Oxford University

<p>Oxford is one university that I have always wanted to apply to and I recently visited their site and noticed that the UCAS application deadline is in October. I planned to retake my SAT in October to raise my score from a 2135. Is the entire application due in October?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>Yes, the application deadline for Oxbridge and med/law courses in the UK is October 15.</p>

<p>You can list your SAT score as pending. You/your counsellor will most likely have to provide an expected score to give the admissions officers some idea of your academic profile. Don't put 2400 as your expected score, though, because, if you are offered a place at Oxford, it might be conditional upon that score.</p>

<p>Almost all courses at Oxford have admission tests/require work samples from applicants. This, together with your personal statement, is primarily what the admissions officers will be using to decide if you warrant an interview. Once you've been invited for interview, everything will depend on how the interview goes.</p>

<p>What I'm saying is, you can list the SAT as "pending" on your application and Oxford may not even ask for it until after they've admitted you. So don't worry about it too much.</p>

<p>Edit: I see now that you've already taken the SAT. This is different. You'll have to use your current score, I'm afraid. And how do you get 5 points on the SAT anyway?</p>

<p>How did you get a 2135? :o</p>

<p>Good luck w/ the application process.</p>

<p>I took a one month prep course in October of last year. Lately I have been contemplating the idea of retaking the test.</p>

<p>No, I know how one could obtain a score of 2100+.
My question was how did you obtain a 2135?</p>

<p>I took it a year ago and I just double checked; the actual score was 2140.</p>

<p>You need to get working on that UCAS thing ASAP! I looked at it last year and oh my goodness it was difficult because it is VERY foreign to the way the college application process in America works. Also requires different type of LOR, I think.</p>

<p>Thank You :)</p>

<p>Just saw this thread and wanted to wish you good luck! Applying to Oxford is definitely an awesome adventure (personal experience). My one piece of advice is to really show how passionate and specialized you are for whatever subject you are applying, and also to be prepared to really go above and beyond dealing with the UCAS and Oxford application system -- which includes making sure your local school administers the entrance exams on time and interviewing in Oxfordshire or via Skype should you be summoned.</p>

<p>I'm looking at UK schools too :) Mostly Cambridge and UCL though.</p>

<p>I feel really stupid asking this, lol, but on the UCAS application, do I click on apply 2010 or 2011? Does the year imply year applying or year of admission?</p>

<p>Also (haha sorry, too late to edit my previous post) those who applied: did you apply as an individual? They talk about applying through a school and needing a buzzword but are many U.S. high schools a part of that? I think I may be one of the first in my school to apply to a UK university so I doubt my school has ever gone through this.</p>

<p>Apply 2011</p>

<p>Well, I was in a similar situation as you, arsenal crazy, but I got a bit lucky. Fortunately, another kid at my public school who is going to attend St. Andrews (and also was much more prepared than me) had already dealt with this issue during the summer. I'm sure if you called UCAS they can tell you what to do. But to recapitulate, I applied through my school and got lucky.</p>

<p>On the UCAS website it tells international students to "check the suitability of your qualifications with the admissions offices at your universities and colleges before applying." That being said, should I just send an email of my classes/grades and test scores and ask them if they are acceptable?</p>

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<p>Check the website of the universities and COURSES (it's all about the course you are applying for. You have to choose this at the outset) you wish to study to see if they give any advice on the required grades for internationals. If not, just send an an email to admissions office as you suggest. I am sure they will be happy to help.</p>

<p>A word of warning. UK A-level results come out at the end of August (this is a big national event reported on the news). At this point the universities will be overwhelmed with calls and emails from students who did not make their conditional offers and are trying to get in somewhere. You won't get any replies to any emails/calls during this time. So call/email them now while it's quiet.</p>