COVID – 19 Exam Arrangements
I would like to thank Astar Equivalency for their exceptional service and support over the last few months. I had initially been advised by my ITT provider that they only accepted a particular (different) equivalency company. Unfortunately, I had several problems with the other company- from not picking up my phone calls, to claiming they hadn’t received my emails- despite the fact I still have records of my emails. I noticed that the university that I was studying through accepted Astar equivalency exams. I got in touch with the ITT provider and asked if they would consider Astar because I was having issues with the other company. To my surprise, they said that if the university accepts them, then so would they.
From the first email to the final phone call, Astar have been exceptional. I’ve rarely encountered such a fantastic team of staff. They really do support you and want you to pass. They will call and email you if they need any sort of confirmation. Despite the fact that this is a professional company, I never felt as though I was spoken to in a condescending or overly formal way. They also offer a fast-track service which makes things a little simpler for last-minute individuals like myself.
If your university or service provider do not currently accept Astar equivalency, I would strongly suggest you get in touch with them and ask them to consider. They’re a highly reputable company and many universities do accept their qualifications- and I can see why.
I’m surprised at how much more confident I am in my knowledge of science- particularly atoms, electrons and neutrons! Occasionally, my son has to tell me to stop going on about my new found knowledge! Would not have been able to do it without these wonderful people at Astar.
Thank you Dave, Tracey and the rest of the team. You’ve all been absolutely brilliant.
Teacher Trainee Dec 2020
I wish I had come to you first. The last place said they were cheaper then added shipping fees and I then had to wait for exam to be posted.
You did what you said in the tin without hidden costs and made this easy for me.
Teacher Trainee Nov 2020
I appreciated that all the necessary support material for my exam were easily and cheaply available online and I didn’t require any special course materials with extra costs.
With your help I was able to pass my exam without having to pay for a course on top of it all 🙂
Teacher training applicant Nov 2020
I was already prepared to sit my Maths GCSE and booked the exam fast track in evening , sat the exam the next day, had my results the following day and had my certificate within a week. I am really pleased.
Thank you A Star!
Trainee Teacher Natalie P Nov 2020
I recommend A Star Equivalency !!
I looked at 3 companies and originally resat my English GCSE with a different company that claimed to be cheaper. It turned out their price was “before shipping* and was actually 2 pence less with ZERO support!
It was made worse the whole postage back and forth thing was time consuming and problematic. Also help with the exams was in the form of spending even more on their products.
A Star Equivalency was by far the better option and I wish I had come here first.
Teacher Trainee October 2020
Exam Centre Equivalency Exam Guidance
Multiple slots – when you book a scheduled exam above we will email you within 1 working day offering multiple exam slots each week.
If you have a special date in mind mention it in the (optional) order notes that appear on the checkout page but be aware it may cost a little more.
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 Equivalency Exam 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.
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.
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General 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 email@example.com 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.