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Oxford, Cambridge universities to toughen admission norms


Britain’s two most elite universities, Cambridge and Oxford, are expected to tighten their entrance procedure, which would mean students are set to face tough new obstacles to get into these top educational organizations.

It has been revealed that rising numbers of students will be expected to score elite A* grades in A-levels for the first time to secure admission to the Oxford and Cambridge universities.

According to the Telegraph, Oxford alone will require almost nine-in-10 students to sit for some form of aptitude tests, which is up from around two-thirds in 2009.

This autumn, the imposition of annual fees of up to 9,000 pounds for British and European students led to a 7.4 per cent drop in applications to universities nationally, the paper said.

But Cambridge bucked the trend by registering a two per cent increase, while demand fell by just 0.6 per cent at Oxford, it added.
Caroline Lindner, managing director of Oxbridge Applications, which advises students on the admissions process, said the universities were creating increasingly sophisticated tools to select the brightest students.

“With so many people applying, admissions tutors need more checks and balances to make sure that they’re getting someone who is going to be suited to an Oxbridge way of teaching,” she said. (ANI)

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