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So i'm nearing the end of T1 and my grades are as follows:

776- HL Lang Lit, Economics, History

777- SL Biology, Math AA, Spanish B (taking exam this year)

If I maintained these grades to be predicted so, and also got three extra bonus points (thus a 44) and a good LNAT score, would I have a shot at Oxbridge? I'm afraid that my combo doesn't look too academic.

And would it be wise to switch to a 4th HL? I'm acing SL Bio and might switch up.

 

Thank you!

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Your subject choices are fine. Don't worry about it. I had the exact same HL subject choices as you and a lower predicted score and I got into all my chosen unis except Oxford for Law. (But I didn't get into Oxford because I effed up the interview - the fact that I got to the interview stage is enough to tell me my subject choices were fine).

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On 10/10/2020 at 5:11 AM, helpmeenglish said:

So i'm nearing the end of T1 and my grades are as follows:

776- HL Lang Lit, Economics, History

777- SL Biology, Math AA, Spanish B (taking exam this year)

If I maintained these grades to be predicted so, and also got three extra bonus points (thus a 44) and a good LNAT score, would I have a shot at Oxbridge? I'm afraid that my combo doesn't look too academic.

And would it be wise to switch to a 4th HL? I'm acing SL Bio and might switch up.

 

Thank you!

Hey

Basically, it's not all about what grades you have. Those are great grades and will certainly help your chances, however, Oxford and Cambridge look for students that fit them best. It depends on the course you would like to do, how well you do in the specialised testing and how well you do in your interview. My friend got a 45 on her IB, was extremely sporty and outgoing and basically amazing at everything and she didn't do so well on the specialised Oxford testing and therefore didn't even get to the interview stage. 

It depends on what course you are looking to take for whether your classes right now are academic enough or not. I would definitely decide on what you want to do before you move your Biology to HL.

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You really don't need to switch to four 4HL. I got an offer this year for law at Oxford with English B, History and Geography on HL. As long as you have good grades (which you do) you're fine. Remember, UK unis (Oxbridge in particular) are looking for people with a deep interest in their subject, so super-curriculars are a must!

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On 12/20/2020 at 9:07 PM, Arrowhead said:

Your subject choices are fine. Don't worry about it. I had the exact same HL subject choices as you and a lower predicted score and I got into all my chosen unis except Oxford for Law. (But I didn't get into Oxford because I effed up the interview - the fact that I got to the interview stage is enough to tell me my subject choices were fine).

Hi! How are you?

I was hoping you could answer some of my questions because I've been going crazy ahah

1 - Are you currently doing law? what university? (are you considered an international student?)

2 - I've always wanted to apply to Oxford but now I feel like chickening out because I'm not sure about my chances. I'm taking HL Eng A lit, Psychology and History, SL French b, ESS, Math AI. Because of our school system I couldn't take some of my first choice classes. 

3 - Did you have to take the LNATs/LSATS?

4 - Are you happy doing law?

 

Thank you so much! 

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4 minutes ago, SK7 said:

Hi! How are you?

I was hoping you could answer some of my questions because I've been going crazy ahah

1 - Are you currently doing law? what university? (are you considered an international student?)

2 - I've always wanted to apply to Oxford but now I feel like chickening out because I'm not sure about my chances. I'm taking HL Eng A lit, Psychology and History, SL French b, ESS, Math AI. Because of our school system I couldn't take some of my first choice classes. 

3 - Did you have to take the LNATs/LSATS?

4 - Are you happy doing law?

 

Thank you so much! 

🤣 

1 - I stopped being a law student in 2013 when I finished my degree at the LSE. I went on to practise law at international law firms for 5 years as an English law solicitor. And yes, I was an international student.

2 - Your subject choices are fine. What matters are your predicted scores, nothing more, nothing less. Frankly, most UK unis only Look at your HL choices with any degree of seriousness, your SLs only exist to boost your overall score as far as they’re concerned. And your HL choices are fine.

3 - yes I took the LNAT back in the day when it was a 30-point MCQ test with an essay. It’s changed nowadays (there are 42 MCQs now). It’s basically a glorified reading and comprehension test. Mastery over English is all that matters for this in my experience.

4 - I was for a long time. Legal Practice is completely different from doing a law degree. The money is great, but it’s a grind. It’s why I quit and became a creative eventually.

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9 minutes ago, Arrowhead said:

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1 - I stopped being a law student in 2013 when I finished my degree at the LSE. I went on to practise law at international law firms for 5 years as an English law solicitor. And yes, I was an international student.

2 - Your subject choices are fine. What matters are your predicted scores, nothing more, nothing less. Frankly, most UK unis only Look at your HL choices with any degree of seriousness, your SLs only exist to boost your overall score as far as they’re concerned. And your HL choices are fine.

3 - yes I took the LNAT back in the day when it was a 30-point MCQ test with an essay. It’s changed nowadays (there are 42 MCQs now). It’s basically a glorified reading and comprehension test. Mastery over English is all that matters for this in my experience.

4 - I was for a long time. Legal Practice is completely different from doing a law degree. The money is great, but it’s a grind. It’s why I quit and became a creative eventually.

 

As an international student, did you not find that the fees in the UK are incredibly high? 

Did you have to take the bar exam after you graduated? Is there anything else you have to do to become a solicitor?

Yeah right now I'm procrastinating by taking a practice LNAT test 😂😂. Considering English is my first language and probably my most fluent, I think it may be okay for me. 

Thank you so much! 

 

 

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On 3/23/2021 at 12:23 PM, SK7 said:

 

As an international student, did you not find that the fees in the UK are incredibly high? 

Did you have to take the bar exam after you graduated? Is there anything else you have to do to become a solicitor?

Yeah right now I'm procrastinating by taking a practice LNAT test 😂😂. Considering English is my first language and probably my most fluent, I think it may be okay for me. 

Thank you so much! 

 

 

Hey!

The fees were high, but LSE gave me a decent financial scholarship, it's needs-based if you really need one.  Most universities will consider some discount on the fees if you make the right applications in the appropriate time-frames.

As for the Bar exam, the system is different in England as opposed to the US or other countries which have a centralised Bar that admits all lawyers. In England, we have solicitors and barristers and depending on which route you go down, the requirements are different. I wrote a post about it here and I recommend you read it. The entire thread I created to advise Law students will probably answer a lot of your questions. 😀

Cheers!

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On 10/10/2020 at 5:11 AM, helpmeenglish said:

So i'm nearing the end of T1 and my grades are as follows:

776- HL Lang Lit, Economics, History

777- SL Biology, Math AA, Spanish B (taking exam this year)

If I maintained these grades to be predicted so, and also got three extra bonus points (thus a 44) and a good LNAT score, would I have a shot at Oxbridge? I'm afraid that my combo doesn't look too academic.

And would it be wise to switch to a 4th HL? I'm acing SL Bio and might switch up.

 

Thank you!

for Oxford there are multiple measures of accepting a candidate, bc of the fact that candidates apply with different diploma, they often require additional standardized testing and interview which would be the upmost important things to be considered. even if you get a 45, if you do not meet the requirement that they look for In a candidate you would not be accepted. 

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