Application

 Oxford

 NA

 Modern Languages

 2007

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(B at AS)

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in French, A in Mathematics, A in Spanish

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Reputation, wanted to go to the best university in the country

I didnt want to go to a poly.

Good at it, enjoy literature and speaking in foreign language, use of words etc.

Preparation

yes

Extra grammar sessions
Practical criticism practice

Read as many novels/plays/poetry as possible in the language. Think about all the ideas in the work and what insight you have gained from your reading of it. Why you like it/why not etc. Read Nabokov’s lectures on literature if you can get hold of them.

Interview

no

yes

Two essays. One in french, one lit. essay in english

yes

Grammar test

1st: General interview. Tutors nice enough. Asked why i hadnt applied to do linguistics! A few challenging questions about aspects of my p.statement, but nothing too strenuous.
2nd: Given a poem in french 1/2 hr before interview. Asked to read aloud, translate and then summarize. Then asked about other literature I had read and aboiut the developement of french literature over time.

Was asked what makes a good novel.

Suit. Wear one to school every day, so I felt comfortable in it. Thats completely unimportant though. I was the only one in a suit! Just no jeans/trainers, and wear a collared shirt.

Impressions

Fantastic, buildings (mostly!) v.impressive/beautiful.

room a bit pokey. Massive quad which was nice, and common rooms fairly nice.

better than school.

all v.nice. Dont get stressed out about the typical ‘oxford’ interviewer asking ridiculous questions in an agressive way..thats a media myth (on the whole) your v.unlikely to get one of those!

ok. they kept telling me to stop looking nervous which irritated me. but generally perfectly pleasant.

Final stage

terrified

i ran around the house a few times and rang about a million people.

Looking back

Bien sur.

Read, perfect your grammar, think abotu other aspect of lanuage/lit (e.g. linguistics, philosophy, literary theory etc.)