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What are my chances as an American for top British Universities

ak5528ak5528 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
edited July 2013 in United Kingdom
What are my chances at UCL, LSE and Oxford for a degree in economics?
I'm a rising senior in living in California

AP Test Scores:
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Calculus AB subscore: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP European History: 4
AP United States History: 4
AP Biology: 4
AP Art History: 4
AP Literature: 4

Standardized Test Scores:
ACT: 34
Math 2: 800
US History: 790

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Internship at a financial services institution in India
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Replies to: What are my chances as an American for top British Universities

  • TheRealKEVPTheRealKEVP - Posts: 986 Member

    This is a tough one.

    I think it is really close to the edge.

    Your US history SAT subject I think is high enough to be considered equivalent to a "5" at AP. If so, then you may meet the requirements of the programs you are interested in, just by the skin of your teeth.

    It's probably worth going for it, then. But I would also add into the mix a college that has lower standards just in case you miss the high standard colleges you are aiming for. Another plan might be to choose an less competitive subject than economics.

    You would I think improve your chances by getting at least one more "5" on an AP test in the future. Is there any chance of that happening?

  • ak5528ak5528 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    I will be taking AP Macro/Micro Econ, AP Government, and AP Physics in my senior year. Is it possible for me to get a conditional offer based on what I get on those exams?
  • worldsmile8worldsmile8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hey, I'm also I rising senior trying to apply to UK universities too.

    The schools I'm applying aren't as competitive as yours (but I'm gonna apply to vet medicine, which is a fairly competitive course), so I don't know if this information helps. But, when I asked University of Edinburgh about AP scores, they said either have qualified or PREDICTED TO QUALIFY for the score needed for entry requirement.
    It's just the entry requirement, so it's not a guarantee for an offer. Also, I suppose the system of assessment for an offer is different comparing to vet med (which requires interviews and practical work experiences), but I highly suggest you make contact with the admission office and ask any questions you have.

    And according to my knowledge (might be inaccurate, excuse me), UCL usually doesn't make offers to US high school leavers.
  • cupcakecupcake Registered User Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    If you look on UCL's website you will see they have some kind of 1 year catch up course for American high school graduates. You need to check to see if you need to complete this before beginning a UCL undergraduate course (I have no knowledge of this course other than it has been mentioned on this board before).
  • TheRealKEVPTheRealKEVP - Posts: 986 Member
    Yes, you can get a conditional offer based on your predicted scores. But then you actually have to get those scores! Will your teachers be predicting that you will earn at least one "5" on the exams you are going to be taking?

    Remember, I didn't really say "yes" or "no". I am putting you in the category of "too close to call".
  • worldsmile8worldsmile8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I suggest you visit Student Room, a website like CC, but mainly for UK students. You can find a lot of information about the app process, and many other stuff. I found a lot of valuable information on there too.
  • uscamstudentuscamstudent Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    With your strong background in math, Cambridge might be a better choice (and has a higher chance of you getting in) than Oxford. Econ at Oxford is more theoretical based (basically just like most Econ programs in the US) but Econ at Cam is really, really math focused. You actually have a quite good chance for Econ at Cam. Just a thought.
  • curtisdeancurtisdean Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    I agree with worldsmile8 - The Student Room is full of students from different UK Unis, you will find much more information there! Hope this helps!
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,595 Senior Member
    uscamstudent, are you sure about ak5528 having a good chance? I think TheRealKEVP is closer to correct. I know you have been through the process at Cambridge (and congrats on finishing your first year!), but ak5528 is going to be very tight on pulling 5 relevant APs / SATIIs that are A list. Even if Macro/Micro were accepted, it would only count as 1. If Cambridge would take AB and BC both (I know that some unis do and some don't), then the Math and US History SATIIs would round it out to 5. But to me it seems a tough one. Having said that, ak5228 if you are interested, by all means go for it.
  • uscamstudentuscamstudent Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    collegemom3717, yes you're right, it's very close to call. I just meant that Cambridge, with its focus on the math side of econ, may be more willing to overlook the lack of more traditional related subjects. The way I count it, ak5528 has two 5s in math, a 5 equivalent in math (from the 800 SAT subject test) and a 5 equivalent in history (the 790 in US). That should be just about enough to get an interview at Cam for econ (although having not taken AP econ will not look great).
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