GCSE Maths Equivalency Test Booking

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GCSE Maths Equivalency Test Booking

The A Star GCSE maths equivalency test and course helps learners to meet the requirements of their training courses in professions such as teaching and nursing.

From: £155.00
  • GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam - Lowest Cost Guaranteed

  • Used for Access into: Teacher Training, Nursing and Other Courses

  • A Calculator & Non-Calculator Paper - Sit Your Exam at Home

  • Course Contains: Revision Guide, Flashcards, Questions, Mock Papers & Tutorials

  • GCSE Maths Equivalency Specification Download

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GCSE Maths Equivalency Course

Our GCSE maths equivalency course provides everything you need to pass the GCSE maths equivalency test. Once your order is complete, you will also be invited to our weekly tutorials. The course pack takes 2-3 days to arrive and contains the following:

  • Industry leading revision guide and revision cards

  • Over 1000 exam questions by topic

  • Mock exams to accurately mimic the real tests

  • Detailed mark schemes for all exams and questions

  • Free weekly tutorials to help you revise

How do I prepare for the GCSE Maths Equivalency Test?

Use the specification

A Star provides an easy-to-read GCSE maths specification to help get you started on your revision journey.
Maths Equivalency specification

Free GCSE Maths revision with MME

MME has a huge resource of free GCSE Maths materials, videos, and worksheets all relevant to the maths equivalency test.
MME GCSE Maths Revision

Maths Practice Paper

We offer a GCSE maths equivalency test foundation practice paper to aid with revision. This also comes with an official mark scheme
Foundation Question Paper
Foundation Mark Scheme
If you opt for the higher paper, then use the following equivalency maths practice paper and mark scheme to help with your revision
Higher Question Paper
Higher Mark Scheme

Edexcel Past Papers

If you are looking for additional exam style questions to use, then the Edexcel past papers can also be useful to help you prepare for the exam
Edexcel GCSE Maths Past papers

Ask the community

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.

Everything you need in one place

With our course options, you get all the materials you need to revise for your GCSE Maths equivalency test. Additionally, we also have webinar tutorials to help prepare learners, which is inclusive of the exam booking fee. See the block above for more information. 

Specifically designed for the exam

The course has been specifically designed to match the content of the exam. Providing genuine mock papers designed by examiners.

Revision Guide, Flashcards, Practice Questions

1000s of practice questions, expertly designed revision cards, and a comprehensive revision guide all designed to match the Edexcel GCSE maths equivalency specification.

Free Weekly Lessons

A Star Equivalency offers free weekly lessons to all learners. You can register for there here
Free Weekly lessons

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. This is why the A star course comes with 3 high-quality mock papers so you know what you expect from the real exam.

Maths Equivalency Information

The online exam is very easy to use. You don’t need any special software. When you book you will be emailed a Zoom link to a meeting. On the day of your exam, 20 minutes before your agreed time you simply click the link and connect with the exam invigilator. They will then talk through the instructions and share the exams link with you. The exam presents questions on screen, and you write your answers on paper, then scan this in at the end of the exam. Its all straight forward to use and the exam invigilator will be there to help you.

You will need the following for the day of your exam:

  1. An internet connection capable of sustaining a video call (please test before your exam day)
  2. A web cam
  3. Your ID
  4. Pen, paper and a scientific calculator
  5. Smartphone (to scan in your workings if you have done anything on paper).

The GCSE Maths Equivalency Test consists of:

1 hour Non-Calculator Paper – 50 marks 

1 hour Calculator Paper – 50 marks

These papers are sat back to back in one 2 hour examination.

A Star GCSE Maths equivalency exams follow the Edexcel GCSE Maths specifications: Pearson Edexcel GCSE Maths (Specification 2015 first certification 2017)

The number of marks has been reduced from 240 marks to 100 marks in order to fit into one examination. However all assessment objectives are maintained from the full specification. This specification gives all the topics required for higher and foundation.

You are able to revise all topics covered in the specification on Maths made easy for free.

Yes we offer both higher and foundation GCSE maths equivalency tests.

Foundation Maths equivalency exam content;

Full specification details can be found in the Edexcel GCSE maths specification.

A less detailed summary of content outlined in the Maths equivalency test foundation guide. The foundation paper has a max grade awarded is a 5, and you’d need a higher number of correct answers than if you sat a higher paper. However, whilst some questions are present in both exams, there is a greater focus on number and ratio than the higher paper and the questions are easier. Those that are less confident generally choose to sit the Maths GCSE foundation exam.

