The usual "Are my grades good enough for Oxford?" etc.

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Well done. You got your praise.
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Well done. You got your praise.
I'm not looking for any praise
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Hi everyone,

I'm currently in year 12 and am studying A level Biology, Chemistry, Maths and AS level Further Maths. My "minimum expected grades" are AAAA. I am hoping to be predicted A*A*A and achieve an A in AS F. Maths (although I am finding it relatively difficult).

My IGCSE grades were:
A*s in Bio, Chem, Maths, Physics, English lang and Spanish.
As in Geog, English lit and Classics.

I would love to apply for Biochemistry at Oxford, but I'm not sure if it's worth it when my grades are inferior. If anyone has tips on how to boost my chances of getting an offer, that would be great.

Any replies would be much appreciated, and many thanks.
All fine.
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Okay
I suspect they were being sarcastic.
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I suspect they were being sarcastic.
Yeah I hope so lol
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Okay
You definitely have a shot (no sarcasm this time)
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You definitely have a shot (no sarcasm this time)
Thanks haha. I don't mind a bit of criticism though
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You have a good chance.
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You have a good chance.
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Thanks haha. I don't mind a bit of criticism though
Just because you got a bunch of A*s and As at GCSE, and/or at AS, it doesn't mean you will get in. Or even are close to getting in. If you want the truth, rather than the heavily simplified reassurance, there are many many people with better grades than you. I don't know the exact statistics, but over 50% will have over 7 A*s. This is Oxford we are talking about, not Cambridge.

The entry test and interview is what many people don't realize are very significant in the admissions process. It is not uncommon at all for people to get very low percentages in the assessments; but conversely, it is extremely uncommon to get people with scores above 80% or so.
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since for biochem there isn't an entry test( as of 2017 entry anyway) they look at GCSEs a lot.
my friend had stats: 6A*s 7As, AAAA at AS
A*AA predicted
rejected. not even an interview.
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since for biochem there isn't an entry test( as of 2017 entry anyway) they look at GCSEs a lot.
my friend had stats: 6A*s 7As, AAAA at AS
A*AA predicted
rejected. not even an interview.
Wow. That's crazy. Thanks for the reply
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Just because you got a bunch of A*s and As at GCSE, and/or at AS, it doesn't mean you will get in. Or even are close to getting in. If you want the truth, rather than the heavily simplified reassurance, there are many many people with better grades than you. I don't know the exact statistics, but over 50% will have over 7 A*s. This is Oxford we are talking about, not Cambridge.

The entry test and interview is what many people don't realize are very significant in the admissions process. It is not uncommon at all for people to get very low percentages in the assessments; but conversely, it is extremely uncommon to get people with scores above 80% or so.
Yes, I am aware that the probability of me even getting an interview are extremely low. But I do not think that applicants for Biochemistry have to sit an entry test. Thank you for the reply.
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Why don't you apply to natural science at cambridge? Sure you don't start out in biochem but you can specialize into it.
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Yes, I am aware that the probability of me even getting an interview are extremely low. But I do not think that applicants for Biochemistry have to sit an entry test. Thank you for the reply.
I think avoid Oxford. Apply to Camb
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I think avoid Oxford. Apply to Camb
I'm not sure. Natural sciences seems more competitive and I would prefer to go straight into Biochem. I was thinking of Imperial, but its basically just as competitive as oxbridge anyway.
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