Into The Sixth 2013
their application to UCAS by the end of September. •
Extension classes in the Michaelmas Term will focus on the preparation for any subject-specific tests in the first instance (of which, more below), and preparation for interviews thereafter. All pupils will have at least one practice interview.
College Choice The choice of College can be crucial for a Choral or Organ Award applicant, but it is often less important for those not competing for these awards. Candidates will be advised by the relevant Head of Department. Whilst we tend to discourage two pupils from applying for the same course at the same college, this is simply cautionary – there is no firm evidence suggesting that this damages an individual pupil’s chance of success. Open Applications are made when the applicant does not specify a College, and is instead allocated to a College upon application – the impact of submitting an Open Application is, at worst, neutral. Visits to Oxford and Cambridge Open Days (which are often facilitated by departments in the latter part of the Summer Term) can be helpful in finalising college choice. Course-Specific Aptitude Tests Applicants for Medicine and Law will need to sit the BMAT (Biomedical Aptitude Test) or UKCAT and LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test) respectively. The BMAT is sat at school, during or shortly after the Michaelmas half-term. Pupils are responsible for entering themselves for the LNAT or UKCAT and these are taken at a test centre away from school. The LNAT or UKCAT are taken at the time of a pupil’s choosing, between September and November. More and more courses at Oxford are using course-specific aptitude tests, and these are sat at RGS during or shortly after the Michaelmas half-term. Currently, there are such tests for all applicants for Classics, Economics and Management, Engineering, Geography, History, English, Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, PPE, Physics, Experimental Psychology, Maths and Computer Science. This list is only going to grow. These tests are used to filter out applicants in advance of interview. This list is only going to grow. These tests are used to filter out applicants in advance of interview. Some colleges at Cambridge use the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) for some courses (and Engineering, Natural Sciences and Economics in particular). This test is taken either at the same time as the BMAT or alternatively, aspects of the test are undertaken at the time of interview. Some colleges at Cambridge use college-specific tests for some other subjects; again these are completed at the time of interview. At this point, Cambridge does not use aptitude tests to filter out applicants in advance of interview. All applicants from RGS will be helped to prepare for these tests in advance, and a formal “mock test” will be sat in early October, with formal feedback provided. Further Information and Support The UCAS application process at RGS is co-ordinated and run by Mr. Tim Hallett and Mrs Ceri Smee. The Oxbridge application process is overseen by Mrs. Vanessa James (who takes responsibility for all Arts applications) and Dr Howard Smith (who takes responsibility for all Science based applications).