UK exam boards are increasing the amount of ‘real world’ Maths problems in GCSE papers in response to government direction. Therefore the problems posed in these videos are comparable to many past (and likely future) GCSE questions. The grade boundaries are different whether a student is sitting the Foundation or Higher GCSE papers, but similar questions will attract similar marks towards the total.

A 1 mark question is either correct or not. Any error in the answer will result in no marks being awarded.

A 2 mark question needs at least one step of working. If the method is correct but an error has been made leading to an incorrect final answer, one mark out of the 2 may be awarded. This is why students should ALWAYS show workings!

A 3 mark question often requires multiple steps, with initial answers being carried through into another step. As with 2 mark questions, clear workings and correct answers within the process can result in 1 or maybe 2 marks being awarded even if the final answer is incorrect. Students should ALWAYS show workings!

A 4 mark question often requires multiple steps, with initial answers being carried through into another step. As with 2 mark questions, clear workings and correct answers within the process can result in 1 or maybe 2 marks being awarded.

A 5 mark question often requires students to create several steps with little guidance. Recalling and using common formulae is expected, and an understanding of how to use the formulae in multiple steps is required. The student is expected to create a step by step method of extracting data from the question text to provide the final solution.

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