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The 2012 STEP Results Discussion Thread

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    (Original post by Dog4444)
    Right, you don't need to put STEPs as pending, applying to Warwick/Cambridge either?
    Nope, I didn't
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    (Original post by Dog4444)
    Right, you don't need to put STEPs as pending, applying to Warwick/Cambridge either?
    I didn't
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    (Original post by Dog4444)
    Right, you don't need to put STEPs as pending, applying to Warwick/Cambridge either?
    And me neither
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    Check the first post - there's a list. Basically, yes
    Wow you sure have kept that post updated! That should be saved for posterity (or rather, until next year when the rest of us are too lazy to make another one)
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    (Original post by deejayy)
    Imperial, i really want to go there. I'm considering firming it.
    Go for Imp as Firm/Insurance. You are taking a gap year right? You can always reapply with next year if exams don't go to plan.

    I think a 2 is easily possible with practice. Even a bad day should not make it impossible.
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    STEP I 1992, Q2. It's not in the 'style' of a modern day STEP question, but what a fun problem! (why did I ever think doing STEP was a bad idea...)
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    (Original post by shamika)
    Wow you sure have kept that post updated! That should be saved for posterity (or rather, until next year when the rest of us are too lazy to make another one)
    That's one of the reasons I made it... I couldn't see any good "all in one place" STEP dealies around. So now there's at least a decent start, hopefully

    Though I'm worried about the effects on this year's grade boundaries...
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    (Original post by shamika)
    STEP I 1992, Q2. It's not in the 'style' of a modern day STEP question, but what a fun problem! (why did I ever think doing STEP was a bad idea...)
    Great question

    And that's also a nice paper! A few questions possible with GCSE knowledge too... might recommend some questions from it to some Y11/Y10s
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    Does anyone know what bus/buses I need to catch to get from Cambridge Train Station to Churchill College?
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    (Original post by fruktas)
    Does anyone know what bus/buses I need to catch to get from Cambridge Train Station to Churchill College?
    Ask the bus driver of any bus and he/she should be able to tell you which stop to get off and direct you thereafter; that's my plan anyway . What time are you planning to reach the station?
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    (Original post by fruktas)
    Does anyone know what bus/buses I need to catch to get from Cambridge Train Station to Churchill College?
    I need to search that ....heck I havent even booked a ticket which shouldn't be a problem still as there are plenty of trains to catch from Kings cross
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    I need to search that ....heck I havent even booked a ticket which shouldn't be a problem still as there are plenty of trains to catch from Kings cross
    What time are you planning to leave king's cross?
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    (Original post by safmaster)
    Ask the bus driver of any bus and he/she should be able to tell you which stop to get off and direct you thereafter; that's my plan anyway . What time are you planning to reach the station?
    I think about 12/12:30 in cambridge, since I don't want to stand there waiting!
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    Great question

    And that's also a nice paper! A few questions possible with GCSE knowledge too... might recommend some questions from it to some Y11/Y10s
    Remember that a calculator was allowed, which makes Q1 less tedious! (Or, perhaps more tedious, if someone...

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    ...doesn't use modular arithmetic. But I think modular arithmetic was on the A-Level syllabus then, which would make its non-use bizarre


    Q5 is also rendered simple, because

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    the wording of the question is particularly bad. You can merely expand a polynomial to get your the a_1,...,a_15 and use your calculator to check your solution works for r=2,3. Silly question, rendered even sillier by the wording! I guess its easy and quick though, which makes it ideal fodder under exam conditions


    I need to stop doing STEP instead of my far more tedious and boring studies :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by safmaster)
    What time are you planning to leave king's cross?
    havent really decided on a time.....i just hope im on time at Chruchill college

    you leaving at kings cross as well?
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    havent really decided on a time.....i just hope im on time at Chruchill college

    you leaving at kings cross as well?
    Yeah... planning to leave kings cross at 11:15 given that the train to Cambridge station takes about an hour.
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    (Original post by Xero Xenith)
    Great question

    And that's also a nice paper! A few questions possible with GCSE knowledge too... might recommend some questions from it to some Y11/Y10s
    I am in year 11 and want to do STEP in hope of going to Cambridge/Warwick or others, so could you please tell me ta few STEP questions that appear to be of GCSE ability. I know C1 and C2 as well, and have done S1; so slightly advanced stuff wouldn't be a problem. Also, I know about modular arithmetic since I learnt it when doing the Intermediate Maths mentoring scheme, so of you could highlight any questions at my ability I would be very grateful.
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    (Original post by safmaster)
    Yeah... planning to leave kings cross at 11:15 given that the train to Cambridge station takes about an hour.
    umm it takes me around 40 mins to get to Kings cross......Im guessing there is a train leaving around 11:15...I will reach Kings cross around 10:45 just in case......if you happen to see a moist gasst yout around that time with a case....you know its me
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    (Original post by GreenLantern1)
    I am in year 11 and want to do STEP in hope of going to Cambridge/Warwick or others, so could you please tell me ta few STEP questions that appear to be of GCSE ability. I know C1 and C2 as well, and have done S1; so slightly advanced stuff wouldn't be a problem. Also, I know about modular arithmetic since I learnt it when doing the Intermediate Maths mentoring scheme, so of you could highlight any questions at my ability I would be very grateful.
    Check out the 1992 STEP 1 paper, and see how many of those you can do. If you are on the mentoring scheme, perhaps we can expect big things from you

    EDIT: Immediately after I made the post, I realised that could be misconstrued as pressuring. If its your first time doing STEP, it might take a while to get used to the style. I wouldn't worry about doing it in the time limit - just pick out questions that take your fancy and see how you get on.
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    (Original post by Rahul.S)
    umm it takes me around 40 mins to get to Kings cross......Im guessing there is a train leaving around 11:15...I will reach Kings cross around 10:45 just in case......if you happen to see a moist gasst yout around that time with a case....you know its me
    Yeah, there should be a train leaving at 11:15. I'll be there around 11ish so I'll keep an eye out for you

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