Intensive STEP Preparation Course at Platinum Tuition


"Platinum Tuition is the only tuition centre that prepares you for STEP papers"


We run intensive courses for students who are planning to sit the STEPs. We have a range of STEP papers available for students to practise. Our skilled and highly qualified maths tutors will teach you the advanced techniques that you need in answering the STEP questions.


STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is used by the University of Cambridge as the basis for conditional offers. Other universities sometimes ask candidates to take STEP as part of their offer – in such cases, the university can advise on which papers to take.


STEP consists of up to three 3-hour paper-based examinations: STEP 1, STEP 2 and STEP 3. Candidates are usually required to sit either one or two of the examinations, depending on the requirements of the universities they have applied to.


STEPs consist of 13 questions – 8 Pure Mathematics, 3 Mechanics and 2 Probability and Statistics based on A Level Mathematics content. Only STEP 3 is based on A level Further Mathematics. In each paper candidates choose 6 questions to answer. The questions are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.


There are five possible grades:

  • S – Outstanding

  • 1 – Very Good

  • 2 – Good

  • 3 – Satisfactory

  • U – Unclassified.


All STEP questions are marked out of 20. The final grade for the paper is based on the student’s six best answers only.



To get more advise and help on preparing for STEPs contact us or visit our Tuition Centre.


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STEP Specification

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