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GCSE Maths Equivalency Tests

York Maths Tutor would like to introduce you to GCSE Maths Equivalency exams. GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are suited for those who are considering taking a higher education course like starting their teaching training programmes, a midwifery programme or wanting to start their journey to becoming a nurse.  Generally, these are accepted as alternative qualifications by some universities depending on your course choice, if you don’t have a GCSE grade C or level 4. 


Around the country, there are many training providers who will help you prepare for your course and book your exam in the most hassle free way. For us, the one that we recommend for taking your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam is: A Star Equivalency. Through taking your exams with A Star Equivalency, you will have the option to either only do your exam with them or to take the whole GCSE Maths Equivalency course where you will receive study help and revision guides to ensure that you are in the best position when it comes to taking your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam


When taking your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam, you will have the option to either sit your exam in either foundation or higher tier format. The main difference between those is: the grades possible to achieve. For the foundation tier, the highest grade possible is a Level 5 (some course providers may ask for a Level 6 so if so higher is for you! Check before booking). 

Higher tier: the possible grades range from Level 3-9. 

The GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam follows the same specification as the Edexcel GCSE Maths which is all accessible online so you will be able to expect all of the topics that do come up and prepare as best as you can. The equivalency exams have been created to follow the national curriculum, however they are on the slightly easier side than a complete GCSE just because it is possible it’s been a while since you will have been in education. 


The grade boundaries for the GCSE Maths Equivalency exams are as follows: 

  Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries 


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

  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

All of the GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are run online. You will need a strong internet connection, webcam, ID and a pen & paper for workings out. On the day, your exam will be 2 hours long and your exam will consist of 2 papers. Paper 1: Non Calculator (50 marks). Paper 2: Calculator (50 marks). You will have an hour for each paper and sit the exam papers back to back for the total 2 hours. 

Here at York Maths Tutors, we are keen to assist you in any way you require/we can offer. We understand that it is a lot of information to process and that exam times can be overwhelming so we would also like to recommend Maths Made Easy and also A Star Equivalency for their readily available resources to enable you to achieve the best outcome possible. We are also here to help you book and prepare for your exams too. Head over to A Star’s GCSE Maths Equivalency test page and get your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam booked! The further in advance that you book it, the cheaper the course/exam fee! 

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