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Mike Said,
August 22nd, 2013 @10:31 am  

no. schedule the sat subject tests for sometime before oct 15.

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David Said,
August 22nd, 2013 @11:02 am  

First of all, a nice photograph of Oxford from the university website to set the mood: http://www.ox.ac.uk/images/hi_res/15179_Blue_skyline.jpg

UK students also apply when they don’t know their results yet, so that is not a problem. If you get an offer you may get a conditional offer requiring a particular minimum SAT score and particular subject test scores. When you complete your UCAS application you have to be very clear about which results you already have, and how they are to be interpreted, and which ones you will get when. Also, make sure that the person who writes your reference letter gives a clear idea about your expected results, about how you compare to other students, and so on. Once you have the additional post-deadline results, send them to UCAS as well as to Oxford immediately (which may increase your chances of getting an offer, especially an unconditional one). I would also recommend to get in touch with the admissions people directly before you submit your application: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/contact_details.html (UK universities, and Oxford and Cambridge in particular, pay a lot of attention to tutoring, so they are usually very willing to assist applicants, discuss options with applicants, etc. They helped me a lot before and after I had submitted my application.)

Oxford probably doesn’t have a particular minimum GPA cutoff since they know that GPAs are not comparable nationwide, contrary to UK A levels (or MLAT/SAT/etc.). However, as a guideline, for graduate degrees they usually require a minimum of 3.5-3.7 depending on the subject, so that could also serve as a likely minimum for undergraduate applications.

Note that international applicants actually have better chances of getting a spot than UK applicants – since they pay much more ;-) Because of that, UK universities are always super eager to attract international students (and have been using this phenomenon as an implicit threat to leverage higher government funding). One third of Oxford students is international (among undergraduate students, the proportion is 14%).

Finally, you may want to consult http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2013/jun/04/university-guide-modern-languages-linguistics – I certainly agree that university rankings are often dubious because of methodological problems, but some things can be derived from them nonetheless. The Guardian for instance claims that Cambridge is better than Oxford for modern languages in almost all respects, see link. Also, while there are certainly many very bad universities in the UK, there are also many excellent ones outside of Oxford and Cambridge. In many subjects, the best UK university is elsewhere.

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