## Past Maths Papers GCSE – A Glance At The New GCSE System

Past maths Papers GCSE are still useful despite the recent changes to the GCSE system. Since the changes largely revolve around the way GCSE exams are marked, maths past papers contain questions that are like the ones you will see in GCSE exams today. But, what are the changes that have been implemented?

GCSE assessments are now graded on a scale of 9-1, with 9 being the top grade. Maths GCSEs feature two tiers – foundation and higher, which is the same as past GCSE maths papers. These tiers overlap; the higher tier covers grades 3 – 9, and the foundation tier covers grades 1 – 5. Ofqual have set the subject weightings for each tier. With the higher tier, there is 15 per cent worth of number based questions, 30 per cent of algebra, 20 per cent of ratio, proportion and rates of change, 20 per cent of geometry and measures questions, and 15 per cent based on statistics and probability. There is also 15 per cent of statistics and probability content in a foundation tier paper, yet 15 per cent is based on geometry and measures, there is 25 per cent of ratio, proportion and rates of change questions, 25 per cent of number questions, and 20 per cent based on algebra. The content percentages should be taken into consideration when deciding what tier is right for you or your child. For example, if a child really struggles with algebra, it is a good idea to consider the foundation tier paper, as just under a third of the higher tier focuses on algebra.

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