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APs for Economics at Oxford

nerdgeekdorknerdgeekdork Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
edited December 2012 in United Kingdom
I want to study Economics and Management at Oxford, and I need 3 relevant AP tests. The requirement only says "mathematics."

I'm already going to take AP Calculus BC this spring. What other AP tests do I need to take? (Macro, Micro, Stat?)

Thank you!
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Replies to: APs for Economics at Oxford

  • windowpainting16windowpainting16 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    What country are you from? Oxford RARELY considers Americans straight out of high school. They generally look at students who have been at an American university for one year. Unless you have perfect test scores on everything and many, many APs they do not consider you prepared because the UK system is a year longer than our education system.
  • Dionysus58Dionysus58 - Posts: 799 Member
    You should probably do every maths AP that is available to you, calculus on its own won't be enough. I'd also recommend physics, chemistry, a language and history.
  • TheRealKEVPTheRealKEVP - Posts: 986 Member
    I have never heard that Oxford "rarely considers Americans straight out of high school". But to be considered straight out of high school you are definitely going to need scores of "5" in at least 3 AP tests, maybe more. Essentially, you should have the sort of AP tests that tell people you are at the level that most Americans don't reach until after they have completed a year of college.
  • nerdgeekdorknerdgeekdork Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Thanks! I know it's very, very, VERY hard to get it from anywhere, let alone the US...

    I've already gotten 5s on environmental science, world history, and chemistry. I don't think any of those are very useful though. This year, I will be taking the AP for Physics B, English literature, US history, and Spanish. I'm not enrolled in the courses, but should I self-study and take AP Statistics or macro/micro? The only maths APs are calculus and statistics.

    Thanks so much! :)
  • nerdgeekdorknerdgeekdork Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    bump 10char
  • Dionysus58Dionysus58 - Posts: 799 Member
    Chemistry will be useful, as will history. I've already said that you should take all maths/quantitative subjects that are available to you. You can't do anymore than that. If your school does not offer stats and macro/micro then obviously it'd be a good idea to self study them.
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,631 Forum Champion
    Oxford undergrad is 3 years.

    One problem with UK admissions is that they are usually conditional, at least at Oxford. So if you take 5 APs as a senior they will expect you to have at least 4 5s in those. If you only have 3, then probably 5s in all 3. So conditions totally depend on your intended coursework. The more you list, the harder your conditions can be.
  • ilovecollege95ilovecollege95 Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    Take as many math AP's as you can (preferably Calc AB and BC, Stat is not as highly regarded) and other Group A AP's!

    UCAS - Advanced Placement Programme - US & Canada

    Economics in particular is one of the most competitive at Oxbridge.
  • zhaoxdsheldonzhaoxdsheldon Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    all math-related subjects. but only take those that you can get 4 or 5
  • barnes99barnes99 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Simple piece of advice: write and ask advice from the Tutor for Admission at your chosen college. Colleges differ and it is important that you meet the particular requirements of your chosen college. If you write to the Tutor for Admissions, I think you will find that they will be very helpful.
  • barnes99barnes99 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Regarding Economics, at Oxford it is usually PPE (though some take economics with another subject). Only at Cambridge can you read economics per se. It cannot hurt to take geography or history as well as they will be looking at your ability to write (particularly at Oxford).
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