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Oxbridge too far (continued)
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jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: November 16th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again, I'd happily read more if you wanted to write more. Much of this rings true for me - the mixture of benign and ridiculous interviews, having a terrible entrance exam followed by a wonderful one, not really knowing what to do with yourself while you were hanging around Oxford waiting for possible interviews and so on.

At a risk of having the dread A-level conversation at twice the age it ought (if ever) to be hand, were English entrance papers ever marked as such (as opposed to being used as starting-points for discussion) and if so, did you ever find out your marks?
lnr From: lnr Date: November 16th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never found out my marks for the maths ones.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: November 16th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't remember whether my marks were sent to me or to my school and passed on by them. (Also, I may have fallen through the cracks in other ways, not least by taking a gap year between sixth form and university.) Essentially I had a very indistinguised paper one and a rather better paper two, when I found I could do all four probability-and-statistics questions. Perhaps this should have been a clue to them that - as proved to be the case - I can do prob'n'stats, sometimes, when I'm lucky, and couldn't do any of the rest. :-)
nou From: nou Date: November 16th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think they were meant to be shared. I only know where I came (in the middle) because one of the people who interviewed me (not at Corpus) remembered me and told me in the course of conversation when we accidentally met a few years later.
jvvw From: jvvw Date: November 17th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a feeling that they sent information to the school, whether that was just the full marks or what they felt like telling them. I'm pretty sure that it was via school that I found out details of how I'd done but don't remember ever knowing my exact marks.

j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if they were marked as such, but AFAIR most of our term essays weren't (we got comments rather than grades) so I suspect not. I certainly didn't find out the mark if they were.

Bear in mind that on the Gen. Lit. paper (as for any of the mods/schools essay papers) there's a choice of about 50 essay questions, of which you choose 3, and many of them don't even specify which author(s) you can write about in response to the question, so people's answers will be wildly different. To be honest I don't know how they ever mark them at all...! :-}

Did you find out yours then?
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