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    I've always been enchanted with the US. However my SAT scores do me no good in applying decent college but I got a pretty decent IB (predicted) score.

    Psychology HL- 7
    Chinese B HL-7
    Fim HL- 6/7
    ESS SL-7
    English A SL-6
    Maths SL- 6

    EE/TOK- 2/3
    Overall: 41-43

    IGCSE grades
    Maths/Chemistry/Biology/Religious Studies/Chinese A*
    English Literature/English A/English B/Economics- A
    Geography B

    Other Extracurriculars

    Editor of School Yearbook
    Editor of School Magazine 'Imaginings'
    Sports Captain o the house
    Fair Committee Member(Spring and Xmas)
    Tennis Team/Football Team/Gaelic football team
    Screenwriting/playwriting/journalism workshops (longterm)
    Piano Grade 5 (merit)

    That's about it but I have a quite strong portfolio on writing/filmmaking, i.e. got published on Thought catalog here http://thoughtcatalog.com/melody-ho/...ill-teach-you/
    just an example. I've always wanna become a filmmaker/screenwriter/novel writer but I kinda wanna have an employable degree in psychology or journalism, psychology preferably. Do you think I have a decent chance in getting into Cambridge/NYU/UCL? Thanks x
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    Your IB predictions are fine for Cambridge/UCL. Can't comment on States, as not sure how grading works there!
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    (Original post by melomelohohoho)
    I've always been enchanted with the US. However my SAT scores do me no good in applying decent college but I got a pretty decent IB (predicted) score.

    Psychology HL- 7
    Chinese B HL-7
    Fim HL- 6/7
    ESS SL-7
    English A SL-6
    Maths SL- 6

    EE/TOK- 2/3
    Overall: 41-43

    IGCSE grades
    Maths/Chemistry/Biology/Religious Studies/Chinese A*
    English Literature/English A/English B/Economics- A
    Geography B

    Other Extracurriculars

    Editor of School Yearbook
    Editor of School Magazine 'Imaginings'
    Sports Captain o the house
    Fair Committee Member(Spring and Xmas)
    Tennis Team/Football Team/Gaelic football team
    Screenwriting/playwriting/journalism workshops (longterm)
    Piano Grade 5 (merit)

    That's about it but I have a quite strong portfolio on writing/filmmaking, i.e. got published on Thought catalog here http://thoughtcatalog.com/melody-ho/...ill-teach-you/
    just an example. I've always wanna become a filmmaker/screenwriter/novel writer but I kinda wanna have an employable degree in psychology or journalism, psychology preferably. Do you think I have a decent chance in getting into Cambridge/NYU/UCL? Thanks x
    Cambridge really don't care about extra-curriculars much. If you've got the minimum grades its always worth applying- the interview counts for quite a lot.
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    Cambridge really don't care about extra-curriculars much. If you've got the minimum grades its always worth applying- the interview counts for quite a lot.
    Yeah? So I'd lose my place to anyone who score higher than me right? As for the interview do you know if they ask really academic-based questions orrr with a mix of more personal questions about your passsions and stuff?
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    (Original post by melomelohohoho)
    Yeah? So I'd lose my place to anyone who score higher than me right? As for the interview do you know if they ask really academic-based questions orrr with a mix of more personal questions about your passsions and stuff?
    Not really, they judge your application quite holistically. Obviously every person there will have different priorities & interviewing styles, but they generally don't care about your passions and extra-curriculars unless they are related to your subject or they are very impressive (e.g. national level sport), and they might suspect that your grades could be better if you weren't doing so much extra-curruculars.

    Generally its academic questions. Interviewers tend to start a conversation by giving you some material, such a study to read, or a picture.
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    (Original post by melomelohohoho)
    Yeah? So I'd lose my place to anyone who score higher than me right? As for the interview do you know if they ask really academic-based questions orrr with a mix of more personal questions about your passsions and stuff?
    No, as has been said above, the application process is relatively holistic. Lots of things are taken into account such as your IGCSE results and of course your interview performance. But as has also been mentioned, unless your extra-curricular activities are directly related to what you're planning to study.

    A problem which I don't think you've thought about is that Cambridge don't offer a degree in Journalism and they don't offer a pure Psychology degree either. The closest they have is Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. For this, Higher level Biology and Higher level Mathematics are highly desirable, neither of which you have, which will put you at a significant disadvantage I'd imagine. Also, a lot of Cambridge colleges have additional tests and ask for essay submissions.
 
 
 
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