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Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 1MA0/H (New Spec Functional Skills) 13th June 2012

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    How's everyone feeling about the exam? (just a reminder, you MUST NOT talk about the exam till 12 HOURS AFTER it has taken place, otherwise people in foreign countries will have an ADVANTAGE and this will INCREASE grade boundaries)

    Doing the mock papers Edexcel have provided the exam is looking difficult compared to the previous format.
    How does everyone feel about the functional skills questions doing the mock papers?
    Do you think this will affect the grade boundaries?
    (The most recent for the march 2012 paper being 158/200 for an a* - old spec)

    I have attached some specimen papers straight from the locked section of the edexcel website for you guys to attempt also a formula sheet with formulas that are not given in the exam and you are expected to know.

    (Anyone looking for a challenge should attempt the last question on 1MA0H Specimen C.pdf, i have also attached as many mark schemes as possible, will attach more later down the thread)

    Mark scheme for specimen C paper-
    http://ebookbrowse.com/gdoc.php?id=3...c40a24425d5412
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  1. File Type: pdf 1MA0H Specimen C.pdf (158.1 KB, 14914 views)
  2. File Type: docx Practice A 1MA0H C (1).docx (156.0 KB, 8305 views)
  3. File Type: doc Practice A 1MA0H NC.doc (172.5 KB, 4513 views)
  4. File Type: docx Practice B 1MA0H C.docx (168.2 KB, 3489 views)
  5. File Type: docx Practice B 1MA0H NC (1).docx (159.7 KB, 2887 views)
  6. File Type: doc Practice C 1MA0H C.doc (198.5 KB, 2861 views)
  7. File Type: doc Unit_3_Higher_Tier_Formulae (1).doc (52.0 KB, 1793 views)
  8. File Type: docx 4540_06 Practice Paper 3H Set A - mark scheme.docx (38.4 KB, 15172 views)
  9. File Type: doc 4542_08 Practice Paper 4H Set A - mark scheme (1).doc (180.0 KB, 4450 views)
  10. File Type: doc 5615_16 Practice Paper 3H Set B - mark scheme (1).doc (105.5 KB, 3664 views)
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    For the Quality of Written Communication (or A03) questions, you must state exactly how you get your answer, going through every single step in detail. For example, if you're finding, say 97% of 600, you don't just say '97% of 600', but '600*0.97' for FULL MARKS.

    To be honest though, this is the first paper so it will be one of the following for us:

    1. RIDICULOUSLY LOW grade boundaries with harder style questions
    2. Normal grade boundaries with easier style questions

    The Sample Assessment paper is ideal for trying, but there is also another mock paper on the Edexcel website for 1MA0H. You need to phone publications: 01623 467 467 who will then send you a copy of the password protected new mock paper.

    Hope this helps.. x
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    I've been looking for the Sample Assessment and the mock paper on their website. Can you direct it to me please?

    Also, does publications actually mail you the mock paper or some such or do they provide a password for a mock paper on the site?
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    BTW, from what others are telling me, it seems the sample assessment is harder than past papers and indeed past sample assessments. To me this indicates they're preparing us for a hard paper with, as ArtisticFlair said, low grade boundaries.
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    Anyone sent me the copy or put the link up please for the maths new spec paper
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    http://monmouth.monmoodle.co.uk/mod/...ew.php?id=3424
    By the looks. I am going to fail maths :'(
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    24.​Solve the simultaneous equations

    x + y = 4
    x2+ y2 = 40
    Hi does anyone know how to solve this I'm assuming you use the quadratic equation but to do this you have have a square on each line? Any ideas or ways to solve this will be appreciated


    The place were you write the answers below

    x =................., y = .................orx =................., y = .................
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    We need an Edexcel password! I've got a plan and may or may not return in a few hours with a PDF of the new 1MA0H mock papers... x
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    (Original post by Bigbangtheory010)
    24.​Solve the simultaneous equations

    x + y = 4
    x2+ y2 = 40
    Hi does anyone know how to solve this I'm assuming you use the quadratic equation but to do this you have have a square on each line? Any ideas or ways to solve this will be appreciated


    The place were you write the answers below

    x =................., y = .................orx =................., y = .................
    x+y=4
    Therefore y=4-x (or y=-x+4)

    Put y=-x+4 into the second equation, so it becomes

    x²+(-x+4)² = 40..........Multiply out the bracket

    x²+x²-8x+16 = 40

    2x²-8x-24 = 0.............Divide whole equation by 2

    x²-4x-12 = 0...............Factorise

    (x-6)(x+2) = 0

    Therefore x=6 or x=-2

    Substitute the x-values back into the equation(s)

    When x=6 y=-2
    When x=-2 y=6
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    (Original post by Freddy-Francis)
    http://monmouth.monmoodle.co.uk/mod/...ew.php?id=3424
    By the looks. I am going to fail maths :'(
    Can you possibly get markschemes for these?
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    (Original post by Wowzerss)
    Can you possibly get markschemes for these?
    Yeah. I dont know the grade boundaries.
    http://www.whitefield.barnet.sch.uk/...ark_scheme.pdf
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    thank you
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    (Original post by ArtisticFlair)
    1. RIDICULOUSLY LOW grade boundaries with harder style questions
    2. Normal grade boundaries with easier style questions
    Yeah your right. According to my head of maths who went to the exam board meeting he said the paper wont be nearly as hard as the sample ones we've been given, and it wont have as many as those case study questions with the * (written communication). And the grade boundaries will always be ridiculously low when its being taken for the first time because we dont really have much access to old papers and mocks etc.
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    I hope your right because I found those spec papers really hard!

    Do you think it is worth practising on the old style 1380 edexcel past papers?
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    What do you guys guess the grade boundaries will be?<<< for an A overall>>
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    (Original post by Wowzerss)
    I hope your right because I found those spec papers really hard!

    Do you think it is worth practising on the old style 1380 edexcel past papers?
    Yeah found the sample papers hard aswell. But you might aswell at the end of the day its still maths and the new spec isnt that different its just the way they ask the questions.
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    (Original post by Freddy-Francis)
    What do you guys guess the grade boundaries will be?<<< for an A overall>>
    Ask that after the exam
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    (Original post by Wowzerss)
    I hope your right because I found those spec papers really hard!

    Do you think it is worth practising on the old style 1380 edexcel past papers?
    Definitely worth doing 1380 papers too imo It's not much different from the old spec tbh, except ours is maybe slightly harder
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    (Original post by Alexx53)
    x+y=4
    Therefore y=4-x (or y=-x+4)

    Put y=-x+4 into the second equation, so it becomes

    x²+(-x+4)² = 40..........Multiply out the bracket

    x²+x²-8x+16 = 40

    2x²-8x-24 = 0.............Divide whole equation by 2

    x²-4x-12 = 0...............Factorise

    (x-6)(x+2) = 0

    Therefore x=6 or x=-2

    Substitute the x-values back into the equation(s)

    When x=6 y=-2
    When x=-2 y=6
    Thanks I understand it now!
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    (Original post by Bigbangtheory010)
    Thanks I understand it now!
    No problem
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