Did it yesterday. Was told I was doing it on wednesday... I did absolutely no preparation whatsoever. So I think I'll be happy with 20% (especially seeing as I already have had responses from all my unis, so nothing's riding on it).
(Original post by xyll313)
I worried about my result anyway,I messed up all question3, its even harder for someone who's first language is not english
last year a gold is about 70%(which is 40/55). and surely round2 need a higher mark. I really really really want to do round2, but just dont have the mark
Bear in mind that last year's was VERY easy in comparison. You can expect the percentage boundaries to scale down this year, but the question is how much.
I've literally just been told that I'm in the top 53 of students nationwide, i.e. the group whose papers get sent back to RSC for re-marking. I got 56/80 - I have a feeling that the round 2 mark may be 60 or so? I was 2nd in my school - another got 63!
Essentially, the teachers could be naturally more lenient than the RSC or they could just plain make it up. It seems the RSC only really cares about the people who make it through to Round 2, as those are the people from whom they select the UK team for the IChO, so they take the very top-scoring papers in and mark them themselves, to make sure the marking was fair. It's interesting that they don't check all the papers right down to those close to getting a bronze, which is what I thought happened.
Could I just say that I'm thrilled to be in the top 53, and I don't mean to play that down as an achievement! I was one mark off a medal in the British Maths Olympiad, so it'd be slightly annoying to narrowly miss out again! Well done to all those who got certificates!