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STEP stands for Sixth Term Examination Paper. Research conducted by the University has demonstrated that STEP scores are highly correlated with results on the undergraduate Mathematics course. In contrast, high school qualifications (even internationally-recognised qualifications such as A Levels and SATs) do not always allow us to effectively discriminate between candidates. Put simply, they are not demanding enough to stretch the brightest students. Therefore, if you want to study Mathematics or Computer Science via Mathematics at Cambridge, then you will have to sit STEP examinations.
Details of the examinations are available from the Admissions Testing Service (ATS). STEP exams are sat in schools in June: your school can register to become a STEP exam centre if it isn’t already. Check out the information on our Typical Offers page.