How many past papers should I do?Watch
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~FSMQ Additional Maths
For English Language + Literature do 1 past paper for each, as it's always the same.
Do 3 past papers for each unit for Sciences, so 3 for B1, P1, C1 and so forth, it's usually the same but quite tough as some exam boards are strict with scientific terms in your answers.
RS do 1 past paper for each unit, as again it's always the same old like English. 2 past papers would help but really won't benefit you towards an A*
French I would do LOADS unless you're a fluent French speaker.
Do about 2 for Add. Maths so you get the idea of how to work out each type of question, like what equations to do. Same with Statistics. But revision is more important rather than using past papers when it comes to maths.
oh and also I did 10 for calc and 10 for non-calc, not 20 each lol god do 20 even exist aha
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I don't agree. Practice is obviously the most important thing, but neglecting past questions would be stupid. Past papers are similar between years, so doing a lot of past papers teaches you not only the mathematics but also the exam technique which is critical. When we were doing GCSE Maths, our Maths teacher made us do at least 20 past papers and we practically all got A*s.
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Why? Do you have any reason to think that doing 20 papers is ridiculous or is this just a belief of yours? I'd be very surprised if my school's maths department gave GCSE students a past paper a week for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I certainly have no regrets about the volume of papers I got through. 2-3 past papers might be enough for someone with a natural mathematical ability but it's insane for a normal person. I don't know of any subject that would only make students sit 2-3 past papers.
I just think trying out practice questions is enough, some may not, and that's totally fine. If practice questions aren't enough to prepare you, then do loads of past papers, depends on the person.
That's not really an option for me anyway considering Edexcel literally have a password for EVERY past maths paper on the current specification.