Application

 Oxford

 Christ Church

 Mathematics

 2009

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (9 A*,3 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (245 UMS))

(A at AS (265 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (273 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (280 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (287 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Other universities

yes

yes

Decisions about the application

I thought it was a very good university to study maths at, and I wanted to go to a good university.

I went to a summer school at Oxford, and liked it better.

Maths is the best! Ive always done well at maths.

I liked the history, I wanted an old college which big. Christ church is v v beautiful also.

Preparation

yes

I had a general interview with my head of year- absolutely no help at all! The interviews will not be general.

Know graph drawing, differentiation and intergration from core three and basic core three/two knowledge. Other than that, you cant really do much more- the questions can be random and difficult to prepare for.

Interview

yes

A two and a half hour maths exam, which i sat on the 5th of November. this involves basic core 1 and core 2 knowledge, but applied in a different way. Best way to prepare is to do past papers and know core 1 and 2.

no

no

I had four.
One good, bad, ok, ok. I felt that i could have done better but nerves got the better or me! In general, maths is pretty competitive, so be prepared to do well.

I got asked “why mathematics?”, so they do ask general questions, sometimes. But as a general rule they are all maths questions.

1st Interview
A long puzzle question
What is the last digit of 17^23?
How many solutions does mod x+1 = mod x-1 have?
How many soltuions does e^x^2=x have?
An eulerian graph question.

Interview Two
How do you think the test went?
A couple of questions i couldn’t do from the test
Basic differentiation/integration questions.

Interview Three
Talk about an intersting piece of maths.
A modular arithmetic question (i hadnt done that before but they explained it to me)
draw y^2 = sinx
Prove some things relating to the graph.

Interview four
Why mathematics?
Prove some basic algebraic things.

I wore a smart dress for three interviews, and then in my last interview i wore smart trousers. Most of the boys wore suits, but as a general rule its whatever you feel comfortable. I wouldnt wear anything too casual though, as you will stick out!

Impressions

IT was very beautiful, especially the harry potter hall. Everybody was very friendly, and i had a good time there, despite the interviews.

My room was a very good size, with toilet facilities just outside.

Very nice.

THey were very friendly, even when i forgot almost everyhting in my interview due to nerves!

Again, very nice. We played charades, and had pub quizes and watched dvds.

Final stage

I felt i knew before i opened the letter, so i wasnt too anxiuos. Maths was very competitive that year and i felt like i had little chance. There was over 50 applicants for 6 places in one college.

I read the letter and carried on with what i was doing before. I didnt mind at all, i felt that getting into oxford was kind of a long shot anyway.

Looking back

Yes, it has helped give me confidence, and i met loads of really great people. Its an experience, even if you dont get in.

JUst do the best you can do and dont worry about it! Oxford reject good appliants all the time. It isnt that your a bad applicant, its just that there were better applicants 🙂