Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2: Key facts
When is it? Thursday 6th June in the morning
How long is the exam? One hour and 30 minutes
How many marks are available? 80
How many people sit it? About 451,500
Date and time of the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2 exam
Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2 (1MA1/2H and 2F) is on the morning of Thursday 6th June 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 9.00am, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.
You may be tested on content from any part of the specification: number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; probability and statistics.
Official Pearson Edexcel advice states that in the GCSE Maths exams, you should “memorise the formulas. There won’t be a formula sheet with the examination papers as you may have been used to seeing when trying out past papers. The formulas you will need to know by heart can be found here.
“Make sure in advance that you know what formulas you are expected to remember and be able to use (they can be found here). Formulas for the volume and surface area of a cone and a sphere will be given if they are required.”
What to expect from Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2
The paper title is Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2 and the paper lasts for one hour and 30 minutes.
There are 80 marks available in this paper, and it makes up a third of your Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics exam. Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Papers 1 and 3 make up the other two-thirds of the exam.
Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics is assessed at both higher and foundation tier. Higher students can achieve grades 9 to 4, and foundation students can achieve grades 5 to 1.
Find out more about the 9-1 GCSE grading system.
Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.
The paper contains a mixture of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.
The marks for each question are shown in brackets. You should answer all questions.
Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked. In all calculations, you must show clearly how you work out your answer.
If your calculator does not have a π button, take the value of π to be 3.142 unless the question instructs otherwise.
What to bring with you to Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Paper 2
- A black ink or black ball-point pen
- A HB pencil for diagrams
- An eraser
- A calculator
- A ruler graduated in centimetres and millimetres
- A protractor
- A pair of compasses
TSR community advice on GCSE Maths
For maths revision, TSR member JDudd161 says students “just need to keep practising and practising; it’s boring I know but it’ll be worth it in the end. Try and pinpoint topics that you tend to lose marks in and put more focus into those. Most importantly, try to understand the methods you’re using and why they work.”