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The Scores You Need For Top US & UK Unis

Learn how to use your ATAR or IB score to apply to world leading universities like Harvard, Oxford, Stanford or Cambridge!

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Using Your High School Scores to Apply Overseas

Let’s start with some good news. You can apply to US or UK universities with your ATAR score. Many students think you need to study the International Baccalaureate (IB) to apply overseas which is simply not true. Both the ATAR and IB are widely accepted but there are a few things you must know about your ATAR or IB if you’re aiming to apply to the US or UK.

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Go behind the scenes at some of the top universities in the world to gain an insight into campus life and to explore the possibilities for your own future.

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World-Class Universities

Go behind the scenes at some of the top universities in the world to gain an insight into campus life and to explore the possibilities for your own future.

  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Top Three Tips

Here are three of our top three tips to help you apply to US or UK unis.

You Need More Than a Score

The US and UK have a holistic application process which means they’ll want to see your academics, your extracurriculars and learn more about who you are, not just what score you have. This could be anything from being a school leader to starting a YouTube channel to being an outstanding athlete.

Don't Leave it Too Late

The application process is a challenge and if you ask any recent admit to top unis for their advice, they’ll tell you to start early! Ideally this would be in Year 10 or Year 11. By halfway through Year 12, it gets very stressful to manage the application and your final exams.

Be prepared for pushback

While you’d think people would be super supportive of your goal to study overseas, it’s not always the case. Make sure you are clear on your goals and you communicate your plans to your parents. If they’re supportive, your goals are much more likely to become a reality. 

Consistently High Standards

In Australia, the course cut-off scores at universities vary greatly depending on the popularity or academic rigor of the course. This is often not the case at top US or UK universities, where the academic requirements are fairly consistent across all courses within a university.

Academics in the UK

In the UK, about 75% of the application is based on your academics and the cut-offs are quite rigid - similar to the system we have here in Australia. For example, Oxford or Cambridge needs to see a final ATAR of 98.5 or above to review your application! Keep studying!

Academics in the US

In the US, 40% of your application is based on your academics. This includes your ATAR/IB score, your academic transcripts from Year 9 to 12 and a required standardised test being either the SAT or ACT exam. It sounds like a lot but you can get your standardised test out of the way in Year 11!

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Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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