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    This year I am doing AEA Maths and I was wondering whether or not there are any textbooks made specifically for this exam.

    I've looked through some older threads on the AEA and the best recommendation seemed to be to get older A Level Maths books and do the hard questions at the back of the exercises. Is this still the best thing to do?

    And also, are we allowed to use the A Level Maths formula book in the exam?

    Thanks.
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    Yes, you have the Edexcel Formulae and Tables.

    AEA picks 8 question from 10 topics. There's enough past papers to refresh your memory on what they want to do. Me - I looked at my first AEA paper about now and then left it until a the summer and did two more. Then the 4 days before the exam I did the rest.

    However, I was mainly concentrating on STEP - practicing questions is an excellent primer for university maths. It somewhat helps with AEA preparation - meaning I did very little - but past papers are the way to go.
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    Just attempt the past papers.

    Something you need to be aware of that you (usually) don't need to at A level is the possibility of... nonsense solutions.

    For example, when solving equations with logarithms, you may solve a quadratic. However, you need to plug the values you get back into the logarithm(s) to see if it is defined.
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    As has been said, it's just a question of sorting out the past papers. I tried my first AEA paper sometime in February last year, and then slowly did all the papers except 2007 and 2008 by the time June had come around, leaving 2007 and 2008 to do as mocks within the week before AEA [which was fortunately free of exams, except one I think]. Be aware that often later parts to a question have almost no relation to previous parts of the question, which can be quite annoying. To give an example, in the 2009 exam, the vectors 'epic' question - the first three parts all had some relation to each other, and then the last part was completely unrelated (which is where a lot of my time went, looking for a connection between that part and the previous three).
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    Does anyone have a link to past papers and mark schemes?
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    (Original post by joshm)
    Does anyone have a link to past papers and mark schemes?
    edexcel website?
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/aea...s/default.aspx
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    (Original post by KeineHeldenMehr)
    edexcel website?
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/aea...s/default.aspx
    You need an account, but thanks anyway.
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    (Original post by joshm)
    Does anyone have a link to past papers and mark schemes?
    here
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    I've got about 8 years' worth of past papers, the specimen and some old AEA papers from the early 90s which someone kindly uploaded here so I probably won't need to get a textbook if all everyone else is doing is past papers.

    (Original post by TheTallOne)
    Yes, you have the Edexcel Formulae and Tables.
    Brilliant, although tbh I've remembered most of them anyway.

    (Original post by AnonyMatt)
    Something you need to be aware of that you (usually) don't need to at A level is the possibility of... nonsense solutions.

    For example, when solving equations with logarithms, you may solve a quadratic. However, you need to plug the values you get back into the logarithm(s) to see if it is defined.
    (Original post by GHOSH-5)
    To give an example, in the 2009 exam, the vectors 'epic' question - the first three parts all had some relation to each other, and then the last part was completely unrelated (which is where a lot of my time went, looking for a connection between that part and the previous three).
    Thanks for the advice - I'll bear this in mind when doing past papers.

    Vectors is the topic I'm dreading the most. Seeing as there was a huge question on it last year, hopefully there won't be such a big one this year
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    (Original post by electriic_ink)
    Vectors is the topic I'm dreading the most. Seeing as there was a huge question on it last year, hopefully there won't be such a big one this year
    Seeing as I remember there being vectors 'epics' in several of the AEA papers, I wouldn't count on a lack of vectors in the coming paper - sorry for the pessimistic tone :o:
 
 
 
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