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    (Original post by Fanta4TheBanter)
    Nope. No STEP requirements with my offer!
    Ah lucky you
    At least they said they'd consider me for CS w/NatSci if I screw up STEP so I've got that maybe back-up.
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    That is what i'm doing right now, although is there a big difference between step 1, 2 and 3? Because I'm thinking of doing all.
    Is there a race going on that I'm not aware of?

    Seriously, I'd echo the advice that physicsmaths has already given you. Put STEP 3 out of your mind for the moment, because if you have't covered M3-M5 or any Stats, and you won't finish FP3 till March, you would be limited in the number of questions that would be accessible to you!

    STEP 1 and 2 are based on the same material, but the STEP 2 questions are of greater difficulty, so it's your choice how you feel about taking both. However, I wouldn't be trying to overcommit yourself at this stage. STEP does need a lot of preparation unless you're already finding the questions ridiculously easy, in which case you shouldn't let me deter you! If you were just doing 4 A levels then my advice might be different, but with 6 you're going to find your time stretched in different directions.

    Obviously you want to stand out to Cambridge, but as I said before, if you have a good grade (1 or S) in STEP I at the end of Y12 you're already ahead of the field.

    Grab yourself a STEP I paper from 2000-2013, sit down in a quiet room for 3 hours, and see how you get on with it. Then take it from there. Good luck
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    Is there a race going on that I'm not aware of?

    Seriously, I'd echo the advice that physicsmaths has already given you. Put STEP 3 out of your mind for the moment, because if you have't covered M3-M5 or any Stats, and you won't finish FP3 till March, you would be limited in the number of questions that would be accessible to you!

    STEP 1 and 2 are based on the same material, but the STEP 2 questions are of greater difficulty, so it's your choice how you feel about taking both. However, I wouldn't be trying to overcommit yourself at this stage. STEP does need a lot of preparation unless you're already finding the questions ridiculously easy, in which case you shouldn't let me deter you! If you were just doing 4 A levels then my advice might be different, but with 6 you're going to find your time stretched in different directions.

    Obviously you want to stand out to Cambridge, but as I said before, if you have a good grade (1 or S) in STEP I at the end of Y12 you're already ahead of the field.

    Grab yourself a STEP I paper from 2000-2013, sit down in a quiet room for 3 hours, and see how you get on with it. Then take it from there. Good luck
    6 AS levels and 3 step papers. Bladdy hell. This geezer is on it. I think he is underestimating STEP.


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    (Original post by davros)
    Is there a race going on that I'm not aware of?

    Seriously, I'd echo the advice that physicsmaths has already given you. Put STEP 3 out of your mind for the moment, because if you have't covered M3-M5 or any Stats, and you won't finish FP3 till March, you would be limited in the number of questions that would be accessible to you!

    STEP 1 and 2 are based on the same material, but the STEP 2 questions are of greater difficulty, so it's your choice how you feel about taking both. However, I wouldn't be trying to overcommit yourself at this stage. STEP does need a lot of preparation unless you're already finding the questions ridiculously easy, in which case you shouldn't let me deter you! If you were just doing 4 A levels then my advice might be different, but with 6 you're going to find your time stretched in different directions.

    Obviously you want to stand out to Cambridge, but as I said before, if you have a good grade (1 or S) in STEP I at the end of Y12 you're already ahead of the field.

    Grab yourself a STEP I paper from 2000-2013, sit down in a quiet room for 3 hours, and see how you get on with it. Then take it from there. Good luck
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    6 AS levels and 3 step papers. Bladdy hell. This geezer is on it. I think he is underestimating STEP.


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    lol, okay so firstly, I'm definitely NOT underestimating STEP (I just don't see that big of a difference between the steps themselves) and I've already done one paper, it did take me more than three hours, but that's my first paper a STEP I btw. Secondly, no there is not a race, and no I don't want to stand out to cambridge, I just don't want them to think that the A levels I'm doing were a stroke of luck (because of my GCSEs). Thirdly, I don't know why everybody I talk to is so surprised and worried about me taking SIX a levels, I don't consider them six at all, I consider them three and a half; seriously the maths is like gcse compared to the sciences. Lastly, why is everybody so worried about the number of exams? C1, C2, C3, and FP1 are not exams, they're just practice lol.
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    (Original post by gagafacea1)
    lol, okay so firstly, I'm definitely NOT underestimating STEP (I just don't see that big of a difference between the steps themselves) and I've already done one paper, it did take me more than three hours, but that's my first paper a STEP I btw. .
    OK, if you're feeling that confident then it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to go for all 3 - the more practice you get in the longer-format exams under exam conditions before you have to do them for real the better.

    (I assume you've checked all the practical details like dates/times of the exams and whether your school will expect you to pay or not - a lot of schools won't pay for optional exams like these unless they're part of a student's offer.)
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    (Original post by davros)
    OK, if you're feeling that confident then it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to go for all 3 - the more practice you get in the longer-format exams under exam conditions before you have to do them for real the better.

    (I assume you've checked all the practical details like dates/times of the exams and whether your school will expect you to pay or not - a lot of schools won't pay for optional exams like these unless they're part of a student's offer.)
    Yeah I'll definitely have to pay for them, also I might even have to do them somewhere other than my college, if they don't offer them.
 
 
 
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