Coming Soon

I will be working over the summer to improve and expand the website. The two areas I will focus on are making videos for the new physics syllabus and the Oxford PAT and rearranging the question sets and notes for the new syllabi. Apart from these, I want to add papers for more subjects. I would like your help in one of the following ways:

Resources to Share

Have you been making notes as part of your revision? Do you have question packs, solutions or other resources you can share? Whether in physics, maths or (preferably) other subjects, please send them over if you would like them to go on the website. I will read through them (or have someone else do it for other subjects) and put them up for everyone to use next year.

Part-time work in summer

Thanks for all your messages, there are now too many people interested so I am no longer accepting any applications.

If you’re looking for something less formal, I wouldn’t say no to some voluntary help. Even if you spare a few hours to do a small task, it would be really helpful!

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June 2014 Edexcel A-level Biology Papers

UPDATE: Papers and mark schemes are now available from the biology papers pages.

Please enter your email below so that I can send you a link to a page where you can find the June 2014 Edexcel Biology A-level papers and mark schemes. You will find the UK papers, international (R) papers and International A-level (IAL) papers.

 

Posted in A-level Biology

June 2014 Edexcel A-level Chemistry Papers

UPDATE: Papers and mark schemes are now available from the chemistry papers pages.

Please enter your email below so that I can send you a link to a page where you can find the June 2014 Edexcel Chemistry A-level papers and mark schemes. You will find the UK papers, international (R) papers and International A-level (IAL) papers.

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Model Answers for January 2015 IAL Maths Papers

Here are model solutions to some of the January 2015 International A-level Maths papers. I’ll update these as others become available.

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A-level Maths Past Paper Questions By Topic

You can find past paper questions separated by topics for the modules below. You would be welcome to contribute if you have packs of past paper questions arranged by topics.

 

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June 2014 Edexcel A-level Physics Papers

UPDATE: Papers and mark schemes are now available from the physics papers pages.

June 2014 papers will not be accessible from this website until they are made publicly available by the exam boards. However, I can send you a link for the June 2014 Edexcel Physics A-level papers and mark schemes if you enter your email below.

You will be able to access the UK papers, international (R) papers and International A-level (IAL) papers from the link you receive.

Posted in A-level Physics

June 2014 Edexcel A-level Maths Papers

UPDATE: Papers and mark schemes are now available from the maths papers pages.

June 2014 papers will not be accessible from this website until they are made publicly available by the exam boards. However, I can send you a link for the June 2014 Edexcel Maths A-level papers and mark schemes if you enter your email below.

You will be able to access the UK papers, international (R) papers and International A-level (IAL) papers from the link you receive.

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How to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests?

Before the test:

Preparation for numerical reasoning tests consists of two elements: Learning the required mathematical methods and practicing test questions. Solving practice tests is very important and can make a significant difference to how you perform in numerical reasoning tests. Before you start attempting questions though, you need to master certain basic mathematical techniques that you will need in solving the questions. The main areas to look at are:

  • Four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Percentages
  • Ratios
  • Currency conversions

You will need to apply these techniques to data given in a range of practical situations. You should familiarise yourself with:

  • Methods of presenting data such as:
    • Tables
    • Bar charts
    • Pie charts
    • Trend lines
  • Financial information such as:
    • Income, costs, sale figures and profit
    • Turnover, share prices
    • Imports, exports and exchange rates
  • Information about populations such as:
    • GDP per capita
    • Population growth
During the test:

The time spent in answering a particular question can be split into the following three parts, each of which you are trying to minimise.

  1. Understanding what the question asks: Understanding the question rapidly can only be improved by practicing. The questions are repetitive between tests, and even if you don’t get exactly the same questions, it is much faster to understand a question once you are familiar with many of them.
  2. Interpreting the data: Once what the question asks is clear, you need to find out where you will get the information from. For this part, you need to make sure you know how to read tables, charts etc. very well and then again, practice a lot.
  3. Doing the calculation that is required: This is where your knowledge and familiarity of mathematical methods come in. You should spend this time mainly on putting some numbers in your calculator (Using a calculator that you are familiar with is helpful, and I also suggest one that has bracket functions), and not thinking about how to do a certain calculation. This is only possible if you have already mastered the necessary mathematical techniques, and have a list of methods available in your mind.

Below is an example question with the steps I would go through to answer it. It is one of the more straight-forward ones you can expect, but you should apply a similar thought process to all questions.

What is the ratio of the number of cars in Country A to the number of cars in Country B?

Country A Country B
Population (m) 45.3 88.7
GNP ($m) 240,000 350,000
Cars (m) 5.5 11
Telephones (m) 6.1 9.3
  • Keep a list of mathematical techniques that I know in my mind: ‘Finding percentage difference’, ‘ratios’, ‘currency conversions’ etc.
  • Quickly identify which category the question falls under: Ratios
  • Decide what information I need, in order to apply that technique: Two numbers, cars in Country A and Country B
  • Look at the data to find that information: Country A=5.5, Country B=11
  • Put the numbers in the calculator: 5.5:11 => 1:2

A final piece of advice I can give you is that you should not spend too much time on one question. All questions have equal weight and you can always get easier questions towards the end so make sure you have enough time to attempt all of them.

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Model Answers for June 2014 Maths Papers

Below are model answers to the summer 2014 A-level Maths papers. I’ll update these as others become available.

I’d like to thank Arsey, Mister Al and tripleh from The Student Room for providing these answers.

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January 2014 Edexcel A-level Papers

UPDATE: Papers and mark schemes are now available from the maths papers and physics papers pages.

January exams are no longer available in the UK, however Edexcel continues providing January exams to centres outside the UK under the name of International A-levels. The syllabi are exactly the same as A-levels in the UK for physics. For maths, C1-C2 and C3-C4 have been combined into a single paper, the content remaining the same.

January 2014 papers will not be accessible from this website until they are made publicly available by Edexcel. However, I can send you a link for the January 2014 Edexcel Physics and Maths International A-level  papers if you enter your email below.[xyz-cfm-form id=2]

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