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    I know the title is a little misleading since it is suggesting that you should estimate my mathematical ability based on this post, but this is more about my chances.
    I am taking the AEA exam this June and STEP I. I am aiming more for AEA and am taking STEP I not too seriously.
    The problem is my GCSEs. I go to a private school that ranks very highly on the league tables every year and when I went to an Oxbridge briefing, they told us that people with 7A*+ should apply, especially of a person from this school as the university would ask why the student didn't achieve a certain number of A*s. I'm wondering if this is the same for Maths. I achieved 4A* 6A and, not to sound arrogant, I think I could have done much better had I put much more effort in them.
    I am also starting intense preparation for the MAT.
    So my main questions are:
    1) Will getting a Distinction at AEA make up for my below average GCSEs and will doing well on the MAT do so too?
    2) How much do Maths departments care about A2 predictions? My school does A2 predictions on the basis of your AS UMS (90 UMS average = A* etc.)
    3) Apart from Oxford, I am thinking of applying to UCL, Imperial, LSE and possibly King's as my insurance.
    Honest answers would really help since I don't have any circumstances that I can explain to the universities I'm applying to except for poor revision methods, which I obviously cannot mention.
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