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    (Original post by reubenkinara)
    Hello.
    I was quite surprised to discover that a few of the international A level maths papers were easier than the British composites. I'd assumed that it'd be double the difficulty
    Oh no, not the whole Maths - Race debate again. This reminds me of my Cambridge interview. I was waiting for my second interview, when a Chinese girl walked in, and came and sat in the group of people where I was sitting. She asked who else was applying for Maths, and I was the only one there. She then asked me if I'd seen any other Chinese Maths applicants. I thought she felt awkward as an international amongst the home students, so I responded with "I haven't seen any, but don't worry, the rest of us don't bite" at which point she replied with "No, it's not that - we Chinese are very good at Math(s) and I want to know how much competition I have".

    (I don't know which I hope for more - her not getting in (which would wipe the smugness off her face) or her getting in and meeting LotF (which would wipe the smugness off her face in a place where I could see it))
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    Oh no, not the whole Maths - Race debate again. This reminds me of my Cambridge interview. I was waiting for my second interview, when a Chinese girl walked in, and came and sat in the group of people where I was sitting. She asked who else was applying for Maths, and I was the only one there. She then asked me if I'd seen any other Chinese Maths applicants. I thought she felt awkward as an international amongst the home students, so I responded with "I haven't seen any, but don't worry, the rest of us don't bite" at which point she replied with "No, it's not that - we Chinese are very good at Math(s) and I want to know how much competition I have".

    (I don't know which I hope for more - her not getting in (which would wipe the smugness off her face or her getting in and meeting LotF (which would wipe the smugness off her face in a place where I could see it))
    Interesting anecdote :biggrin:. I agree, the latter (her meeting Lotf) would probably be more satisfying.
    I appreciate that there will be people in Britain who are pretty good @ math but in terms of the average, wouldn't you say that that certain other countries have more rigorous maths syllabi? Isn't that why Gove is trying to reform things?

    Something maths related: In regards to my question yesterday, what modules of Alevel maths would it require?
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    Oh no, not the whole Maths - Race debate again. This reminds me of my Cambridge interview. I was waiting for my second interview, when a Chinese girl walked in, and came and sat in the group of people where I was sitting. She asked who else was applying for Maths, and I was the only one there. She then asked me if I'd seen any other Chinese Maths applicants. I thought she felt awkward as an international amongst the home students, so I responded with "I haven't seen any, but don't worry, the rest of us don't bite" at which point she replied with "No, it's not that - we Chinese are very good at Math(s) and I want to know how much competition I have".

    (I don't know which I hope for more - her not getting in (which would wipe the smugness off her face) or her getting in and meeting LotF (which would wipe the smugness off her face in a place where I could see it))
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    What if she is that good?:eek:
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    M2 June 2005 paper, Q5 part b), I got it wrong and can't understand how on the mark scheme they get x= -2/7 u. Please help, link here for the paper and mark scheme http://mathspapers.co.uk/edexcel.html
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    (Original post by reubenkinara)
    Hello.
    I was quite surprised to discover that a few of the international A level maths papers were easier than the British composites. I'd assumed that it'd be double the difficulty
    Which ones? Very few (if any) are going to be that much harder, I think you're overrating the difficulty of most international syllabuses here.
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    Which ones? Very few (if any) are going to be that much harder, I think you're overrating the difficulty of most international syllabuses here.
    Perhaps... I was just basing it on transfers I met from other countries.
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    (Original post by reubenkinara)
    Perhaps... I was just basing it on transfers I met from other countries.
    We had an exchange student come to my 6th form for 5 months from Czech Slovakia or however its spelt where they already covered what we consider A level Maths in what is equivalent to our GCSE years! She was literally going to the lesson and walking out 5 minutes later as she already knew it all! :eek: I also showed her my amount of work and it only took her a week to get to grips with it before being able to attempt all the questions, damn how I wish I was that smart!
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    Which ones? Very few (if any) are going to be that much harder, I think you're overrating the difficulty of most international syllabuses here.
    I thought international M1 and international C2 were easier than UK M1 and C2
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    Oh no, not the whole Maths - Race debate again. This reminds me of my Cambridge interview. I was waiting for my second interview, when a Chinese girl walked in, and came and sat in the group of people where I was sitting. She asked who else was applying for Maths, and I was the only one there. She then asked me if I'd seen any other Chinese Maths applicants. I thought she felt awkward as an international amongst the home students, so I responded with "I haven't seen any, but don't worry, the rest of us don't bite" at which point she replied with "No, it's not that - we Chinese are very good at Math(s) and I want to know how much competition I have".

