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    For my academic purposes, I registered for the three STEP papers. I was only informed about this exams around February. However, other than it's separated into 3 papers, I'm not even well acquainted with the exam format and question style.

    So my question is: there are still more or less 3 months to go before the commencement of STEP. Is this an adequate amount of time to prepare for it given my currently average mathematical knowledge?

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by Dnel)
    For my academic purposes, I registered for the three STEP papers. I was only informed about this exams around February. However, other than it's separated into 3 papers, I'm not even well acquainted with the exam format and question style.

    So my question is: there are still more or less 3 months to go before the commencement of STEP. Is this an adequate amount of time to prepare for it given my currently average mathematical knowledge?

    Thanks in advance.
    It's going to be tough... do you have an offer riding on STEP? If not - why are you sitting it?
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    It's designed to be difficult even for people who are really good at maths.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    It's going to be tough... do you have an offer riding on STEP? If not - why are you sitting it?
    Thanks for the reply. I need it for the next academic cycle, not this year's. Wondering how tough they will be? Will studying for 10 hours a day and focus solely on math increase my chances of scoring good grades?
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    (Original post by Dnel)
    Thanks for the reply. I need it for the next academic cycle, not this year's. How tough can it be. Will studying for 10 hours a day and focus solely on math increase my chances of scoring good grades?
    Yes, though it would also increase risk of being miserable and vitamin D deficiency. Which STEP papers will you be taking this year? If it's just STEP I then you're in reasonable shape, the others take more practice.
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    (Original post by Dnel)
    Thanks for the reply. I need it for the next academic cycle, not this year's. How tough can it be. Will studying for 10 hours a day and focus solely on math increase my chances of scoring good grades?
    Next academic cycle? STEP stands for "Sixth Term Examination Paper" for a reason, emphasis on the sixth term. Doing badly in these papers will seriously hinder your chances of an offer next year, is there no way to get yourself pulled out of the exams (or at the very least, only sit STEP I) and sit them at the appropriate time instead?

    STEP requires more than just mindless study, you'll need to really understand what you're doing and it's quite a bit more of a challenge than A-Level, 10 hours of study a day sounds incredibly extensive and I've got no clue how long you'd be able to keep that up, I can barely do two hours of work a day...
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Next academic cycle? STEP stands for "Sixth Term Examination Paper" for a reason, emphasis on the sixth term. Doing badly in these papers will seriously hinder your chances of an offer next year, is there no way to get yourself pulled out of the exams (or at the very least, only sit STEP I) and sit them at the appropriate time instead?

    STEP requires more than just mindless study, you'll need to really understand what you're doing and it's quite a bit more of a challenge than A-Level, 10 hours of study a day sounds incredibly extensive and I've got no clue how long you'd be able to keep that up, I can barely do two hours of work a day...
    I'm not taking A-levels, but some other overseas exams, so the timing is not the same as your typical a-level UK's school.

    Are you saying that it's too late to start preparing it now, regardless the amount of effort I am determined to channel into it?
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    (Original post by Dnel)
    I'm not taking A-levels, but some other overseas exams, so the timing is not the same as your typical a-level UK's school.

    Are you saying that it's too late to start preparing it now, regardless the amount of effort I am determined to channel into it?
    Nah, 'course not - you'd be able to, it's not that hard - but it's certainly not a desirable situation and one that is easily avoidable, but if you are persistent, then you have enough time, yes.
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    (Original post by Dnel)
    I'm not taking A-levels, but some other overseas exams, so the timing is not the same as your typical a-level UK's school.

    Are you saying that it's too late to start preparing it now, regardless the amount of effort I am determined to channel into it?
    Whether it is too late or not depends entirely on your current mathematical ability. Take a look at a paper for each exam and see what you think. One more piece of advice is that STEP is not a game of hours; there is no magical amount of time that will let you achieve a respectable grade since the exams are about problem-solving. The knowledge needed to do a question is a prerequisite and in the majority is not the difficult aspect of solving it.
 
 
 

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