The first set of practice papers will soon be ready for the new Maths and Further Maths qualifications. They will appear on Interchange in December or early January, so now seems a good moment to talk through the production process a little and to set out the full schedule of releases.
As well as being used for mocks, our practice papers will help you by further exemplifying the content and assessment of the new qualifications. This gives both teachers and students a clearer picture of exactly what the requirements of the new qualifications are.
We put all our practice papers through exactly the same long and detailed processes as the live papers to ensure that they match the style and rigour of the live assessments. Our practice papers will have been written by the same Senior Assessors as the live papers, often at the same time, and with the same level of attention to detail.
The current release schedule is given in the table below. We have concentrated on the qualifications available in summer 2018 in the first instance, but the full suite is covered over the next 12 months or so.
As with our GCSE (9-1) practice papers, these will be kept on our secure Interchange site so that you can use them as mock exams or simply as a source of unseen exam questions.
Interchange is a free secure website that any centre registered for exams can access. If you do not have a login, please speak to your Exams Officer. Read our guide to using Interchange.
As with GCSE (9-1) we will not be able to publish grade boundaries for these practice papers. For live papers the grade boundaries are set following assessment, based on a variety of measures including student performance. In the absence of accurate and reliable values for these, we are unable to set grade boundaries for practice papers, as they could only be estimates that could potentially be misleading.
This blog from Ofqual was written to answer queries about predicted grades for GCSE sample materials, but the same argument applies for A Level.
For further information, and to see our accredited maths qualifications visit ocr.org.uk/alevelmaths.
If you are planning to teach our Mathematics or Further Mathematics AS or A Levels, let us know so we can ensure you have everything you need.
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Will Hornby - Subject Advisor - Mathematics
Will joined OCR in April 2014 as a Subject Advisor, having worked for OCR as a consultant on GCSE Maths reform and for many years before that as a senior examiner for A Level Mathematics. Will is the Subject Development Lead for AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, with overall responsibility for the development of OCR’s new specifications, and for oversight and quality assurance of the MEI specifications.
Will has worked as a mathematics teacher, then as a private tutor and Open University lecturer. In his spare time, he likes to play the Chinese strategy game Go and entertain his young children.