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What's the difference in difficulty between these two entrance exams?? And how are their style of questions different to each other
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Original post by yi123456
What's the difference in difficulty between these two entrance exams?? And how are their style of questions different to each other

Have you looked at the relevant websites for the basic info, papers ... / which unis are you thinking of applying to? Mat is taken in Oct and is based on ~maths AS, whereas step is taken in June (same time as a levels) and is based on full maths and further maths. Both are challenging, for different reasons. Mat is partially multiple choice, then some longer questions and a bit more problem solving than step. The longer questions in both mat and step lead you through themm and, to a degree, you can generally succeed at both if you put the practice in. For step a 1 (usual offer) is ~55% and acceptance for mat is ~70%+ though the latter is just one part of the decison (see their published stats). Both unis have similar acceptance/rejection rates.
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Original post by mqb2766
Have you looked at the relevant websites for the basic info, papers ... / which unis are you thinking of applying to? Mat is taken in Oct and is based on ~maths AS, whereas step is taken in June (same time as a levels) and is based on full maths and further maths. Both are challenging, for different reasons. Mat is partially multiple choice, then some longer questions and a bit more problem solving than step. The longer questions in both mat and step lead you through themm and, to a degree, you can generally succeed at both if you put the practice in. For step a 1 (usual offer) is ~55% and acceptance for mat is ~70%+ though the latter is just one part of the decison (see their published stats). Both unis have similar acceptance/rejection rates.

I've heard that MAT questions has a similar style to math challenges, is that true?
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Original post by yi123456
I've heard that MAT questions has a similar style to math challenges, is that true?

The mat multiple choice at the start have some similarity, though it varies year on year and there are important differences as smc has little a level maths on it (so no calculus, no trig identities, geometry heavy). If youve practiced ukmt stuff before your a levels, its a decent background to have for step/mat/interviews, though when you get into y12/13 its generally better to focus more on the specific test/interview youre aiming for.
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