Why does Oxford hold interviews?
Most of our applicants have or are predicted to obtain all As at A-level (or equivalent) and hold an outstanding group of GCSEs (or equivalent) dominated by A*s and As. Most come with the strong support of their school or sixth-form college and most have very impressive personal statements. Because of this we need to have further mechanisms to reach final decisions among such uniformly excellent applicants. One mechanism is the LNAT (see Question 17 above). Another is the interview process. Our interview process is designed to provide further insight into the academic strengths and weaknesses of our candidates. It is important to note that we do not interview all applicants. For those being interviewed, interviews are time-consuming and demanding. In addition, we prefer to focus our interviewing efforts on candidates with a reasonable chance of success. As a result , we only interview those who have a realistic chance of being offered a place, judged by their UCAS forms (including thei