Oxbridge admissions 2023 tests and Oxbridge interviews

Welcome to our Oxbridge admissions 2022 guide

If you are thinking of applying to one of the Oxbridge Colleges then this article is perfect for you!

 

Thinking Skills Assessment YouTube video

School Entrance Tests has its own YouTube practice test videos. For example, our Thinking Skills Assessment YouTube video below:

 

Our Oxbridge admissions 2022 guide

In summary, we cover:

Best Oxbridge preparation tips

Firstly start early still! Noting that the trend has been for the MAT, PAT and TSA admissions tests to become more difficult year-on-year. And then secondly you must focus throughout your summer 2022 preparing as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Here’s our step-by-step advice:

1. Do I prefer Oxford University or to Cambridge University?

Your first decision is whether to apply to Oxford University or to Cambridge University. The best online information upon which to base this decision are the Oxbridge websites themselves. So, research both of these Cambridge University and Oxford University.

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2. Choosing the Right Oxbridge Course

It is important to select your degree course rather than any course at Oxbridge. Or a course with less applicants. Hence one that’s potentially easier to get into than the one you really want. Choose the course you are most passionate about studying too. Rather than the one that’s guaranteed to give you a steady career. Sadly, there are no career guarantees in the modern world.

Search here for other admissions test papers: admissions tests and here for Oxford admissions tests specifically: applying to Oxford tips.

The Complete University Guide to Oxbridge applications and the UniGuide to Oxbridge admissions.

3. Visiting Oxbridge Colleges

Now you are well-positioned to visit individual Colleges. This will give you a taste of whether you’d prefer Collegiate life at Cambridge. Or in the smaller town of oxford. Remember that you can only apply to one or the other.

4. How do I write my Personal Statement?

Next, you need to focus on your personal statement. Here’s our useful Personal statement guide to help your Oxbridge application.

5. How do I complete my UCAS application?

Now you are well-positioned to fill out your UCAS application form.

6. Oxbridge Tests

The next step is practising for Oxbridge tests and written work. Please see details and links below for each of the Oxbridge course specific entrance exam requirements.

There are many degree course specific Oxbridge tests, including:

The MAT, TMUA, PAT, ENGAA, NSAA, and BMAT.

7. Passing your Oxbridge Interview

When all that is completed, one has to pass the personal interview.

8. Choosing the right college

Oxbridge application News updates August 2022

  • Educational barriers after the pandemic mean there is no room for complacency in ensuring good representation of black students at Oxbridge, a leader in diversity and inclusion has warned.
  • Black Year 12 pupils have suffered increased levels of anxiety, having been disproportionately affected by the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, the founder of the Target Oxbridge programme said on the day they receive their A Level results.

The diversity of Oxbridge admissions 2022

Educational barriers after the pandemic mean there is no room for complacency in ensuring good representation of black students at Oxbridge, a leader in diversity and inclusion has warned. Black Year 12 pupils have suffered increased levels of anxiety, having been disproportionately affected by the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Oxbridge study skills tips

Importantly, study skills are techniques that can be learned, usually in a short time, and applied to all or most fields of study. They are therefore separate from strategies that are specific to a particular field of studies such as History or Biology.

Many organisations offer study skills advice, especially for students making the transition from school to University. This includes UCAS which has guides on everything from How to Present an Argument to Time Management and Proofing and Editing Your Work.

Another useful website is Skills You Need. Here you can get information about different types of life skills including leadership skills, personal skills and learning (study) skills.

Furthermore, universities themselves also produce useful guides on Study Skills. See Bristol University’s Study Skills: Hints and Tips and Oxford University’s Study Skills and Training section. The Oxford University guide even includes a YouTube video tutorial on how to manage your time more effectively.

Strong applicants to Cambridge and other competitive universities tend to have explored their chosen subject through wider reading outside the classroom, as well as doing very well in their GCSEs and A-levels. We call this sort of exploration ‘super-curricular’, as it builds on and enhances what you are studying in school.

