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    Hello. I'm an American, and I have some questions about Cambridge. Does anyone know what the average GPA is for successful American applicants? I'm predicting I'll have at least 700 on both Math and Verbal for SAT I, and same for SAT II. I'm taking AP tests, and should do 4 or 5 on those. Predict at least 31 on ACT. I'm not even going to mention my extracurriculars, etc... but based on grades, is it even worth applying?
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    I think if they take you for an interview, then more important than all of that is the level of understanding you show in your interview in your chosen subjects. I applied to Cambridge, and to US universities - taking the SATs and SAT-IIS is a wholly different to being grilled on a specialist subject. On the other hand, your SAT scores indicate you're intelligent anyway, but what subject are you applying for? Whether it's worth applying or not dpeends on your aptitute in your subject, I think.

    I'm not 100% sure what a GPA is - grade point average, right? You would need a pretty good school transcript. I know that you obviously don't take A-Levels so would you have to substitute your academic transcript for, say, module results?
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    (Original post by sunmoonstarsrai)
    Hello. I'm an American, and I have some questions about Cambridge. Does anyone know what the average GPA is for successful American applicants? I'm predicting I'll have at least 700 on both Math and Verbal for SAT I, and same for SAT II. I'm taking AP tests, and should do 4 or 5 on those. Predict at least 31 on ACT. I'm not even going to mention my extracurriculars, etc... but based on grades, is it even worth applying?
    From what I have heard preferential treatment is given to overseas applicants. I know of two people (one from Sweden, one from Poland) for whom it was apparantly quite easy to get in despite them not being the "academic elite".
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    (Original post by sunmoonstarsrai)
    Hello. I'm an American, and I have some questions about Cambridge. Does anyone know what the average GPA is for successful American applicants? I'm predicting I'll have at least 700 on both Math and Verbal for SAT I, and same for SAT II. I'm taking AP tests, and should do 4 or 5 on those. Predict at least 31 on ACT. I'm not even going to mention my extracurriculars, etc... but based on grades, is it even worth applying?

    Well the Cambridge website seems to have every nation but American, so I've had a look at the Oxford one, which has a strong tradition of US application - I'm sure you know of Bill Clinton et daughter - and it clearly sets out what they want.

    See below:

    "There are no standard offers to gain admission to Oxford University, and every candidate is assessed on their own individual merits, though candidates usually have excellent obtained and expected exam results.

    Tutors are primarily concerned with academic ability and potential, as well as enthusiasm for the chosen subject.

    Though there are no formal requirements, successful candidates would generally have an excellent High School record, supplemented by:

    Scores of at least 700 in Verbal and 700 in Math in SAT I (or 1400+ combined) (Or ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36)
    We would also expect:

    SAT II in a good spread of three or four subjects at 700 or better;
    Or, preferably, grades 4 or 5 in two or more Advanced Placement tests in appropriate subjects
    Alternatively, a mixture of SAT II and Advanced Placement scores; both should be at the levels indicated above.
    We also welcome candidates sitting the International Baccalaureate; successful candidates generally have an overall score of at least 38 with 6s and 7s in the higher level subjects.

    Generally speaking we are looking for candidates who are in the top 5% of school leavers nationwide; and most successful applicants will be in the top 2%.

    The competition for places on all courses at Oxford is very strong. Please note that even excellent grades will not guarantee a place."
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    (Original post by Mark_KK)
    From what I have heard preferential treatment is given to overseas applicants. I know of two people (one from Sweden, one from Poland) for whom it was apparantly quite easy to get in despite them not being the "academic elite".
    Yes, if you get in. They have like only 20 spaces in Oxford alltogether between the subjects.
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    (Original post by 2776)
    Yes, if you get in. They have like only 20 spaces in Oxford alltogether between the subjects.
    hhmm on the website it said about 180 Americans apply and 1 in 4 are successfull....
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    (Original post by Tobias)
    hhmm on the website it said about 180 Americans apply and 1 in 4 are successfull....
    I'll shut up now...
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    (Original post by 2776)
    I'll shut up now...

    hehe YOu don't need to be THAT dramatic :P
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    (Original post by Tobias)
    hehe YOu don't need to be THAT dramatic :P
    yes well, tobias doesnt know everything.....hehehehehe
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    (Original post by curryADD)
    yes well, tobias doesnt know everything.....hehehehehe
    Alas this is true....
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    (Original post by Tobias)
    Alas this is true....
    To quote someone...

    "You don't need to be this dramatic..."
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    (Original post by 2776)
    To quote someone...

    "You don't need to be this dramatic..."
    NOt dramatic, I was aiming more at the pontsy angle :P
 
 
 
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