Category Archives for Oxbridge

[54] How to increase your chances of getting into Oxbridge

If you’re applying to Oxford or Cambridge University you’re undoubtedly aware of how competitive it is to get in. But, you’re also clever enough to realise that there are ways that you can improve your chances of getting in. In this podcast episode and blog post I’m going to give you some top tips on […]

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[53] Why we need to think differently about applying to Oxbridge

In recent years it has felt as if getting into Oxbridge has got even tougher. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always been hard with the demand for exceptionally good grades at both GCSE and A Level as well as a raft of high-calibre supra-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. However, in recent years I’ve seen students with exceptional […]

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How to Stand Out in an Oxford or Cambridge Personal Statement or Interview

It’s a question that comes up in the mind of anyone applying to the UK’s premier universities: “How do I stand out from all the other candidates?” The other day, Ami, a reader of my blog, wrote to me and asked me this exact question. Ami said: “I’m applying to Cambridge and to be honest […]

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Real Oxbridge Interview Questions Remembered by Successful Candidates

The best way to prepare for any interview is to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. Oxbridge interview questions range from the generic “Why do you want to study blah?” and “What’s your greatest weakness?” (more on these here) to the specific. In this post I’m sharing some questions that successful Oxbridge applicants remember being […]

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Oxbridge Interviews: what they’re really looking for (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Homerton College, Cambridge)

Oxbridge interviews are full of mystique. You hear alarming stories of things being thrown at candidates to see how they react. There are rumours of outright craziness from candidates like the time an Oxford interviewee was asked ‘What is courage?’. They replied ‘This,’ and walked straight out of the room. These stories can fill the […]

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