Super-curricular Oxbridge Resources

Our Super-curricular suggestions

This selection of suggested reading lists and resources has been gathered from the Cambridge departmental and College websites, other universities and other sources on the internet. These lists are certainly NOT ‘required reading’ for Cambridge applicants. They simply provide some suggestions for places to start exploring your own interests in your chosen subject independently.
You do not need to engage with any of the specific websites, books, podcasts etc mentioned and can easily find your own alternatives. The following lists are suggestions only.
It is important to read critically by thinking carefully about the arguments, assumptions and evidence presented by the author. Reading is a great way to explore subjects that you find interesting – but there are many other ways to deepen your understanding: investigate your local museums, monuments, galleries and natural features, and think analytically about nature, machinery or the built environment. After the COVID-19 lockdown, perhaps you can visit some of these!
The best thing about super-curricular activities is that there are no exams or deadlines to worry about – you are free to follow your own lines of enquiry into the areas that interest you the most.
Rather than seeing this as a ‘tick box exercise’ to give you something to write about in your personal statement, you should take time to explore things that you genuinely find interesting and see where your investigations lead you.

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What makes Oxbridge Colleges so special?

  • Collegiate system – both the institutions have their own individual colleges and academic departments, which are further responsible for teaching and assessment. The colleges provide academic and pastoral assistance and work towards organizing small group tuitions and often time assign a particular tutor or supervisor for educating about a subject.
  • Each of the colleges under these famous universities offers major benefits of high academic standards. For applying, one has to go through the UCAS application process and has to mention their choice of college there as well.
  • Teaching methods – among the two universities, the teaching method is more or less similar. There are frequent lectures, seminars and consistent classes and even extra tuitions that are arranged for a group of students. The only difference is the terminology, wherein Oxford, special classes are termed as tutorials and in Cambridge, they are known as supervisions.

 

Oxbridge deadlines

 

Pre-interview Oxbridge assessments

Check entry requirements by subject.

There are also University admissions past papers on this site, plus:

 

Latest 2022 Oxbridge Admissions Service updates

The Oxbridge Admissions Testing Service have announced the following important changes, which will affect students applying for:

  • Medicine
  • Economics at Cambridge
  • Computer Science at Cambridge
  • Natural Sciences at Cambridge
  • Engineering at Cambridge
  • Maths/Econ courses at universities using the TMUA, such as Durham, Warwick, LSE, Bath, etc

The BMAT, TMUA, NSAA and ENGAA are happening two weeks earlier than usual. Typically these Oxbridge admissions exams occur immediatley after secondary schools’ October half term. By setting these earlier in 2022 (Oct 18th and Oct 19th), prospectie Oxbridge students for these courses cannot reise over the half-term.

Oxford Admissions tests

Example Cambridge Admissions tests

  • Cambridge Admission Assessment
  • Sixth Term Examination Paper also known as STEP
  • TSA Cambridge admissions test.
  • NSAA Cambridge admissions test
  • Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire® (CPSQ)
  • International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT)
  • University of Cambridge pre-interview assessments

 

Does a super-selective school help your child get into Oxbridge?

Welcome to our super-selective schools guide.

Benefits of super-selective schools

As well as the prestige, there are many benefits to gaining a place at a selective or super-selective school. For example:

  • Your child is likely to be with like-minded peers who have a strong attitude to learning and a desire to do well.
  • The schools have a particular focus on achievement and create a strong learning environment, in which they help their pupils achieve good results.
  • A more traditional form of education is offered, with firm discipline considered a high priority.
  • Your child may have a wider range of academic subjects to choose from at GCSE and A level, including single sciences, further maths and more languages.

 

Super-selectives in particular pride themselves on their academic results, and many of them have good links with the top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. 

But there are downsides. With competitiveness comes a pressured and potentially stressful environment, so it’s important to think about your own child and how they deal with things. Some children thrive on this kind of challenge, whereas others may find it difficult to cope and be more comfortable in a school where there is less academic pressure, even if they’re bright enough to qualify for a selective or super-selective school place.

super-selective schools guide

 

Our Oxbridge University admissions tests guides

Oxford Applications Guide and Cambridge Applications guide.

UCAT admissions tips and UCAT test practice.

BMAT University entrance guides and TMUA University Admissions Guide.

HAT Oxbridge admissions, PAT Oxbridge admissions and ELAT Oxbridge admissions.

TSA past papers and passing TSA.

Our recommended LNAT test practice and Law University Admissions LNAT.

 

 

Oxbridge admissions 2022 prep and Oxbridge interview 2022 guide