GCSE English Equivalency Test

From: £149.00

GCSE English Equivalency Test

The A star equivalency testing service enables you to book and take your GCSE English equivalency test at home.

From: £149.00
  • GCSE English Equivalency Online Exam for Teaching, Nursing, & Other Courses
  • Based on the AQA GCSE English Language Specification - 2 Hour 10 Minute Exam
  • Recommended by Training Providers - Lowest Cost Exam Guaranteed
  • New Course for 23-24: Revision Materials & Webinar tutorials New Course
  • For Questions & Support Call 020 8135 8868
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GCSE English Equivalency Course 23/24

The A Star Equivalency GCSE English course for the 2023/2024 academic year provides everything you need to pass the GCSE English equivalency test.

Once you order the course, it gets posted out to you by Royal Mail and arrives within 2-3 working days.

After signing up to the course you will also be invited to the weekly English tutorials that include additional revision resources.

(Live outside the UK? Please visit A Star Equivalency International for International Courses) 

  • Mock papers & mark schemes - Updated for 23/24

  • Model solutions with marking criteria highlighted

  • English revision cards posted to you - Updated for 23/24

  • Access to an online revision platform - Updated for 23/24

  • Free Webinar Tutorials - Additional resources included!
    Lesson Schedule

  • This provides access to our outstanding course for 1 year.

How do I prepare for the GCSE English Equivalency Test?

AQA Specification

The A Star Equivalency exam and specification is similar to the AQA exam GCSE English language qualification and as such materials designed for this exam will be relevant. The full AQA GCSE English Language specification can be found below.
AQA GCSE English Specification

Assessment Objectives and guidance

Our assessment objectives are benchmarked against recognised examination criteria.
English Equivalency Exam Breakdown

GCSE English Equivalency Exam writing questions

This pack includes the style of writing questions from your actual exam, and you will have the option of the writing question 5 from paper 1 or 2. The writing section is important as it is 40% of your assessment.
English practice writing paper

Equivalency Sample Paper

Access GCSE English Equivalency test past papers pdf, mark scheme and insert below.
Practice Paper
Mark Scheme

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A star Equivalency has set up a Facebook support group to help every Equivalency student. Take a look at the A star Equivalency Facebook Group.

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Everything you need in one place

With our course options, you get all the materials you need to revise for and pass the exam. Additionally we also have webinar tutorials to help prepare learners, which is included in the exam booking fee. See the page above for more information. 

Specifically designed for the exam

The course has been specifically designed to match the content of the exam. We pride ourselves on providing you with genuine mock papers designed by examiners.

Examiner feedback

With the GCSE English equivalency course, you are able to submit two exams for examiner feedback. You can receive personalised feedback from real examiners on how you can improve.

Free weekly lessons

A Star Equivalency offers free weekly lessons to all learners. You can register for these below.
Free Weekly lessons
Each lesson includes an additional targeted revision resource for students to use!

Make a study plan

Making a study plan to pass your Equivalency Test is a good place to start. Plan out when you want to revise and how you want to revise.

Start revising early

Start your revision early. Give yourself enough time to cover the entire course without needing to rush.

Do lots of practice papers and questions

Exam-paper practice is the most important thing you can do to step-up your revision. This is why the A star course comes with 6 high-quality mock papers, so you know what you expect from the real exam.

Contact our expert exam team

Contact our expert exam team to receive advice about which qualification is best suited for your situation, or call 020 8135 8868 to book now.

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How we create our exams

Our GCSE English equivalency exams are made according to strict criteria, and we make sure they are as close as possible to these specifications.

If you would like further detail on this, and out process, click the button below.

English Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries

We closely monitor all exam results, how these change over time, and regularly alter our grade boundaries to reflect these fluctuations.

This analytical approach ensures that our exams are always up to date in terms of their level of difficulty, and match the specifications they are benchmarked against.

GCSE English Equivalency Grade Boundaries


Grade Marks Percentage
Grade A*, A**, (9) 79/100  79%+
Grade A*-, (8) 73/100  73%+
Grade A-, A, A+, (7) 68/100  68%+
Grade B+, (6) 61/100  61%+
Grade B-, B, (5) 54/100  54%+
Grade C-, C, C+ (4) 48/100  48%+
Grade 3 35/100  35%+
Grade 2 23/100  23%+
Grade 1 10/100  10%+

Unclassified:   0-9 Marks   0%

How is the English GCSE Equivalency Exam Marked and Graded?

Mark and grade boundaries for our combined papers are benchmarked to the June 2019 AQA grade boundaries for English Language, and marked out of 160.

These have then been converted to marks out of 100, and are expressed as percentages. We have also provided their corresponding grades, from grade 1-9.

Note: Training Providers will require a minimum of 4 (equivalent to an old C grade) or in Wales a 6 (equivalent to an old B grade).

GCSE English Equivalency Information

The following is a list of things you will need on the day of your exam:

  1. An internet connection capable of sustaining a video call (please make sure to do a test video call before the day of your exam)
  2. A web cam and audio set up
  3. An acceptable form of ID
  4. A pen and lined paper
  5. A Smartphone (to submit your answers if you complete them on paper).

The online test is straightforward.

On the day of your exam, click the Google Meets link sent to you, and the invigilator will then share the exams system. You will read the questions on-screen, and then have the option of typing out your answers in the spaces provided, or handwriting them.

If you handwrite your answers on paper, then you will need to scan the paper in at the end of the exam. You do not need any technical knowledge to do the exam online, simply a stable internet connection and a web camera.

This exam pack outlines what is in the English Equivalency examination, how it is assessed and provides practice exams and support materials to assist you.

Since English is the most predominant medium of communication in the UK, good English skills are extremely important. We have worked to deliver a high-quality GCSE English Equivalency syllabus that is transparent about its expectations.

