# Boards

## GCSE Foundation Maths Paper

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-43602F-W-QP-JUN11.PDF

Be honest, how much of this would you get?

It all looks fairly piss easy, even without a calculator.

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http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-43602F-W-QP-JUN11.PDF

Be honest, how much of this would you get?

It all looks fairly piss easy, even without a calculator.

## Wow

most 10 year olds could do this quite comfortably couldn't they?

## it's a foundation paper

and no not all 10 year olds could do that

## I said "most" and even then I was exaggerating slightly...

but come on you've got to expect more from 16 year olds than that!

## Yes, it is a foundation paper.

and admittedly, the questions start off easy and the highest grade you can get is a C (or a B), but we're really not being faced with challenging questions by the end of it.

## Yeah. That paper is indeed very easy. I'm a 36 year old with an "A"

in GCSE maths in 1992 and then a "B" in my A'Level maths in 1994. The paper however, most likely wasn't written for mathmatical and scientific kids in mind; they easily would trounce it. It's a paper as "advertised"; those seeking a foundation qualification in maths. I'm a hypocrite, 20 years ago I laughed at those who found papers like that to be challenging. As an old bastard and looking back with hindsight, scoring 100% in papers like that doesn't make you necessarily a smart person.

## 1hr 15m exam, comfortably got 100% within 8 minutes

but I'm not surprised - it's 'foundation' level, which seems to be designed to keep kids already failed by the system occupied until 16 rather than demonstrating any kind of learning

the questions around which value is highest/lowest are actually offensive

## I'm surprised

There were about 35 questions, so you have taken less than 15 seconds to read and correctly answer each one.

You've really impressed me.

## Wasn't foundation the one where you could get a maximum of Grade C?

Not surprising it's a tad easy going, you have to get virtually every question right to achieve a fairly unexceptional grade.

## see twenty minutes ago.

## I refuse.

## is that

a) twenty minutes ahead of now

b) twenty minutes before now

2 marks

## what is GCSE foundation?

is that the same as gcse? why are we talking about 10 year olds? is this some sort of exam for primary school kids?

## It is a piece of piss

but it demonstrates the basics - that the kid knows how to add up, knows what a square number is, knows how to find co-ordinates, can apply maths to real-life (kinda) scenarios, can do percentages etc. They could make the actual maths really hard but that isn't the point.

## Maths was by far my weakest subject and I almost took the foundation paper

but that does seem stupidly easy, the intermediate paper was a lot harder than that iirc.

## That was actually harder than I thought it would be

(not that I found it hard, just that the questions were of a bit of a higher standard)

## can i ask a gcse standard question to you eggheads

if you have an equation x = y - z. y is, say, 1520 and you know that x is, say, 45% of z, how would you work this out?

## not gonna do your homework for you bro

## can't do your homework for you*

## Simultaneous equations:

x = 150-z

0.45x = z

solve.

## feeling pretty pleased with myself now

cheers

## I particularly enjoyed question 7

totally dominated that one

## :D

## It seems a good paper to me.

I did it all fairly quickly without a calculator but then I did physics at degree level and I do programming job so that's fair enough.

It's probably better in covering a lot of maths ideas than the GCSE I got an A in back in 1991 so I'm pleased to see that. Overall it seems a good test of maths knowledge. I didn't check if you're actually allowed to use a calculator for it but I'm guessing from the estimation question that maybe you're not, which would be a good thing.

## I got 110% of it right.

## Question 4

is there a definitive answer for this? you could write more or less anything.

21 is the odd one out because it's the only one with numbers on either side

21 is the odd one out because it's the only one which is half of 42

21 is the odd one out because it's divisible by 7

etc

## They're probably looking for specific answers

a) even number.

b) triangle number

c) square number.

## I've literally never heard the phrase 'triangle number' before

The system failed me.

## ^never played Martello Tower on a BBC Micro

## I repeat, the system failed me

I remember Pod Can Pop or whatever, but that's it.

## Going by the other questions its safe to assume they are looking for prime and square

But I agree you can put near enough anything, if you you were looking to be a smart arse rather than get the marks.

## Apart from the fact that 21 isn't a prime number that is

WTF is a triangle number?! Back to school methink, lucky I don't work with numbers...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangular_number

## That feels like it's a level above the rest of the paper.

I went with 'not divisible by 5'.

## Hah, I've just looked at the marking scheme

They really are allowing basic answers:

*QUOTE*eg in the 7 times table

Not a multiple of 5*\QUOTE*

## Link to the marking scheme?

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-43602F-W-MS-JUN11.PDF

## Report on the paper is also interesting...

shows up how poor understanding is of some pretty basic concepts these days.

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/pdf/AQA-43602F-W-WRE-JUN11.PDF

## 21 is the odd one out because I've drawn a circle round it

## Honestly, I'd struggle with the last few pages

I somehow got a very generous (and not entirely fair) B at GCSE. My mind just doesn't work with numbers at all. Any question that has more than a couple of parts to it in terms of working out will be beyond me.

## Pretty good with words tbh

And concepts. They're the only things I'm good with, so please don't take them away from me.

(At least, when it comes to academic stuff. Admittedly not great with either when it comes to other stuff, but nobody cares about the other stuff.)

## Probably worth looking at the stats paper as well...

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-43601F-W-QP-JUN11.PDF

Some of the questions are a bit daft, but others would probably make quite a lot of people think given how widely stats and probability tend to be misunderstood.

## AQOS has dumbed down a bit

## Question 8 a:

write down

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v/121

ummmm......ok then.

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v/121

## I found this pretty fair for the foundation

amazingly, I found it equally as tricky as a A-level further maths paper I did yesterday in preparation for a physics degree. Admittedly that stuff is fresher in my head and I've got a terrible headache, but this paper isn't designed the challenge the nerds of the class.

## As others have said, it's a foundation paper

designed to test basic competency in fairly low-level, everyday-use maths. It does that well enough.