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I am currently a junior thinking of applying to Oxford, I am not familiar with the UK application process since no one from my school has ever applied through the UCAS system.
I have a few questions, hopefully u guys can help me on this stuff.
Btw I am in an American school, we only have the AP program.
Q1: What is the personal statement? What exactly do I have to tell the admins about myself? Is it like an essay, explaining my ECs or what?
Q2: If someone gets a conditional offer, do they have to decline all of their US acceptances and rely on their AP scores? If they dont meet their AP score requirements, are they basically doomed? :S
Q3: If I want them to see my October/November SAT scores, is that possible? Or do my final scores have to be submitted in with my application? (i.e. 15 October)
Q4: Do I need to get counselor/teacher recommendations?
Q5: If I am taking the SAT, do I have to take the admission tests offered by Oxford as well? Is there any prep needed?
Q6: For the interview, do international students have to go to England? Also, if we have to take the admission test, we have to go to England for that as well?
Q7: If I'm not mistaken, I think there are many colleges we can apply to, so are some of them more competitive than others? Are there any drawbacks of applying as an open applicant?
Q8: Can we apply to more than one 'areas of study', lets say that I am applying to PPE, can we choose as Philosophy as my second choice?