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I quite enjoyed the fact that in the MOG the problems are longer and require more thought. I've felt that sometimes Maths can become detached from problems which can be materialised in real life, especially in the things we've been covering this year, but the problems in the MOG are refreshing in that often you don't need complicated Maths but instead you need to search and find an often simpler method which works.

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It's a very different experience to other maths exams we take. Even SMC has far more questions, so the approach is different. It is less time pressured but requires a high level of concentration for an extended period of time. It's great when you think you can have a go at most/all of the questions but not so fun if you get stuck!

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Doing such a long paper with so few questions..I think can be encouraging and discouraging at the same time. Encouraging in that it gives you enough time to think fully through how to go about answering questions/writing solutions, and then the end result is quite satisfying. But then again, because there are so few questions, I found that if I didn't know how to approach a question, I became quite stuck and then you're left with time which you could be using to answer another question...but you can't seem to get anywhere substantial!

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Obviously if you do very well in the MOG, it gets you recognised for other maths competitions such as BMO. But I genuinely just enjoy that I can sit down for a few hours and do some maths questions and problem solving, especially considering how I well I perform doesn't matter. We often aren't given that luxury! I would say it was a combination of this and knowing I would be happy with a score higher than my 7 from last year that made me enjoy it and gain more points this year.

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I guess the point of things like MOG could be to take a step back. Because we have to fully explain any steps we do or assumptions we make, it means we have to completely understand what we're talking about (whereas in other circumstances such as the SMC it's easier to approximate, make a guess, etc)