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Hello, I am currently in 2nd year of A levels and I have been doing some old spec edexcel papers. They seem ok (I usually only drop a couple of marks), but I was wondering how the difficulty would compare to the new spec. I can't seem to find any new spec a level edexcel maths papers. I understand that in terms of content it's different, but in regards to difficulty and the ways in which the questions are asked, how does it differ? my teacher hasn't really gone through any of this stuff. I am aiming for an A*. Many thanks
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Hello, I am currently in 2nd year of A levels and I have been doing some old spec edexcel papers. They seem ok (I usually only drop a couple of marks), but I was wondering how the difficulty would compare to the new spec. I can't seem to find any new spec a level edexcel maths papers. I understand that in terms of content it's different, but in regards to difficulty and the ways in which the questions are asked, how does it differ? my teacher hasn't really gone through any of this stuff. I am aiming for an A*. Many thanks
It’s important that you try new spec papers since they’re harder and there are a lot more problem solving / modelling questions. Also the modular S1/S2 aren’t good preparing at all for new spec statistics. If you’re doing old Edexcel papers then I recommend doing IAL papers because they’re harder.

This article may help:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/a-l...maths-new-spec
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It’s important that you try new spec papers since they’re harder and there are a lot more problem solving / modelling questions. Also the modular S1/S2 aren’t good preparing at all for new spec statistics. If you’re doing old Edexcel papers then I recommend doing IAL papers because they’re harder.

This article may help:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/a-l...maths-new-spec
Thank you for the reply, it has been really useful. In regards to mechanics, do you think the old spec papers can still be used to revise?
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Thank you for the reply, it has been really useful. In regards to mechanics, do you think the old spec papers can still be used to revise?
Yes, definitely. New spec mechanics questions seem pretty similar to old spec M1/2 questions so modular papers are an excellent revision resource. Instead of doing whole papers though, pick out questions per topic e.g. moments in M1 or projectiles in M2 (for Edexcel).
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Yes, definitely. New spec mechanics questions seem pretty similar to old spec M1/2 questions so modular papers are an excellent revision resource. Instead of doing whole papers though, pick out questions per topic e.g. moments in M1 or projectiles in M2 (for Edexcel).
Thanks for the info. Do you happen to know which current mechanics topics are in which old spec papers (e.g. m1 or m2)? Would you say the majority are in m1? Many thanks
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Thanks for the info. Do you happen to know which current mechanics topics are in which old spec papers (e.g. m1 or m2)? Would you say the majority are in m1? Many thanks
From the article I posted above:

"Edexcel have Modular to Linear and Linear to Modular mapping documents which provide a more in-depth summary. Be aware that the modular specs were not the same across exam boards so these documents only apply to Edexcel."
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Hello, I am currently in 2nd year of A levels and I have been doing some old spec edexcel papers. They seem ok (I usually only drop a couple of marks), but I was wondering how the difficulty would compare to the new spec. I can't seem to find any new spec a level edexcel maths papers. I understand that in terms of content it's different, but in regards to difficulty and the ways in which the questions are asked, how does it differ? my teacher hasn't really gone through any of this stuff. I am aiming for an A*. Many thanks
The 2018 new spec papers for edexcel were so much harder than any of the modular old spec papers. Make sure you get your hands on them before you sit your real exams. So many questions revolve a lot around problem solving unfortunately
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