyone is questioning 'how did you get so many rejections?'.

1.Everyone's posh or rich.

2.Nobody goes out/everyone spends all the time in the library/Oxbridge students are all geeks

3.People speak Latin.

4.You’re not allowed out after midnight.

5.They make you do bizarre things in interviews.6.If you're from a state school/a girl/an ethnic minority just don't bother applying because it won't be worth it.

7.A’levels aren't enough to apply - you should do at least 4 extracurricular activities (one musical, one sporting, one caring) and lots of work experience of they'll think you're not well-rounded.

8.Your interview will consist of the interviewer barking questions at you, and, unless you're an arrogant twit, you'll probably be in tears by the end.

9.Most students at Oxford and Cambridge are from private schools.

10.There are no ethnic minority or foreign students at Oxford.

11.You can’t get into Oxford or Cambridge if you take a gap year.

12.Some colleges are more prestigious than others.

13.It’s expensive to live there.

14.Somewhere in the Oxford University Exam Regulations, it states that if you appear for your exams riding a horse, dressed in full armour and carrying a sword, the examiners must provide you with a pitcher of ale.

15.Students of Kings College, Cambridge are allowed to shoot and eat Cambridge Swans.
Myths and Legends?
So why go to Oxford or Cambridge?
Academic Excellence
Accessibility
The Tutorial System
International Experts
College Life
Resources
Accommodation
Employment
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