Past O level papers from the 1970s anyone?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by gedlad, Nov 22, 2009.

Comparing O level then to GCSE now. So if you're having a clearout, please keep an eye out for me.
cheers
Ged

Comparing O level then to GCSE now. So if you're having a clearout, please keep an eye out for me.
cheers
Ged

3. DMNew commenter

If you join www.edexcelmaths.co.uk you will find the 1988 O Level Paper B in the Very Past Papers vault. This is from the year GCSE mathematics began.
Q1. Sector of a circle
Q2. Angles and algebra
Q3. 2 x 2 matrices
Q4. Probability
Q5. Vectors
Q6. Operations
Q7. Bar chart / pie chart / percentages
Q8. Composite and inverse funtions and the quadratic formula
Q9. Transformations
Q10. Differentation and motion of a freely falling body
Q11. Ratio and volume in the context of a difficult real life problem
Q12. Venn diagrams and sets
Q13. Circle theorems and geometric proof
Q15. Trigonometry and speed, distance and time
You could miss out 3 of the final 9 questions and the length of the exam was 2.5 hours. One of the skills on the paper that would present most difficulty now would be drawing every graph from scratch including scaling the axes.

4. DMNew commenter

That should say functions and differentiation!

5. DMNew commenter

I ought to read the thread titles properly. I now see you are looking for 1970s O Level papers! The same site has both 1969 papers.

6. DMNew commenter

The 1969s papers include a lot more calculus and calculations with imperial units and funny money.

7. NazardNew commenter

My favourite paper in the Edexcel Emporium "Very Past Papers" drawer is the earliest one, from 1909. It gives the names of the examiners on the paper, including: "G, Esq., B.A., B.Sc."
Question 3 on the paper is particularly wonderful:
Functional maths, anyone?

8. pritchardlou

And of course no calculator!

9. NazardNew commenter

Well - there was nothing in the rubric of the paper to say you couldn't use an electronic calculator, so I suppose if you had managed to invent one (and had enough space on your desk) you might have got away with using it ...

10. pritchardlou

Of course I worked the answer out to the question in my head.

11. vivesco

I have a few AEB from 1975 - 1977. Where would you like them sent to?

12. DMNew commenter

Could you scan them in and upload them somewhere so we can all enjoy them?

13. Waxwing

This question from London O level 1966 is very similar the questions which now appear on the current Edexcel M2 papers.
A child's clockwork car, when wound up and placed on the ground, runs forward in a straight line for a time t and then becomes stationary, During the time that it is in motion, its velocity when moving for t seconds is 1.5t-0.5t^2 feet per second. Calculate
a) for how many seconds the car runs,
b) the distance it travels
c) the greatest velocity
d) its greatest acceleration

14. valed

Hey Valed those are excellent papers.

How hard were the A level papers ?

d U c

16. BatsheepNew commenter

I have my grandmother's 1923 school certificate papers. There are 3 Maths papers - arithmetic, geometry and algebra. They should equate to GCSE level, but most of our A2 students would struggle with the arithmetic and algebra and they wouldn't know where to begin with the geometry.
The non Maths papers are equally scary - the French expects you to translate chunks of Moliere, and some of the RE questions are in ancient Greek.