Covid – 19 Exam Arrangements
If your equivalency exam booking is affected by a lockdown the following arrangements are in place. At no further cost, as soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will be immediately running continuous exam slots throughout every day to ensure all candidates can sit their exam ASAP.
This will involve an alternative venue with only a handful examinees for each exam slot and will rigidly adhere to government social distancing measures. We will be keeping you informed of the details of these arrangements by email to the address you registered when you booked online.
We can also further offer to freeze your exam booking give you a free “You Choose When” date.
This will give the flexibility of holding your exam over and selecting your own preferred date and time to sit the exam immediately or any time after the/a lockdown.
Note: If you have a supportive school it is also possible to sit the exam in your school. For more details please see our ” You Choose Where” 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.