Cardiff Tutor Company would like to offer you the opportunity to progress your education beyond the classroom. We would like to do this by offering you GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam support from booking the exam, all the way to the finish line of passing your exam. 

GCSE Maths Equivalency exams could be what you need if you are wanting to enrol onto higher education training courses but you may not have the required grades. These courses include those like teacher training programmes, midwifery and nursing courses. The courses tend to require a GCSE Level 4 or C equivalent grade so if you’re reading this and thinking that you don’t have that, then this post is for you. 


Around the country, there are many GCSE Maths Equivalency exam providers. We understand that it can become overwhelming finding somewhere to even begin the exam process. So, here at Cardiff Tutor Company, we want to recommend A Star Equivalency to you. A Star offers a variety in their services whether you just need the exam provided or you want the whole course including revision materials, flashcards and mock papers to ensure that you are best prepared as possible! They also follow a very simple booking process which allows you to book your course in whenever suits you and around your daily life. Their calendar is colour coordinated so that you can easily find the cheaper options if you’re not wanting to spend too much. 


The GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are based upon the Edexcel GCSE Specification and national curriculum so that it is just as recognised as a standard GCSE. If you haven’t been in education for a while, the prospect of taking such an important exam must be daunting. So, there is an option for you to take either Foundation level or Higher level exam. A lot of the time, we do recommend the foundation as it has a higher pass rate; but the grades are capped at a Level 5. An idea for the grade boundaries are as follows: 


Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries 

  • Grade 4 (low C) (55% to 74%) Grade 5 (75% to 100%)


Higher Tier Maths Equivalency Grade Boundaries are as follows:

  • Grade 4 (25 to 34%)   9 mark band 25 to 34 marks inclusive
  • Grade 5 (35 to 43%)   9 mark band 35 to 43 marks inclusive
  • Grade 6 (44 to 54%) 11 mark band 44 to 54 marks inclusive
  • Grade 7 (55 to 68%) 14 mark band 55 to 68 marks inclusive
  • Grade 8 (69 to 82%) 14 mark band 69 to 82 marks inclusive
  • Grade 9 (83 to 100%) 18 mark band 83 to 100 marks inclusive


The GCSE Maths Equivalency exam consists of two papers that are both worth 50 marks each with an hour to complete each one. Your exam will be a total of two hours and both papers will be sat back to back of each one. Paper 1 is the Non Calculator then follows Paper 2, the Calculator exam. In order to take the exam, you will need a computer/laptop, webcam, strong internet connection, ID, pen & paper and scientific calculator. Despite sitting your exam online, you will still be closely monitored by an online invigilator as if you were taking the exam in person. Once you have completed your exam, you will receive your results within 10 working days via email followed by the opportunity to order a certificate. However, with A Star Equivalency, it is also an option to pay extra to fast track your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam results and receive them within 24-72 hours! 

Here at the Cardiff Tutor Company, we understand the distress that preparing for and taking a GCSE Equivalency Exam can cause without already potentially having a job. So, we have a team here ready and waiting who are all fully qualified in helping you with everything from understanding topics to creating revision timetables to maximise your exam potential. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange your GCSE Equivalency Maths exam today!