The GCSE Maths Equivalency Test

The following commonly asked questions and answers will hopefully tell you everything you need to know about the GCSE maths...

Maths Made Easy Team 26 May 2020
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The following commonly asked questions and answers will hopefully tell you everything you need to know about the GCSE maths equivalency test


What is the GCSE maths equivalency test? 

It is a test that is equivalent to the full GCSE but often a shortened version of it with fewer topics.


Who can sit a maths equivalency test? 

Anyone can book an equivalency test, but it tends to be prospective trainee teachers who require it in order to gain access onto a training course. Other reasons for people taking the test include nurses and other professionals who require a GCSE to a C grade equivalent, now a level 4. 


Why do I have to take a GCSE equivalency test? 

Anyone who wants to enter a teacher training or nursing course must have a GCSE to grade C or level 4 and must be able to provide evidence of this via a certificate. If you have professional qualifications from another country or you have lost your certificate then you will have to take a maths equivalency test or a GCSE maths retake


How do I book a GCSE maths equivalency test?

You can book your GCSE maths equivalency test directly through the MME site. 


Are there any practice papers for the maths equivalency test?

Yes you can access GCSE maths equivalency test mock papers from the MME site. These exam papers are relevant to all equivalency tests, not just those provided directly through MME. 


What other practise materials are there?

You can access all of the relevant practice materials for free by visiting the MME GCSE maths revision page and ordering the page from level 3-5. 


What if I am struggling and need some extra help?

You can always look to book an equivalency test tutor through the QTS Maths Tutor website. MME can also help with this through our team of specialist equivalency tutors. 


Will my course provider accept the test result?

More and more course providers do accept an equivalency test result but you must always check with them first before booking onto an exam. 


Can I retake a GCSE maths equivalency test? 

Yes, you can book in for a retake but all providers charge the same booking fee again so it is advisable to prepare effectively and try and pass first time to save you the additional expense. 


Why take the equivalency test instead of the full GCSE?

Most people opt for an equivalency test instead of a GCSE as you can sit an equivalency test all year round whereas the full GCSE exams only run twice a year, once in late May and again in November. If you are unsuccessful in the May exams you will only find out in late August, leaving little time to take an equivalency test before most training courses start in September. 

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