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Applications to Oxford and Cambridge Universities         如何申请牛剑
2009年11月16日

  When October comes every year, all A2 students begin a very important task, university applications. However, those A2 students who apply to Oxford and Cambridge universities have extra work and emotions to contend with: they need to prepare themselves for possible interviews, and the feelings of excitement and anxiety that go with such an exercise.

  每年十月,A2的同学们都有一项很重要的任务,申请大学。但是申请牛津和剑桥的同学会比其他人的任务更重,他们需要为可能的面试做准备,情绪也会随之兴奋或焦虑。

  This year, SCIE is sending to Shanghai about ten students for Cambridge interviews, which will be held at the end of October. Mock interviews for these students have begun. There are also other students who would like to be interviewed in the UK, at Cambridge University. Their mock interviews are scheduled for November.

  今年10月底,将有10SCIE的学生在上海进行剑桥面试。这方面的模拟面试已经开始。还有一些学生希望在英国剑桥大学参加当地的面试,他们的模拟面试将在11月进行。

  Bernard Rawlins, Head of the Overseas Studies Office, introduces the outline of the application process as follows:

  作为海外留学指导中心的负责人,Bernard Rawlins针对申请大学的流程进行以下说明:

  First of all, what kind of students can be qualified as an applicant? From 2010, the new grade A* will be introduced at AS/A-Levels. Generally, applicants should have at least the equivalent of one A* and two As, an IELTS score of 7.0 for all four parts, or IGCSE English as a Second Language B grade (Oxford) or IGCSE English as a First Language C grade (Cambridge).

  首先,什么样的学生才有申请资格呢?从2010年起,一个新的等级A*将会被列入AS/A等级系统。一般来说,申请人需要具备一个A* 2As或同等成绩,雅思四部分单项分数要达到7.0,或者IGCSE英语作为第二语言的考试成绩达到B级(牛津),抑或是IGCSE英语作为第一语言成绩达到C级(剑桥)。

  A brief description of steps is outlined in the timeline below:

  以下是流程步骤的简述:

Oxford:            Apply online (before the end of August)

              ↓

The UCAS coordinator sends the UCAS application online (in mid-September)

              ↓
            
Information is received about the interviews (in October/November)

              ↓
                
Interviews are held (by early December)

              ↓
       
Receive conditional offer if successful (by the end of December)

 

  This year, Oxford has made changes to its interview procedure. Interviews will be held at Oxford University in the UK but NOT in China from 2009. There are four different way of receiving an interview for Chinese students: telephone, internet, video conference and visiting Oxford Campus.

牛津大学:                在线申请(在8月底之前)

               ↓ 
  UCAS协调人员发出大学招生服务中心的在线申请(9月中旬)

                                               收到关于面试的信息 

                        开始进行面试(12月初)

                               ↓
                      如果成功的话会收到有条件录取通知(12月末)

  今年,牛津大学更改了面试流程。从2009年起面试只会在英国牛津大学举行,而不会在中国进行。中国的学生可以通过四种方式接受面试:电话,网络,视频会议和亲自去牛津大学。

 

Cambridge:         Finish UCAS application online (before the end of August)

                                                        ↓
he Overseas Studies Office sends COAFs --- Cambridge Overseas Application Forms (by mid-September)

                                                        ↓

       Send the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (by the end of September)

                                                       ↓
                                           
In Shanghai (last three days of October)

Interview {

        In Cambridge (first week of December)

                           Shanghai (end of December)

         rceive conditional offer if successful {

                        cambridge (by January)

 

剑桥大学:        在线完成大学招生服务中心的申请(8月底之前)

                                                        ↓

                                     海外留学中心发出COAFs---剑桥海外留学申请表(9月中旬)

                                                       ↓
                                   
发出补充申请问卷(9月底)
                                                       ↓

                 在上海进行(10月份最后3天)

面试 {

 ↓             在剑桥进行(12月份的第一周)

                                                             ↓
                                                                            
在上海进行(12月底)

                收到有条件录取通知 {

                                                                             在剑桥进行(1月份)

  
  Mr. Rawlins says that although these two universities require very strong academic results, there are thousands of qualified applications from around the world each year. They are looking for students who have independent studying abilities, so the way to give the interviewing professor a favourable impression is through the Personal Statement and interview, also through English skills, particularly written and oral English, which play an important role.

  Rawlins先生说,虽然这两所大学对成绩的要求很高,但是每年都会有非常多的来自世界各地的学生申请。这两所大学寻找的是具备独立学习能力的学生,所以想要给面试官留下深刻印象需要通过个人陈述和面试,也需要英语技巧,尤其是书面英语和口语,都非常重要。
  The interviews of Oxford and Cambridge are similar: exercises, discussions and tests are the most common formats. Remember, answers are not the key, but your logical thinking is! That is what the interviewers are looking for.

  牛津与剑桥的面试内容很相似:最基本的模式是练习,讨论和测试。记住,答案不是关键,有逻辑的思维才是!这也正是面试官们寻找的。

  Mr. Rawlins also would like to remind students who choose to be interviewed in the UK: please check your passport and get a valid visa beforehand from the UK Visa Application Centre in Shenzhen (see the address on the UCAS notice board or the UCAS Handbook page30).

  Rawlins先生同时也提醒那些准备在英国参加面试的同学们:请事先务必准备好护照和有效签证。签证可以在深圳英国签证中心办理。

  Also, Mr. Rawlins very kindly offers his personal experience to all interviewees.

  1.Make sure you know all the contents of your subject syllabus.
  2.Be very familiar with related subjects
  3.Be very familiar with applied fields of your subject.
  4.Research your chosen college or faculty (e.g. a professor’s theory)
  5.At interview, prepare some questions to ask; make the interview more like a conversation.
  6.Do not be nervous (the interviewer may help you relax).
  7.Read broadly in English, especially if you wish to take Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
  8.Always be prepared!

  Rawlins先生还很热心地把自己的心得传授给各位即将参加面试的同学:
  1.确保自己熟知所学科目的教学大纲上的内容。
  2.对相关学科也很熟悉
  3.对自己申请的专业很熟悉
  4.对你自己选择的大学的系、院进行研究调查(比如一个教授的理论)
  5.面试时,要准备一些问题进行提问;尽量让面试看上去像一场谈话。
  6.别紧张。(面试官会帮助你放松)
  7.广泛地进行英文阅读,尤其你申请有关政治,哲学和经济学的专业。
  8.时刻做好准备!

  Finally, we hope all the A2 students get good results from their applications!
  最后,祝愿所有A2的同学申请成功!

  Catherine 邓文雅
  A1-2

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