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    What proportion of applicants attain a grade S in STEP II and III?


    It seems to be around 12%. However, I think getting an S in STEP is probably more inclined towards meeting a certain standard of maths and slightly less about relative scores in relation to other candidates.

    Too many people are achieving S-grades. They need to make an S* or S2-grade to filter out the people that just walk into Cambridge!!!!!11

    (Original post by Zhy)
    Too many people are achieving S-grades. They need to make an S* or S2-grade to filter out the people that just walk into Cambridge!!!!!11
    You're joking right? You do know that the 12% of people who get S grades in II and III are 12% from a sample of mathematicians who have offers from Cambridge/ Warwick or are students who just want to sit the exam - i.e. they are the top x% of A level students.

    I think the 'S' boundary is normally around 90~100, and it is higher in III. Getting >100 in STEP (i.e. getting more than 5 perfect solutions) is an incredibly high standard in my opinion.
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    I wonder how many of those that do manage to get grade S (in II and III) come from non fee paying schools?

    The only person I know who got anywhere near grade S, (it was actually grade S in II and 1 in III) came from one of the top fee-paying schools and ended up at Imperial.

    Is it possible to get top grades without expert tuition?

    Also, does anyone know if the majority of those that obtain a grade S are from the UK or abroad?


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