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Chance me for Oxford

LikesToRunLikesToRun 16 replies6 threads Junior Member
Hey guys, I was wondering what my chances would be for biochem at Oxford.

Here's everything I've done for the biochem qualifications:

AP Chem: 5
AP calc: 5
Bio subject test: 800

SAT: 1550

Extracurricular: made it to US math olympiad and US chem olympiad while starting my own chem club and being the secretary of the math team.

My chem teacher likes me a lot, and I will be getting a great reference from him.

Anything else I could do?
Given I do well on the interview, what are my chances of getting an unconditional or even a conditional offer?
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  • LikesToRunLikesToRun 16 replies6 threads Junior Member
    *BTW the calc I took was ap calc BC*
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7755 replies82 threads Senior Member
    On April 20th you were planning to take Calc AB and AP Chem next academic year and Calc BC in senior year; today you say you already have 5s in Chem & Calc BC. Your SAT appears to be a practice test, not an official one.

    Your posts do not reconcile.
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  • TigerleTigerle 616 replies6 threads Member
    You have the APs/SATs you need. It would help if you could show that your academic preparation you have in these subjects is really considerably above the AP/SAT level because that’s what UK students are expected to show with an A* at A level. I can’t really tell what „made it to the Olympiad“ really means in that respect. Another vehicle might be your Chen teachers rec. Note that both teachers recs and personal statement should show your enthusiasm for and brilliance in the subject, your intellectual curiosity etc, not leadership, likability, diligence etc. Effortless brilliance trumps hardworking grit for Oxford.
    Good luck! Which college are you thinking of?
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  • HazeGreyHazeGrey 256 replies4 threads Junior Member
    "Made it to the Math Olympiad" = you had a high enough combined score on the AMC10 & AIME to be invited to sit for the USAJMO or a high enough combined score on the AMC12 & AIME to be invited to sit for the USAMO. If so, congratulations, that is a great achievement. My son who is reading Maths & CS at Oxford never managed to do that.

    As I understand it, there is no admissions test or written work submission for the Biochemistry program, so interview shortlisting will likely be based on what you are able to put on paper as part of the application process plus predicted grades. The good news is that almost 60% of applicants were interviewed.
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