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Is that a good idea? Maybe there are better ways? What do I do after finishing all the past papers?
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Anyone who's done the test could tell me how they prepared?
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Do all the previous MAT papers, STEP questions could be useful, but makesure you stick to STEP 1 (2 & 3 will help develop skills but its a waste of time for mat) as thats the sort of stuff that may come up on MAT. I would definitely say focus on previous MAT though. Revise AS Maths concepts too as that is what will come up.
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Do all the previous MAT papers, STEP questions could be useful, but makesure you stick to STEP 1 (2 & 3 will help develop skills but its a waste of time for mat) as thats the sort of stuff that may come up on MAT. I would definitely say focus on previous MAT though. Revise AS Maths concepts too as that is what will come up.
STEP is probably the only option. I've done Spec papers to 2011. I wanna save a couple for a few days before. In between, I need to somehow keep occupied. I just don't wanna drop this momentum lmao.
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Remember that MAT is a lot different in style to STEP I, significantly easier in places but not as much in others.

Generally doing any kind of problem solving is good, so go ahead.
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Remember that MAT is a lot different in style to STEP I, significantly easier in places but not as much in others.

Generally doing any kind of problem solving is good, so go ahead.
How would you describe the two in terms of the questions they give?
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How would you describe the two in terms of the questions they give?
I only sat STEP and never prepared for the MAT but I've written up solutions to a few MAT questions. From my limited exposure, MAT has more easy questions (the most A-level students could approach) but has questions that I personally don't like and could trip me up. (more geometry, combinatorics, and the such like) A lot of MAT questions were imo more straightforward than those you'd get in STEP. After all, unfair comparison - STEP being sat at the end of y13 and MAT being sat early in y13 with generally far less prep done.

If you're doing consistently well on STEP questions, I wouldn't say MAT should be a huge worry but you should definitely make sure you don't get caught out by any questions.
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