Support We Can Offer
We're proud to have worked for over 10 years with 35+ of the country's top performing schools, including Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Downe House, St Mary’s Ascot, Latymer Upper, Dulwich College, and schools across the Girls’ Day School Trust, helping to prepare their sixth formers for Oxford and Cambridge applications.
We work with each of our partner schools to create a programme that fits their students' needs. Our programmes are bespoke, and designed to complement in-house support. We can deliver support in your school, or invite your students to one of our central London locations.
We're powered by a network of 200 trained Oxbridge graduates, who have been through the application process themselves. We carefully match each of our students with a subject expert for realistic, rigorous 1-1 interview practice.
We can offer the following support to your students, covering the admissions test preparation and interview practice.
ADmissions testS preparation
We’ve seen how admissions tests have become a crucial part of the application process, especially since the scaling back of AS levels and the subsequent loss for the universities of these exam indicators. Oxford and Cambridge are increasingly using these entrance exams to filter and de-select candidates for interview, and we’ve seen how capable students are falling at this hurdle. We support students with rigorous skills development and practice for admissions tests.
The TSA is an exam taken by applicants to ten different courses across Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, including PPE, Economics and Management and Land Economy. Most of these courses will use TSA scores to deselect applicants from interview, so strong preparation is critical. Intended to complement other preparation which students undertake, this online course introduces students to the different formats of questions they’ll face and strategies on how to select questions given the time pressure of the exam. Each lesson ends with a short test, on which students must score 70% before they can progress to the next module. The test ends with a full 90-minute timed paper. All content is unique to this test, making it an excellent starting point in preparation before students go on to complete more past papers.
The BMAT is used by 8 UK medical schools, including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial. It tests students numerical and verbal reasoning skills, as well as their application of school level science and maths knowledge, and basic essay writing skills. Intended to complement other preparation which students undertake, this online course introduces students to the different formats of questions they’ll face and strategies on how to select questions given the time pressure of the exam. Each lesson ends with a short test, on which students must score 70% before they can progress to the next module. The course ends with a full 2-hour timed paper. All content is unique to this test, making it an excellent starting point in preparation before students go on to complete more past papers.
Admissions Test Workshop
Students are introduced by a subject expert to the structure and skills required for their admissions tests. They have the opportunity to sit a full past paper in exam conditions, before reviewing their answers and going through worked responses with our expert.
Students leave all our admissions test support having created an action plan with next steps for test preparation, with personalised suggestions from our experts.
OUR INTERVIEW support
We have over 10 years experience helping students prepare for their interviews at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities. We support our students with rigorous skills development and practice for admissions interviews. Where there are a sufficient number of students, we are able to offer support at the school. Alternatively, we offer places at our London interview days or online by video call.
Interview Skills Workshop
We know applications to Oxford and Cambridge are based on skills, not just knowledge - so we give students the chance to analyse the skills admissions tutors are looking for, and practice approaching difficult questions, so they can maximise the benefit of their later practice sessions. We normally run this session earlier so that students can practise applying the skills covered in their one-on-one practice interviews.
Practice Interview - 1 Hour Session
Each of student is matched with an expert graduate, for individual 1-1 mock interviews. These practice sessions can focus on a students personal statement, or on unseen material in the students' subject of choice.
Students benefit from personalised verbal and written feedback in these sessions, leaving with feedback reports recommending areas for improvement and specific wider reading and resources.
MMI Medicine Support
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) is a format of admission interview used by an increasing range of Medical Schools. It involves students rotating around different work stations, completing a series of short time-delimited tasks. We support students with practice MMI circuits, designed and delivered by medical professionals in our network. These practice sessions help students practice in a range of scenarios, including: debates on medical ethics, medical role playing, reading comprehension, calculation and data interpretation. Most students on this course opt to spread the interviews over 2-3 weeks, giving them time to act on feedback between sessions.