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Anybody here passed a GCSE equivalency test for PGCE entry?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by starsinmycrown, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. I am taking a change in career to pursue adult nursing in university but need to sit for the equivalency testing maths PGCE.Please can anyone on here help me with any past qyestion papers for revision. I will be very grateful .
  2. His Ashlinn01 just read your thread .Cam you please help me with any revision material on the maths questions. Cheers
  3. joanne0507

    joanne0507 New commenter

    Does anybody have a link to the science equivalency test revision or past papers? I'm about to book mine now but have no idea what to cram up on! I'm doing it trough TES but they're not very helpful!
    Thanks :)
  4. nataliee27

    nataliee27 New commenter

    I recently did a science equivalence through my university. They were supposed to be running a course but didnt so i was overwhelmed with having to teach myself something I learnt more than 10 years ago! But the questions given were straightforward past GCSE exam paper questions. I used bitesize BBC to initially read through and refresh my memory, and another website that was recommended to me was doc brown - its very messy but if you scrawl through it it tells you the basics of what you need to pass and you can make a list of the topics youll need to cover - otherwise there is just far too much!! I also used AQA past exam papers and read the mark schemes to remember ideal answers. It may seem terrifying at first and i did devote all my spare time to revision! but along with working a normal 9-5 job during the week I just cut down socialising at weekends and managed a pass!!

    It may also be worth talking to TES and asking if they have any advice/material on what might come up!

    Good luck you can do it!
  5. allieb78

    allieb78 New commenter

    Hi, I am looking into the equivalency tests with TES but the advisors don’t seem too keen to help me with what or how to revise, has anyone from this thread found any useful information for this? I don’t understand why they all seem so vague about it? Many thanks x
  6. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    I too am due to sit an equivalency test in April. I am astonished at the absolute lack of information ANYWHERE about these tests! Is it run by Freemasons? What's all the secrecy? Most odd considering hundreds of people must sit them all the time and yet trying to find information is as likely as finding the holy ruddy grail.
  7. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The equivalency test is set by the organisation so it is not standard like a national qualification such as a GCSE. One issue with equivalency is that you need to check with the ITT institution whether they accept equivalencies from that particular organisation. Some have set organisations they work with and some universities offer free support to their candidates
  8. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    My test is through TES. I've emailed to ask them but had no luck. The content for combined science is SO vast that it's impossible to cover every aspect, so an indication as to what key areas will be included in the test would be enormously helpful
  9. Rashidanaseer

    Rashidanaseer New commenter

    Has anyone got experience with NCS or Cambridge for equivalency test. I want to give Maths and Science as I want to apply for QTS but I am not too sure about the best provider.
  10. tinabrooke

    tinabrooke New commenter

    Hi, I have just been told that my maths equivalency isn’t transferable. So going forward you will have your PGCE but you can’t claim the test you took as a ‘substitute’ for a maths GCSE equivalent in any other circumstance.

    So my advice is once you have put yourself through the stress of relearning all of this... sit an actual exam that counts! 8 years down the line I am looking at a career change and would need to secure an actual GCSE or real equivilant. Essentially I would need to relearn this all over again as I can’t remember most of it!
  11. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Seems a bit rough to insist you take it before they will 'waste a place' when we are all uncapped for English - it’s a patent lie. It’s mandatory for you to have a GCSE in maths or equivalent and the equivalency is easier because it is a criterion led test with a fixed mark boundary. We always state that a condition of offer is achieving either before registration. That way most people study for the gcse but also try to take the equivalency alongside it to save having to take the gcse.

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