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Reader’s Comment of the Day: I had to borrow a biro for my Oxbridge exam


In response to, Chris McGovern: Too many lousy state schools blight the Oxbridge hopes of poor, bright kids, Anonymous wrote:

Interesting article. I walked out of my Oxbridge interview completely bamboozled by the questions. I had clearly failed to get in, but I accepted it. It was a fair test, and I had come up short.

Later that evening I spoke to a fellow candidate at the bar: “Ah, but they always ask that question!” he told me. Suddenly the playing field didn’t seem so level.

I was a comprehensive boy; he went to a private school and – it turned out – had received 12 weeks of prep for the interview. Me? No one had even told me that I would have to sit an exam. I had to borrow a biro…

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