Application

 Oxford

 St John’s

 Physics

 2002

 pooled, offer made (Lady Margaret Hall)

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (5 A*,6 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in History, A in Mathematics, A in Physics

yes

if i get the grades, i’m going there

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

location/subject/school tradition

academic reputation, it’s rich

Preparation

yes

mock interview

The interview(s): revise basic physics; questions are designed to apply basic knowledge to new situations

Interview

no

no

yes

1 maths for physicicts paper, revised P3 maths

3 interviews, all got progressively easier

mainly on mechanics, eg. effect of rain on a rail carriage on frictionless track (slows down). one question on calculating resistance of a cube of resistant wires (5/6 R i think)

suit, to show seriousness

Impressions

st. catz: modern, friendly atmosphere, good jcr

rooms slightly small, no sinks in rooms

Good

friendly, relaxed but serious

normal, not posh and v. friendly

Final stage

1st letter was rejection (catz), 2nd letter was acceptance (LMH). slight rollercoaster ride there

Looking back

yes, its always worth a shot

stay calm. revise basic stuff, talk to ppl already there or who’ve been there if you can