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    Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Hello I am currently in year 11 doing extension 1 maths. My subjects are currently Adv english, Extension 1 maths, Adv maths, Physics, Chemistry, Business studies and SOR1. I find Maths to be my favourite subject while i find Business studies and SOR1 to be quite boring and I want to drop them for extension 2. I want to know how hard is extension 2 compared to extension 1? Also how is the scaling? I want at least 92 atar to get into a civil engineering course. Thank you for helping me!!

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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scartorias View Post
    Hello I am currently in year 11 doing extension 1 maths. My subjects are currently Adv english, Extension 1 maths, Adv maths, Physics, Chemistry, Business studies and SOR1. I find Maths to be my favourite subject while i find Business studies and SOR1 to be quite boring and I want to drop them for extension 2. I want to know how hard is extension 2 compared to extension 1? Also how is the scaling? I want at least 92 atar to get into a civil engineering course. Thank you for helping me!!
    With regards to your main question, I'd say consider your performance in your Yr 11 exams. If it's really good (like 85+ at a well-ranked school or 90-95+ at an average/a below-average school) and you think you can stand (preferably enjoy) doing - let's just say, many hours - of maths study, do it.
    Having said that, I'm only in Yr 11 myself as well, so don't completely rely on me, but I think it's good advice to go by. It is one of the most highly-scaled subjects from what I hear, so if you think its scaling will help your performance (you'll need to be performing towards the top of your cohort still), by all means do it.

    As for how hard it is, I'll leave that to the more knowledgeable people to answer - the 4U kids.
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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Do Extension 2 maths.

    It's fun.

    It scales insanely high. Honestly, you can let your MX2 marks be the lower outlier and still it'll probably scale higher than all of your other subjects. 92 ATAR is no match for Mathematics Extension 2.

    I've heard from an experienced HSC marker than a student getting 70% in Extension 1 is capable of doing Extension 2, so if you're enjoying maths, there is honestly very little argument for the other side.

    Do Extension 2.

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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scartorias View Post
    Hello I am currently in year 11 doing extension 1 maths. My subjects are currently Adv english, Extension 1 maths, Adv maths, Physics, Chemistry, Business studies and SOR1. I find Maths to be my favourite subject while i find Business studies and SOR1 to be quite boring and I want to drop them for extension 2. I want to know how hard is extension 2 compared to extension 1? Also how is the scaling? I want at least 92 atar to get into a civil engineering course. Thank you for helping me!!
    You seem to be a capable maths student, go for it!!!

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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Depends on your mark in Extension 1. Do you want to spend your time doing4u maths everyday?

    Usually I recommend min 75% in 3u to do 4u

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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by sida1049 View Post
    Do Extension 2 maths.

    It's fun.

    It scales insanely high. Honestly, you can let your MX2 marks be the lower outlier and still it'll probably scale higher than all of your other subjects. 92 ATAR is no match for Mathematics Extension 2.

    I've heard from an experienced HSC marker than a student getting 70% in Extension 1 is capable of doing Extension 2, so if you're enjoying maths, there is honestly very little argument for the other side.

    Do Extension 2.
    "70% in Extension 1 is capable of doing Extension 2"
    WOWWW...
    I got 73% and dropped ext thinking it was a bad mark ;-;
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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathew587 View Post
    "70% in Extension 1 is capable of doing Extension 2"
    WOWWW...
    I got 73% and dropped ext thinking it was a bad mark ;-;
    70% in MX1 is perfectly fine, because MX1 scales quite high. In fact, if you can get that as a raw mark in the final HSC exam, it scales you towards 96~ ATAR. A 50%~ raw mark in the MX2 exam will scale you towards the 98 ATAR margin (going by the Talent 99.95 calculator). (Of course, this is assuming that your internal marks match up with your external marks perfectly.)

    While 70% MX1 student is capable of doing MX2, whether they should is the more important question, and that has to do with whether they enjoy maths and are willing to put in the effort.
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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathew587 View Post
    "70% in Extension 1 is capable of doing Extension 2"
    WOWWW...
    I got 73% and dropped ext thinking it was a bad mark ;-;
    depends on difficulty of the 3u tests...like my school makes pree hard tests..last year this guy got 62% in his trials and averaged 60's throughout the year and got 92 Exam Mark.
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    Re: Should I do extension 2 maths?

    Just do it.

    Then give it your best shot and you should be OK.
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