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# STEP Prep Thread 2016 (Mark. II)

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1. (Original post by Zacken;[url="tel:65739441")
65739441[/url]]A1, M1, B1 is 1 mark each - hence the 1. I'm not sure what you're asking...?

Independent mark is just a way of giving marks for something that doesn't rely on the method before it.
Yeup okay. Sorry, I just wasn't sure of what the 1 stood for.

For the longest time I thought they were like alphabet grades so an A1 was like an A+ and an A2 was like a A- or something.

I suppose the abbreviations are well known in England?
2. Also, best of luck to all taking STEP I tomorrow (and II, later in the week)!
3. (Original post by krishdesai7)
Yeup okay. Sorry, I just wasn't sure of what the 1 stood for.

For the longest time I thought they were like alphabet grades so an A1 was like an A+ and an A2 was like a A- or something.

I suppose the abbreviations are well known in England?

Ah, that's alright. Nah, they're not very well known by most students in England either. There's an explanation of them on the front page of most marking schemes for other papers though, which is why I know what they mean.

Anywho, best not to trouble yourself with this sort of thing! The examiners know how they work and will reward you fairly.
4. (Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
Also, best of luck to all taking STEP I tomorrow (and II, later in the week)!
Thank you!
5. (Original post by sweeneyrod;[url="tel:65727963")
65727963[/url]] Anyone else not doing STEP I?
Me

By the time I realised that I should probably give it so that Cambridge has something else to look at if I miss my condition, it was too late, registration had closed, and I was left lamenting my stupidity
6. This all feels so surreal. Months of preparation all culminating into the next week, starting from tomorrow.

Good luck to all of you!
7. (Original post by Zacken)
I'm not convinced, the sample size is too small to conclude that it's unlikely we won't get 3 consecutive down's again this time, for all we know, that's 65-ish boundaries for a 1 is what they want.

No problem mate, you sitting I tomorrow?
All right then. Good luck for tomorrow. Let's get that S grade!

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8. Is anyone else doing STEP but doesn't have an offer reliant on it? My friend needs a 2 in STEP 1 to get into Bath because she didn't take FM A2 so I'm taking the same paper as moral support for her haha. Not even expecting a 2 because despite what half of you insane geniuses might think, STEP 1 is bloody hard haha.

Doesn't help that it clashes with my 3 hour French exam tomorrow so yay 6 hours of exams for me!

I have an offer for Durham A*AA, do you think they would accept a 2 in STEP in place of the A* in Maths (which I SHOULD get and i'm aiming for an A* in FM but this is all just in case)
9. Zacken physicsmaths Insight IrrationalRoot jjsnyder (and others who I apologise for missing!)
Good luck tomorrow! also how is everyone gonna spend their evening? I dont want to try and cram in a load of questions but I also dont want to be sitting here pondering what ill do if I dont attempt 6 qs or something.
10. (Original post by Swifty139)
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yea Im confident they would be flexible. I think one of my durham conditions was I could only do 2 a levels if I got a 2 in step or something weird like that
11. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
Zacken physicsmaths Insight IrrationalRoot jjsnyder (and others who I apologise for missing!)
Good luck tomorrow! also how is everyone gonna spend their evening? I dont want to try and cram in a load of questions but I also dont want to be sitting here pondering what ill do if I dont attempt 6 qs or something.
Read over a few examiner reports, laugh at the brutal savagery from the examiners - mostly just relax, I'm going to watch a movie and eat snacks.

Good luck!!
12. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
Zacken physicsmaths Insight IrrationalRoot jjsnyder (and others who I apologise for missing!)
Good luck tomorrow! also how is everyone gonna spend their evening? I dont want to try and cram in a load of questions but I also dont want to be sitting here pondering what ill do if I dont attempt 6 qs or something.
I'm definitely not doing any more questions tonight. My mental stamina is already bad enough as is.
Also I really hope I do get to attempt 6 Qs since I badly want an S in this, wouldn't mind that much only getting 1s in II and III.
It really all depends on how good my first Q is. If I get off to a bad start I usually go on to screw up the whole paper regardless of how nice the other Qs are...
Hopefully there's an nice integration/DE Q (or both!) in the paper that'll let me get a full quickly.
13. Good luck everybody. I hope each of you do amazingly 😊😊
14. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
I'm definitely not doing any more questions tonight. My mental stamina is already bad enough as is.
Also I really hope I do get to attempt 6 Qs since I badly want an S in this, wouldn't mind that much only getting 1s in II and III.
It really all depends on how good my first Q is. If I get off to a bad start I usually go on to screw up the whole paper regardless of how nice the other Qs are...
Hopefully there's an nice integration/DE Q (or both!) in the paper that'll let me get a full quickly.
Ah great! My thoughts too. Ill just finish what im doing and eat cake then
15. Good luck for everyone tomorrow. And thank you for helping me all these months!
16. (Original post by Swifty139)
Is anyone else doing STEP but doesn't have an offer reliant on it? My friend needs a 2 in STEP 1 to get into Bath because she didn't take FM A2 so I'm taking the same paper as moral support for her haha. Not even expecting a 2 because despite what half of you insane geniuses might think, STEP 1 is bloody hard haha.

Doesn't help that it clashes with my 3 hour French exam tomorrow so yay 6 hours of exams for me!

I have an offer for Durham A*AA, do you think they would accept a 2 in STEP in place of the A* in Maths (which I SHOULD get and i'm aiming for an A* in FM but this is all just in case)
Omg that's brutal. I was aware that there was a 3 hour French exam tomorrow (I got bored so I was looking online to see who else would be in the hall with us lol) but didn't realise some people could be doing both!
You doing STEP first?
17. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
Omg that's brutal. I was aware that there was a 3 hour French exam tomorrow (I got bored so I was looking online to see who else would be in the hall with us lol) but didn't realise some people could be doing both!
You doing STEP first?
Haha I know, I had a heart attack when I found out they clashed but hey ho, if I can do this I can do anything eh? :P I'm doing French first as it requires the computers but i'll be in isolation for the rest of the day and probably worn out to want to do STEP. Not expecting great things because of it!
18. (Original post by Swifty139)
Haha I know, I had a heart attack when I found out they clashed but hey ho, if I can do this I can do anything eh? :P I'm doing French first as it requires the computers but i'll be in isolation for the rest of the day and probably worn out to want to do STEP. Not expecting great things because of it!
That's a tough ask, but good luck anyway!
19. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
Zacken physicsmaths Insight IrrationalRoot jjsnyder (and others who I apologise for missing!)
Good luck tomorrow! also how is everyone gonna spend their evening? I dont want to try and cram in a load of questions but I also dont want to be sitting here pondering what ill do if I dont attempt 6 qs or something.
Good luck to you too! I expect all the lads in this thread to nail the STEP I tomorrow. We all have the capability to get 1/S but we just got to make sure that we are confident, pick the right questions and not panic if it doesn't go as planned.

I am going to read through my Chemistry notes, since I have the exam tomorrow an hour after STEP I, and then finish the M4 paper I didn't get to complete today. After that I would probably have about 1-2 hours of working through some STEP questions (probably mechanics) as a warmup for tomorrow. All this until 10pm, which is when I will go to bed and try to fall asleep by 11pm.

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20. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
Ah great! My thoughts too. Ill just finish what im doing and eat cake then
Urgh, now I want cake.

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