A well-known saying is that ‘repetition is the mother of skill’. English Language examinations are testing you for many different skills at once, so it is vital that you make time to practise, practise, practise.

If you know you will require an English GCSE Equivalency, we would always encourage starting your preparation as early as possible.

The English equivalency exam is one 2-hour 10 minute English Language equivalency exam, bench marked to AQA GCSE English Language paper (For teaching from September 2015 onwards for exams in May/June 2017 onwards. Single tier 1-9).

It is a 100 mark hybrid paper, based on both paper 1 and paper 2.

The official document linked earlier on this page is very detailed, so an easy-to-follow breakdown of the English equivalency exam content (including assessment objectives) is included here, in the English Equivalency test guide.

This guide lays out which assessment objectives are assessed in each question, and how the GCSE English Language Equivalency exam questions map to the standard AQA exam questions in both paper 1 and 2.

You require a GCSE English Equivalency qualification for entry into a higher education course which accepts GCSE equivalencies.

Courses which do this typically include Teaching QTS (minimum of a C/4), Nursing, and Midwifery.

The best preparation for your exam is the course materials available in this pack, which contains everything you need to pass your exam.

The course includes:

  1. Full specification
  2. Mock papers
  3. Model solutions
  4. Marked papers with examiner feedback

The marked papers will let you know what level you are currently working at.

They will also give you an indication of when to book your exam to give you the best chances of passing the test first time.

A Star Equivalency Testing has been the leader in delivering Equivalency Tests since 2002.

As a result, our certificates are accepted by most training providers.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your training provider, please email [email protected] and we will offer our assistance.

Past papers are included in your course pack!

Each one with come with a detailed mark scheme and model solutions, to help you be as prepared as possible.


We offer the option of a paper based exam. Please follow this link to see our paper based exam product. 

To find out what you need in order to sit an online exam, and for information about what will happen on the day, please see the Equivalency test instructions using the link below.

A Star Equivalency Test Instructions

These instructions will be sent to every learner when they book an exam with A Star Equivalency.

UCL will only accept a level 5 for all GCSE English qualifications and equivalencies.

In order to get booked in for an extra time exam, you MUST call 020 8135 8868 or email [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

It may take longer to get booked in for an exam as we verify your evidence of extra time.


Please be aware:

Due to the extended nature of an extra time exam and invigilator availability, it is not possible to sit these exams in every available exam slot.

Book now choose date later exams expire after 1 year after purchase.

GCSE English Equivalency Exam & Course

Exam Only Exam and Course
Lowest cost online examination Lowest cost online examination
Online examination Online examination
Certificate included Certificate included
6 Full mock papers exactly like the real exam 6 Full mock papers exactly like the real exam
Model solutions for each paper Model solutions for each paper
2 Examiner-marked mock papers 2 Examiner-marked mock papers
Revision Cards Included Revision Cards Included
Access to English fundamental practice tests Access to English fundamental practice tests
Free Webinar Tutorial Sessions Free Webinar Tutorial Sessions

Three Steps to your GCSE English Equivalency

3 Easy Steps

  • 1

    Book a date for your GCSE English Equivalency Test

  • 2

    Prepare for your exam with the course materials

  • 3

    Get your result and certificate

Some Guidance on your Exam

The video below gives some guidelines on the exam, what happens on the day of the exam, as well as handy information about how to prepare.


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  1. Communication was great when doing the exam. This is probably the best equivalency test out there.

    Jamal - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
  2. A heartfelt thank you to all staff at A Star Equivalency. Not only do they respond to inquiries promptly, but they also provide constructed feedback for mock exams. I cannot recommend A Star Equivalency enough!

    Shiuanting Hsu - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
  3. I have taken the GCSE English Equivalency Test and opted to purchase the English course. The resources provided were extremely useful. The customer care worked well and answered my queries promptly. I would definitely recommend this provider.

    Rossana - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
  4. I found the course really useful in understaning what I had to do in order to pass the exam. The tutorials were great and I attended as many as I could.

  5. It was worth the money – I paid for the revision pack and took the 6 mocks before taking my exam. Two of those were marked within days by A Star Equivalency which was incredibly useful as it gave me detailed feedback and helped me achieve an A+ on the actual test day!

    Lea Tharin - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
  6. Passed with a levl 4 but that is all I needed for my course

    Jasvinder Karim - GCSE English Equivalency Test
  7. Happy to recommend this exam service to others looking to get onto their PGCE course

  8. I had to pass my English equivalency test to get into teaching and it took me two attempts but I managed it. This website and service was good but I feel relieved to have now finioshed it and I can move on

  9. The exam team were amazing, they respond promptly to all queries and provide details.The fast track service is really helpful.I was in need of my certificate as soon as possible to enrol on a programme, this has saved me or else I would have missed my place.The recorded video courses are of great help and they are free.It actually helps you build better understanding what to expect in the exam and how to approach each question (definitely I would recommend to watch the full 8 lectures) as the tutor highlights VERY important tips.The online exam is easy to navigate through,It was my first time to do an online exam and I was a bit nervous, but it was actually easy as there was a box under each question to fill in your answer on the right side of the screen and the texts were on the left side of the screen.Overall experience was great and efficient service !

    Nadine - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
  10. Very efficient customer service .. very well designed website .. the moment you go to the website to know about .. there is a real person on the chat window to give you all the needed information .. quick booking .. quick payment .. prompt emails before the exam and smooth exam process .. quick results if on fast track .. and all the information available pertaining to the test is in your account .. overall a very prompt and quick process .. I would recommend Star with a 5 star for English Equivalency test .. YR

    Yoga Rai - GCSE English Equivalency Test (verified owner)
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