Basic skills questions for a GCSE Maths resit class

Although a student has achieved a grade 1, 2 or 3 at GCSE, they may still have difficulty with some basic maths skills. This can hinder progress in more advanced areas.

We have three sets of basic skills questions, put together by further education specialist Julia Smith, to help you identify where there are gaps in students' knowledge.

These questions measure students’ ability with nine basic maths skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, scale and ratio. These skills underpin most of the GCSE Maths specification.

By identifying the skills that students struggle with, you address them early in the course. Once the basics are in place, progress can be made.

You can download the basic skills question sets below. We've also produced a teacher booklet that provides guidance on how to use them and how to address gaps in students' skillsets by offering alternative methods.