Interview critiques 2

February 14, 2003

I agree wholeheartedly with Alison Wolf's view that entrance examinations are a better and fairer way to conduct admissions than interviews. But it's absurd to call Oxbridge's reliance on interviews "arrogant".

Abolishing the entrance examination was the reverse of arrogant; it was a timid, conciliatory, intellectually feeble attempt to make life easier for applicants from maintained schools. Wrong, certainly; arrogant, certainly not.

Alan Ryan
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University, California

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