Are you hoping to study Mathematics at University and been asked to take the STEP Maths exam? Are you confused by exactly what this entails? You’ve come to the right place! Here you will find STEP tutors and a short guide that explains exactly how STEP Maths works, who needs to take it, what the passing grades are and what extra help we can provide, should you wish to ask for any.
Due to the increased difficulty level, students may well require extra help to complete the STEP exam. All of our STEP Maths tutors have significant higher-level study in Mathematics. The majority already have a PhD or are working towards PhD in Mathematics or a closely related discipline.
Simon is a graduate of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and completed his Master's degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. After a period as a researcher and university lecturer, he decided to switch careers into school teaching, qualifying through the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2003
John has tutored privately for 11 years. After a bachelor's degree in biomedical science, he starting tutoring during his time as a classroom teacher of physics at Mascalls School in Kent, where he was also teacher in charge of physics, continuing throughout his master's and PhD studies in linguistics
Samuel-Louis is an experienced, engaging and extremely well-qualified teacher and tutor. Samuel-Louis trained to teach at the world-leading UCL Institute of Education and has Masters degrees in Physics, Maths and Theoretical Physics and is currently studying for a PhD in Mathematics
Tolly has a very strong mathematical background, with a Masters degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He has 10 years experience of teaching mathematics in schools, which includes 3 years as head of mathematics in one of the most successful state schools in the country
The STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is an extension exam for students looking to win a place to study Mathematics at some Universities.
It is currently used as a post-interview test at Cambridge and Warwick, and sitting it is also encouraged for applicants to Oxford, Bristol, Imperial College and Bath. The questions differ from A-Level in that they are closer to the style of work encountered at University.
Students normally sit one or two out of three papers (the University will make it clear what their requirements are), and these can normally be sat at their school or college during the summer exam season.
As the name suggests, and owing to its level of difficulty, this paper can only be sat in the Summer term of Year 13. Entry fees are reasonable and similar to those charged for A-Levels. The final grade on a STEP is collated from the best six answers on the paper. A correct answer automatically achieves full marks, regardless of the method used to get there, and the marking system is designed to reward “good progress” towards answering a question. Scores are given on a 5-level grading system, going from S (Outstanding) to U (Unclassified), with grades of 1, 2 and 3 in-between representing “Very Good”, “Good” and “Satisfactory” respectively.
Competition is stiff; last year less than 6% of applicants achieved a grade of Outstanding.
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