A 1-day STEP Maths Preparation Course for students sitting PAT, ENGAA, NSAA or similar exams for entry to Oxford or Cambridge. Takes place in July, at the start of the summer holidays.
If you have your sights set on a physics degree at a top university, you are likely to have to take an entrance exam which has a substantial pure maths component and also tests your mathematical knowledge and ability in its physics questions. Hence, practice with short maths questions is essential to preparation for the test.
In this course, we will guide you through a selection of novel maths questions and past questions from older admissions tests, intended to be useful even for those who have seen all readily available past questions. You will have a chance to work through specially-selected questions in cooperation with some of your fellow applicants. A solution to each question will be presented succinctly and with full explanation by an expert tutor in order to demonstrate the quickest or surest technique and why it was chosen.
The skills and topics we will cover include:
- Learning to unpack and analyse logical statements – this skill is often necessary to grasp what some questions are even asking and is tested more strenuously in admissions tests than at A-level.
- Handling polynomials of degree higher than a quadratic – these functions are much more common in entrance exams than at A-level, but also require a different set of tricks to analyse.
- Analysing unfamiliar functions – you will often be confronted with familiar functions combined in unusual ways, since this is a frequently required skill in admissions tests, and also afterwards at interview.