Maths GCSE Equivalency Tests

GCSE support sessions - Maths

Mathematics GCSE is pre-requisite qualification if you want to train to teach any age range. If you have an offer for teacher training or a social work course with us for September 2020 - or have been directed to us by a teacher training provider that you are due to start a course with this autumn - and have been advised to consider our online GCSE Mathematics Equivalency Test, here are some FAQs specifically about maths:

How will I access online support sessions?

All support sessions will take place online via Xoodle, which is an external portal that you will be given a links and password for.

When will the online support sessions take place?

One evening per week.

Will I be given a number or letter grade for this test? 

As these tests are equivalency tests, the grading is not comparable to GCSEs in that you will not receive either a number (4, 5 etc.) or a letter (C, D etc.) grade. Therefore, there is no Higher or Foundation Paper. The tests have been written by our academics and reflect exam board criteria.

When will I find out about my result?

After your exam, University staff have 10 working days to mark papers and will then communicate to you by email whether you have passed or failed.

How many times can I take a test?

You are entitled to two attempts at the exam (in each subject), one first attempt and one re-sit.

What topics will the online support sessions and test cover?

The four major areas covered in support sessions are:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Statistics

Do you  cover Foundation or Higher material?

We cover all Foundation-level material related to these topics plus some of the Higher-level material. 

How can I revise?

You will be provided with subject-specific links to revision websites. In addition, BBC Bitesize and MathedUp are good websites to use for revision. 

How long is the online test?

You will need to sit two papers, each lasing 90 minutes (an hour and a half).

What types of paper are they?

There will be a calculator and a non-calculator paper.

What equipment will I need? 

The test software has an online calculator, protractor and ruler. However, it is recommend that you have your own scientific calculator for both the online support sessions and the test as well as your own protractor and ruler. You will also need a pen and pencil for when you are showing your workings out, as you will have to show your workings out by hand.

What mark do I need to get in order to pass?

You will need to achieve a minimum of 50% averaged across the two papers in order to pass the test.

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