    (I don't know which I hope for more - her not getting in (which would wipe the smugness off her face) or her getting in and meeting LotF (which would wipe the smugness off her face in a place where I could see it))
    A Chinese national? Went all the way to the UK for an interview? :curious:

    I know tons of people of Chinese ethnicity, none of them are like that, fortunately :lol: that's actually kind of racist, to dismiss other competitors on the grounds of them not being Chinese
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    (Original post by MathsNerd1)
    We had an exchange student come to my 6th form for 5 months from Czech Slovakia or however its spelt where they already covered what we consider A level Maths in what is equivalent to our GCSE years! She was literally going to the lesson and walking out 5 minutes later as she already knew it all! :eek: I also showed her my amount of work and it only took her a week to get to grips with it before being able to attempt all the questions, damn how I wish I was that smart!
    Czechoslovakia*. Yep, I've had quite a few similar experiences!

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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    I thought international M1 and international C2 were easier than UK M1 and C2
    We're not talking about that that's technically still UK syllabus, as it's by a UK-based board (edexcel).

    Something like Singapore or Hong Kong A-Levels is more of what we're getting at.
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    We're not talking about that that's technically still UK syllabus, as it's by a UK-based board (edexcel).

    Something like Singapore or Hong Kong A-Levels is more of what we're getting at.
    Oh I see, yeah I have noticed that a few of my friends abroad (apart from America) have generally harder maths than us at times
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    (Original post by JenniS)
    M2 June 2005 paper, Q5 part b), I got it wrong and can't understand how on the mark scheme they get x= -2/7 u. Please help, link here for the paper and mark scheme http://mathspapers.co.uk/edexcel.html
    What's wrong with it? I just did it and got the same. Post up your method and I can see where you've gone wrong.
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    Czechoslovakia*. Yep, I've had quite a few similar experiences!
    That's the one and yeah, I still wasn't going to let her beat me so I got introduced into what her syllabus covers and it had stuff like Number Theory and Group Theory and so on, it was quite an eye opener! :eek:
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    Oh I see, yeah I have noticed that a few of my friends abroad (apart from America) have generally harder maths than us at times
    America :teehee:

    I think the difficulty level of maths in America varies a lot depending on what classes you take, whereas for the UK it's quite standardised. The more adequate mathematicians can take up more challenging courses if they so desire iirc. Like "college-level classes in high school" or whatever
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    (Original post by MathsNerd1)
    That's the one and yeah, I still wasn't going to let her beat me so I got introduced into what her syllabus covers and it had stuff like Number Theory and Group Theory and so on, it was quite an eye opener! :eek:
    Yep, where I used to live: Trinidad seems to cover more stuff on their pure maths and applied maths sylabi which is not to say the sylabi are that much harder.
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    (Original post by justinawe)
    America :teehee:

    I think the difficulty level of maths in America varies a lot depending on what classes you take, whereas for the UK it's quite standardised. The more adequate mathematicians can take up more challenging courses if they so desire iirc. Like "college-level classes in high school" or whatever
    or AP maths. Additionally, I think they have better systems in place for gifted students. I.e students at 12 learning calc.
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    or AP maths. Additionally, I think they have better systems in place for gifted students. I.e students at 12 learning calc.
    Nah, APs are generally easier than UK A-Levels. Definitely not enough to challenge the more talented kids.

    I agree that gifted students have far more flexibility there, though. Seems to be much more of a learn at your own pace kind of thing, which I quite like.
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    (Original post by reubenkinara)
    Yep, where I used to live: Trinidad seems to cover more stuff on their pure maths and applied maths sylabi which is not to say the sylabi are that much harder.
    Fair enough then, I would love to travel abroad and see how the curriculum would differ, also if I just stayed in Canada I'm curious to see if it would be anymore rigorous than the UK's.
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    America :teehee:

    I think the difficulty level of maths in America varies a lot depending on what classes you take, whereas for the UK it's quite standardised. The more adequate mathematicians can take up more challenging courses if they so desire iirc. Like "college-level classes in high school" or whatever
    Yeah I agree, I think alevels are definitely better than the AP. I looked at an AP econ1 video and all they wanted you to know was supply/demand elasticity and market failure (I think) It was also bunged full of multiple choice :teehee:
 
 
 
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