(UK) What are the GCSE levels requirements to apply for MIT?

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(UK) What are the GCSE levels requirements to apply for MIT???

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What are the GCSE levels requirements to apply for MIT???

for those who wants to anser..heres the GCSE leveling here in UK


A*
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
U

How many As do you think I'd need for GCSE? Dyou think it'd be OK if I get a B?
 

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It's likely that your GCSEs won't really be looked at when applying for university, especially somewhere other than the UK. However, you should be looking to obtain A* in at least physics and maths if you're going to have much chance of coping at MIT (or any other top university).
 
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How old are you?

What grades did you get in which subjects?
 
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MIT doesn't have cutoff points for tests or grades. If you get a B in the physics exam, MIT wont automatically disqualify you but you need to make up for it in another way to get in, for example if you won a science fair with a physics project.
 
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How old are you?

What grades did you get in which subjects?
I'm 16 and I'm still in Year 11, which is like Senior Year in US, but not exactly, coz we still have to do 2 years of college then we can go to University when we're 18...

And, we haven't done our final exams yet, which is this May or so, thats why I'm asking so I can get a target grade for the exam...
 
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I'm 16 and I'm still in Year 11, which is like Senior Year in US, but not exactly, coz we still have to do 2 years of college then we can go to University when we're 18...

And, we haven't done our final exams yet, which is this May or so, thats why I'm asking so I can get a target grade for the exam...
No, it's not like senior year in america.

I'm in year 12, and senior year in america is equivalent to year 13.

What are you projected to get? And what subjects did you take?
 
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Admissions at MIT (or any other top school) are *very* competitive. First thing to realize... top grades and top test scores will not get you in, but low grades or low test scores will keep you out. You need to do outstanding things outside of school as well.

How competitive, you ask? Take a look at http://web.mit.edu/registrar/www/stats/geofinal.html. Last year, there were *six* undergrads from the UK at MIT. Since an undergraduate education typically takes four years, this means they admit on average one or two students from the UK each year.
 
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What are you projected to get? And what subjects did you take?
Mostly As and Bs.

I have 9 subjects

English
Science
Maths
Religious Studies
PE

my choices:

Additional Science
Graphics
Art
Media

-I'm planning to study Architecture...
 
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Out of curiosity, why are you so keen on MIT? Don't get me wrong It's a commendable ambition but you should also note that a school like that must have to turn down excellent candidates and you should keep your options open.
 
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Out of curiosity, why are you so keen on MIT?
coz my mom is planning to move to Washington DC and work there; Actually, she can leave anytime now but she wants to wait for me till Uni, so that I can do it in America. and the closest top University in the area is MIT...

I'd say, when you reach something, why not reach to the highest?

Before when she haven't thought of moving there yet, I was planning to go Cambridge or Imperial, which are also top Univerities in UK. But in US, I can't go Harvard, possibly Yale, but Harvard's to high for me, I'd be dead LOL

btw, the As and Bs that I've said were just predictions...not final yet.
 
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coz my mom is planning to move to Washington DC and work there; Actually, she can leave anytime now but she wants to wait for me till Uni, so that I can do it in America. and the closest top University in the area is MIT...

I'd say, when you reach something, why not reach to the highest?

Agreed, and If you feel that it is possible you should certainly aim for it. However keep in mind that there are many excellent universities in that area (some of the best in the world actually).

Anyway, although it is unlikely that your GCSEs will mater at all, entering MIT would I imagine be on the same level of difficulty as entering Cambridge, 9 straight A/A*s would be roughly what entrants tended to have.

Why do you imagine that Harvard would be impossible to get into but MIT not-so? Top universities are top universities..
 
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Why do you imagine that Harvard would be impossible to get into but MIT not-so?
I know but in MIT, I know I'd have more chance of getting through. Lets admit it, Harvard is the #1 University worldwide...
 
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Is it now?
 
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I know but in MIT, I know I'd have more chance of getting through. Lets admit it, Harvard is the #1 University worldwide...
You're just going on name recognition
 
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I'd compare entry to a top US college to a top UK uuniversity. Oxbridge require high marks in order just for you to qualify for concideration. This is AAA at A-level, they also look at GCSEs which are typically all A*/A. Still, even with these grades you need much more and doesn't even come close to guaranteeing entry.

In terms of a top US college, MIT, not only will it be extremely difficult for you to get in, but it will be very expensive and overall I think pretty unlikely and infeasible, especially if you are just a year 11 that has been watching Walter Lewin's physics lectures on YouTube.
 
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You're just going on name recognition

According to most university league tables Harvard is the top university worldwide.
 
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I know but in MIT, I know I'd have more chance of getting through. Lets admit it, Harvard is the #1 University worldwide...
With all due respect, I don't think you have the perspective to make that judgment - you're a teenager 5000 miles away from either institution. That really doesn't give you the background, experience or depth to compare two programs, neither of which you have any experience with.

TMFKAN64 makes a very salient point. MIT historically takes one student per year from the UK. Sometimes two. Are you unmistakably the very best student in the entire UK? If the answer is "no", I would seriously recommend you apply to more than one place.
 
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With all due respect, I don't think you have the perspective to make that judgment - you're a teenager 5000 miles away from either institution. That really doesn't give you the background, experience or depth to compare two programs, neither of which you have any experience with.

TMFKAN64 makes a very salient point. MIT historically takes one student per year from the UK. Sometimes two. Are you unmistakably the very best student in the entire UK? If the answer is "no", I would seriously recommend you apply to more than one place.
God, he's just aiming high, does he really expect to get into MIT? I would think no, he's just trying to find the ceiling.
 
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MIT historically takes one student per year from the UK. Sometimes two. Are you unmistakably the very best student in the entire UK? If the answer is "no", I would seriously recommend you apply to more than one place.
Now hold on, I don't think that the best student in the UK necessarily goes to MIT ;)
 
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I would seriously recommend you apply to more than one place.
When did I say that I would only apply to MIT? We get 5 choices in UCAS, Of course I wouldn't only pick one...
 
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Are you unmistakably the very best student in the entire UK? If the answer is "no"
I know I'm not but I know that I have a chance. And if I am the "best", Why exactly would I apply to MIT if Oxbridge is just right there...
 
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God, he's just aiming high, does he really expect to get into MIT? I would think no, he's just trying to find the ceiling.
I don't get what you'r trying to say... I mean, is this suppose to be a sarcasm? that, I'm too imaginative to even think I'd be accepted in MIT?

Or is it a good thing? that, what you're trying to say is I'm reaching for the highest one that I could possibly reach(like the ceiling)?
 
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When did I say that I would only apply to MIT? We get 5 choices in UCAS, Of course I wouldn't only pick one...
You don't apply to US colleges through UCAS...
 
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As Gregg said, yes.
Greg said no such thing, he said he'd compare any top US university to Oxbridge actually. Harvard may top league tables, and this one metric perhaps. But the question itself becomes meaningless at the level of university you're talking about. It's a bit like saying "Which is the better fruit, apples or strawberry?".

You're trying to compare things which aren't comparable.

Now I wouldn't worry too much about University for the time being, just concentrate on your GCSEs and good luck!.
 

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