It’s difficult to prepare for, because, ultimately, it’s just a binary decision.
So you just have to put the work in for as long as you can with as much effort as you can.” Dan added that, while he did have help, “none of it was really useful.” He explained: “People can teach you things, but, ultimately, it comes down to how much effort you put into researching things on your own.
“My school quite often had a pupil or two admitted into Oxbridge, so in terms of applications, practice interviews, and advice, they were as helpful as a semi-rural comprehensive could have been, and I never felt inordinately pressured.” However, she said that, were she to apply again, she would apply to another college: “I think I was awestruck by the beauty of King’s and ignored the fact it’s the most over-subscribed college at the university.
I think I damaged my chances by even considering it.” Joe Roberts applied to Wadham College, Oxford in 2013.
She was pooled and interviewed at St Hugh’s and now studies Russian and Eastern European history at UCL.
She described her pre-interview preparation as “quite intense.” Coming from a private school, in the run-up to interviews, along with her classmates, she sat mock HAT (History Aptitude Test) papers, had practice interviews, and said they were all “generally grilled by the head of the history department.” However, if she were to apply again, Emili said she “wouldn’t be so desperate” to follow her school’s interview help down to the letter, as it was “a bit restrictive.” Instead, she said: “I would definitely tell students considering applying to go for it.
Do your research and explore the city between interviews to try and develop an appreciation of what it might be like to live there.” Richard Thorne applied to St Hugh’s College, Oxford in 2013.
After being pooled and receiving an offer from Lady Margaret Hall, he now studies history and politics at the University of Exeter and is currently on a year abroad in Paris.
Applicants must choose a specific college when applying to Oxford or Cambridge, or allow the university to select one for them, as every undergraduate and graduate student must be a member of one of the colleges.At the very least, it’s a worthwhile experience.” She also wished she hadn’t put so much pressure on herself: “At the time, it felt like the be all and end all, but it really wasn’t.I think I learned to chill out a bit more and not place so much worth on my own academic achievement.” Daniel Carr did an open application to Oxford in 2013 and is now at Bath doing modern languages and European studies.Better to try and get turned away than live your life wondering whether you could’ve done it.” Rob Jones applied to Oriel College, Oxford in 2013 and is currently studying English at the University of Leicester.He described the application process as positive overall, stating the challenge and excitement of going to visit the college for interview as being “really special,” and the satisfaction of being offered a place as “remarkable.” He wishes he’d known more about questions to ask the interviewer, but said the application process was valuable as he “learned not to be afraid of new experiences.” He added: “My advice would be: go for it. Identify in yourself your interesting academic characteristics and play to them in the application, aptitude tests, and interview.” Emili Stevenson applied to Hertford College, Oxford in 2013.