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. The higher paper gives grades from 3 – 9. These exams have some of the same questions as the foundation but have a greater focus on algebra, and geometry and measure than foundation and include more difficult questions. Higher papers are generally sat by more confident students seeking the highest grades (7,8 and 9).

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 can i sit the GCSE Maths equivalency Exam?

You can sit the exam online or in school (conditions apply).

The A-Star equivalency GCSE maths test follow follows the Edexcel GCSE maths specification. These are loads of free revision materials online. We recommend Maths Made Easy for GCSE maths revision.

MME has a comprehensive set of GCSE Maths revision materials, including video solutions, exam questions, and model solutions for every topic.

MME has GCSE Maths past papers videos for this specification, including free model and video solutions for these papers.

Edexcel GCSE maths past papers 

Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries are as follows:

  • Grade 4 (low C) (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

Results are returned to you within 10 working days via email


Then select the Fast track option shown above. This guarantees the results within 24-72 hours of sitting your exam.

Yes! we do offer the option of a paper-based exam. Please follow the link to see our paper-based exam product. 

Foundation is a shorter course and has much higher pass rates. We advise that all learners should sit foundation maths as foundation has a higher pass rate. The only exception to this advice is if you are looking to get into teaching in Wales and you need a level 6 in GCSE maths. In this specific scenario you would have to take higher tier.

A* Star Equivalency Testing has been the leader in delivering Equivalency Tests since 2002 and our certificates are accepted by most training providers. However, as there are hundreds of existing providers, new providers and policies can be subject to change. We therefore advise candidates to always check with their proposed provider.

If there appears to be any issues with your training provider, please email [email protected] as we can assist.

To find out what you need to sit an online exam and for instructions on the day, please see the Equivalency test instructions page.

A Star Equivalency Test Instructions

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

UCL only accept level 5’s for all GCSE maths qualifications and equivalencies.

In order to get booked in for an extra time exam, you MUST call 020 3488 0960 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, it is not possible to sit these exams in every available exam slot due to invigilator availability.

GCSE Maths Equivalency Course and Exam

Exam Only Exam and Course
Lowest cost online Examination Lowest cost online Examination
Online Examination Online Examination
Certificate Included Certificate Included
Revision Guide included Revision Guide included
Revision Cards included Revision Cards included
3 Mock Papers Included 3 Mock Papers Included

Three Steps to your GCSE Maths Equivalency

3 Easy Steps

  • 1

    Select a date for your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam

  • 2

    Prepare for your GCSE Maths Equivalency test

  • 3

    Complete the exam, results within 7 days

Some Guidance on your exams

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


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  1. I just wanted to say Maths is a real weak point for me. I know the basics but I didn’t think it was doable,

    I have now passed the exam because of your help.

    Again thanks for your great teaching, advice and support.

    Andrea S
  2. Just wanted to let you know I passed the Science exam. I got C/4

    Thank you so much for all your help and support. I really enjoyed the lessons they got me through.

    Thanks again, stay safe and best wishes Sabrina

    Sabrina M
  3. Excellent service. I booked over a month ago, did my recommended revision and passed the maths test first time. Thank you so much!

    Alana C
  4. I have a conditional offer for a school direct programme starting in September, but because I come from Italy, we do not have anything like GCSEs. So i was really concerned to not be able to access the course as it is mandatory to have Maths and English. Initially I was worried and skeptical to use these types of companies, but my training provider adviced me and so i booked the exams with A Star Equivalencies. Well, the invigilator Dave has been so helpful, clear and professional. They are great and I would indeed give them A*. Thank you all for the support and help, i can pursue my dream to become a teacher!

    Federica D.
  5. I am so greatful for A* Equivalency and the outstanding support I have had from Dave and Tracey. Maths is my least favourite subject and knowing I had to sit a Maths test gave me anxiety. However, the expert advice given by Dave and the belief he had in me was truly remarkable as he was always a phone call away and ready to answer any concern I had.

    I had initially tried a different provider, who where shocking to say the least and was extremely difficult to get hold of as they didn’t have a contact number (I’m surprised they are still allowing people to use them to be honest) and couldn’t remember who I was nor give me my results as I had to call and chase for it.

