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1. When do we get our official mark and division back? Attempting to recall the answers I receive and corresponding them to the solutions, I managed to get 74 marks. I'm pretty happy with that considering my decision to sit it was very last-minute (so no preparation), but it would still be nice to get gold.
When do we get our official mark and division back? Attempting to recall the answers I receive and corresponding them to the solutions, I managed to get 74 marks. I'm pretty happy with that considering my decision to sit it was very last-minute (so no preparation), but it would still be nice to get gold.
Very, very unlikely that 74 is Gold, unfortunately.
3. (Original post by PrimeLime)
Very, very unlikely that 74 is Gold, unfortunately.
Yeah, I know, I was just hoping that I would receive more marks from my official score than from cross-referencing what I could remember, if that makes sense
Yeah, I know, I was just hoping that I would receive more marks from my official score than from cross-referencing what I could remember, if that makes sense
How many did you answer in total?
5. (Original post by Bruhh)
How many did you answer in total?
I answered 17/25. I'm certain I got 13 of those correct, but am uncertain about the 3 others. My logic for one of the 3 was similar to the one presented in the solutions, but I think I made a last-minute arithmetic error, causing me to lose 5 marks.
I answered 17/25. I'm certain I got 13 of those correct, but am uncertain about the 3 others. My logic for one of the 3 was similar to the one presented in the solutions, but I think I made a last-minute arithmetic error, causing me to lose 5 marks.
You'll likely need at least 16 correct for a gold, but who knows the 3 you're unsure about could all be correct :P
7. (Original post by Bruhh)
You'll likely need at least 16 correct for a gold, but who knows the 3 you're unsure about could all be correct :P
Here's hoping, however unlikely

One of the classrooms were given an unofficial answer sheet, and one guy in my further maths class got 110/125! To be fair, both of his parents are university professors and maths PhD holders. Perhaps having parents with a high intellectual status had a significant effect on his work ethic and mathematical ability?
Here's hoping, however unlikely

One of the classrooms were given an unofficial answer sheet, and one guy in my further maths class got 110/125! To be fair, both of his parents are university professors and maths PhD holders. Perhaps having parents with a high intellectual status had a significant effect on his work ethic and mathematical ability?
I don't know about work ethic, but if you have parents like that then it's extremely likely that'll you'll be very, very good at maths. Other people like me have no maths (specifically) running in the family so have to squeeze every drop out of the natural ability we have...
9. (Original post by PrimeLime)
I don't know about work ethic, but if you have parents like that then it's extremely likely that'll you'll be very, very good at maths. Other people like me have no maths (specifically) running in the family so have to squeeze every drop out of the natural ability we have...
I too wish i had maths Geniuses in my family!! So inconvenient when you have noone to go to and have to learn it all yourself! Especially for the bmo questions i thimk, more so than the smc ones
10. (Original post by PrimeLime)
I don't know about work ethic, but if you have parents like that then it's extremely likely that'll you'll be very, very good at maths. Other people like me have no maths (specifically) running in the family so have to squeeze every drop out of the natural ability we have...
Eh, no big deal. Just got to read up a lot, I guess. I also doubt having a clever family makes it very probable you would be naturally exceptional in maths. I'd say being above average would be extremely likely but most of it comes down to upbringing. Even then, you can only go so far.

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11. (Original post by SushiBunny)
Eh, no big deal. Just got to read up a lot, I guess. I also doubt having a clever family makes it very probable you would be naturally exceptional in maths. I'd say being above average would be extremely likely but most of it comes down to upbringing. Even then, you can only go so far.

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I don't really think upbringing is so important. It is mainly about natural ability in my opinion.
I'm pretty sure that having a family who are outstanding at maths makes it probable that you'll be exceptional at maths.
12. (Original post by PrimeLime)
I don't really think upbringing is so important. It is mainly about natural ability in my opinion.
I'm pretty sure that having a family who are outstanding at maths makes it probable that you'll be exceptional at maths.
I do. My opinion has been that genes only give you the potential to be outstanding at maths, but only practice can actually get you further. If your family is not great at maths, then you'll probably have to do a lot more practice to get to the same level as someone who has an exceptional family and had done little practice, and also you would expect to not be good as them, no matter how much work you put in, given that they were also working hard. But it's no use just having the natural ability if you can't use it fully because you haven't put in enough work.
13. (Original post by SushiBunny)
Eh, no big deal. Just got to read up a lot, I guess. I also doubt having a clever family makes it very probable you would be naturally exceptional in maths. I'd say being above average would be extremely likely but most of it comes down to upbringing. Even then, you can only go so far.

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I agree. Upbringing/environjenr is the key upto a certain point.

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14. (Original post by Renzhi10122)
I do. My opinion has been that genes only give you the potential to be outstanding at maths, but only practice can actually get you further. If your family is not great at maths, then you'll probably have to do a lot more practice to get to the same level as someone who has an exceptional family and had done little practice, and also you would expect to not be good as them, no matter how much work you put in, given that they were also working hard. But it's no use just having the natural ability if you can't use it fully because you haven't put in enough work.
I think you misunderstood what I meant. I was arguing that genes give you the potential to be outstanding at maths, as you said. Maybe I didn't make it clear, but I've been talking about potential and not actual output/results.
Exactly everything you said is the point I was trying to make. When I say exceptional at maths, I mean having a very large amount of ability/potential. Of course you have to work hard to realise it.
15. (Original post by PrimeLime)
I think you misunderstood what I meant. I was arguing that genes give you the potential to be outstanding at maths, as you said. Maybe I didn't make it clear, but I've been talking about potential and not actual output/results.
Exactly everything you said is the point I was trying to make. When I say exceptional at maths, I mean having a very large amount of ability/potential. Of course you have to work hard to realise it.
Aha, then I agree with you completely
16. (Original post by Renzhi10122)
Aha, then I agree with you completely
How did yoh prepare for the BMO?
Did you put a lot of work into it?
17. (Original post by theworkkid)
How did yoh prepare for the BMO?
Did you put a lot of work into it?
For BMO2 yeah, I put an average amount of work into BMO1.
18. (Original post by Renzhi10122)
For BMO2 yeah, I put an average amount of work into BMO1.
Had you learnt all of the content before hand or did you have to learn it specifically for BMO
19. (Original post by theworkkid)
Had you learnt all of the content before hand or did you have to learn it specifically for BMO
I had to learn most of it, but there wasn't much to learn at that stage really.The most important thing I had to learn was induction, but that was fairly simple once I properly decided to read up on it. You basically learn more and more as you do questions, spotting things that you had spotted in older questions etc helping you to solve it.
20. (Original post by Renzhi10122)
I had to learn most of it, but there wasn't much to learn at that stage really.The most important thing I had to learn was induction, but that was fairly simple once I properly decided to read up on it. You basically learn more and more as you do questions, spotting things that you had spotted in older questions etc helping you to solve it.
Ahh i see, how long before did you start?

And do you have any good resources to read induction on because i tried googling it but it was so basic that i didnt rrally know how to apply it to the bmo questions

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