So basically I’ve just finished my penultimate exam and I’ve got the edexcel maths AEA on Tuesday. Meaning I’ve got about 4 days to prepare. Haven’t really done anything for it as all my time had to go into my other subjects, so have I left it too late? Im aiming for a distinction which I think is around 70%. If anyone could leave any tips on what I can do to make the most of these few days, or with just tackling the exam in general, that would be amazing. Thanks!

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Original post by imscareddaddy

So basically I’ve just finished my penultimate exam and I’ve got the edexcel maths AEA on Tuesday. Meaning I’ve got about 4 days to prepare. Haven’t really done anything for it as all my time had to go into my other subjects, so have I left it too late? Im aiming for a distinction which I think is around 70%. If anyone could leave any tips on what I can do to make the most of these few days, or with just tackling the exam in general, that would be amazing. Thanks!

AEA maths is basically just normal A level maths with the difficulty ramped up. As such, you aren’t completely unprepared - you just need to know what style of questions is likely to come up.

Original post by ohauh

lol we’re literally on the EXACT same position here im gonna start cramming today

Original post by UtterlyUseless69

Use the time to do a few past papers, mark them and ask about any questions you struggle with here on TSR.

AEA maths is basically just normal A level maths with the difficulty ramped up. As such, you aren’t completely unprepared - you just need to know what style of questions is likely to come up.

AEA maths is basically just normal A level maths with the difficulty ramped up. As such, you aren’t completely unprepared - you just need to know what style of questions is likely to come up.

what im worried about is the applied question, I can do normal applied but the aea questions i've tried are just crazy. Also you know how they give marks for style, do i have to lay my work out in a certain way or something to get those marks

Original post by imscareddaddy

what im worried about is the applied question, I can do normal applied but the aea questions i've tried are just crazy. Also you know how they give marks for style, do i have to lay my work out in a certain way or something to get those marks

Giving a few mark schemes a look, the style marks are usually awarded for scoring near enough perfectly on a question without any “S+” points seen or having at least a number of “S+” points in your answer.

Examples of things designated S+ points include giving reasons for rejecting solutions to certain equations, drawing diagrams, explaining how you’ve set up a problem (e.g let the starting point of something be the origin blah blah) and explaining limits (i.e with models containing a function of time, what happens to the output as t approaches infinity?)

Examples of things designated S+ points include giving reasons for rejecting solutions to certain equations, drawing diagrams, explaining how you’ve set up a problem (e.g let the starting point of something be the origin blah blah) and explaining limits (i.e with models containing a function of time, what happens to the output as t approaches infinity?)

Original post by UtterlyUseless69

Giving a few mark schemes a look, the style marks are usually awarded for scoring near enough perfectly on a question without any “S+” points seen or having at least a number of “S+” points in your answer.

Examples of things designated S+ points include giving reasons for rejecting solutions to certain equations, drawing diagrams, explaining how you’ve set up a problem (e.g let the starting point of something be the origin blah blah) and explaining limits (i.e with models containing a function of time, what happens to the output as t approaches infinity?)

Examples of things designated S+ points include giving reasons for rejecting solutions to certain equations, drawing diagrams, explaining how you’ve set up a problem (e.g let the starting point of something be the origin blah blah) and explaining limits (i.e with models containing a function of time, what happens to the output as t approaches infinity?)

Okay I see thank you. So if a question doesn’t mention that S marks are available but you get all the marks in that question does that mean you get an S mark?

Original post by Ishi.R

Hey all i've just done the 2022 paper as prep for Tuesday - did anyone else find this quite difficult? (I'm also in the same position, cramming*)

How did you find it? I’m about to do the 2020 paper and then 22 after, I’ll let you know how it goes

I’ve found myself just absolutely stumped with the trig equation questions and series questions. Any tips for approaching these?

Original post by imscareddaddy

Okay I see thank you. So if a question doesn’t mention that S marks are available but you get all the marks in that question does that mean you get an S mark?

No mate, only if it says S marks in brackets at the bottom of the question. It won't specify for which part of the question though.

Original post by imscareddaddy

I’ve found myself just absolutely stumped with the trig equation questions and series questions. Any tips for approaching these?

Any questions in particular? I'm not great with the series ones either, in 2022 there was a weird one with iterations which I completely don't understand. General tips would probs be that if it's a part b or c, use the first parts of the question to answer the next, they are somehow always related, AEA like doing that. Otherwise it kinda depends on the question

Original post by imscareddaddy

Okay I see thank you. So if a question doesn’t mention that S marks are available but you get all the marks in that question does that mean you get an S mark?

Only questions that indicate (+S1) or (+S2) can have style marks awarded. The above applies only to these questions.

Original post by imscareddaddy

How did you find it? I’m about to do the 2020 paper and then 22 after, I’ll let you know how it goes

Hope you do well on it

Original post by UtterlyUseless69

2022 was my year - it was absolute **** imo with only 50/100 needed for a distinction.

Hope you do well on it

Hope you do well on it

yeah just did it, horrible paper i left like 3 questions blank. I ain't getting that distinction lmao

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Original post by imscareddaddy

yeah just did it, horrible paper i left like 3 questions blank. I ain't getting that distinction lmao

Yeah, it was horrible. The last 3 questions were particularly awful, but I think there were a few things you just had to spot on Q6 (e.g after the first iteration, all sides have a length of 1, so L1 must be 5, so each horizontal line increases in length by a factor of 5/4 for the second iteration and so on). I would suggest re-trying the questions, but highlighting information given in the question so as to not lose sight of important hints.

Also, the questions usually follow a sort of structure where the next parts build on earlier bits. If you can’t answer an earlier part, make up answers to previous bits and use those in your calculations.

If it’s of any comfort, my actual mark for that paper on my results slip was 50/100, so I barely scraped a distinction on it when I was usually getting high 60’s and low 70’s on other AEA papers. I reckon that even if you don’t manage a distinction, a merit should be more than achievable and that is still an excellent result.

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