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AQA Linear Maths GCSE - time allowed for the papers.

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by Incommunicado, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. Incommunicado

    Incommunicado Established commenter

    This year I sat the AQA Linear Maths GCSE papers after completing a 1-year course in Adult Ed, primarily to get updated on some current topics that I didn't do at school (where I passed O-Level one year early) - topics such as Vectors, Probability and Data Handling (Cumulative Frequency charts, Histograms etc).

    Despite feeling that I coped more than adequately with the papers for the purpose of achieving a top grade, I found myself needing every single minute of the I and a half hours (Paper 1: Non-calculator), and 2 hours, (with Calculator). Each time I had to abandon the last question I was attempting when 'Time Up' was called. I was very surprised that the time allocation was deemed sufficient for candidates to answer all questions, with time to check their work.

    Can I ask the opinion of others, on this matter, who are familiar with this GCSE ? Thanks in advance !
  2. Andy.Pipkin

    Andy.Pipkin New commenter

    You need to okay the exam game. 2 marks means 1 line of working and 1 answer. If you give full explanations, you are wasting your time. Gone are the days when rigorous answers were required.

    That, and you are well old so you work more slowly. :)
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Not quite - O-levels ran until 1987, and a 15 year old then would be 43 now. And 43 is not "well old".

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