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    (Original post by k.russell)
    I did better in A level maths than GCSE, go figure
    I've found A level better than GCSE as well - maths has much more logical meaning to it at A level whereas GCSE felt like a numbers game with some random circle theorems 😂

    I think that being able to go in depth into why and how maths things work really helps at A level. It helps me to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, and is something I think is significantly lacking in GCSE maths lessons (although that might have changed with the new spec)
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    (Original post by Steliata)
    I've found A level better than GCSE as well - maths has much more logical meaning to it at A level whereas GCSE felt like a numbers game with some random circle theorems 😂

    I think that being able to go in depth into why and how maths things work really helps at A level. It helps me to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, and is something I think is significantly lacking in GCSE maths lessons (although that might have changed with the new spec)
    Exactly! I've always felt with a good teacher and a little independent work, I'd probably be able to do at least AS maths, as from what I see it has a lot more logic and reason than GCSE.
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Well I can do some maths really well. Algebra and things like that, and I can do lots of philosophy involved in undergraduate studies which is more heavily maths based. I could always do the A* questions in a GCSE revision book, and not the easier ones. I've got a weird brain.
    I'm fairly sure that you (and most of the general public) have a very different idea of what maths is from mathematicians. GCSE questions are more about pushing mindless algebra around rather than any actual maths.

    If you're interested in finding out more, reading 'A Mathematicians Lament' by Lockhart (a short PDF) or 'A Mathematicians Apology' is a recommended read.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    I'm fairly sure that you (and most of the general public) have a very different idea of what maths is from mathematicians. GCSE questions are more about pushing mindless algebra around rather than any actual maths.

    If you're interested in finding out more, reading 'A Mathematicians Lament' by Lockhart (a short PDF) or 'A Mathematicians Apology' is a recommended read.
    I might do! My goal in life is to be good at actual maths, not amazing, but just kind-of decent. Not the mindless stuff taught in school either.
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    Is there a Facebook group for 2017 offer holders ?
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    Hello everyone. In pre-emption of a decidedly uncertain results day, does anyone know or have any experience with how likely you'd be to still get in if you missed your grades by, say, getting an A instead of an A*? Just asking for a friend...
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    Hello everyone. In pre-emption of a decidedly uncertain results day, does anyone know or have any experience with how likely you'd be to still get in if you missed your grades by, say, getting an A instead of an A*? Just asking for a friend...
    The Murray Edwards AT gave an answer to this in his current thread...

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4778102
    Ask an Admissions Tutor XI - 13 June 23 June 2017


    Good luck to your "friend"...

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    (Original post by StJude08)
    Hello everyone. In pre-emption of a decidedly uncertain results day, does anyone know or have any experience with how likely you'd be to still get in if you missed your grades by, say, getting an A instead of an A*? Just asking for a friend...
    There isn't going to be an answer to this. It depends on how close the A is to an A*, how many people have met their offers, what context the application is in, how their interview went, the quality of the cohort, what college, what subject, and I can keep listing reasons. tl;dr nobody knows how likely it is. Loads of people who miss their STEP offers for maths still get in, otherwise not many people (but a non trivial mount) miss their normal offers and get in.
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    (Original post by Macky16)
    Is there a Facebook group for 2017 offer holders ?
    Yeah, search 'Official University of Cambridge Offer Holders 2017'
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    (Original post by Macky16)
    Is there a Facebook group for 2017 offer holders ?
    It's in the thread OP
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    There isn't going to be an answer to this. It depends on how close the A is to an A*, how many people have met their offers, what context the application is in, how their interview went, the quality of the cohort, what college, what subject, and I can keep listing reasons. tl;dr nobody knows how likely it is. Loads of people who miss their STEP offers for maths still get in, otherwise not many people (but a non trivial mount) miss their normal offers and get in.
    Excellent thanks for the info!
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    How many exams has everyone got left? Just had my 2nd day with 2 exams (both biol + politics exams were scheduled on the same days lol).

    Just one more for me, on the 26th. I think Physics is the last exam of all? (on the 27th)
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    (Original post by Inister)
    How many exams has everyone got left? Just had my 2nd day with 2 exams (both biol + politics exams were scheduled on the same days lol).

    Just one more for me, on the 26th. I think Physics is the last exam of all? (on the 27th)
    I've just passed the halfway mark. Had my seventh exam, C3, out of 13. My first exam was over a month ago (May 17th). I finish next Thursday, with Physics (29th)
    How many do you have left/have you done?
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    how did people find C3? Thought it was quite difficult, one of the harder papers there's been definitely, probs got borderline B/A, feeling less confident about meeting my offer now (needed an A)

    (and yes im not doing maths/science, in before i get shot down with "C3 is so trivial, how are you this retarded etc etc")
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    (Original post by Strimpy)
    how did people find C3? Thought it was quite difficult, one of the harder papers there's been definitely, probs got borderline B/A, feeling less confident about meeting my offer now (needed an A)

    (and yes im not doing maths/science, in before i get shot down with "C3 is so trivial, how are you this retarded etc etc")
    I found it hard too! There were a few questions I just didn't get, which meant I had very little time to check my answers. I think I've made a few silly errors which won't help my mark either. Just hoping for low grade boundaries and a good C4 paper really, I was originally aiming for the A* in maths but maybe I'll have to hold out hope for my other subjects instead :/
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    (Original post by Inister)
    How many exams has everyone got left? Just had my 2nd day with 2 exams (both biol + politics exams were scheduled on the same days lol).

    Just one more for me, on the 26th. I think Physics is the last exam of all? (on the 27th)
    S2 on the 26th is my last one - sort of exciting and not excited at the same time?
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    (Original post by Strimpy)
    how did people find C3? Thought it was quite difficult, one of the harder papers there's been definitely, probs got borderline B/A, feeling less confident about meeting my offer now (needed an A)

    (and yes im not doing maths/science, in before i get shot down with "C3 is so trivial, how are you this retarded etc etc"
    How would you say it compared with 2016? Steliata
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    (Original post by k.russell)
    How would you say it compared with 2016? Steliata
    I found the 2016 paper fine really, so it was harder. It was strange though because in this one there was such a mix of easy and hard questions, no in-between at all. So I'm not sure really :/
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    (Original post by Steliata)
    I found it hard too! There were a few questions I just didn't get, which meant I had very little time to check my answers. I think I've made a few silly errors which won't help my mark either. Just hoping for low grade boundaries and a good C4 paper really, I was originally aiming for the A* in maths but maybe I'll have to hold out hope for my other subjects instead :/
    same, made silly mistakes and confused myself, plus question 8 (with the damn rabbits) took me about half an hour lol. The grade boundaries were 59 for an A last year and imo this paper was far harder

    do you reckon you still got an A because im really not sure i did
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    (Original post by Strimpy)
    same, made silly mistakes and confused myself, plus question 8 (with the damn rabbits) took me about half an hour lol. The grade boundaries were 59 for an A last year and imo this paper was far harder

    do you reckon you still got an A because im really not sure i did
    I think I've still got an A presuming there's no more silly mistakes I haven't thought of, it's the 90 UMS for an A* I'm not sure of. Just gotta smash C4 I guess and get that 180 UMS total I suppose
 
 
 
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