Application

 Oxford

 St Anne’s

 Mathematics

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (11 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS (284 UMS))

(A at AS (297 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (272 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

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

(A at AS (297 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Took maths a level a year early and will complete further maths AS and A2 in yr 13

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further)

AAA, 3As excluding gen studies (i.e. i need an A in physics or economics plus the maths and f maths)

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Good uni- liked the tutorials, visited and liked it a lot

Visited and chose as a result

knew wanted to do maths at uni

Visited and loved the college- reccomended by maths student at oxford

Preparation

yes

interview practice

start early

Interview

yes

2hr maths aptitude test (MAT) at school 5 Nov

no

no

went well- asked me a few qs and asked me solve/ draw graph

a lot of graphs, basic a level knowledge but in situations not previously encountered

suit- rather be smarter than average than look a mess

Impressions

St Anne’s- loved it- amazing college, everyone there inc admissions tutor, interviewers and students were great and friendly

Also was interviewed at St Hilda’s- tutors nice but didn’t really see any more of college

Rooms good size- some were ensuite, the one i was in is within a victorian house, about 8 people per house with a kitchen, couple of loos and showers shared

Good (large portions!!)

Lovely- they were helpful and really supportive during the interview- v friendly

v friendly, chatty

Final stage

awful :S my two friends had already received offers- and i was thinking- three of us- what’s the chance of three offers- and then there was actually nothing to have worried about!!

letter- in the post, screamed a lot- champagne 😀 went out to celebrate with my friends

Looking back

YES!! even if i didn’t get an offer- the four days i spent at interview were amazing- meet so many people- even if you do0n’t get in- may find yourself at another uni with them

enjoy it, be yourself, prepare, don’t be stupid- go out drinking etc- basically put everything into it- so even if you don’t get it, no regrets