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    The people who get to the round 2 are often quite like that but with good a-level knowledge, you can get a gold after doing a few of the past papers as practice.
    Honestly, I couldn't improve much after my first couple attempts because I didn't know how to solve questions I got wrong (MS doesn't help much). The NMR goes to crazy levels on that ****. Organic was disgusting at times too

    "How Chemical Reactions Happen" seems to be a favourite book among gold medalists. Never got it, probably worth it

    I did find it quite strange how some strong students couldn't get an award though - some of them were medics too (our whole chem classes did it).
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    Can you literally apply to any universities over there?
    Yep, you have to pay individual application fees for each uni, and sit the SAT and usually two subtests (i.e. Subject specific SATs) when their dates are available in the UK (often in big cities like London or Birmingham, they don't go to small towns, unfortunately).

    You'll need to write a college essay, which isn't very similar to a UCAS PS. They look for different things, but great examples are all over the internet.

    Honestly, another negative, academically speaking imo of American unis is that their interviews are personal, and non-academic. They'll talk about you and what you can do for the uni based on your life and college essay - no intellect questions.
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    Honestly, I couldn't improve much after my first couple attempts because I didn't know how to solve questions I got wrong (MS doesn't help much). The NMR goes to crazy levels on that ****. Organic was disgusting at times too

    "How Chemical Reactions Happen" seems to be a favourite book among gold medalists. Never got it, probably worth it

    I did find it quite strange how some strong students couldn't get an award though - some of them were medics too (our whole chem classes did it).
    The olympiads are more about testing problem solving rather than knowledge you already have. For example in the organic ones you can work backwards. Also all the mathematical ones that may draw upon UG stuff, they always give you all the equations. But yeah I agree the NMR ones are insanely hard. I got 46.5/81 in mine so fingers crossed for gold but it might be high silver.
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    Yep, you have to pay individual application fees for each uni, and sit the SAT and usually two subtests (i.e. Subject specific SATs) when their dates are available in the UK (often in big cities like London or Birmingham, they don't go to small towns, unfortunately).

    You'll need to write a college essay, which isn't very similar to a UCAS PS. They look for different things, but great examples are all over the internet.

    Honestly, another negative, academically speaking imo of American unis is that their interviews are personal, and non-academic. They'll talk about you and what you can do for the uni based on your life and college essay - no intellect questions.
    You have to pay for the application fees? Do you know how much? That’s kind of a piss take. Yeah I’d new it would be taken place in major cities.
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    The olympiads are more about testing problem solving rather than knowledge you already have. For example in the organic ones you can work backwards. Also all the mathematical ones that may draw upon UG stuff, they always give you all the equations. But yeah I agree the NMR ones are insanely hard. I got 46.5/81 in mine so fingers crossed for gold but it might be high silver.
    I get what you say, but people who read up on organic at UG will just memorise the reactions. They'll also "get used" to the physical chemistry equations so that's really no application for them. It's why the Chinese are always dominating it, it's their culture tbh.

    Oo, that's a tight one. I think that's a Gold. I got something like 45% in mine and missed gold by a few marks - it's usually around 50-55% no?
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    You have to pay for the application fees? Do you know how much? That’s kind of a piss take. Yeah I’d new it would be taken place in major cities.
    Average is $30 ~ £22.

    For the prestigious ones, it's more like £50 an application

    https://www.usnews.com/education/bes...plication-fees

    Such a money hungry process
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    (Original post by Kyber Ninja)
    Average is $30 ~ £22.

    For the prestigious ones, it's more like £50 an application

    https://www.usnews.com/education/bes...plication-fees

    Such a money hungry process
    Wow they’re robbing you blind. That’s not really worth it then.
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    Wow they’re robbing you blind. That’s not really worth it then.
    Ofc not.

    This is why the rich attend the best unis in America. The UK media should look at "merica before they **** off every top uni in the UK for not helping social mobility.
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    Ofc not.

    This is why the rich attend the best unis in America. The UK media should look at "merica before they **** off every top uni in the UK for not helping social mobility.
    Yeah. Money will literally get you anything. It isn’t that cheap to go to university over here as well but it is cheaper.
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    Yeah. Money will literally get you anything. It isn’t that cheap to go to university over here as well but it is cheaper.
    I mean, if you're Scottish it's free. If you're Welsh, you only play £4,000 a year. It's really only England and NI that have it bad (by UK standards).
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    I get what you say, but people who read up on organic at UG will just memorise the reactions. They'll also "get used" to the physical chemistry equations so that's really no application for them. It's why the Chinese are always dominating it, it's their culture tbh.

    Oo, that's a tight one. I think that's a Gold. I got something like 45% in mine and missed gold by a few marks - it's usually around 50-55% no?
    Yeah I think so. In the lower sixth chem challenge I got exactly enough to get a gold (33/68) which is p funny.
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    I mean, if you're Scottish it's free. If you're Welsh, you only play £4,000 a year. It's really only England and NI that have it bad (by UK standards).
    Yeah but then that’s crap for us.
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    How many olympiads are you sitting lol. Is your brother doing A-Levels?
    My brother is doing his A levels (he's in y13); he introduced me to the chemistry and biology olympiads. I sat some papers and did it in school unofficially. But to answer your question, just maths and physics.
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    Yeah I think so. In the lower sixth chem challenge I got exactly enough to get a gold (33/68) which is p funny.
    The Cambridge Chemistry challenge or the Chemistry Olympiad? Isn't the latter /75?
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    My brother is doing his A levels (he's in y13); he introduced me to the chemistry and biology olympiads. I sat some papers and did it in school unofficially. But to answer your question, just maths and physics.
    Oh right. What subjects is your brother taking?
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    The Cambridge Chemistry challenge or the Chemistry Olympiad? Isn't the latter /75?
    They all vary year on year. One year the round 1 chem was out of 100 (the year that kyber is talking about where 45% was gold).
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    Oh right. What subjects is your brother taking?
    Maths, Chem, Biology.
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    They all vary year on year. One year the round 1 chem was out of 100 (the year that kyber is talking about where 45% was gold).
    Ah I forgot - yeah they do.
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    Maths, Chem, Biology.
    Nice, is he planning on doing Medicine?
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    Would be nice to see the lucky students recieving admission into Harvard from the UK, and even harder achievement. Considering only 4 schools in the UK have had a successful admission last year. Congratulations to the fellow American, nice to see those who dilligently worked their way up to presitgious places.
 
 
 
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