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Some insight for those who may be unaware.

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  • JapanBSTJapanBST Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Can I ask a follow-up question regarding your Exeter experience as preparation for Oxford? My son is currently at a British International School in Tokyo. I am well aware of the competition, A-level requirements, and intense interview in getting into Oxford/Cambridge. But I wanted to get you perspective on the best preparation/edge in admissions. Were you differentiated through your Exeter background and prepared for the UK system w/o studying A-levels? Or alternatively, in hindsight would you have considered a UK boarding school? The British Int'l School that my son attends provides a solid academic background based on the UK national curriculum and probably good prep for UK colleges in general. However, given the intense competion into Oxbridge, I would love to get your perspectives on the types of schools that would offer the best edge in terms of admissions specifically? Thanks in advance.
  • preppy4peddiepreppy4peddie Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Dan brown was a teacher at exeter? woahh. thats nice to know... i love his books:)
  • intrinsicallyintrinsically Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    Which school is more difficult (just in general), Exeter or Andover? I seem to get the impression from many people and just the school environment in general that Exeter is more grueling, but I assume they're somewhat on the same level with academics and such.
  • GabiiwozGabiiwoz Registered User Posts: 441 Member
    they are probably the closest you can get to academic rigor, Exeter is just known for its WORKLOAD more
    but that doesn't mean Andover isn't just as hard
  • twentyfourteentwentyfourteen Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I would say that both schools are hard to get into, but it all depends on what the school is looking for. For example, if half the band is expected to graduate in that year, then most likely, the school will be looking for new band members in their new class. Hence the thought that if you can get into one school one year, you aren't necessarily going to make it into that school again the next year. It's all a matter of the applicant pool and what they're looking for. But I have heard that Exeter is stricter and heavier in terms of workload.

    That being said, for the original topic, I've met some current students at Exeter, and not one of them has regretted their experience. True, they have quite a bit of homework, but don't let that scare you! Isn't the whole point of your application to a prep school to challenge you? You wouldn't have applied and the school wouldn't have accepted you if both parties didn't think you were ready right? My parents originally would've never let me go, but as time went on, they changed their minds. Exeter and other intense prep schools teach a huge lesson in time managements. I've been told over and over that to survive at Exeter, you have to learn to manage everything. Say if you had math problems and a rough draft of an essay due on a book to do in 2 hours, you do your math first, then you move on to your essay, but not perfecting it. It's a "rough" draft for a reason. So if you're heading to Exeter next year (like me, as a prep!) or thinking about applying, don't be scared for a challenge!
  • urbanflopurbanflop Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    Twentyfourteen: Your giving great advice for a prep. I'm also going to be a prep at Exeter next year! Whoo go US. :D
  • 5SchoolApplicant5SchoolApplicant Registered User Posts: 199 Junior Member
    Come on. This is so...not cool. I love Exeter, it's an amazing institution, and you can't hope to receive a great Exeter education if you don't work really, really hard. Don't try to influence these kids; if they got into Exeter, they are smart enough to figure out a decision for themselves and see through the vicious intent of this thread.
  • ExieMITAlumExieMITAlum . Posts: 2,367 Senior Member
    Oh, I'm a grad, worked my rear end off, got a great education and still - I could see the humor in the original post. I'm still laughing about it after all these months. Brings back memories. :-)
  • redbluegoldgreenredbluegoldgreen Registered User Posts: 1,256 Senior Member
    It's not only Exeter though. I think all the HADES school intend to dole out academic rigor as one of its benefits to the students. I think the lesser known HADES get the same academic rigor, raking over the coals, but not the recognition for it.
  • shushugahshushugah - Posts: 764 Member
    Quote:
    I'm pretty sure Auschwitz did not have guards who forcibly sucked the hope and happiness out of you without any chance of mercy.
    No, they did much, much more.

    Umm, my great grandfather and numerous other relatives went through the war and it's really disgusting to compare a story of prison guards to the SS who murdered 13 million people in death camps and tortured them. I know everyone here knows that, but that's what makes it all the nonetheless more disturbing, that people make a joke out of it.

    Sixty years is not a lot, and the remnants of Aryanism still leave their mark on the current population. I lost my respect for this OP, for making such rash comparison of the top elite BS to a death camp. He is entitled to dislike his BS and compare to a fictional azkaban but to Aushwitz? Please that is disgusting.
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