How to apply to the University of Oxford:
1) Admission deadline is always on the 15th October of the year before you are hoping to study. Having said that, many successful candidates start preparation way before the deadline. We always recommend starting when a candidate is 15 years old.
2) To apply, each candidate has to create a profile on www.ucas.com. The initial part of the form requires basic information such as your name, date of birth, school name, and home address. Candidates are then asked to submit a 4,000-character essay called a Personal Statement. Candidates must also name a referee to support the application (this is normally a school teacher). The same referee must also input predicted grades on the UCAS portal but that takes place behind the scenes and the candidate cannot see what grades have been predicted.
3) Once you have applied, you might have to complete an extra test (most subjects at Oxford require one). For example, for Physics, you will have to complete the PAT or Physics Aptitude Test. These tests are designed to be difficult and are a cut above the A-Level or IB curriculum most applicants are used to. If you do well in this test and have a competitive UCAS profile, you will be invited for an interview. Interviews take place in December. Most Oxford alumni will recall the interview process as one of the most terrifying times in their lives.
4) Preparation for the interviews is a complex process but it need not be mysterious - there is no luck to it. Instead, each candidate can improve their interview performance with substantial preparation.
Jack, a current student at the university, says: "Oxford has been a dream for a long time and I could not believe it when I opened my letter on results day. You will definitely not regret it if you give it a go. The work is tough but that's what makes it interesting".
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