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    I am doing the senior maths challenge on Tuesday. At our school normally only the further maths students take the challenge, but this year I asked if I could do it as well because I did it in years 7-10 and enjoyed it. I am now in year 13. Do you think I will be disadvantaged when taking the paper for not having studied further maths? I have done some practice papers and got quite a range of marks, but I really want to get at least a silver certificate.
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    You shouldn't be at too much of a disadvantage. If I remember correctly it doesn't have any further maths concepts. The senior maths challenge tests how you think rather than what you know.
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    Absolutely not! I did it last year and I'm doing it this year as well, my school enters all 6th form maths students. I don't think it requires any A level maths, just clever applications of GCSE knowledge.
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    (Original post by PuffyPenguin)
    I am doing the senior maths challenge on Tuesday. At our school normally only the further maths students take the challenge, but this year I asked if I could do it as well because I did it in years 7-10 and enjoyed it. I am now in year 13. Do you think I will be disadvantaged when taking the paper for not having studied further maths? I have done some practice papers and got quite a range of marks, but I really want to get at least a silver certificate.
    Given that year 12s standardly do it 2 months into the course then I'm sure you'll be fine It may slightly disadvantage you compared to your fellow year 13s but you'll have a lot more knowledge than most of the year 12s sitting it!
    If you've done past papers then that's also really great as it gets you in the right mindset for the type of problem solving required
    You can also join in our chat about the challenge here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4976824
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    (Original post by ChocCheesecake)
    You shouldn't be at too much of a disadvantage. If I remember correctly it doesn't have any further maths concepts. The senior maths challenge tests how you think rather than what you know.
    Thanks, that's put me at ease a bit - I am actually kind of nervous
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    na lol loads of people in my ~regular~ maths a level class got an award in senior UKMT (2015). a lot got bronze, even my dumb ass who didnt do a single UKMT challenge before that day. half a dozen got silver. we had several for gold and a couple from the further maths group went to uhhhhh the olympiad or whatever.
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    I'm sure you'll do fine. I actually really enjoyed doing the UKMT. Just don't guess an answer unless you're like 95% sure. It's a very quick way to lose points.
 
 
 
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