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# AEA Prep Thread - 25th June 2015 (Edexcel) watch

1. (Original post by Kimberley123)
What do people think the boundary for a distinction will be?
70? TeeEm will probably have he best astimate as I haven no clue how hard the paper was. Challenging questions were the trig and last question. I dont think vectors was hard(easliy could have been in a C4 paper) i just made a mistake.

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2. (Original post by physicsmaths)
How come?
Basically because (due to lack of practice) I'm not very good at raw manipulation these days, and in my experience the AEA is much heavier on this than STEP. And there's stuff I don't really remember how to do - I can often wing it, but with STEP there's question choice so I can avoid the worst of it.

How would you compare them in raw difficulty compared to a step I paper.
I've always felt the difficulty between them is comparable, to the point where I think which you prefer pretty much depends on the individual.
3. (Original post by physicsmaths)
But the limits were different and the form they wanted was also different iirc. So Q1 strategy was kind of long here.
Well, it's not an identical question (the base case for Q1 being 1/(1+x^2) means you had an arctan term, here you'll get logs), but looking at the given result I'm reasonably sure it would come out to that fairly painlessly.
4. (Original post by DFranklin)
Basically because (due to lack of practice) I'm not very good at raw manipulation these days, and in my experience the AEA is much heavier on this than STEP. And there's stuff I don't really remember how to do - I can often wing it, but with STEP there's question choice so I can avoid the worst of it.

I've always felt the difficulty between them is comparable, to the point where I think which you prefer pretty much depends on the individual.
Yh there was a 3 marker which was a page of raw algebra.

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5. (Original post by DFranklin)
Probably more than I'd have got. I hate AEA papers.
I think AEA is one of those things which is a lot easier if you're doing it with your A-Levels (like I did) because a lot of the tricks or manipulation nuances are already familiar to you. That said, I think the AEA has been getting harder. I haven't tried the 2015 questions but they look slightly easier than normal at first glance.
6. (Original post by shamika)
I think AEA is one of those things which is a lot easier if you're doing it with your A-Levels (like I did) because a lot of the tricks or manipulation nuances are already familiar to you. That said, I think the AEA has been getting harder. I haven't tried the 2015 questions but they look slightly easier than normal at first glance.
Less thinking, more algebra.

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7. Everyone reckon they got the 7 marks for clarity communication and presentation? I did a picture of a harry potter at the end of my paper is was well good.
8. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Less thinking, more algebra.

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But algebra you'll forget how to do 10 years out of school
9. (Original post by Mendeleev)
Everyone reckon they got the 7 marks for clarity communication and presentation? I did a picture of a harry potter at the end of my paper is was well good.
I think I got like 4/5? I know i didnt get the T mark.
10. (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
I think I got like 4/5? I know i didnt get the T mark.
Isnt the T half marks on the paper?

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11. (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
I think I got like 4/5? I know i didnt get the T mark.
What's the T mark?
12. (Original post by shamika)
But algebra you'll forget how to do 10 years out of school
Hehe but not unfamiliar for Dfranklin . It was deceptively tricky I would say. The algebra was not nice. I used more paper then i did in step II where I had 6 solutions. And i did not finish, atleast everything I did was right hehe. Except for 1 part of a question .

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13. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Isnt the T half marks on the paper?

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(Original post by Mendeleev)
What's the T mark?
Over 50% in each question, given I didnt answer 3 lol.
14. (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
Over 50% in each question, given I didnt answer 3 lol.
I see. I should get that I think.

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16. (Original post by TeeEm)
Nice, but long. Any predictions for easy or hard?

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17. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Nice, but long. Any predictions for easy or hard?

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very hard to predict ... At this level you cannot tell by looking at a questions how hard or complex it will be ... The only question (unless I am idiotically mistaken) that appeared to be out of place (easy) was the vectors. It will be a while until I do solutions to that paper. (it is low priority for me I am afraid)
18. My workings were all over the place. I jumped from one question to another not chronologically. Will the examiners be able to understand
19. (Original post by TeeEm)
very hard to predict ... At this level you cannot tell by looking at a questions how hard or complex it will be ... The only question (unless I am idiotically mistaken) that appeared to be out of place (easy) was the vectors. It will be a while until I do solutions to that paper. (it is low priority for me I am afraid)
Yh the vectors was easy(somehow got the last parts wrong stupidly 😂).

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20. Could someone please explain how the style marks are given?
Like what is S1, S2 etc?

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