# How many marks are needed to achieve a 4 in Foundation Maths GCSE?

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I'm unsure about exam boards, the differences, and such.

My maths is terrible, so I have opted to take the foundation paper, how many marks would be needed to get a 4 on the foundation, or 5? If anyone has any resources that explain the marking scheme a bit more, the key differences between foundation and higher maths then I will gladly have a look and be very appreciative.
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See if you can find a tutor. I did the foundation level paper too. I only scraped by and picked up a grade one after all that. Foundation paper is easier supposedly but I struggled on the questions apart from the very easy ones which are targeted for the bottom ability pupils.
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7 months ago
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(Original post by xKayTea)
I'm unsure about exam boards, the differences, and such.

My maths is terrible, so I have opted to take the foundation paper, how many marks would be needed to get a 4 on the foundation, or 5? If anyone has any resources that explain the marking scheme a bit more, the key differences between foundation and higher maths then I will gladly have a look and be very appreciative.
Obviously it changes year to year but in 2019 AQA Foundation Maths you needed 122/240 for a 4 and 157/240 for a 5. So that’s about 50% for a 4 and 65% for a 5.

Understanding the mark scheme is really simple... you do the working and get an answer and you’ll get the marks. You get marks for the right working so if you get the answer wrong you’ll still get marks assuming you’re on track.

The last question on Foundation is usually one of the first questions on Higher.
Last edited by linedpaper; 7 months ago
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It depends on the exam board and from exam season to exam season.

Edexcel is the most popular board and in November 2020 you needed 136/240 (57%) for a grade 4 and 165/240 (69%) for a grade 5. https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...-maths-eng.pdf
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Does anyone have any experience with the foundation GCSE? I have heard some people say it's easier to get a simple pass on the higher, whereas to achieve a 4 or 5 on the foundation for some silly reason it's 'harder'. Any insight on this to whether it's true or not would be helpful <3 I'm very grateful for the replies, and have taken them in and clicked every link that's been sent thank you.
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(Original post by xKayTea)
Does anyone have any experience with the foundation GCSE? I have heard some people say it's easier to get a simple pass on the higher, whereas to achieve a 4 or 5 on the foundation for some silly reason it's 'harder'. Any insight on this to whether it's true or not would be helpful <3 I'm very grateful for the replies, and have taken them in and clicked every link that's been sent thank you.
If you're not that bad at Maths but make silly mistakes then Higher may be an option as you need so few marks to get a 4 - 37/240 or less than 15.5% in November 2020. The Foundation questions are easier but you need to get a lot more right.
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(Original post by xKayTea)
Does anyone have any experience with the foundation GCSE? I have heard some people say it's easier to get a simple pass on the higher, whereas to achieve a 4 or 5 on the foundation for some silly reason it's 'harder'. Any insight on this to whether it's true or not would be helpful <3 I'm very grateful for the replies, and have taken them in and clicked every link that's been sent thank you.
I didn't do foundation but it really is basic maths. So you do have to get a lot more right, but it's not complicated stuff. The Higher paper has many more topics and you don't know what's going to come up and whether you actually know the content. But it is far easier to get a 4 on AQA 2019 47/240 is nothing and you're looking at averaging 16 marks per paper.
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html
This site helped me a lot with my autumn resit, I moved up a grade to a 7 and had been getting 5 in my mocks. You can watch videos and do questions on all the topics in Foundation and higher- if you choose higher then you can work on the grade 6 possibly a few of the easier grade 7 material so you'd be able to pick up more marks.
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