Preparation for Maths Equivalency Exam

1. GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam Revision/ Course Materials and Practice Exams

Where do I find the Revision Materials?

You can easily purchase the recommended materials for the Maths Equivalency exam online by clicking on (or copy and pasting) the ISBN numbers below into Google or your preferred web browser.

The books are inexpensive and essential to your successful preparation for the GCSE equivalency exam. (NB. available new or second hand online- and it is possible to get the set second hand for less that £10 delivered)

Foundation Mathematics Equivalency Exam

Higher Mathematics Equivalency Exam.

These Maths revision books cover all examinable material and there is no need to spend more money on further resources. Also remember online Maths resources such as BBC Bitesize are free.

However 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.

Where can I find Maths Equivalency Exam Practice papers?

  • The recommended revision books above include practice maths exams with marking schemes.
  • Past Edexcel GCSE Maths examination papers with the 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 2-hour non calculator maths equivalency test.

Additional Online Revision Resources are Listed Below

We advise all candidates to attend at least one revision class prior to sitting this Maths equivalency exam (this is recommended but not compulsory).

Some additional equivalency exam revision material.

Still can’t find what you want?  Please call or email test@astarequivalency.co.uk should you require any further information regarding any aspect of the course content, dates or location.

2. What's in a Maths Equivalency Exam? Who should sit them? Where and When can I sit them?

What’s in the GCSE Maths Foundation/Higher Equivalency exams?

The Maths equivalency exams and associated support courses are benchmarked on the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Maths (Specification 2015 first certification 2017)

Foundation Maths equivalency exam content – refer to pages 5-11 for a summary and page 3 for weightings. A less detailed summary of content outlined in the Maths equivalency test foundation guide. 

Higher Maths equivalency exam content -refer to pages 12-20 for a summary and page 3 for weightings. A less detailed summary of content outlined in the Maths equivalency test higher guide.

These are both 2-hour Non- Calculator Mathematics examinations. 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.

Whilst the above provides a detailed outline of the examination content, it may prove simpler to follow the suggested revision books, as they thoroughly an accurately cover all examinable material. (See also practice exams in column one)

Who should sit this GCSE Maths equivalency Exam?

You require a GCSE Maths equivalency for entry into a higher education courses that accept GCSE equivalencies (typically teacher training for QTS, midwifery and nursing).

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.

Need to sit GCSE Maths Equivalency in Birmingham?

From Thurso to Truro we have you covered. If your school can meet the Equivalency Test requirements it is possible to sit your exam in your supporting school.

When will I get my  GCSE Maths equivalency Exam Results?

Results are returned to you within 12 working days via email (NEED IT SOONER – check out our FAST TRACK within 48 hrs service). You will receive an official A* Star GCSE Maths Equivalency Certificate sent to the address you registered on this website, with an anti-fraud personalised security code directly linked to your results.

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.

The Day of the Maths Equivalency Exam
Please get to venue 20 mins before to register and bring Photo ID (Passport or License) to  present before gaining access to the Maths equivalency examination room.

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 of or photocopies of the paper. And as such by agreeing to our terms and conditions you agree to the above.

3. Which Maths Equivalency Exam should I sit? What are the Maths Equivalency Exam Grades?

Should I sit the Foundation or Higher Tier GCSE Maths equivalency Exam?

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 is the Mathematics Equivalency Exam Graded?

The 2-hour Foundation and Higher mathematics equivalency exams have 100 marks available, covering the material outlined in the guide and supported by the suggested revision books.

The Foundation Maths Equivalency Exam Grades 

The foundation equivalency qualification will be graded and certified on a scale of 1-5.

Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries are as follows:

  • Grade 4 (55% to 74%) Grade 5 (75% to 100%)

The Higher Maths Equivalency Exam Grades

The equivalency qualification will be graded and certified on a scale of 4-9.

Higher Tier Maths 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

The Previous Paper Equivalency Grade Boundaries

For those who have already been studying the past intermediate book, the exam provides a similar challenge and we will continue to offer you this exam throughout 2020. You receive the same Equivalency Certificate.

Maths Equivalency Grade Boundaries 
Sit higher paper if you prefer to achieve A*-, A* (8) A*+, (9) (86-100) or A-, A, A+,(7); (71-85) B-,B, (5) B+(6)(56-70); C -, C, C+ (4)(41-55) 
Grade B-, B, B+(5)

Highest grade on this Foundation Maths Equivalency Exam

75/100 (75%)
Grade C (4) 55/100 (55%)

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