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STEP Support Programme

Mark Allocations

I was wondering approximately how many marks are allocated to small parts of questions that kind of stand alone to the rest of the question? For example in STEP III 2005 q2 you are asked do find the equation of a curve from a differential equation then sketch it. If you missed out the sketch, how many marks would you be likely to lose?

Have a look at the 2011/13/15/16 markschemes (available on ATS/this site/online somewhere) to see how marks are allocated in specific examples.

Useful Links

Underground Mathematics: Selected worked STEP questions

STEP Question database

University of Cambridge Mathematics Faculty: What do we look for?

University of Cambridge Mathematics Faculty: Information about STEP

University of Cambridge Admissions Office: Undergraduate course information for Mathematics

Stephen Siklos' "Advanced Problems in Mathematics" book (external link)

MEI: Worked solutions to STEP questions (external link)

OCR: Exam board information about STEP (external link)

AMSP (Advanced Maths Support programme): Support for University Admission Tests (external link)