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    I was wondering if any former or current Cambridge maths students would be willing to share their GCSE grades as I am hoping to study maths at Cambridge and I was wondering what GCSE grades most have so I have a guideline to aim for. I would also be grateful if you told me have you did in UKMT maths challenges.
    P.S. I'm aware of the official entry requirements e.g. A*A*A at A-level, 1 in STEP II and III and getting over 95 UMS but I want to know GCSE grades as well.
    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by carlsenesque)
    I was wondering if any former or current Cambridge maths students would be willing to share their GCSE grades as I am hoping to study maths at Cambridge and I was wondering what GCSE grades most have so I have a guideline to aim for. I would also be grateful if you told me have you did in UKMT maths challenges.
    P.S. I'm aware of the official entry requirements e.g. A*A*A at A-level, 1 in STEP II and III and getting over 95 UMS but I want to know GCSE grades as well.
    Thanks in advance.
    There's no GCSE requirement for Maths, and UKMT is not a requirement either.

    As per my reply to your earlier post:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4526996
    UKMT Maths Challenge

    And the replies you had here too:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4505800
    GCSE Grades for Trinity College Maths

    If you are on target to achieve the A-level requirements you should apply. By the way 95 UMS is not a requirement either.

    You can see the academic profile of 2017 applicants here
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4494572
    The Official Cambridge 2017 Decisions Thread [no discussion]

    And there's an excellent maths specific thread here
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=503945
    Cambridge Maths Students and Applicants

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    (Original post by jneill)
    There's no GCSE requirement for Maths, and UKMT is not a requirement either.

    As per my reply to your earlier post:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4526996
    UKMT Maths Challenge

    And the replies you had here too:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4505800
    GCSE Grades for Trinity College Maths

    If you are on target to achieve the A-level requirements you should apply. By the way 95 UMS is not a requirement either.

    You can see the academic profile of 2017 applicants here
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4494572
    The Official Cambridge 2017 Decisions Thread [no discussion]

    And there's an excellent maths specific thread here
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=503945
    Cambridge Maths Students and Applicants

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    I'm aware that 95 UMS isn't a requirement but from what I've heard if you don't get around that then it's unlikely you will get any. Also I'm wondering how much GCSEs matter and wondered if 7 A*s 4 As and 1 B is enough to get in as long as I meet the other requirements.
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    (Original post by carlsenesque)
    I'm aware that 95 UMS isn't a requirement but from what I've heard if you don't get around that then it's unlikely you will get any. Also I'm wondering how much GCSEs matter and wondered if 7 A*s 4 As and 1 B is enough to get in as long as I meet the other requirements.
    Again, it's not a requirement.
    Do you know about quintiles? This data might interest you
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...and%20data.pdf
    e.g. in 2013 the 2nd quintile had a MUMS (Maths UMS) of 92.0 and an offer rate of 17.3%. Yes that's "below average" but demonstrates you don't need a minimum of 95 to get an offer.

    And yes those GCSEs would be fine.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Again, it's not a requirement.
    Do you know about quintiles? This data might interest you
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque...and%20data.pdf
    e.g. in 2013 the 2nd quintile had a MUMS (Maths UMS) of 92.0 and an offer rate of 17.3%. Yes that's "below average" but demonstrates you don't need a minimum of 95 to get an offer.
    I think you got the point across the first time.

    Of course 95% maths UMS isn't a requirement, but on the other hand I think it's slightly naive to suggest that one should apply just because they're likely to meet the A-level grades. Those who don't average around 95% should think about why they didn't score so highly. Was it because they just made a few careless mistakes on the day, or was it because of a lack of fluency and understanding of A-level material? In the case of the latter it would be wise to consider whether they are up to the task of taking on the very demanding STEP papers. I got A*A* in A2 maths and FM but I doubt I'd be capable of hitting 1,1 in STEP II and III even if I devoted all of my time to it. In fact, judging by my performance in two maths-focused interviews at Cambridge (for CompSci and NatSci), I don't think I would have received an offer had I applied for maths in the first place.
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    I think you got the point across the first time.
    I didn't. OP has asked the same thing in a few threads.

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