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Past papers, search and do logic problems and things. I did it last year, the maths involved really isn't hard; it's more applying what you know to the problem involved :yep: oh, and don't take it too seriously!
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I've got Silver every year from yr 7-12, so I really don't want a Gold this year or it will break my consistency
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My exam technique was to turn up :p:

Got me a Gold in year 11 but nothing last year!

I'm still going to try again this year!
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Try a few past papers - they're usually available on the website.

Also, look back at GCSE Geometry. The Olympiads involve a lot of geometry so they try to introduce it early. Learn your circle theorems and properties of shapes (including all three types of triangle and how they differ).

Learn the prime factorisation of 2008, 2009 and 2010 because they love putting in questions involving that.

Practise your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - if you make a mistake in the exam it can be fatal.

Use elimination - in the exam if you can whittle down a question from five answers to two, you're more likely to get it right if you do guess (though I'd recommend not guessing as they subtract marks!)

Good luck

EDIT: also, learn some pythagorean triples (3,4,5; 5,12,13; 7,24,25 etc) and make sure you know how to calculate areas of circles, triangles and squares, and volumes of spheres, cones, prisms and pyramids. Surface area of a sphere might also be useful.

OOh and, learn your trig identities - sin, cos and tan of 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees
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(Original post by Mask Of Sanity)
I have a far more important exam on the 4th of November. :sigh:
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
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Oxford admissions test.

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
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i got 33/100

but thats cos im a risk taker and i answered every single question
which is a bad idea since they take away 4marks for every incorrect answer
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(Original post by jj193)
Oxford admissions test.

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
Its on the 5th.

The next day
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2009 = 7x7x41. That'll probably prove useful at some point in the paper.
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i once got a bronze in maths challenge :awesome:
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(Original post by jj193)
Oxford admissions test.

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
oh right, good luck!
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(Original post by blueJ-)
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
BMAT.
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(Original post by blueJ-)
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
Aha, no worries. BMAT. After it, I may have proof of my stupidity. :sigh:

(Original post by RoadWarrior)
BMAT.
Got there before me. :tongue:
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i once got a bronze in maths challenge :awesome:
I never got bronze in the maths challenge. :cool:
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I've been put in for this! Should be interesting.

Question if they take 4 marks off from when you guess, do they not take away maks for no guess then?
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Do people (not universities) like these and think highly of them?

I sat it 4 times in high school and was 'best in school' 4 times.
My maths teacher (same **** years 9, 10 and 11) was really annoyed by me doing well - regarding his lessons, he would ring home to complain every few weeks and I was in detention at least once a week (completing all homework would have taken much longer).

Were you forced to sit it like we were?
I didn't want to and they said something about the tests being fair at measuring ability...
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Pretty sure last year it was -1 for an incorrect answer.
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I've never done any of the maths challenges before and some bright spark thought that just because I do A-Level maths I can do this :O
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Yeah, but who wants to go there?!
What's wrong with UCL, just out of interest?
I don't go there, but curious still.
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What's wrong with UCL, just out of interest?
I don't go there, but curious still.
Nothing really. It's a good university. There are several better places to study maths though.
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