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    Hello
    I am doing the IB and am getting an easy 7 in physics ...
    However I heard that at universities like oxford and cambridge and imperial, all their applicants get 7 in physics so you need to distinguish yourself from them ..
    So I took the British Physics Olympiad - AS Competition Paper (not the actual olympiad - the one i took is graded by my school) http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/olympiad/ASComp.html

    I got a silver on this despite the fact that it is based on the A-level syllabus so there were a few topics which IB has not covered yet so I had to teach myself ...

    Now I was wondering how much this is worth on university applications?
    can anyone give me some extra details?
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    (Original post by maxm93)
    Hello
    I am doing the IB and am getting an easy 7 in physics ...
    However I heard that at universities like oxford and cambridge and imperial, all their applicants get 7 in physics so you need to distinguish yourself from them ..
    So I took the British Physics Olympiad - AS Competition Paper (not the actual olympiad - the one i took is graded by my school) http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/olympiad/ASComp.html

    I got a silver on this despite the fact that it is based on the A-level syllabus so there were a few topics which IB has not covered yet so I had to teach myself ...

    Now I was wondering how much this is worth on university applications?
    can anyone give me some extra details?
    It's really difficult to say. While you did well in the Olympiad and I would mention this in your personal statement, others who are taking physics are also likely to have done this paper. I would mention it, but whether or not it has any bearing on the outcome of your application is something that we can't really help you with unfortunately as we just don't know.
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    It's really difficult to say. While you did well in the Olympiad and I would mention this in your personal statement, others who are taking physics are also likely to have done this paper. I would mention it, but whether or not it has any bearing on the outcome of your application is something that we can't really help you with unfortunately as we just don't know.
    ah ok thanks .. but it's definetely a positive thing to put on .. it's not like "oh he didn't get a gold so we won't take him!" ?
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    (Original post by maxm93)
    ah ok thanks .. but it's definetely a positive thing to put on .. it's not like "oh he didn't get a gold so we won't take him!" ?
    Hi. I did it last year as well, and also got a silver. I put it in my personal statement, and I think you should as well...where are you applying and for what?
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    (Original post by maxm93)
    ah ok thanks .. but it's definetely a positive thing to put on .. it's not like "oh he didn't get a gold so we won't take him!" ?
    Absolutely not. It will always be looked at as a positive i.e. 'He did well by getting silver.'
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    (Original post by joe17292)
    Hi. I did it last year as well, and also got a silver. I put it in my personal statement, and I think you should as well...where are you applying and for what?
    Ah nice!
    I will apply to oxford imperial ucl for engineering with some sort of business or fincance
    then KCL and UCL for mathematics and business finance
    i'm quite unhappy as i missed the gold by one mark and if I had been doing A-levels I would have know how to answer an extra question which hadn't been covered in IB :/
    where are you studying now?



    (Original post by toronto353)
    Absolutely not. It will always be looked at as a positive i.e. 'He did well by getting silver.'
    ah ok that's great to know
    thanks for the info!
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    (Original post by maxm93)
    Ah nice!
    I will apply to oxford imperial ucl for engineering with some sort of business or fincance
    then KCL and UCL for mathematics and business finance
    i'm quite unhappy as i missed the gold by one mark and if I had been doing A-levels I would have know how to answer an extra question which hadn't been covered in IB :/
    where are you studying now?
    I also missed out on a gold by one mark . I'm in my last year of school, but I have an offer to study natural sciences at Cambridge. btw cambridge is better than oxford
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    (Original post by joe17292)
    I also missed out on a gold by one mark . I'm in my last year of school, but I have an offer to study natural sciences at Cambridge. btw cambridge is better than oxford
    ah wow it's so unlucky :/
    btw did you do IB or A-levels?
    NICE! congrats on your offer!! and what was your offer in terms of marks??
    haha ya I know cambridge is a level above oxford so thats why I'm applying to Oxford ... I already have doubts about oxford because I have a 6 in HL math and not a 7 :/
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    (Original post by maxm93)
    ah wow it's so unlucky :/
    btw did you do IB or A-levels?
    NICE! congrats on your offer!! and what was your offer in terms of marks??
    haha ya I know cambridge is a level above oxford so thats why I'm applying to Oxford ... I already have doubts about oxford because I have a 6 in HL math and not a 7 :/
    Thanks. I am doing a-level and my offer is A*AA in maths, further maths and physics. Good luck with your application!
 
 
 
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