    A* are amazing and everything is transparent. I’m looking forward to doing my Biology and would forever recommend and speak highly of such a helpful and supportive Equivalency Team.

  6. The course was very useful indeed for the maths equivalency exam. I passed first time. I was in a rush and had to pay more for my booking, this was the only thing that stopped it being a perfect service, but in all fairness I should have been more organised and booked sooner.

    Alex Wonders
  7. The admin team on the phone was very supportive in helping me to choose an exam date that worked for me as well as providing guidance on how to prepare. Fingers crossed I pass first time!!!!

    Sarah Feather
  8. Fast and effective service. Booked my maths equivalency test and although I did pay more for a short term booking it wasn’t overly expensive for the level of service I received. Definitely recommend if you need to get these qualifications.

    Maria K
  9. The maths course materials were perfect revision resources to help me pass.

  10. The maths equivalency test is not easy but if you do the revision materials they recommend you will pass it

    Nat Pearson
  11. Thank you A Star.
    I’ve just passed my maths foundation exam with A Star. I found the whole team so helpful and always only a phone call away. The support they offer is great and it gave me the confidence I needed to get this exam done. I’m now studying Biology with them and hopeful for the same success.

    Claire S
  12. Thank you for all of your help!!!

    S Delph
  13. Passed on my very first attempt thanks to the amazing revision materials I was sent. It may seem a little expensive at first but you get everything you need and the lessons were also useful. Definitely worth the spend to make sure you avoid a resit but more importantly I got onto my course!!!!!!!

    Zoe G
  14. Not easy but worth doing if you want to get onto your course. Thank you for all the help.

    Ewa S
  15. The revision guide had everything in and the cards were also good. The exam wasn’t as hard as I was expecting and I got a level 5 in the end which I am chuffed about.

    Delia T
  16. happy with the equivalency testing service.

    Pauline Hargreaves
  17. More than satisfied with this service. I was initially advised to use another equivalency testing provider but they were almost double the cost. A star were great from the start and took some of the stress out of a really stressful thing.

    Alexi Peel
  18. good equivalency test service

    Adi L
  19. outstanding support from my first phone call to results day. Maths is not my strongest subject, to put it bluntly, I am terrible!!! The course materials really helped me to understand the concepts that I then transferred into marks in my exam. Although I still dislike the subject, my hatred has definitely softened a little now that I have passed.

    Analisa Corbett
  20. I agree with the other reviews in terms of how helpful the team were and the fact that the test isn’t as bad as you fear as long as you do the work of course.

    Candice Warner
  21. Absolutely brilliant service, professional support and encouragement when sitting my online maths exam. Dennis is fantastic at what he does. He made me believe in myself and when I passed I was over the moon!

  22. Fantastic service and Dave is a super star! Fantastic support and he gave me belief in myself. He is amazing at what he does! I was over the moon when I passed! Definitely recommend!

  23. Words can not describe how supportive the team is to help me achieve my GCSE Maths.
    I’m confident and provided with all the resources I need.

    Damilare Bakinson (verified owner)
  24. excellent service

    A Mugabi
  25. I completed my foundation maths exam with A Star equivalency online. I was so nervous before the exam, however I feel it couldn’t have gone any better! The process from start to finish was smooth, the invigilator made me feel calm and I felt more at ease during the exam than I did before! I would highly recommend this company to do your exam with 🙂

    Aimee Barker (verified owner)
  26. I was so worried about my GCSE maths equivalency test as I haven’t done algebra in years and hated it in the first place! The team have been really helpful and I now feel confident about passing this exam.

    James Henderson (verified owner)
  27. Excellent service from start to finish. Passed my maths equivalency test on the second attempt but I don’t mind as I know I struggle with maths and I needed to do more work, which I did and thankfully passed on the second go. Thanks again for your support.

    Andrew P
  28. Good service and helpful phone staff.

    A Pita
  29. Very professional and amazing customer service. I took my first exam with a different well known provider who were absolutely awful and a complete waste of money.

    I would definitely recommend astar equivalency, I paid for fast track results which were returned to me the next morning.

    Rebecca church (verified owner)
  30. I did my GCSE maths with A star and will definitely recommend the service to anyone who needs equivalency. Before A Star I went with another provider, who although cost me slightly less, they were very disorganised in comparison. A star were super organised, by sending all the info about the exam days before. On the day of exam, the invigilator was very nice and understanding. I wrote my questions on paper and scanned at the end, which made everything so much easier and also saved a lot of time. I paid extra for fast track and got my result in less than 24 hours! The only downside for me was the cost of the fast track, plus the fact that once you’ve passed you need to pay £20 for a hard copy of the certificate. Otherwise I would’ve given A star 5 stars as the service was very professional and I was over the moon to pass first time!

