<p>i'm going to oxford next year, and here's my advice:
-medicine is not great to apply into from the u.s., unless at your school you're somehow taking a ton of advanced science classes. it's definitely not impossible, but since they concentrate earlier on, unless you are set on being a doctor in england, it might be better to apply in something else science-y and come back to the u.s. to go to med school (that's what i am doing-- and there are a lot of possibilities, from bio to physiology, etc.)
-they do care about standardized tests the most, so take three SAT IIs, the SAT (if you are good at science, maybe take the ACT as well), as as many APs as you can. Basically, they will want you to have over 700 in all the SAT areas and subject tests, just to give you an idea. there's a table on their website that talks about general ap exam scores that are kind of the minimum, go check that out
- I took 6 ap exams junior year. try to take at least four, but they can accept you conditionally (as in dependent upon your results of next year's ap exams). i did not even take them in the subjects i was applying into, so don't stress about how there aren't enough sciences.
-the interview: do some external reading, argue with your interviewer(s), don't be intimidated if you don't know the answer-- that's the point, giving you stuff you don't know and seeing how you do.
-the application: stick to your interest in the subject, unless you have an EC that really really directly relates.
ok so this all seemsy crazy intense (i know a year ago it did to me too) BUT stick it out, apply, try your best, and good luck! it will be worth it.</p>