I just wanted to chime in on this, if I may. I took the first of my three attempts at the dreaded test today in Sidcup and failed by one mark. Initial reaction, disappointment, but honestly? I agree that if I can't pass the bloody thing, I shouldn't be in a classroom teaching other peoples kids because I've failed to prove I have the required level of mathematical ability to be proficient at it, for now anyway. It's a kick up the backside to get better. I left school at fifteen and I don't have a Maths GCSE. I was a nightmare at school and was bottom set at maths, in a fairly rough school, on the odd days I could be bothered to go in during my last year. Obviously, starting from a position of strength with this malarkey I am not. If I, the archetypical bone head at maths, can get one mark off without a formal maths qualification simply through studying repeatedly and learning the format of the tests, people with Maths GCSEs really should be passing it. Failing at anything isn't a particularly nice feeling, but there are two more attempts, and through added work, you'll get better, not worse. Feeling sorry for yourself or hard done by is only going to make matters worse. As I was sat there doing the test I realised that whilst I was able to answer a lot of the practice questions online, I wasn't often completely able to tell you how I was doing it. Method is everything. Keep your chins up and don't let things get you down. Just keep on practising and it will come right. I've read a lot of people who have failed it by one and their reaction of abject disaster kind of surprises me. It's one mark. I'd have passed today if I hadn't have made a total ricket of the last mental arithmetic question through not knowing my times table as well as I thought I did. Ultimately, the failure is no ones fault but my own. Next time, I'll be even better prepared. Patior Ut Vincam.