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Hi I want to apply to Cambridge next year, how should i prepare?
I know i need to practice STEP, but is there anything i can do to prepare for the interview?
Also, when did you start preparing, and what are your maths ums results?
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Check the Cambridge Maths reading list. Read a few of their books for something to talk about in your Personal Statement or at the interview. It shows you have an interest around the subject like its history and development.

I'd recommend Music of the Primes personally, and Simon Singh's Fermat's Last Theorem. There are books on the list of all different areas, so you can take your pick on what interest you
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Check the Cambridge Maths reading list. Read a few of their books for something to talk about in your Personal Statement or at the interview. It shows you have an interest around the subject like its history and development.

I'd recommend Music of the Primes personally, and Simon Singh's Fermat's Last Theorem. There are books on the list of all different areas, so you can take your pick on what interest you
Thanks! I assume you're at Cambridge? If so, which college?


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Hi I want to apply to Cambridge next year, how should i prepare?
I know i need to practice STEP, but is there anything i can do to prepare for the interview?
Also, when did you start preparing, and what are your maths ums results?
Hi amazingone,


You are right in starting early and think about your application now.

Do not worry if your school is not able to provide much help with STEP.There are many STEP preparation resources available to help and support you.

If your school/college does not offer Further Mathematics A Level, the Further Mathematics Support Programme may be able to help you. The FMSP also offers an online Further Mathematics course for mature and home-schooled students.

Students often worry about what they should study. The best advice,applicable to all, is to do as much mathematics as possible. If you are taking A-levels,it is recommended that you take Mathematics and FurtherMathematics. If you are applying for Mathematics with Physics, most collegeswill ask for A-level Physics. Beyond that, study what you enjoy most and feelyou can do well. If you have a choice of modules, you should try to take as much pure mathematics and mechanics as possible, in preference to discrete mathematics and statistic.

It is true that in some schools there will be little or no choice, and some schools may not teach Further Mathematics.You should not worry: all applications from talented and enthusiastic mathematicians are welcome, and suitable allowance is always made both in the interview and in the conditional offer, to take into account the background of individual applicants.

You can also start practicing for interviews. You will find a list of practice questions here, that you could work through to get familiar with the format and type of questions asked.
These videos also show examples of good and bad interviews.

Hope this helps, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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You will find a list of practice questions here, that you could work through to get familiar with the format and type of questions asked.
None for maths...

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