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When should you start revising for STEP and AEA maths papers? watch

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    I started going over some STEP 2 papers at the beginning of upper sixth, but started revisiong serious hardcore after I'd got an offer involving STEP (ie around january-ish).

    Our school does all the A-level maths syllabus in lower sixth and all the FM syllabus in upper, so I knew everything needed for STEP II, but tbh if you haven't finished the syllabus then there'll only be a few questions you can't do from the pure side (like 2-3 tops).
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    Whenever you've learnt enough material to be able to get your teeth into them. The more experience you've had, the better you'll do.
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    If you've done C1-4 then I'd recommend starting ASAP (though not hardcore until later on) -- find and look through the Siklos booklets as a starting point and then look through some STEP I past papers (and STEP II when you're more confident). Attempt STEP III even if you don't have to, because it will give you a lot of skills which will help in STEP I and II (but bear in mind that you'll need knowledge from the FP modules for that). Another protip would be to look through a lot of past papers from 1987-1999; it's tempting to ignore them because they're old, but STEP have a habit of repeating some questions. For example, STEP III 2006 Q8 is an exact replica of a question from a STEP II paper in the mid-90s (I forget which exactly).

    Also, as a general rule, preparing for STEP will give you enough understanding and competence to be able to do well in an AEA paper.
 
 
 
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