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 2023 - 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 MS Teams. Your tutor will send you the link once you are enrolled on the course.

When will the online support sessions take place?

We run three sessions per week for two hours per session. If you are confident mathematically and feel you wish to fast track, you must attend two sessions per week. If you would prefer a slower track route, we require you to attend one session weekly. You need to attend EIGHT consecutive sessions regardless of which track you choose. The content is identical for each track - it just depends on how much time you need to practise the skills and build confidence.

Sessions run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. If you are attending the fast track option, you MUST attend a Thursday and one additional day. Normal track can attend any day to suit you.

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.

You will receive either a pass or fail grade for the tests.

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, a 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 lasting 90 minutes (an hour and a half).

What types of paper are they?

You are allowed to use a calculator for both papers, and these are taken online.

What equipment will I need? 

The test software has an online calculator, protractor and ruler. However, it is recommended that you have your own scientific calculator for both the online support sessions and the test. This is the only equipment you will need.

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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