Application

 Oxford

 New

 Mathematics

 2007

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further)

AAA, Although the offer was AAA I already had an A in maths so it was just A in futher maths and another A

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Loved oxford which is why i applied tehre over cambridge and also oxford will definitely be a challenge which i like

as above

i love maths – always thought id do it

knew people already there ( and most rooms have en-suite )
met a tutor who would interview me before and was impressed

Preparation

no

little – if i did step qu.s or other harder maths which i wasnt sure about i asked teachers for help

look at past papers for oxford admissions test – aea maths is v similar to this – also step papers

Interview

no

no

yes

the test went well so i was confident about this – this i thought was the easiest thing to prepare for

they went well although one was with a computer scientist which wasnt great but it didnt matter too much apparently so that was lucky

at new college everyone who applies for maths has 3 interviews one on one. couldnt really prepare directly for them. colleges differed greatly with qu.s – some even asked applied maths which i didnt think they could and some were easier to prepare for i think

the first had some mathsy puzzles a bit of everything really. the second was very specific – lots to do with pure maths which i liked .
second college was pembroke. had a whole booklet of qu.s and asked me what type of maths i liked and picked random qu.s out of the booklet

smart skirt with top and shirt and flattish shoes (with sparkly heels lol)

Impressions

beautiful

my room was massive but slopey though i was told it wasnt ussed anymore. apparently all 1st years get en-suites

yes each dinner was a 3 course dinner which was ok sometimes quite nice

friendly but never gave anything away about how you were doing

seemed v friendly

Final stage

went to new zealand day after they ended so i forgot it for a bit but only had 6 days to wait so wasnt too bad

a letter was sent but i was told over the phone in nz by a family friend. was very nerve-wracking but v relieved that i could then enjoy my hols

Looking back

yes of course

if you’re extremely passionate about your subject go for it