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How to get pupils into Oxbridge

Don’t let myths and misinformation affect your students’ applications to the country’s two top universities, write Steve Higgins and Lee Elliot Major

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Oxbridge admissions is a topic mired in myths and misinformation. Surprisingly few studies have been undertaken to assess what matters most for high-achieving pupils aiming to secure a place at one of two of the world’s most prestigious universities.

As anyone who was assisting a student applying to Oxford or Cambridge before the mid-October deadline this year will tell you, navigating an admissions system involving 69 colleges, hundreds of bespoke subject tests and interviews with tutors can be a daunting prospect. So how can you make the process easier next year?

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