GCSE MATHEMATICS EXAM TIPS

Equipment required to succeed in GCSE maths:

– A scientific calculator (casio fx-85 is recommended)

– Tracing paper (for shape rotation questions)

– A pen and a sharp pencil

Regardless if you are sitting the foundation or higher paper, there are a number of ways of maximising your chances of getting the highest grade in your GCSE maths exam. Below are some helpful hints and tips for use during your revision for the GCSE maths exam and for use during the GCSE maths exam.

• In order to minimise your chances of facing a question in the actual exam which you have never come across during revision, practise as many questions as possible

• Use the revision period to build your confidence. It is important to be confident during the exam so that you know you are answering a question correctly. Confidence can be built through trying practise questions and then checking your answers.

• Take a break when you start losing concentration. It is important to be alert when revising for the GCSE maths exam.

• Bring a sharp pencil with you

• Read the questions carefully so that you know exactly what is asked. A good example is when a question states ‘give your answer to 2 decimal places’. If you do not give your answer to 2 decimal places, you will lose marks unnecessarily.

• Do not revise until late and get a good night’s sleep before the exam.

• One term square rooted does not mean the entire equation is square rooted.

• With questions which involve time in decimal form don’t confuse the decimal as being the number of minutes. For example 1.5 hours is NOT equivalent to 1 hour 5 minutes-what it actually is equivalent to is 1 hour 30 minutes because 0.5 of an hour is half an hour.

• Always write ALL working out. Examiners reward candidates who make their life easier by writing down all the steps taken to reach their answer. If your method of calculation is correct for a particular question but the final answer is wrong you will pick up most of the marks through your working out.

• For questions which involve using Pythagoras theorem if you are working out a length which is not the hypotenuse your answer should not be greater than the length of the hypotenuse as by definition the hypotenuse is the longest length.

• For probability questions your answers should always be between 0 and 1 and never negative.