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    I have a carnival assessment day on Friday, which I was only told about maybe 4 days ago. they said to revise all gcse Maths and sent a link to the bitesize website, which has a lot to get through! I am slightly concerned about it because they expect me to be able to remember all aspects of it in one week when I haven't done much of it for nearly 2 years now, and it's even harder to find time to do it around all my A-level work. is it compulsory that I know it all inside out? help needed! thanks.

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    I had an interview with Princess cruises, which I think have the same Maths test and in the same building.. They want 50% pass rate. but it is just a simple GCSE higher tier maths paper...So just cover as many of the basics as possible..

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MitchE94 View Post
      I have a carnival assessment day on Friday, which I was only told about maybe 4 days ago. they said to revise all gcse Maths and sent a link to the bitesize website, which has a lot to get through! I am slightly concerned about it because they expect me to be able to remember all aspects of it in one week when I haven't done much of it for nearly 2 years now, and it's even harder to find time to do it around all my A-level work. is it compulsory that I know it all inside out? help needed! thanks.
      I dont know the specifics of the carnival tests but from the Carnie cadets in my class I would say that markie93 is right, its about GCSE level (higher). I will say if you are successful, you have to sit another induction test at the college too which is deffo higher GCSE so I would say if you can get as much revision in as possible.
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      • #4
        ok thanks guys, I'll just have to try and do what I can. was thinking of asking my old Maths teacher tomorrow if he could just do a bit of a refresher with me, which I think will help a lot. also may ask for tomorrows lessons off to revise it..

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        • #5
          Hi Mitch,

          You don't neccesarily need to know it all inside out, but definitely do the best you can.

          Maths plays a very important part in the deck, engine and ETO courses, so they're looking to see that you'll be able to cope with college work and have a good foundation to build upon.

          It's a challenge, but you'll be faced with many over the course of your cadetship. Go in confident and you'll come out confident.
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          • #6
            hi CD,
            did you do well on your tests in the interview?
            i wish they were just asking me electronics related Maths questions, then I'd be very confident! :P
            All I can do is my best I suppose.
            thanks for the help.

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            • #7
              I just cannot get my head around all of this stuff in such a short amount of time :/ I'm slightly annoyed that they expect me to just know higher gcse maths again in 1 week. Its stuck in my head now that my interview is not gonna go well

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              • #8
                When I had my Carnival interview I hadnt studied maths at any level for 5 years, theyre not looking for you to get an equivalent A*, like CD said theyre looking to see if you can cope with the HUGE amount of mathematics that you'll be facing once you begin the course. Its not unreasonable, the test wasnt too bad, but they have their choice of applicants, so they are able to be a bit more choosy and want to make sure you will be able to handle the course.
                Its also fair to say that many other companies might benefit from doing a similar test during interview stages as the maths is probably the biggest challenge that faces people on the engineering courses, I dont know if that reflects similarly on the Deck side, but alot of my coursemates have failed or really struggled with all the maths.

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                • #9
                  Maths GCSE's are easy I'm not exactly the cleverest and with no revision for my GCSE maths exam I came out with an A* so you should be fine!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MitchE94 View Post
                    I have a carnival assessment day on Friday, which I was only told about maybe 4 days ago. they said to revise all gcse Maths and sent a link to the bitesize website, which has a lot to get through! I am slightly concerned about it because they expect me to be able to remember all aspects of it in one week when I haven't done much of it for nearly 2 years now, and it's even harder to find time to do it around all my A-level work. is it compulsory that I know it all inside out? help needed! thanks.
                    Fairly important, regardless of what some may think, Maths is the root of practically every operation performed at sea!
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                    • #11
                      after my panicking and hard revision on the train on the way to Southampton, I managed to scrape 92% :P

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