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    Hi,

    I'm doing past papers for my Edexcel AS Maths and Further Maths and I am confused as to how much working I need to show - for example, when I integrate, I usually just write the end result as I do it in my head, but the mark scheme always breaks it down to 3-4 steps - how does it work? Will I get all the marks for just the correct answers and moderate amount of working shown?

    Many thanks for your advice,
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    Bump. I've had marks dropped for not enough working, and it's really not want I want to be bringing my grade down when I clearly know the answer.
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    (Original post by DrSerious)
    Hi,

    I'm doing past papers for my Edexcel AS Maths and Further Maths and I am confused as to how much working I need to show - for example, when I integrate, I usually just write the end result as I do it in my head, but the mark scheme always breaks it down to 3-4 steps - how does it work? Will I get all the marks for just the correct answers and moderate amount of working shown?

    Many thanks for your advice,
    Dr Serious
    Working is of PARAMOUNT importance!!! Without working written down you cannot clearly show the examiner you know what you are doing. Working gains all but 1 mark in most questions meaning that correct working and wrong answer for most questions can still net you an A*. In order to be a good mathematician working is also necessary,if you are thinking of applying for mathematics then you will need to take STEP, if you are taking STEP and just make lots of little jumps and reach the answer, you will get under half of the marks in the question.

    Sorry to make it sound so urgent but it really is important.
 
 
 
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