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    (Original post by maths134)
    Thanks, you to!! Now just have to make it . Can't wait for feb aha
    same.....im just glad to have got a 1,1 offer.....alot of kids got SS offers from Trinity :/ thats totally messed up :eek:

    I hope 4 months is enough....I'm busy revising for my January exams it will make the alevel part of my offer very easy to achieve in june
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    same.....im just glad to have got a 1,1 offer.....alot of kids got SS offers from Trinity :/ thats totally messed up :eek:

    I hope 4 months is enough....I'm busy revising for my January exams it will make the alevel part of my offer very easy to achieve in june
    Long time no see

    (Warwick recommend 4 months, though that's probably STEP I - if you put a lot of effort in it should be fine )

    EDIT: oh and it's 5 months - end of January to end of June
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    same.....im just glad to have got a 1,1 offer.....alot of kids got SS offers from Trinity :/ thats totally messed up :eek:

    I hope 4 months is enough....I'm busy revising for my January exams it will make the alevel part of my offer very easy to achieve in june
    Yeh that so harsh. Tbh 4-5 months should be enough,or so I'm told... Lol. Well the other guys say that's fine!
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    (Original post by deejayy)
    When you first open the step paper on the day, what is the strategy for picking questions to do? Are we supposed to read through all the questions quickly and then judge the difficulty of the questions?
    UNTIL you run out of time

    DO { Pick a nice question;
    Solve it
    }


    Once you've done a lot of questions you develop a feel for the kind you like. And you learn how long to persist for before you abandon. I recommend you don't spend ages choosing six. Get that first one under your belt.
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    Long time no see

    (Warwick recommend 4 months, though that's probably STEP I - if you put a lot of effort in it should be fine )

    EDIT: oh and it's 5 months - end of January to end of June
    I know extricated passed on the message....but well done on your offer....especially on the step requirement!

    that was on their site right? there are plenty kids out there that manage to get what they need in step in 4-5 months........20th and 27th june will be live :cool:

    I will be doing solely STEP for the first 4 months....june will be for my exams :firehead: banking on good january exams
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    (Original post by maths134)
    Yeh that so harsh. Tbh 4-5 months should be enough,or so I'm told... Lol. Well the other guys say that's fine!
    it is.....I think its important to sort out our strategies before I start step preperation....ive decided im going to do pure and mechanics....and bits of stats......I don't know how many papers I should do :eek: soo many to do....I reckon 10-15 is enough
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    it is.....I think its important to sort out our strategies before I start step preperation....ive decided im going to do pure and mechanics....and bits of stats......I don't know how many papers I should do :eek: soo many to do....I reckon 10-15 is enough
    I'm sticking to pure. I already know I lean towards calculus questions more than anything else
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    (Original post by maths134)
    I'm sticking to pure. I already know I lean towards calculus questions more than anything else
    There is usually quite a lot of calculas questions on step....sounds like a good strategy....but do have a plan b ready
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    I'm guessing most of us on here are against the AEA prep? :sad:
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    There is usually quite a lot of calculas questions on step....sounds like a good strategy....but do have a plan b ready
    Yeh I mean the only questions I hate are sequences questions, they are often easy :/ I just hate them and get rly confused lol
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    (Original post by Ree69)
    I'm guessing most of us on here are against the AEA prep? :sad:
    I only noted no because I found the aea papers really easy. I've been doing them this week in place of c3/c4 revision lol.
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    I could check the spec...

    AQA FP1 - pretty much all on STEP (no Newton-Raphson; no matrices)
    AQA FP2 - most, nothing on surface of revolution
    AQA FP3 - pretty much all on STEP (not sure about polar coordinates it's on STEP!)
    AQA FP4 - lots on matrices is on STEP no it isn't!, but no eigenvectors etc, no cross product or 3D geometry beyond C4. (so none on STEP)

    Take it with a grain of salt - check the specifications yourself if you wanna be more sure
    Thanks for taking your time to look this stuff up (though I certainly will check out specifics myself when I get started)

    I've done AQA FP1, FP2 and FP3 (taking 2 and 3 this january) so I should have nothing holding me back from doing well in STEP other than my own ability.

