In this Category Archive, we provide you with an Oxbridge Entry Guide to assist in this very important application process.

Sadly you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge and not both. Therefore make sure you choose wisely. Ultimately it’s your academic performance and ambitions that really interests tutors from these Universities. They also do not merely use your predicted grades or UCAS application.

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge is a pretty big deal. You need to make sure you know the process. Getting into either of these universities will be life-changing.

For Cambridge, applicants are required to submit a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). This is needed in addition to the Ucas form,  to provide a complete picture of themselves as an applicant.

Cambridge applicants will also take subject-specific tests, either prior to or at their interview. Bmat and Ucat exams are sat prior to interviews.

Specific Oxbridge Entry Tests

  • Law at Cambridge, most colleges will require you to take the Cambridge Law Test
  • All medical and veterinary students will be expected to sit the BMAT test (a test of scientific aptitude) before being offered a place in their chosen course
  • If you’re studying a course that’s more mathematical or scientific in nature, then your college may require you to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment
  • The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) is essentially an aptitude test that shows universities if you’re suitable to study law

For Oxford applicants, the majority of tests required are more subject-specific. Most subjects will require students to sit a written test that demonstrates that they have an aptitude for the subject area.

Oxford doesn’t have an SAQ, but it does require applicants for most courses to take a test as part of the application process.

Both universities ask some applicants to submit examples of written coursework as part of the application.

Your personal statement is likely to be used as a guide to what to ask you at the interview.  Therefore, make sure you’re able to talk confidently about anything you include.

Interviews at Cambridge normally take place in one college. Often on a single day. Oxford applicants will usually stay for at least a couple of days and may be interviewed at multiple colleges.

If you can’t decide on a college, you can make an open application. A computer program will allocate your application to a college for you. Once allocated, your application is treated exactly like any other.

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