hello, I'm relatively new here, so I apologise if this is in the wrong section! Recently I applied to university for physics. Among the unis I applied to are Oxford (physics) and Imperial (theoretical physics). My first choice was Oxford. Due to the large numbers of people that apply there, they make applicants sit what they call the physics aptitude test. I prepared well for this test, in terms of the material. Before the test, I was happy that I could do the questions they ask (sample: http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/admissions/combined-sample.pdf), and decided I was ready. However, I hadn't for some reason (probably being too complacent) practiced a full exam in one go, and the timing required. As a result, I totally screwed up the exam, and achieved only 45%. They wanted to invite only people with at least 52%. My question is, do you think it's worth waiting until next year to apply to Oxford again? Assuming I could I get in (I know it's not certain at all, but just to simplify things) next time, would the Oxford course be any better than the imperial course? I know it's better in terms of reputation, but is it better in terms of the quality and level of the course? Bearing in mind I want to be a theoretical physicist. Imperial (theo. physics course) do less experiments than Oxford . I've tried asking people at college, but only my physics teacher has knowledge on physics courses. So I thought it might be useful posting here too, to get more than one opinion. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!