COVID – 19 Exam Arrangements
At the request of some training providers we have further broadened the examination options to meet their needs through this difficult period.
Alternative arrangements such as online and embassy exams, are ONLY offered where you have evidence of your training provider’s approval for you to sit the examination this way. To maintain transparency with our training providers, the alternative option used is clearly recorded on the equivalency certificate with our standard unique security code for training provider’s reference.
Remember all certificate details, including security codes, can be checked with our compliance at any time.
More information on these options below.
FREE Multiple slots – when you book your date above we will email you offering multiple exams slots over a period of 2 weeks from the chosen exam day to find one that suits you. This free additional service is offered in addition to the others below to keep attendance numbers extremely low and keep you safe.
Equivalency Exams are operating daily under the “new normal” social distancing regime. We have exceeded government expectations with an alternative venue at Suite 210, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH (closest tube station Angel ) using thermal temperature detectors, individual isolation rooms along with the mandatory facemasks, hand sanitisers and social distancing.
In addition we continue to use high quality examinations benchmarked on AQA and Edexcel GCSE syllabuses administered under JCQ (Joint for Qualifications) regulations, by trained invigilators and marked by a team of independent markers who have/or currently mark for the exam boards.
We are ensuring the needs of all students are being met safely and well within the required time!
School Based Testing
This option is used by some candidates where the headteacher is prepared to commit to the school hosting while following our security procedures and JCQ examination protocol to ensure the security and integrity of the equivalency examination.
If you have a school prepared to support your exam please check for more details by viewing the “You Choose Where” Option.
Alternative Arrangements (require evidence of training provider approval)
At the request of some training providers through the COVID period we provide ONLINE EXAMINATIONS. Check with your training provider BEFORE BOOKING for approval to sit your examination ONLINE. These exams are the same as the standard scheduled equivalency exams. They are administered using technology specifically designed to ensure the highest security standards in remote testing. Examinees are closely monitored throughout the process and their Photo ID is verified (Photo Driver’s Licence or Passport).
To maintain transparency with our training providers the Equivalency Certificate awarded will state the Equivalency Test was administered online.
To do these exams you require a computer with camera, microphone, key board, browser with a stable internet connection and a phone with the ability to scan or photograph. No special hardware, software or training is required.
Embassy/ British Council based testing
We are working with embassies and the British Council for special cases where students are overseas and travel restrictions preclude their attendance to an Equivalency Examination in the UK.
Again these are ONLY offered where you have evidence of your training provider’s approval for you to sit the examination this way. To maintain transparency with our training providers, the alternative option used is clearly recorded on the equivalency certificate with our standard unique security code for training provider’s reference.
General Exam Information
NB We also offer additional extra flexibility in Maths equivalency exam dates with the “You Choose When” option.
Who should sit this Higher 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 (Higher offers 4-9 and Foundation grades 1-5). 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 Higher Maths Equivalency Exam?
Please refer to Higher Maths equivalency test guide on 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 Higher GCSE Mathematics – The Revision Guide – ISBN 9781782944041
- EDEXCEL Higher GCSE Mathematics – The Workbook – ISBN: 9781782944072
- EDEXCEL Higher GCSE Mathematics – Practice Papers and Answers – ISBN: 9781782944034
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 for the GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam. There are a variety of options using experienced professionals who have successfully helped people like you. This is preferable to sitting an exam ill prepared and not passing.
What’s in the Higher GCSE Maths Equivalency exam?
The Higher Maths equivalency exams and associated support courses are benchmarked on the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Maths (Specification 2015 first certification 2017). (refer to pages 12-20 for a summary of content and page 3 for weightings)
This is a 2-hour Higher 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 outlined in the Maths equivalency test higher guide. It is less detailed than the specification outline above however maybe easier to follow. See also practice exams below.
How is the Higher Mathematics Equivalency Exam Graded?
The 2-hour mathematics 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 4-9. (NB. If you only require a grade 4/5 and you don’t feel maths is a strength, you may prefer to sit the foundation paper).
The Higher Paper Equivalency Grade Boundaries are as follows:
- Grade 4 (25 to 34%) 9 mark band 25 to 34 marks inclusive
- Grade 5 (35 to 43%) 9 mark band 35 to 43 marks inclusive
- Grade 6 (44 to 54%) 11 mark band 44 to 54 marks inclusive
- Grade 7 (55 to 68%) 14 mark band 55 to 68 marks inclusive
- Grade 8 (69 to 82%) 14 mark band 69 to 82 marks inclusive
- Grade 9 (83 to 100%) 18 mark band 83 to 100 marks inclusive
Where can I find Practice papers?
- The recommended Practice Papers and Answers includes practice exams with marking schemes.
- Past Edexcel GCSE Foundation Maths Exam papers 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 higher 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 Maths equivalency certificate with a security code. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.