Tailored Online Support
We are specialists in supporting international students with applications to top UK universities. We're proud over the last 10 years to have supported hundreds of international applicants’ journey to Oxford and Cambridge University, in person and online over video call.
Once students have decided to apply to UK universities, we offer two online courses to help them prepare for their admissions test and interview practice sessions. These practice sessions can focus on different areas of the application process, like admissions interviews, admissions tests, and talking through your personal statements.
Following your initial free consultation, we will work with you to design a unique course of support to suit your needs and preferences.
We also offer discounted places on our academic summer school programme in Oxford for those booking one of our larger courses.
ADmissions testS preparation: our online courses
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.
OUR INTERVIEW COURSES
This comprises two-hour session interviews, each covering a different type of skill tested at interview and followed by feedback. One tests your ability to discuss elements covered in your application – primarily using your personal statement as a jumping off point and, in STEM subjects, mathematical knowledge you’re expected to have covered in your school studies. The other sessions tests your ability to respond to unseen materials. You will be given 10-15 minutes to study a text or exercise, and then will sit a 30-minute interview based on your response to this. Again, this will be followed by written and oral feedback, and you’ll leave with an action plan on next steps to continue your preparation.
Our Half-Day Course suits those who want to top up support they are receiving elsewhere with some tailored advice and practice. It begins with a personalised interview preparation session. You will send us background on your application, how you are feeling about various elements and areas you’d like advice on. You will be matched with a graduate who will spend an hour introducing you to the format of Oxbridge interviews, what interviewers are looking for and giving you the chance to practice answering questions, maximising the value of your practice interviews. This is followed by two hours of practice interviews (as above).
Our most popular One Day Course, comprises 5 hours of interview preparation. Despite the name, many students opt to split this over two days to maximise the chance to reflect on feedback from their interviewers. As with the Half Day Course, this offers students a one-to-one introduction to academic interviewing, and the skills being looked for, followed by 4 hours of practice interviews. These can be allocated according to your preferences - with either more focus on the Personal Statement (advisable for subjects like English, History and Social Sciences) or on unseen materials (advisable for subjects including STEM, Law and Medicine). Students applying to Joint Honours courses (including PPE, HSPS or Modern Languages) find it particularly helpful to do multiple interviews, each focusing on a specific discipline), as well as to experience a wide range of interviewing styles.
Our most comprehensive package, this includes a full 8 hours of contact time with our interviewers. The Two Day Course starts with a preparation session, before 6 hours of practice interviews. As with our one day course, this amount of practice is particularly useful for students applying to Joint Honours courses, and gives students access to a wide range of interviewers and interviewing styles, underlining the reality that there is no one set format.
Most students on this course opt to spread the interviews over 2-3 weeks, giving them time to act on feedback between sessions.