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    I'm always averaging around 90-95% and always get tests back and find that I've made silly mistakes. It's not a case of not understanding but merely making errors in calculations or not being aware of the exact answer for a small subsection of a question.

    Any advice for pushing for 100%?

    Two biggest constraints: Time, and not properly reading the question.

    I take it you're a smart person, and with scores like this, it is not often that this happens, but it most likely may, which is probably the difference between those extra few %s in the exam.

    One thing I personally recommend for Maths exams is trying to not rush through anything, even if it's something you find easier. One reason I used to drop a fair few marks was not showing my working as I did a lot of arithmetic in my head, to maximise your gain, write everything you're thinking of on to the paper, even if it's a question you can't answer, you'll still scoop a bountiful amount of method marks.

    Another error, but this bounds more on the realms of Physics and Chem A Levels than Maths, is not putting your answer in the form they desire, if they ask you to put something to an appropriate number of significant figures do so, or when it says the exact value, your method could be perfect but you could not attain full marks without the answer being in the appropriate format, I'd advise reading the question once or more, to understand what kind of answer you're working towards, before just speedwriting.

    Thirdly, errors in calculations, when you do any step, check, is it mathematically correct? Would any examiner looking at your working be able to decipher your reasoning behind this step? If not, then you either need to rework it, or make it clearer.
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Updated: March 13, 2018


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