(Original post by kmatthewd89)
Hi thank you for your replies. I normally fail the test by 3 marks in actual test. And my highest ever score on a practice test is 57% only this week. Until then from 2015-2019 my highest practice test score was 28%. I have learned my timestables but I still wouldn’t be able to see that 49/70 is 0.7 as in my head that just feels like it is going grey and foggy and I can’t see it. Then with the added countdown timer on the test I just crumble and can’t find the answer. I have been to the uni booster sessions before and they didn’t help. It was just a room full of people who knew the answers and I didn’t. I couldn’t keep up with the pace and found it to be of no help whatsoever. I am currently going to my local college for GCSE maths night classes as a way of bumping up my maths knowledge and to help me. I’ve been going there now since 2015 as well but nothing seems to help me. I am getting tested next week for dyscalculia as my friend is convinced I have it and maybe dyspraxia. As I feel that I suffering from some illness where I can’t retain information or process it and maths is all about problem solving and that I suffer with. Thank you so much for your replies, I really appreciate it.
3 marks a way is very good. You don't have too much further to go before you can pass.
However, I would suggest you focus on the following which will all help you:
1. Practice your times tables. If you cannot reduce the fraction, 49 / 70, it is because you don't know your times tables well enough. Keep working on them. You need to be able to answer quickly what each multiplication is e.g. 6 x 8 = 48, 7x 7 =49. and recognise what number they go into. So, for 49/70 both can be divided by 7. This makes the fraction 7/10 which is 70%. In the actual test, write down during the practice question the times tables that you find harder (I wrote down 7s and 8s as these tend to come up a lot).
2. Learn conversions. There's no easy way of doing it but learn what the decimals and percentages are for 1/5, 2/5, 3/5 etc.
So, 1/5 is 20% which is 0.2, 2/5 is 40% which is 0.4 etc. Also, know how to covert Km into miles.
3. Identify what types of questions you are struggling with and practice these until you are confident. So, you've said you struggle with 49/70. This suggests that fractions are not your friend so, practice different fraction questions (they don't all have to be with the timer as you will get quicker the more you practice.
With the mental arithmatic section, you only have to answer about 2 questions correctly (although they might be a slight variation, it is not very many). If the timer is really causing you to panic, focus on getting the graphs section and calculator section completely correct.
My uni gave some words of advice which I'd like to pass on to you. These tests are completely within anyones capability to pass (you wouldn't have reached where you are now if you couldn't pass them) and not passing them doesn't mean you won't be a great teacher. You can do this!