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    [QUOTE=LaurenLovesMaths;72513206]
    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    I really hope they do😂 I can't believe I got it right - I did it in a different way to you too, which kind of worries me in case they do just think my answer is wrong... I'm sure you'll be fine because your method is good


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    Yeah, I was really careful to write everything out very neatly, show clear methods and explain everything I did (esp. why I rejected some solutions eg in last question) for those 7 "clarity and style" marks
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    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    Yeah, I was really careful to write everything out very neatly, show clear methods and explain everything I did (esp. why I rejected some solutions eg in last question) for those 7 "clarity and style" marks
    Yeah I did the same. I sat STEP too so do that kinda thing automatically now haha


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    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    Yeah I did the same. I sat STEP too so do that kinda thing automatically now haha


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    You sat STEP? AEA must be easy then! I'm in year 12, so I might sit STEP next year, but I would rather study physics/chemistry than maths at university so probably won't need STEP. Good luck with both!!
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    [QUOTE=K-Man_PhysCheM;72513518]
    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    You sat STEP? AEA must be easy then! I'm in year 12, so I might sit STEP next year, but I would rather study physics/chemistry than maths at university so probably won't need STEP. Good luck with both!!
    Yeah I sat STEP 1, which was a lot harder haha. STEP requires a lot of preparation and patience so if you don't need it I wouldn't see it. & thank you, good luck to you too

    Also it's pretty impressive to sit AEA in year 12, I'm guessing you've done all of A2 maths in year 12?


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    (Original post by A Slice of Pi)
    Glad to see people in general enjoyed it. I'll post an unofficial mark scheme and predicted boundaries when I can get hold of the paper. If anyone has a copy they can get some pictures of and PM to me I can get started.
    Thank you! Think I ****ed up the middle but the beginning and end was amazing LMAO
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    [QUOTE=LaurenLovesMaths;72513560]
    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    Yeah I sat STEP 1, which was a lot harder haha. STEP requires a lot of preparation and patience so if you don't need it I wouldn't see it. & thank you, good luck to you too

    Also it's pretty impressive to sit AEA in year 12, I'm guessing you've done all of A2 maths in year 12?


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    That sounds like good advice tbh. Our maths department gave us a booklet of STEP questions after AEA to look at over the summer, but I should probably get on with physics aptitude test prep/going through reading lists instead!

    Yeah, at my school those who choose "further maths" are taught the whole A-level maths in year 12 and so we sat C1-C4 and S1+M1 this summer (though apparently the A-level won't be certificated until next summer, whatever that means). Next year we can choose to do AS-level or all of further maths: I'll probably keep to A2 further maths. They gave us the option of doing AEA early saying it can only be a good thing, and so I revised for C3/C4 with a mix of past paper and AEA (it meant this year's "hard" OCR C4 paper didn't feel too bad)
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    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    That sounds like good advice tbh. Our maths department gave us a booklet of STEP questions after AEA to look at over the summer, but I should probably get on with physics aptitude test prep/going through reading lists instead!

    Yeah, at my school those who choose "further maths" are taught the whole A-level maths in year 12 and so we sat C1-C4 and S1+M1 this summer (though apparently the A-level won't be certificated until next summer, whatever that means). Next year we can choose to do AS-level or all of further maths: I'll probably keep to A2 further maths. They gave us the option of doing AEA early saying it can only be a good thing, and so I revised for C3/C4 with a mix of past paper and AEA (it meant this year's "hard" OCR C4 paper didn't feel too bad)
    Ahh right that kinda makes sense, it gives you lots of extra prep time for STEP and AEA (if you sit them in year 13, that is). I couldn't start prep until January/February time because we had to finish C3&4 first

    That sounds like a good plan. Which unis are you looking at?


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    [QUOTE=LaurenLovesMaths;72513790]
    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    Ahh right that kinda makes sense, it gives you lots of extra prep time for STEP and AEA (if you sit them in year 13, that is). I couldn't start prep until January/February time because we had to finish C3&4 first

    That sounds like a good plan. Which unis are you looking at?


