Once again messed up with GCSE Maths

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Hi everyone.

I just got my Maths re-sit results and I've failed once again. Compared to other attempts I've done better, but totally messed up paper 1. I could not prepare properly for the exam this time due to personal problems.

I really want to do Teacher Training but GCSE Maths keeps dragging me back.I have even passed my Professional Skills Test both Numeracy and English (that too in first attempt).

I feel like giving up, but also determined to become a teacher one day. I have strong subject knowledge in the field I want to teach/specialise in, but like I said Maths - it's a struggle to get through.

I remember during school my peers would always ask me for help when they were stuck with sums. They've passed, and I'm still a failure. -_-

Anyways, I wanted to get some advice about equivalency tests? How much does it cost, what's the procedure of it, what are the tests like?

And also, now I'm considering to do a SCITT instead of the University led PGCE. I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could offer some advice.

Thank you so much!
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Even if you do the SCITT, employers will still require you to have a C grade in Maths.

What do you want to teach, primary or secondary?
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Even if you do the SCITT, employers will still require you to have a C grade in Maths.

What do you want to teach, primary or secondary?
Yes, that's why I'm thinking about doing an Equivalency Test which some PGCE/SCITT providers accept.

I want to teach in Secondary.
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Yes, that's why I'm thinking about doing an Equivalency Test which some PGCE/SCITT providers accept.

I want to teach in Secondary.
What I mean is that most secondary schools ask for a C in Mathematics even if you are teaching English. I have never seen an application form that does not require a teacher to have a C in Maths.

My GCSE English teacher was telling me a few years back how after he finished his English degree, he needed a C in Maths to be able to teach so he had to resit over and over until he managed to get it.
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What I mean is that most secondary schools ask for a C in Mathematics even if you are teaching English. I have never seen an application form that does not require a teacher to have a C in Maths.

My GCSE English teacher was telling me a few years back how after he finished his English degree, he needed a C in Maths to be able to teach so he had to resit over and over until he managed to get it.
Ohh right... well as far as I know is that the equivalency test is for those who haven't passed their GCSE's, so they can enrol onto teacher training.

If I do manage to complete my teacher training, I wouldn't having to re-do my actual GCSE Maths at that time if needed.
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Ohh right... well as far as I know is that the equivalency test is for those who haven't passed their GCSE's, so they can enrol onto teacher training.

If I do manage to complete my teacher training, I wouldn't having to re-do my actual GCSE Maths at that time if needed.
Equivalency tests are significantly easier than a GCSE. I will have a degree and AA in English when I apply to teach and my local provider told me that everyone needs basic numeracy and literacy levels (equivalency tests) and GCSE Mathematics and English.

You might be able to enroll on the TT but getting a position without basic GCSEs is hard. Then again, you could resit during your TT, you don't sound like you were far off a C so you will probably nail it.

Have you ever contacted the folks at the "get into teaching" campaign? They are pretty good and can offer proper advice from professionals.
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Equivalency tests are significantly easier than a GCSE. I will have a degree and AA in English when I apply to teach and my local provider told me that everyone needs basic numeracy and literacy levels (equivalency tests) and GCSE Mathematics and English.

You might be able to enroll on the TT but getting a position without basic GCSEs is hard. Then again, you could resit during your TT, you don't sound like you were far off a C so you will probably nail it.

Have you ever contacted the folks at the "get into teaching" campaign? They are pretty good and can offer proper advice from professionals.
That makes sense.

I did do better compared to before in this exam, but since I've already wasted a year at home in the hope that I'll pass my GCSE Maths this time round. I'd might as well try the equivalency test as it can be done at anytime and you get your results back in few days rather than having to wait for months.

I'll definitely consider re-sitting GCSE after ITT (I really hope I get onto it), as I don't want to re-do my Skills Test either.

Thank you for the advice.
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What are you looking to teach btw?
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Did you end up passing the equivalency test anam109
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Hi
If anyone sat for English equivalency test recently in July 2020 then please kindly share the writing questions and poems.
It is very hard for me to understand poems . Please help. I have my exam next week
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