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    I dont know how many of the members here are familiar with the english education system, but in England most high school students take A-levels. Apparently im applying in Warwick university for pure Mathematics, and it turns ou ordinary maths exams from courses such as A-level and IB Diploma aren't enough. So they give you this test known as STE which stands for Sixth term mathematics examination paper. I just found this out 2 week ago, and have tried the past papers and to me it seems alright but alittle challenging.

    im still lacking information on STEP, does anyone know anything about STEP? if so i would appreciate your opinion and facts on the examination paper.


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    There's nothing to say.

    Learn the material and sit the exam.



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    There's nothing to say.

    Learn the material and sit the exam.
    are you aware of this exam?? The thing is that taking this exam is pretty troublesome for me as no one in my whole entire school wants to go for pure mathematics in the university so its very difficult for me to get a center in which it provides the test. Sox have you taken this exam in the past?
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    If it's that troublesome I'd suggest finding another university.

    Understandably you want to go to a university with a good reputation, but in reality, it isn't going to matter much at this stage. If you apply to a less well reputed university but do well then you can always try and go to a better uni after you graduate.

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    if it's that troublesome I'd suggest finding another university.

    Understandably you want to go to a university with a good reputation, but in reality, it isn't going to matter much at this stage. If you apply to a less well reputed university but do well then you can always try and go to a better uni after you graduate.
    i dont think i will give it up this easily, hopefully i will find a way to achieve what i want in the end.
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    There's more to it than just the reputation mind.

    There is the course content to take into account, and also the typical student demographic.

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    there's more to it than just the reputation mind.

    There is the course content to take into account, and also the typical student demographic.
    Actually the course content in Warwick for mathematics is quite amazing, they have alot of different mathematics courses in which one of them is the one i want. Its quite strong in the course, not only its reputation. If i want to apply to other UK universities like UCL or Manchester or Imperial, their mathematics courses isnt really what im looking for in particular, though the courses offered are really not very different to the ones offered in Warwick + the good thing is you dont need STEP (turns out STEP is only for Cambridge and Warwick not all Uni.)
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    I'd just go for a straight forward degree if I was you.

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    I'd just go for a straight forward degree if I was you.
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    One that gives you a taste for everything and nto just the one type of maths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinsbergrelatz
    [ctually the course content in Warwick for mathematics is quite amazing, they have alot of different mathematics courses ....
    There are three kinds of lies -- lies, damn lies and college catalogs.

    All good schools have lots of different courses. You can get a good education at any of them if you apply yourself, and you can get a lousy education at any of them if you don't. It becomes more important where you study and who you study with at the post-graduate level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinsbergrelatz
    I dont know how many of the members here are familiar with the english education system, but in England most high school students take A-levels. Apparently im applying in Warwick university for pure Mathematics, and it turns ou ordinary maths exams from courses such as A-level and IB Diploma aren't enough. So they give you this test known as STE which stands for Sixth term mathematics examination paper. I just found this out 2 week ago, and have tried the past papers and to me it seems alright but alittle challenging.

    im still lacking information on STEP, does anyone know anything about STEP? if so i would appreciate your opinion and facts on the examination paper.
    The point of mathematics is not to prepare you to take a test. The test, in this case, is not your enemy; it's merely a measure of how prepared you are in mathematics to the extent that it determines whether you are accepted or not. If you are accepted regardless of whether or not you are able to pass than this would potentially hurt you in the long run. Just show up, take the test, and try your best.
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    The point of mathematics is not to prepare you to take a test. The test, in this case, is not your enemy; it's merely a measure of how prepared you are in mathematics to the extent that it determines whether you are accepted or not. If you are accepted regardless of whether or not you are able to pass than this would potentially hurt you in the long run. Just show up, take the test, and try your best.
    Thank you for that remark Ellatha, but i NEVER NEVER think of especially maths exams as my enemy. What im worried about is that our school might not be able to provide me with a center to take the test, and also its something which i found like about 2 weeks ago, and i need to start registering very soon. but i sorted out everything so im cool now.

    It becomes more important where you study and who you study with at the post-graduate level.
    Indeed i agree to this.
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