My daughter has just gone through the same selection procedure and I have nothing but praise for it. Your correspondents complained at the time wasted visiting colleges on open days, but surely their daughter must have visited the other five choices on her UCAS form. If she did not, how did she choose? I do not see the point of applying to the university, rather than a particular college, as they then go on to say places should be allocated partly by student preference therefore a visit would still have to be made. My daughter is a state-school applicant and had no particular coaching but she enjoyed the three days she spent at Oxford and considered it good experience, even if she had not been offered a place.
Far from being stressful, the interview was relaxed and every effort was made to put her at ease after her initial nervousness. The literature sent with the notification of interview was very helpful and informative and she knew exactly what to expect.
No doubt my comments will be seen by some in the light of the fact that my daughter was successful, but I really believe I would feel the same had she not been.
S Hollamby (Mrs)
62 Shaw Road
Lancashire OL16 4SQnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;