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STEP Support Programme

STEP 3 Statistics


This module introduces you to STEP 3 questions from the Statistics section of the specification.

Each STEP 3 module consists of 4 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 3 modules assume that you have already begun to develop your problem-solving skills and approach to STEP questions by working on the Foundation modules and the STEP 2 modules.

About this assignment

Statistics questions are often very wordy, and the first step is always to read the question carefully (and you will probably need to do this several times).

Knowledge of the Geometric distribution is not required for STEP in the current specification, but it can be helpful when answering old STEP questions. There are some notes on the Geometric distribution in the topics notes for this module.

Please note that Generating Functions and Covariance are no longer on the STEP specifications.

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)

Admissions Testing Service: Exam board information about STEP (external link)

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