Go to navigation
It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:16 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:31 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:28 am
Posts: 1123
Location: Bexley
Hi,

Is there anyone out there who knows anything about this exam?
My dd is in year 11 and taking this paper in June.
She would really like a revision guide that takes her through each question type one step at a time.
She seems to get some question types but others stump her. When prompted she knows what to do but her problem seems to be recognising what to do and when. I am unable to help. :oops:
She is not doing A level maths in the 6th form.

DD loves books like CGP, is there anything out there that could help?

Thanks.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11949
It's not an A level it's a FSMQ - free-standing Maths qualification.

It is an exam some schools take in Year 11 - there will be past papers but it has quite a small entry so I don't know if they'd be a revision guide.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/ty ... documents/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:49 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:28 am
Posts: 1123
Location: Bexley
Thanks for the reply, guest 55, I have copied the info from last year's past paper and it clearly states 'advanced level'.

Now I realise that this exam might differ somewhat from what I understand to be 'proper A levels' but it still looks soooo hard. :oops:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:51 am
Posts: 8113
The FSMQ used to be done various levels including advanced but it is a GCSE stage qualification (think it is just the one level now)

DS did it along with his maths set who had done the GCSE in the November of year 11.

here is the spec for it:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/ocr_1 ... q_spec.pdf

also some info about the mark schemes and the examiners reports http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/ty ... documents/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 pm
Posts: 7
There's a recent revision guide. It's pretty good. Amazon have it.

Link removed


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:28 am
Posts: 1123
Location: Bexley
Thanks for the help. We have the past papers and mark schemes.
I have looked at the link guest 55 has sent and there is another link that recommends a book for this specific paper. I then went to Amazon and, hey presto, it was there with great reviews. One book ordered.
Hopefully it will be beneficial. :D
Guest 55 comes to the rescue again! Thank you SO much x


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:59 am
Posts: 5922
DD is taking this exam in June too. She has the Hodder Revision guide 'OCR Additiional Mathematics' by Michael Ling. She rates it 'not that good', but admits 'I do use it though'.
THe FSMQ is not a GCSE level qualification, it is free standing and as I understand it it is higher than GCSE. Certainly when we were looking at sixth forms the maths teachers told us that she would have covered a fair bit of AS stuff by doing it. Looks impossible to me.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:36 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 09, 2007 2:09 pm
Posts: 875
Location: Solihull, West Midlands
DD and most of her (top) maths set found this course difficult and I'm not sure how many of them went on to take it having had disappointing mock results. However she went on to do A level maths and said suddenly it all made sense, so hopefully the work wasn't wasted


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:05 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:28 am
Posts: 1123
Location: Bexley
My dd is also in the top set and has taken her maths gcse already. All the kids in that set achieved either an a or a* yet are really struggling with this additional maths exam. The mocks were poor across the board. There are only a few left that are actually taking the exam, the others having dropped out.
DD wants to give it a go but she is such a perfectionist and doesn't want a low grade on her certificate!
I don't want to add to the stress so at the moment can't really work out whether she should go for it or give up.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:54 pm
Posts: 1770
Location: caversham
Tracy wrote:
My dd is also in the top set and has taken her maths gcse already. All the kids in that set achieved either an a or a* yet are really struggling with this additional maths exam. The mocks were poor across the board. There are only a few left that are actually taking the exam, the others having dropped out.
DD wants to give it a go but she is such a perfectionist and doesn't want a low grade on her certificate!
I don't want to add to the stress so at the moment can't really work out whether she should go for it or give up.


Cough! Cough! It is a very strange exam. Take a look at the raw scores required for top grade (A) last year 62%. DS1 was told 40% was required in mock to sit the paper by his masters, and 40% he was given.

If you can cope with it, it does look like a great stepping stone to AS maths, from my parent's point of view. :)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016