Application

 Oxford

 Corpus Christi

 Experimental Psychology

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

General Studies:
AS – A
A2 Prediction – A
(only room for 6 on the form!)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA, General Studies excluded

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

High standard
Loved the uni

Course specification – preferred the course at Oxford

Something interesting with good employment prospects

Small and beautiful college – generally suited me very well

Preparation

yes

Mock interview
Access to forms completed by previous candidates

For Experimental Psychology, don’t worry too much about preparation. They just test that you can think in a scientific manner.

Interview

no

no

yes

50 multiple choice questions (TSA – mix of 11+, critical thinking and mathematical problems)
30 minute essay on psychology-related topic (3 titles to choose from)

Laid back, enjoyable even (!)

Experiment design
Graph/results interpretation

Asked to interpret various graphs and to devise particular experiments

Suit – no harm in being smart

Impressions

Good general impression – extremely friendly atmosphere

Good accommodation – spacious enough for one person.
Shared toilet/shower between 4.

Very good, but a bit heavy

Extremely friendly

Very helpful and friendly

Final stage

Slightly nervous/anxious

I was asked to reply and inform the college if I would accept the application asap

Looking back

Definitely

Just relax! If you’re suited to the course, then you have nothing to worry about.