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    Hi all,

    I've just graduated HS in Portugal (grading system is from 0 to 20). I know what I'm asking for is very difficult, considering differences in the educational systems, but help would be really appreciated. First choice would be Econ/E&M, but, if I'm not competitive enough, I could also consider Economics with something else.

    I know LSE considers a 19/20 equivalent to an A*. Hoping Oxford does the same, I did the conversions already.
    My school grades (probably equivalent to gsce) are not the best, mainly due to a very bad start in year 10, and I wonder if I can make up for it with the exams. What do you think?

    I know I can apply - Oxford asks for a 18/20 on the HS certificate, and I have a 18,5 which gets rounded to 19/20. My question is whether I can make for a competitive application, as I have to decide between going to college in my home country or waiting to apply to the UK.

    School grades:
    Math: 19 (A*)
    Portuguese: 19 (A*)
    English: 20 (A*)
    Physics/Chemistry: 17 (B*)
    Biology/Geology: 17 (B*)
    Biology: 20 (A*)
    Philosophy: 17 (B*)
    Computer software and basic programming (?): 20 (A*)

    National exams:
    Math: 19 (A*)
    Portuguese: 19 (A*)
    Physics/Chemistry: 19 (18,5) (A*)
    Biology/Geology: 19 (18,8) (A*)
    English: 20 (19,7) (A*)

    Led teams to win:
    - first prize at high school entrepreneurship competition held by major national company
    - award at the national science fair
    - first place in an international science meeting held in Lisbon
    - invitation for an international science fair to be held in Brazil in March (Expo Milset 2017)
    Also did/will do:
    - Toastmasters (started in July)
    - volunteering (prob won't be able to get more than 50 hours)

    Am I competitive enough for these places?
    Does not having Econ in high school hurt my chances?
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