GCSE Mathematics (8300) Exemplar Student Responses from trial of practice papers

In April 2015, we asked a number of schools to participate in a student trial of our first set of practice papers. We wanted to understand more about how individual questions perform and provide some exemplar student responses. We gave teacher Craig Barton data for two papers so he could provide a teacher’s perspective. 

These papers were our original set of Practice Papers produced before the final Ofqual requirements for GCSE Mathematics were known. Although the complete papers no longer fully represent the challenge that students will face in the real exams in 2017 and beyond, the questions themselves still act as a useful gauge of student performance. Our new practice papers set 1 can be found here.

These exemplars show how students are reacting to these questions. We see them as an important tool in helping us all understand how real students perform on these new style questions. In doing so, we hope they are of value when thinking about how to deliver the new specification in a way that prepares students for the new Assessment Objectives.