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Without doubt the oxbridge interviews were the most stressful uni interviews i had to do. In particular I'm giving advice about my experience applying to cambridge.
Ok, so you've read about how stressful and scary it all is. Nobody would have guessed I'd have got a place. I'm not the most academically gifted person. Nor am i incredibly good at interviews. I did the following though, and it worked. For me anyway.
I can relate to the cambridge application process, and some of this advice may be helpful for those applying to oxford.
Choose your subject wisely. Don't be tempted to apply for a different course at oxbridge from the ones at your other universities as most likely they'll pick up on this immediately on reading your ucas form. Check that you've taken the required a levels, if you haven't dont give up hope! Just follow the next piece of advice (i didnt take the "right" a-levels to do computer science, and am starting in october)
You can save yourself an awful lot of time and effort if you seriously consider the college you wish to apply to. at the back of the prospectus there is a list of colleges by subject, and the ratio of applicants to places is listed. Don't be put off if one college is over subscribed.Decide the college which you most prefer the look of, and then go to www.cam.ac.uk and look up the contact details for that college. Email the head fellow for your subject and describe your a level subjects and gcses, and ask for his advice on which college would be most suited to you.
Repeat at another college, and see if you get the same advice.Don't be afraid to email the tutors or admissions secretaries. They are very helpful the majority of the time and they give more advice through email than over the phone.
Do not lie!
Background reading/writing your ucas form
The best thing is to get advice from the people that would know. The tutors. Don't be afraid to ask for any recommended reading. They can't bite you're head off if you're at your computer in a completely different geographic area. If they do get annoyed, just don't apply to that college. You have nothing to lose. Always bear this in mind.On writing your cambridge form, just be brief. I didn't have much to say on it at all. They didn't dwell on it. They just looked at my gcse results and said "oh those are very good" then looked at the ucas form.
Worth the money a lot of the time. I found mine helped a lot. Gave me an idea of what to expect before i got there, and made the whole day a lot less stressful.
Wear something you'll be comfortable in.
The day of the interview
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