    Marlene Mendes (verified owner)
  31. So easy and smooth & I now I can finally start my teaching course.

    Fatima Ali (verified owner)
  32. Helpful and friendly staff that make you feel at ease. Very straightforward to do my maths equivalency test. Fingers crossed for a pass! 🙂

    Coral Marie Bentley (verified owner)
  33. Joe, online maths lecturer was really supportive and helpful. He deserves 5 stars.

    I would leave 5 stars for A star but I won’t for the following reasons:
    * I had no source of time during my exam and the invigilator knew this. I had to surrender my watch as it’s a smart watch – I wasn’t given any indication on time, only when there was 10 minutes left. Would expect a half way announcement.
    * The physical certificate is a rip off at £20.00…….

    I got the grade I needed first time but this was down to me studying everyday.

    The course arrived promptly and the customer service was good. Just those two points above that I felt unhappy about.

    Imogen Stocks (verified owner)
  34. Great service, support and professional set up when conducting the exams.

    Many thanks

    David Groucutt (verified owner)
  35. Excellent service, as soon as you’ve booked an exam they keep in touch to make sure you have everything in place; on the day of the exam the invigilator was brilliant.I did a fast track for my maths results and it arrived in less than 24hrs. The E-Certificate which was supposed to take three working days also arrived within less than 24hrs.

    Andi (verified owner)
  36. A would highly recommend A Star. I needed a pass level 4 (55%+) in Maths as an essential requirement for teacher training. I paid A Star for the course Materials which were extensive and included a booklet, practice papers, mock exam papers and access to the MME website including a personal learning portal. The website was particularly helpful and contained an extensive library of video tutorials on every single topic as well as practice papers and mock exams that gave you feedback and advice. The MME website was an essential learning tool that helped me gain my pass. In addition A Star’s own weekly live video tutorials were also very useful. The fast track service exceeded my expectations, this service promises results within two working days and I received my results within 14 hours of completing the exam. A Star is a very effective supportive choice for those seeking to gain a maths equivalency certificate.

    Charmaine Kingwell (verified owner)
  37. Communication with A star has been very efficient. My exam vigilator has been very helpful when a technical problem with scanning my exam answers appeared.

    Maria Tsanasidou (verified owner)
  38. Passed, took the plunge and did the higher on the last go and passed with grade 4, that’s all I needed for the ITT course so was ecstatic at finally passing!

    Sk (verified owner)
  39. Booking was easy and straight forward. Examiner was professional and polite. Link to exam was emailed to me but went straight to my junk mail. Luckily someone from A-star got in touch and asked to me check my junk mail. I think a text message should accompany an email.
    In general, I was pleased with the service I received.

    Samuel Ayodele Forster (verified owner)
  40. Absolutely fantastic! It was so easy to book and set up. Communication was great and I received my results in 1 working day after adding the fast track on. Really pleased with my results and would 10000% recommend. Thank you A Star!

    Lucy McGrath (verified owner)
  41. After years of struggling with maths and failing so many exams .I can finally say I’ve passed!!!
    I’m so over the moon .
    Thank you A star.
    The online lessons were great .
    The staff at A star are great.
    The online exam was great.
    Getting my result back was so efficient.

    Thank you A star ⭐️
    You truly are stars

    Sherene (verified owner)
  42. Very supportive team

    Damla Selcuk (verified owner)
  43. I haven’t got my results yet but I am sure I passed because I worked with the documents they have sent me 1 month before the exam. Thank you for all your help.

    Cagdan Buyuk (verified owner)
  44. An easy to use system and very helpful staff on hand to answer any question you may need help with.

    Amanda (verified owner)
  45. I would recommend A Star Equivalency as their resources were good.

    Ashley Hodgkinson (verified owner)
  46. Perfect!
    I will recommend Astar as they helped me through all the process

    Claudia Tchamba (verified owner)
  47. Amazing!!! Everyone was helpful and replied to emails quickly. I passed maths foundation first time having failed twice when I was at school. Definitely recommended. Lucas was so calm during the exam it really relaxed me.

    Emma (verified owner)
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