Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics mock service

We know how important it is for your students to be able to sit mock exam papers that they haven’t previously seen in preparation for the GCSE (9-1) Mathematics summer exam series in 2017. In October, we provided secure mock papers at both Foundation and Higher tier. We have now released a brand new set of secure mock papers this spring. 

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If your school or college took part in these mock exams and submitted results into ResultsPlus by the 13 January deadline, we released the final candidate-level results to your exams officer in the week commencing 6 February. These results will show how your students performed against the cohort who sat the secure mock.

In addition, we have produced a summary report analysing how students performed on the mock papers. We have also made available the anonymised raw data so that you can do your own further analysis of the results. Both these documents are available to download below:

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As you review the performance of your students and the cohort, do bear in mind that there are a number of limitations when using data from mock exams, as opposed to real summer exams. For example, students have not necessarily completed the course of study or had enough time to practise and prepare for exam assessment. These are outlined in more detail in the introduction to the report. 

Frequently asked questions

We provided a mock service in advance of the first summer exams for the new GCSE (9-1) Maths in order to help teachers track student progress and to allow them to compare the performance of their own students to students in other schools and colleges around the country.  

The results of the mock and the reports available in ResultsPlus will help teachers to identify students’ strengths and inform where students need more support and practice. The report on the whole cohort’s performance indicates particular questions and question types where performance was lower than might have been expected, which could help to provide a focus for revision. We will also be providing additional support materials, e.g. around problem-solving, in advance of the first assessments to add to the wide range of support that is already available. 

No - we are not providing grade boundaries for these mock results. There are a number of points to bear in mind when analysing data from mock exams, e.g. students may not yet have completed the full course of study, or some students may have sat question papers at an inappropriate tier. These considerations are outlined in more detail in the introduction to the report.

It would be misleading for us to set grade boundaries for these mock exams, given that the papers have not been sat or marked in a way that exactly replicates the summer exam series. It’s important also to note that, in summer 2017, grade boundaries for GCSE (9-1) Maths will be set by all awarding bodies using statistical data about the prior attainment of the national cohort. If we were to carry out modelling based on the sub-set of students who have sat our mock exams, it would only be a best guess, and you as teachers could not rely on the information as an accurate reflection of performance, or to predict boundaries for this summer. To learn more about the problems with grade boundary predictions, read Ofqual's blog.

If you have any further questions please do get in touch at TeachingMaths@pearson.com.

Second set of mock exam papers now available to download

Many teachers have told us they’d like some more mock exam papers and we are delighted to let you know that a brand new set of GCSE (9-1) Mathematics mock exam papers are now available to download. To help keep them secure, you will need an Edexcel Online username and password to access them.

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The first set of autumn secure mock exam papers are still available to download via Edexcel Online username and password.

Bronze and Silver papers are graduated versions of the mock papers where some structure is added to the questions; this will help students understand what is required and to gain confidence that they can answer the questions. The gold versions are the actual papers themselves.

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ResultsPlus Mock Analysis

To provide you with more in-depth information and analysis of your students’ mock exam results, you can use ResultsPlus Mock Analysis, our free online results analysis tool. You simply need to mark the mock papers and load the results at question-level into ResultsPlus to receive a rich analysis of your students’ results question by question, along with a skills breakdown of their performance. The results will help you to identify students’ strengths and inform where students need more support and practice.

To find out how use ResultsPlus Mock Analysis, download our step by step guide.

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Mocks marking training events

We ran some mocks marking training events in the autumn term to help you apply the new mark schemes, so you can be confident you're getting a clear picture of your students' achievements. If you were unable to get to one of these events, you can view the videos from the Foundation and Higher tier events and download the training documents below:

Watch the Foundation tier mocks marking video

Watch the Higher tier mocks marking video

Download mocks marketing training documents