## What is Cambridge STEP?

STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. STEP is used by the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Imperial College London.

### Is Cambridge STEP hard?

It’s really difficult relative to school exams as it requires a good level of thinking, but easy compared to competitive exams like JEE advanced or gaoakao. STEP 1 and 2 have many conceptual questions and basic proofs whereas STEP 3 requires a lot of in-depth knowledge and clear understanding of mathematical concepts.

#### Does Cambridge require STEP?

STEP papers are typically taken post-interview, as part of a conditional offer of an undergraduate place. Candidates applying to study Mathematics or Computer Science with Mathematics at the University of Cambridge are almost always required to take STEP papers as part of the terms of their conditional offer.

**How difficult is the STEP exam?**

Do not worry if the STEP questions seem very difficult. STEP is supposed to be difficult: it is aimed at the top 5% or so of all A-level mathematics candidates. With enough practice you will get better at tackling STEP questions and you will be well prepared to achieve the grades you need.

**What universities require the step?**

The STEP exam is used by the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Imperial College London.

## Do you need further maths for step?

STEP is based on material from the A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics specification (or equivalent) and so requires no further knowledge. The questions are designed to test qualities like insight, originality, and the ability to use standard techniques in unusual ways and situations.

### Are you allowed a calculator for step?

What equipment can be used for STEP? Candidates can take rulers, protractors and compasses into the examination. They should write their answers in black pen only, and use pencil for diagrams and graphs. Calculators are not allowed in the examination.

#### How do step grades work?

STEP is graded S (Outstanding), 1 (Very good), 2 (Good) and 3 (Satisfactory) and U (Unclassified). The grades required as part of an offer vary by College – see individual College websites for typical STEP requirements. There are two STEP papers (2 and 3) and applicants for Mathematics are normally asked to take both.

**Do you need further maths for STEP?**

**What universities require the STEP?**

## How hard is step 3 to pass?

The USMLE Step 3 exam is typically found to be easier than its first two counterparts, however, you won’t pass on just sheer knowledge alone, you’ll need to hone your timing, skills, and knowledge through practice questions. It is divided into six 60-minute blocks, each containing about 44 questions.

### What are the step grades?

#### What is the step exam at Cambridge?

Achievement in the Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) normally forms part of a conditional offer to read mathematics at Cambridge. The examinations are administered by the Admissions Testing Service (which is part of Cambridge Assessment, the parent company of the OCR examination board) and are taken in late June.

**What does step stand for?**

About the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

**What is step Maths?**

STEP is an additional mathematics examination, taken at the end of Year 13, which forms part of conditional offers to applicants for mathematics and some related degrees at Cambridge and some other universities. STEP is designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

## How do I register for the Step exams?

You need to speak to your school or college about registering for the examinations, which is done through Cambridge Assessment’s secure online entry system. Cambridge Assessment charges an entry fee for each STEP paper – details about dates and costs are available on the STEP website.