My school along with most others goes through a selection process before allowing some of the applicants to apply for Oxbridge. However, for me, due to my bad GCSEs (A*, 3As and 6Bs), I would be turned down straight away. Over this past year however, my predicted grades have increased to 1A*, 2As and a B for my end of A level results and I have had a recent interest in human, social and political sciences at Cambridge, with its standard A level requirement being A*AA. I have also taken the initiative to go and take part in extra curricular activities such as: go to Nepal to build a school for those in need, work in a government office, volunteer for my local MP, read a number of books on sociology, politics and economics as well as apply for a summer school course on at LSE (which I will hopefully get). Taking all of this into account, is it worth me applying for the course at Cambridge and if so, how could I take the admissions test without doing it through the school?