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GCSE Maths Equivalency Tests

Here at Harrogate Tutors, we would like to inform you about the option to take your GCSE Maths Equivalency Testing through us. The GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams could be suitable for you if you’ve not been in education for a while/ fancy a career change and require entry back/into higher education for certain training courses. These types of courses include: QTS teacher training programmes, midwifery and nursing courses. 


As a tutor company, a provider for these GCSE Equivalency Exams that we would like to recommend is A Star Equivalency. A Star Equivalency testing and their courses help to prepare you for your upcoming equivalency exams with studying for their course and then booking their exam, at a time and place that suits you. Despite the exam process being at home, it is still all very much professionally invigilated and as if you were sat in an exam hall.


We advise A Star Equivalency as it has been the leader in delivering GCSE Equivalency Maths Tests since 2002.

Depending on how confident you feel about your skills, there is a Higher Tier and Foundation Tier option for you to sit. Another factor deciding on what tier to sit your exam under is the necessary grade needed. For example in Wales, Level 6 is the minimum for most training courses. 

If you opt for the foundation level then the highest grade you would be able to achieve is a L5. However, the possible grades for a Higher paper ranges from L3 to L9. 


The grade boundaries for the Foundation and Higher level 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

The Maths Equivalency exams all follow the same specification and curriculum as the Edexcel Maths GCSE, however it does have a few minor tweaks in order to make it more accessible for those who may have been outside of higher education for a while. The structure is also very similar to the GCSE Maths papers. You will sit a 2 hour exam: 1 hour for Paper 1 (Non Calculator) and then go straight into Paper 2 for 1 hour (Calculator). In order to prepare for the exam, we recommend Maths Made Easy due to their extensive range of revision and study materials which cover every aspect with their large range of math revision materials range from revision guides, flashcards, mock papers with mark schemes and model questions with solutions for each topic. Here at Harrogate Tutors, we are also happy to compliment your learning resources and help you prepare in any way that we can as we have a range of tutors who are trained to help you succeed in your equivalency exams. 

When sitting the exam, be prepared to sit it online with a trained invigilator watching as if you were taking your exam in a school hall. For the exam, you will need: a strong internet connection, pen & paper, webcam and a scientific calculator etc. However, there is the option to sit a paper based exam if that is what you’d prefer but you will be sitting the exam over webcam with an online invigilator. Upon sitting the exam, you will receive your results via email within 10 working days or 24-72 hours if you pay for a fast track option. 

If this GCSE Maths Equivalency provider sounds like the ideal one for you, then head over to A Star Equivalency and book your course, you can book your exam and also course training if you prefer. It’s a bit like a holiday, the further in advance you book it, the cheaper it is! Or phone us and we will be happy to help you with booking it.

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