    Bring it.
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    How does AEA compare to STEP I?
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    (Original post by maths134)
    Yeh I mean the only questions I hate are sequences questions, they are often easy :/ I just hate them and get rly confused lol
    I did a few for interview preparation......lets just say there are other appealing topics
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    When everybody says that they will have 4-5 months to prepare for STEP, what exactly do they mean by prepare ?
    Are you just going to have a look through the Silkos Booklets and do past papers or are you going to do anything else as well.
    Also, for STEP 1,2 and 3 which stats modules must one know. I have done s1 and s2 will that be enough for STEP 2 ? I am guessing STEP 3 requires a bit more.
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    (Original post by joshgoldman)
    How does AEA compare to STEP I?
    AEA is much more similar to A-level Maths in style of questions. It's entirely Pure, unlike STEP which has Applied. However, all AEA questions are mandatory and the grade boundaries are harsher. Fudging the final bazillion-mark question on an AEA paper can cost you a Distinction.

    Are you asking because of a Warwick 2 / Distinction offer? I'd say try an AEA paper or two, if you can get Distinctions reliably that may be worth a look, but a 2 in STEP I is definitely doable.

    (Assuming you're talking about the Warwick offer Why not prepare for both, do both, then you have two chances at getting in?

    Here's an AEA Megapack - just has all past papers, markschemes and reports, plus specification and formula book. I have the grade boundaries somewhere too... edit: they're below

    http://www.mediafire.com/?n2suv2828hngr8l

    Grade Boundaries
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    Year	      D	M
    2002	74	51
    2003	70	50
    2004	70	48
    2005	69	50
    2006	67	48
    2007	68	49
    2008	72	54
    2009	69	51
    2010	81	63
    2011	70	50
    (Original post by Ree69)
    I'm guessing most of us on here are against the AEA prep? :sad:
    quoted you in case you're interested, lol


    (Original post by الجبر)
    When everybody says that they will have 4-5 months to prepare for STEP, what exactly do they mean by prepare ?
    Are you just going to have a look through the Silkos Booklets and do past papers or are you going to do anything else as well.
    Also, for STEP 1,2 and 3 which stats modules must one know. I have done s1 and s2 will that be enough for STEP 2 ? I am guessing STEP 3 requires a bit more.
    My strategy was to start with the Silkos booklet "AVPI Core Mathematics", do 5-10 questions from around the start, then print off one past paper for each STEP and do questions from those.

    S1-2 should be OK for STEP I and II. The Stats requirements for STEP III are weird - there's bits and bobs from all modules up to S4 on OCR, but there's a lot on those modules that you really don't need!
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    AEA is much more similar to A-level Maths in style of questions. It's entirely Pure, unlike STEP which has Applied. However, all AEA questions are mandatory and the grade boundaries are harsher. Fudging the final bazillion-mark question on an AEA paper can cost you a Distinction.

    Are you asking because of a Warwick 2 / Distinction offer? I'd say try an AEA paper or two, if you can get Distinctions reliably that may be worth a look, but a 2 in STEP I is definitely doable.

    (Assuming you're talking about the Warwick offer Why not prepare for both, do both, then you have two chances at getting in?

    Here's an AEA Megapack - just has all past papers, markschemes and reports, plus specification and formula book. I have the grade boundaries somewhere too... edit: they're below

    http://www.mediafire.com/?n2suv2828hngr8l

    Grade Boundaries
    Spoiler:
    Show
    Code:
    Year	      D	M
    2002	74	51
    2003	70	50
    2004	70	48
    2005	69	50
    2006	67	48
    2007	68	49
    2008	72	54
    2009	69	51
    2010	81	63
    2011	70	50

    quoted you in case you're interested, lol




    My strategy was to start with the Silkos booklet "AVPI Core Mathematics", do 5-10 questions from around the start, then print off one past paper for each STEP and do questions from those.

    S1-2 should be OK for STEP I and II. The Stats requirements for STEP III are weird - there's bits and bobs from all modules up to S4 on OCR, but there's a lot on those modules that you really don't need!
    Thnx, so what do you think about spending 40-60 mins daily on one past question for 4 months ? Not enough ?
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
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    Thanks for your help! If I get the Warwick offer for MORSE, it would only be a Merit in AEA, or a 2 in STEP. I might actually try doing both, for the hell of it!
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    (Original post by الجبر)
    Thnx, so what do you think about spending 40-60 mins daily on one past question for 4 months ? Not enough ?
    I think it really depends on how long it takes before you start getting many questions right, and how fast you can do them. Not sure what the average is, but I'd love to know this as well!

    Previous years' STEP-ers: how long did you spend on it per week when you were preparing?
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    (Original post by joshgoldman)
    Thanks for your help! If I get the Warwick offer for MORSE, it would only be a Merit in AEA, or a 2 in STEP. I might actually try doing both, for the hell of it!
    Ah, the Merit is (I think) significantly easier than the 2 in STEP, even STEP I. However, STEP is far better preparation for university maths.

    Up to you if you have time, then do both by all means!

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