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September babies have better chance of getting into Oxbridge

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A report published on the BBC today suggests that if you want to boost the chances of a place at Oxbridge, studying hard is one route, but avoiding a July birthday is another.

According to 2012 admission data applicants born in September were 30 per cent more likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge than competitors born in July.

This can be explained by what is known as the 'birthdate' effect, a phenomenon that shows children who are younger in their year group obtain worse grades. The effect diminishes over time but does not disappear altogether.

A disproportionate number of sportsmen and women in national teams were also shown to be born in September and October, making them among the oldest in their classes.

Do you think the birthdate effect had an impact on your life? Let us know in the poll.


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