How do you short-list for interview?
Around 425 applicants are invited to Oxford for interview each year.
As part of the process to decide which applicants are called to interview, we establish a ranking on the basis of GCSE performance (we look at the proportion of A* grades and number of A* grades across all the GCSE subjects taken) and BMAT results.
For those applicants who haven’t taken GCSE, the ranking is based on BMAT performance.
For those who have taken GCSEs, performance will be looked at within the context of the school that GCSE year.
You should bear in mind that as we short-list the same number of people every year, and we use two variables (GCSEs and BMAT, which carry the same weight), there is no actual cut-off for either variable. A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa.
All applicants who do not make the initial short-list are then reviewed in detail, taking into account any individual circumstances that might indicate that GCSE and BMAT performance is likely to underestimate their potential. If you feel that you underperformed at GCSE because of extreme circumstances beyond your control, it is imperative that these extenuating circumstances are mentioned by your teacher in the academic reference.
If you underperformed during BMAT because of extreme circumstances you should inform Cambridge Assessment within 5 working days of sitting the test. See their website for further information. Please note we will not consider any extenuating circumstances not declared to Cambridge Assessments using the appropriate procedure.