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STEP Support Programme

STEP 2 Statistics


This module introduces you to STEP 2 questions which involve Statistics.

This STEP 2 module consists of 6 STEP questions, some topic notes and useful formulae, a "hints" sheet and a "solutions" booklet.

STEP questions are challenging, so don't worry if you get stuck. These STEP 2 modules assume that you have already begun to develop your problem-solving skills and approach to STEP questions by working on the Foundation modules.

About this assignment

STEP Statistics questions usually focus on probability rather than hypothesis testing and data analysis. You may find that some questions can be answered with just GCSE probability. One of the questions in this assignment actually requires you to look up a value in a table - such as can be found in the (old) STEP formulae book which can be downloaded from this page. One of these questions is a STEP I question from when the Poisson distribution was on the STEP I specification (before 2019).

Assignment PDF: 

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)