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- Studying for the Putnam Exam 6 answers
There are many guides on how to prepare for the Putnam, and so many people participate in the Putnam. However scoring perfect scores or anything reasonably close to a perfect score on the Putnam is so rare. It seems to me that the present guides make the basic assumption that answering everything on the Putnam is impossible, thus people who follow those guides would end up scoring 'normal' scores, just like everyone else. So, what specific steps should one take in order to get a perfect score on the Putnam? Is it important to master all of undergraduate mathematics and some graduate mathematics? Or is it really just a matter of practicing endless practice problems, just like all the other participants who don't get anything close to a perfect score?