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    I think the dream course for me would be physical Natural Sciences at Cambridge, so that I could keep both physics and chemistry (and maths) going to a high level, at least for the first year, though I guess if I really want to keep both I could do 'physics with chemistry' or 'physics and chemistry' degrees at other universities. I don't really like the idea of living in London, so those really good universities like UCL, Imperial etc... are probably out of the picture. Durham and Warwick look pretty good, and I know people who are studying sciences there at the moment and enjoying their courses. Bristol Uni would be a good reserve, but unfortunately I live in Bristol and so don't really want to apply there. Lancaster and Southampton look solid, (and the Lancaster physics course actually looks really interesting) but I would prefer to get into Warwick/Durham/Cambridge. We'll see how admissions go next year!

    What unis did you apply to/get offers from, if you don't mind me asking?
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    [QUOTE=K-Man_PhysCheM;72513964]
    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    I think the dream course for me would be physical Natural Sciences at Cambridge, so that I could keep both physics and chemistry (and maths) going to a high level, at least for the first year, though I guess if I really want to keep both I could do 'physics with chemistry' or 'physics and chemistry' degrees at other universities. I don't really like the idea of living in London, so those really good universities like UCL, Imperial etc... are probably out of the picture. Durham and Warwick look pretty good, and I know people who are studying sciences there at the moment and enjoying their courses. Bristol Uni would be a good reserve, but unfortunately I live in Bristol and so don't really want to apply there. Lancaster and Southampton look solid, (and the Lancaster physics course actually looks really interesting) but I would prefer to get into Warwick/Durham/Cambridge. We'll see how admissions go next year!

    What unis did you apply to/get offers from, if you don't mind me asking?
    Ooh very nice! I didn't like London either and Oxbridge just wasn't for me. My top choice is Warwick! I applied to Warwick, Birmingham, Nottingham, Durham and Manchester (all for straight maths) and have firmed Warwick and insured Birmingham


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    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    Ooh very nice! I didn't like London either and Oxbridge just wasn't for me. My top choice is Warwick! I applied to Warwick, Birmingham, Nottingham, Durham and Manchester (all for straight maths) and have firmed Warwick and insured Birmingham


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    Yeah, Warwick does look really good; now just the wait 'til results day... enjoy the summer!
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    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    Yeah, Warwick does look really good; now just the wait 'til results day... enjoy the summer!
    Thank you, you too!


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    (Original post by K-Man_PhysCheM)

    Thank you, you too!


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    Any predictions for what a distinction would be?
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    Do we have to do something to make sure unis get our result or do they get them automatically like with A levels?
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    (Original post by joodaa)
    Do we have to do something to make sure unis get our result or do they get them automatically like with A levels?
    I think they get them automatically - they're on the same results slip as A Levels. I know for STEP it's different, and you're told that at the exam. I wasn't told anything today so I assume the unis get them automatically (not 100% sure though)


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    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    Any predictions for what a distinction would be?
    Hopefully not too high but I think the boundaries will be higher than last year


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    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)
    I think they get them automatically - they're on the same results slip as A Levels. I know for STEP it's different, and you're told that at the exam. I wasn't told anything today so I assume the unis get them automatically (not 100% sure though)


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    ah alrightio cheers my lady
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    (Original post by Redcoats)

    Hopefully not too high but I think the boundaries will be higher than last year


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    Any notion of a range?
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    [QUOTE=Redcoats;72516830]
    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    Any notion of a range?
    I don't want to jinx it haha

    Maybe about 74-77?


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    (Original post by Redcoats)

    I don't want to jinx it haha

    Maybe about 74-77?


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    What do you think you got?
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    [QUOTE=Redcoats;72516946]
    (Original post by LaurenLovesMaths)

    What do you think you got?
    Again, really don't want to jinx it😂 but, providing that the examiner knows my answer to Q4c is the same but in a grosser form, I think/hope I've done all the questions pretty well

    What about you?


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