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    In general, what type of questions (e.g. show/prove/work-out/evaluate/sketch) do people get asked? Examples would be great. Are they similar to the STEP questions? I will applying for next year, and I can solve virtually all the questions in the Pure section (of most papers), and most in the statistics and probability section. However, I've only attempted few in the mechanics section. I need to get my "mechanical" skills up a bit (it will hopefully take a decent book and a bit of problem-bashing). How often do they ask mechanics questions in the interview?

    Just as you said...they will ask you to show/prove/work-out/evaluate/sketch. Some colleges may give you a pure and an applied interview. The questions are not really comparable to STEP as they usually dont take as long to do (Step 2 /3 anyway). When you say you can solve virtually all the questions in the pure sections, and most in the stats/prob, do you do it in timed conditions? If so thats pretty good...might be worth sitting a STEP paper in June.

    Most STEP candidates focus on the Pure questions. Since you can choose freely from all sections, the eight Pure normally offer enough choice.

    If you are a Y12 student who can already deal with STEP III questions you are very likely to have the level of ability Cambridge seeks. Interviews do test knowledge, but they also measure something you might call 'teachability'. 'How well does this candidate react to a new idea?' is the implied criterion. Just as some STEP questions introduce a new concept and invite you to play with it, so do interviewers.

    If you work mostly alone, you may benefit from practising talking about what you are thinking. Articulating ideas and thoughts is important.

    Oh, and practise curve-sketching.
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