NB We also offer additional extra flexibility in Maths equivalency exam dates with the “You Choose When” option.
Who should sit this Foundation Tier GCSE Maths equivalency Exam?
You require a GCSE Maths equivalency for entry into a higher education courses that accept GCSE equivalencies.
You are free to choose either the Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Test or the Higher Tier Maths Equivalency Test.
You can pass with both (Foundation offers grades 1-5 and Higher 4-9). The topics covered in both are the same, however the higher paper has a less emphasis on number, ratio, proportion and rates of change which is balanced by more questions on algebra and geometry and measure. In addition, higher papers have less “use and application of standard techniques” and more non-standard complex or higher process questions. What most of us would call harder questions.
To put it simply you require more marks on more standard questions on the foundation maths equivalency exam. On the higher maths equivalency exam, you require fewer marks, however, the maths is more challenging.
If Maths isn’t your strong point, and you only require a 4 (previously C) the foundation is generally regarded as the safest route. If your requirements are for a 5 or above and /or your maths is a strength, then the higher paper maybe a better option.
How to prepare for the Foundation Maths Equivalency Exam?
Please refer to Maths equivalency test foundation guide on the Preparing for Maths Equivalency Exam page for exam content. We recommend candidates use these revision books, available from multiple retailers online (cheaper second hand -approx £10 delivered). Other books maybe also useful but ensure they match with all topics outlined in the guide above.
- EDEXCEL Foundation GCSE Mathematics – The Revision Guide – ISBN: 1841460214
- EDEXCEL Foundation GCSE Mathematics – The Workbook – ISBN 139781782944010
- EDEXCEL Foundation GCSE Mathematics – Answers for Workbook – ISBN: 9781782943983
- EDEXCEL Foundation GCSE Mathematics – Practice Exams & Answers– ISBN: 9781782943990
These revision books cover all examinable material and there is no need to spend more money on further resources. Also remember online resources such as BBC Bitesize are free. If, after reviewing the revision material you feel you require some support and /or you are short of time, it is advisable (although not compulsory), that you use one of our Maths revision courses. These are specifically designed to assist with the GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam. There are a variety of options using experienced teaching professionals who have successfully helped people like you. This is preferable to sitting an exam ill prepared and not passing.
What’s in the GCSE Foundation Maths Equivalency exam?
The Foundation Maths equivalency exams and associated support courses are benchmarked on the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Maths (Specification 2015 first certification 2017). (refer to pages 5-11 for an overview of content and page 3 for weightings)
This is a 2-hour Foundation Level Non- Calculator Mathematics examination. The topics covered, time allowed, range of questions types, difficulty, assessment objectives and weightings are the same as in a calculator exam. In addition, the strategies and methods used are similar (however the numbers tend to be easier to calculate). A summary of content is outlined in the Maths equivalency test foundation guide. It is less detailed than the specification outline above, however it maybe easier to follow. (See also practice exams below).
How is the Foundation Mathematics Equivalency Exam Graded?
The 2- hour maths equivalency exam has 100 marks available, covering the material outlined in the guide and supported by the suggested revision books.
The equivalency qualification will be graded and certified on a scale of 1-5. (NB.If you require a higher grade, the range of levels 4-9 are available on the Higher paper).
The Foundation Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries are as follows:
Grade 4 (55% to 70%) Grade 5 (71% to 100%)
Where can I find Practice papers?
- The recommended revision books includes practice exams with marking schemes
- Past Edexcel GCSE Foundation Maths Equivalency Exams with their marking schemes going back to 2017 are available here (labelled F for Foundation and H for Higher)
- Although the length of these exams is shorter, the content, time allowed per mark and difficulty are similar. Both the non-calculator and calculator exams will provide useful practice (the numbers tend work out neater in the non calculator exams). It is prudent to do some practice with the same strategies and methods without the calculator (non- calculator exams) before sitting your non calculator maths equivalency test. Again a summary of content outlined in the Maths equivalency test foundation guide.
Where and when is the Maths Equivalency exam?
The scheduled Maths equivalency exam will be held in Islington Arts and Media College, Turle Road, Islington, London, N4 3LS
We also offer flexible exam dates with the “You Choose When” option to sit your GCSE Maths equivalency exam anytime during office hours at Suite 210, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
With school support we offer “You Choose Where” as an option to sit the Maths equivalency exam in a school anywhere in the UK
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Useful Information – GCSE mathematics equivalency exam.
Results are returned to you within 12 working days via email (NEED SOONER – check out our FAST TRACK within 48 hrs service). You will receive an official GCSE Biology equivalency certificate (sent to the address you registered on website) with a security code on it. A* Star Equivalency Testing has been the leader in delivering Equivalency Tests since 2002 and this Maths equivalency exam and certificate is accepted by most training providers. However, as there are hundreds of existing providers, new providers and policies can be subject to change, we advise candidates to always check with their proposed provider as we do not offer any refunds.
If there appears to be any issues with your training provider please email [email protected] as we can generally assist.
NB Once the Maths equivalency exam is booked candidates must contact us to inform us of a date change up to 48 hours before the exam or the booking is lost with no refund. A change of date charge is required to enable manual alteration of the equivalency exam date through the system, ensuring the records and the certificate security code are correct.
Please be advised that the Maths equivalency exam paper remains the property of A*Star Equivalency Testing. Candidates are not permitted to take their exam paper, pictures or photocopies of the paper. And as such by agreeing to our terms and conditions you agree to the above. All candidates must arrive by 5.30 pm to the exam centre. Photo ID (license or passport) is required prior to entering the Maths equivalency exam room.