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    I want to study Mathematics, i got for AS
    Maths: A (273UMS) C1: 97 C2: 92 S1: 80 {retaking}
    Further maths: B (220 UMS) FP1: 74 {retaking} D1: 84 {remarking} D2: 66 {Retaking}
    Economics: B (Reformed)
    Physics: C (Reformed)

    GCSE: 2 A* Maths and Business Studies
    4 A's Science additional, geog, media, eng lit
    3 B's eng lang french and science core

    My extra curricular activities are very good and will show a strong interest in maths

    my predictions should hopefully be
    A* A* A (maths fmaths and econ)
    and i will do STEP and MAT
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    Nope. Even if you did get in you're probably not smart enough to keep up with the workload. If you know anyone who is in the top 0.1% of the country in terms of grades and intelligence and goes to Cambridge, just talk to them and you'll see that if they have to work their ass off when they could just chill when getting excellent grades in Maths, FM, Physics, Biology and Chemistry AS (yes, all 5) how high the workload is.
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    (Original post by Ravenous food)
    Nope. Even if you did get in you're probably not smart enough to keep up with the workload. If you know anyone who is in the top 0.1% of the country in terms of grades and intelligence and goes to Cambridge, just talk to them and you'll see that if they have to work their ass off when they could just chill when getting excellent grades in Maths, FM, Physics, Biology and Chemistry AS (yes, all 5) how high the workload is.
    Damn didn't even sugar coat that **** lol. Hows a maths degree from Cambridge different from other unis?
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    im not going to lie to you, the chances are unbelievably slim -- you got ABBC at AS, there are people who get 4As, with next to full UMS and dont even get called into interview. Unless your STEP and MAT are next to flawless, I wouldn't put any money on Cambridge. Thats not to say youre completely not going to get into Cam, or that there arent other universities that are still really great to study maths.
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    Let me use my favourite post by Zacken to tell you:

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    Formally: Cambridge have a few studies that show that AS and A-Level performance have very bad correlation for the mathematics degree there, even GCSE performance has a better correlation. STEP performance however, has the highest correlation for any subject ever. Something like ~50%.Common sense: would you rather distinguish candidates based on a test that consists of sitting down, writing some crap that demonstrates no understanding whatsoever of mathematics and get an easy A* that literally half the candidature get and literally 99% of the maths applicants will be getting A*A*A - A*A*A* effortlessly or a test with which only 160 of your offer holders can get a decent grade and filters the candidature to an reasonably modest level by not only being an extremely difficult test aimed at the top 2% of the a-level mathematicians, that requires actual thought, creativity and mathematical ingenuity but also by allowing admissions tutors to view the actual scripts of the candidates to see their thought process.tl;dr an idiot could get an A*A* in maths and further maths, STEP requires actual talent. Cambridge wants actual talent, not idiots.
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    You could apply post A2 so you would already have your grades...hopefully A*A*A. That might give you a better shot of getting an interview/offer
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    Get an S in STEP 3 and STEP 2.

    But in all seriousness (because nobody gets an S in STEP, haha, our teachers didn't even say you could) no probably not. The people I know who got into oxbridge could coast and get As (which is why STEP and MAT exist).

    STEP Is hard (MAT is a lot easier but still hard) and I wouldn't take it lightly. The people i know who did it spent more time revising for it than they did their actual A levels.

    I'm presuming you haven't looked at them yet but you should to make up your mind if you want to bother applying. You wont be able to do all the questions (not because of ability but because you haven't done C3/4 and FP2/3) but you should be able to give some of them a go. STEP is not like an A level test - you can't categorise the questions like you can at A level. It can ask anything and there is no standard way to do the questions. Whereas you can go "Oh, this is a MacLaurin's series question" or "Oh, this is integration by parts" STEP wont give you that. You will be expected to use everything you've ever learned and adapt to what it wants. Its totally unlike A levels.

    ColossalAtoms quote from Zacken is good. Just read that.
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    Ok thanks for all of these replies, very helpful
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    Even if you don't go to Cambridge don't be disheartened. Cambridge is probably in the top 5 universities in the world so not being in at the top of the world's academics is not something to be ashamed of. There are still plenty of excellent universities in the UK so it isn't as though you're not going to be able to get a good degree. You still have the potential to get into a top Russel group university.
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    Not going to Cambridge is not in anyway going to affect your end goal of whatever.

    Set more realistic targets for yourself. Those are good grades
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    Naa Cambridge is too difficult for you. And what's so good about Cambridge anyways. You could get a 2.1 or higher from a good Russell group uni without dying from the work load and stress Cambridge puts on you.

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    Absolutely not, sorry. I know someone who got AAAB and 89% average in their subjects they took to A2 and that wasn't enough...
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    This is coming from someone who has been on a summer school to Cambridge university for admissions and you're lucky you want to study maths because they'll accept your grades. GCSE grades don't matter for maths as long as you have the A* in Maths! As long as you slam STEP they'll want you. Everyone who says you have no chance is WRONG! There are people studying maths in Cambridge who only have one A*- and that's in maths. STEP is the #1 decider for Cambridge mathematics, still apply! The only way you definitely can't get in is if you don't apply.


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