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    I refer you all to Matt's answers as my experience is limited to mathematics offers at Cambridge and Warwick and natural sciences at Cambridge.
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    (Original post by A.J.B)
    So you are saying if i do further math, i don't need to do STEP, and btw i would only do AS further math to "clear up" my "mathematical ability" would that be sufficient? Cuz if i do AS only and they ask for STEP it would still be I and II right?
    Well in mathematics applications, further mathematicians take II and III. I get the impression from Matt that that would not be the case for engineering.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Well in mathematics applications, further mathematicians take II and III. I get the impression from Matt that that would not be the case for engineering.
    They mention on the cambridge website that they "strongly recommend engineering applicants to take a-level further maths" and hence students with a-level further maths would not be asked to do STEP.
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    i think asking anyone, except maths applicants, to sit STEP III would be an excessive measure of ability for the course....

    OP: i;d say do further maths AS - it seems you would be less likely to be asked to sit STEP I, or an AEA in maths. plus it lets you further your knowledge sooner, and so cope better with the beginnings of the engineering course, surely?
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    OP, i got 266 UMS in AS Maths and a 1 in STEP I and 2 in STEP II. You don't have to have outrageously high UMS to do well in STEP. But i'm doing Maths at university not engineering.
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    If you're unsure of your mathematical ability, it's probably wise to take steps to avoid STEP III, though I doubt they would make engineers do it anyway. I wish I could have avoided it!
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    I'm sorry if I'm being cruel but if you don't want to take the entrance exam maybe your applying to the wrong uni?

    Also you probably just need to get into the mindset for STEP look for the online book by Siklos "Advanced problems in core mathematics" I believe the name is. I'm sure you will be able to do some of those. Also if you haven't done C3/C4 calculus / vectors some of if will be unapproachable.
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    (Original post by Dadeyemi)
    I'm sorry if I'm being cruel but if you don't want to take the entrance exam maybe your applying to the wrong uni?

    Also you probably just need to get into the mindset for STEP look for the online book by Siklos "Advanced problems in core mathematics" I believe the name is. I'm sure you will be able to do some of those. Also if you haven't done C3/C4 calculus / vectors some of if will be unapproachable.
    I would just like to point out that Maths is to Physics as masturbation is to sex.

    And in relevance to the topic, as I said before, Peterhouse are fairly keen on extra exams (STEP/AEA/TSA) so if you really want to avoid them maybe apply to a different college?

    Although I see entrance exams as just a chance to prove yourself.
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    http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/unde...ndex.html#step

    It looks like the only colleges which ask for STEP as part of an engineering offer are Churchill and Peterhouse. Avoiding STEP would be simple - just don't apply to either of those two.

    I think it says elsewhere on that page:

    Churchill may ask Engineering applicants not taking Further Mathematics at A level for an AEA in Mathematics or STEP Mathematics.
    Christ’s and Peterhouse may include an AEA as part of a conditional offer in any subject.
    Gonville and Caius asks Computer Science applicants for AEA in Mathematics.
    Trinity asks Engineering applicants not taking Further Mathematics at A level for a Merit in AEA in Mathematics.


    So it seems that if you're not taking A level further maths Churchill may ask for AEA rather than STEP, and Trinity might ask for an AEA. So taking AS level further maths probably wouldn't help. Although I'd still recommend it - further maths is a brilliant subject.

    So yeah, to avoid being made to take STEP or AEA then just apply somewhere that isn't Churchill, Trinity or Peterhouse. Shouldn't be too hard.
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    i've e-mailed peterhouse again (the actual admissions tutor was on holiday) she said if i do an AEA then mabe they wont ask for a STEP, but its up to the engineering fellows to decide. So i think i should register for an AEA. Thoughts?
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    Personally, if you don't want to take STEP then perhaps AEA would be better. STEP always looks difficult at first but once you get into it definatley isn't that hard. Have you done most C3/C4 yet? STEP and AEA are designed to test your mathematical ability a little bit more than A-levels. If you generally aim to know about the knowledge behind your A-level work then STEP doesn't become too difficult. Difficulty wise i don't really think AEA is going to be that much easier than STEP, though i haven't taken AEA. Also don't worry about that STEP is only aimed at the top 2% nonsense, as anyone really can have a decent stab at STEP if you've prepared, it seems to me that it only puts unsure people off taking it.
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    (Original post by Mithra)
    I would just like to point out that Maths is to Physics as masturbation is to sex.
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    (Original post by A.J.B)
    i've e-mailed peterhouse again (the actual admissions tutor was on holiday) she said if i do an AEA then mabe they wont ask for a STEP, but its up to the engineering fellows to decide. So i think i should register for an AEA. Thoughts?
    from the past papers of AEA i;ve seen, it's very do-able to anyone that is almost expected an A. i would go for it if i were you
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    (Original post by GHOSH-5)
    , it was the caption to the xkcd comic which his sig is based off :p:
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    (Original post by GHOSH-5)
    from the past papers of AEA i;ve seen, it's very do-able to anyone that is almost expected an A. i would go for it if i were you
    Cheers mate!, Looks like im doing an AEA!
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    (Original post by Mithra)
    , it was the caption to the xkcd comic which his sig is based off :p:
    yeh i guessed. i have that one, but without the edits to it in my sig
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    (Original post by A.J.B)
    Cheers mate!, Looks like im doing an AEA!
    your welcome. good luck to you. im doing the AEA in maths this year as well. it's a shame they are getting rid of them after this years exams
 
 
 
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