Why grades alone won’t get you into Oxford

What the debate around Oxford admissions misses out

The ultimate exam is the Oxford interview; a 25-minute exercise in pure, unadulterated problem solving.

Privately educated students are not immune to the threats of narrow curriculum and assessment. Their advantage resides in the coaching and support they receive outside of the standard A-Level syllabus that helps mould them into the problem solvers tutors are seeking.

A valid criticism of Oxford admissions tutors is that they do not always strive to account for the varied level of support available to candidates. A Levels are intended to level the playing field, but fail to do so because they do not differentiate at the top end of talent.



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