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    Hey, Harry here.
    Looking for anyone who has any tips for taking this paper, as it's right around the corner (Tuesday 14th June)! If you've taken this paper before, it would be helpful if you could give me a guide to time management because I'm not really sure what to spend my time on!
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    (Original post by Harrykel)
    Looking for anyone who has any tips for taking this paper, as it's right around the corner (Tuesday 14th June)! If you've taken this paper before, it would be helpful if you could give me a guide to time management because I'm not really sure what to spend my time on!
    You can find out more about it here. https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-c...ical-olympiad/ The advice at the front of last year's paper said:
    • Questions A1-A10 are relatively short questions. Try to complete Section A within the first 30minutes so as to allow well over an hour for Section B.
    • Questions B1-B6 are longer questions requiring full written solutions.This means that each answer must be accompanied by clear explanations and proofs.Work in rough first, then set out your final solution with clear explanations of each step.
    • These problems are meant to be challenging! Do not hurry. Try the earlier questions in eachsection first (they tend to be easier). Try to finish whole questions even if you are not able todo many. A good candidate will have done most of Section A and given solutions to at leasttwo questions in Section B.
    • Answers must be FULLY SIMPLIFIED, and EXACT using symbols like , fractions, orsquare roots if appropriate, but NOT decimal approximations.
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    (Original post by Harrykel)
    Hey, Harry here.
    Looking for anyone who has any tips for taking this paper, as it's right around the corner (Tuesday 14th June)! If you've taken this paper before, it would be helpful if you could give me a guide to time management because I'm not really sure what to spend my time on!
    Don't spend too much time of the Section A questions as they're only worth 1 mark each- if you get really stuck on one, just skip it.

    Try last year's paper and any other papers your school might have to get a feel for the structure of the paper- estimate how many of the section B questions you can do and allocate time for each of them... if I remember correctly the later questions in section B are harder than the earlier ones so allocate more time to the later ones if you plan on doing them. If not, just divide the time equally between the one you will do and focus on them; it's generally better to completely finish a question than to half-heartedly try several in a row.

    However, if you really do get stuck on a question (in section B), write down all your ideas quickly (you may get a mark or so for doing this if your ideas turn out to be along thr right lines!) then move on.

    Good luck!
 
 
 
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