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Do US unis prefer 4 levels or 3?

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    I’m predicted 4 A*s but I don’t know if I want to carry on with 4. I know they will prefer 4 A*s, but if I was to drop I’ve been advised not to drop Maths, (I take maths, English, Latin, History) because US unit like it. But I don’t want to drop History or Latin because I want to do English at uni and they’re great for that.

    long story short, (tl;dr) is 4 A levels low-key preferred ?

    pretty sure it is.

    of the five people admitted in my school year to Ivies and Ivy tier unis for Fall 2016, three people took 5 A levels and 2 of us took 4 A levels. (people with 3 applied but didn't get in to any good ones)

    That's not to say you won't get in with 3. But I'm sure it's better to do more

    US schools look at the overall difficulty of your courses, not whether you meet certain requirements. It is also an advantage to have unrelated subjects. They tend to value difficult subjects, such as maths, science, and foreign language, particularly classics. In the US, everyone studies maths, science, history/geography/government, English, and foreign language. If you keep all 4, you have most of that. To English universities, maths is irrelevant, which is why you are being advised to drop it. There were publicized cases where students were rejected by Oxford and went to Harvard or Stanford. One had all A*s in English, French, Biology, and Chemistry. Another had all A*s in Math, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Latin, and Greek.
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