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    (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
    What I dont really understand is why people think AEA is significantly easier than STEP. I honestly think if you gave me any STEP 1 paper I am 100% sure I would get a high 2 and really I should get a 1 (would be disappointing if I didnt), whilst if you gave me an AEA paper I would be getting a low merit each time, no way is a 2 equivalent to a Distinction in AEA, a 2 is much easier. I guess they are both different styles of mathematics but still.
    Everybody has their own opinion about it...
    The best way to assess it is to put 2 able students without any preparation on both papers.
    My feeling is that
    ... to achieve lower grades AEA is easier.
    ... to achieve high grades AEA is harder.
    I also feel that STEP is more predictable in the type of questions, so you can prepare/train better.
    Finally AEA has no choice.

    It is just that TSR is full of Cambridge hangers on and Cambridge wannabes that worship anything which remotely associated with Cambridge.

    I think personally AEA is a good exam, I think is as hard if not harder and possibly better assessor of ability than STEP I, and I will be truly sad to see AEA go.

    PS. Isn't strange that people do STEP II and STEP III reasonably well and could not get 100% on the EDEXCEL FP3 the other day...
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
    Everybody has their own opinion about it...
    The best way to assess it is to put 2 able students without any preparation on both papers.
    My feeling is that
    ... to achieve lower grades AEA is easier.
    ... to achieve high grades AEA is harder.
    I also feel that STEP is more predictable in the type of questions, so you can prepare/train better.
    Finally AEA has no choice.

    It is just that TSR is full of Cambridge hangers on and Cambridge wannabes that worship anything which remotely associated with Cambridge.

    I think personally AEA is a good exam, I think is as hard if not harder and possibly better assessor of ability than STEP I, and I will be truly sad to see AEA go.

    PS. Isn't strange that people do STEP II and STEP III reasonably well and could not get 100% on the EDEXCEL FP3 the other day...
    U talkin bout me madas matey.


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    Hopefully, I'll do enough for a merit. Distinction is definitely out of reach!
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    does anyone else feel unprepared
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    U talkin bout me madas matey.


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    Firstly have some respect, as to how you address me ....
    Secondly your usename has not been mentioned in any shape or form.
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
    Firstly have some respect, as to how you address me ....
    Secondly your usename has not been mentioned in any shape or form.
    Chill. I was joking lol.


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    I think, remember this I have said think, that AEA is hard and some questions are harder the STEP but it is more guided then STEP making it a tad easier imo.


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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Chill. I was joking lol.


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    I thought you were so there is no hard feelings...
    ...and no I was not referring to you.
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    I think that AEA is miles easier than STEP... Most of the questions are pretty simple once you give them a bit of thought and there's no ambiguity as to how many marks you're getting for each answer.
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
    I thought you were so there is no hard feelings...
    ...and no I was not referring to you.
    Thought so hehe. Also I thought I did ok in FP3 given i learnt the two big chapters the day before.


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    For (B) on this would I be penalised for taking the cross product (which is FP3 knowledge) rather than doing the C4 method?
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    For (B) on this would I be penalised for taking the cross product (which is FP3 knowledge) rather than doing the C4 method?
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    No, they mention being OK with people using integrating factors in one of the reports.
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Thought so hehe. Also I thought I did ok in FP3 given i learnt the two big chapters the day before.


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    My point was from personal recent experience with 2 different students that they were able to get 1 in both STEP II and STEP III yet both unable to get full or almost full marks in standard units.
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    (Original post by RhysRippin)
    For (B) on this would I be penalised for taking the cross product (which is FP3 knowledge) rather than doing the C4 method?
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    definitely not
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
    definitely not
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    No, they mention being OK with people using integrating factors in one of the reports.
    I didn't think I would be, but thanks for the reassurance!
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    (Original post by RhysRippin)
    I didn't think I would be, but thanks for the reassurance!
    no worries ...
    hasn't the AEA taken place already?
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
    no worries ...
    hasn't the AEA taken place already?
    Tomorrow


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    For question 3 in the 2014 paper, any specific strategy on approaching the sketches? I mean there's nothing wrong with part (i) but not really sure how to approach parts (ii) and (iii)
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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Tomorrow


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    makes sense now ...
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    (Original post by Bendak)
    For question 3 in the 2014 paper, any specific strategy on approaching the sketches? I mean there's nothing wrong with part (i) but not really sure how to approach parts (ii) and (iii)
    Think of how the curve changes at x=0. Dunno how to explain it tbh
 
 
 
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