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Edexcel GCSE Higher tier Maths Paper 1 1H (1MA1) - 19th May 2023 [Exam Chat]

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How did your Edexcel GCSE Higher tier Maths Paper 1 exam go?

Edexcel GCSE higher tier Maths 1H (1MA1) - 19th May 2023 [Exam Chat]
Welcome to the exam discussion thread for this exam. Introduce yourself! Let others know what you're aiming for in your exams, what you are struggling with in your revision or anything else.

Also, check out our article of student reactions to the exam - your comments this thread might be on there!

Wishing you all the best of luck. :yy:

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Date/Time: 19th May 2023, am
Length: 1hr 30mins

only vote in the poll after you've done the exam, not before

Resources
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html
https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/past-papers/gcse-maths/edexcel-paper-1/
https://corbettmaths.com/
https://www.drfrostmaths.com/courses.php?sid=-10
https://www.onmaths.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSQYu9QvAJk (Paper 1 OnMaths 2023 Predicted paper Higher Tier walkthrough)
https://thirdspacelearning.com/secondary-resources/gcse-maths/
https://www.draustinmaths.com/revision
2023 GCSE exam thread directory
Well done everyone!
Credit goes to @Reesharr for the PDF posted below (disclaimer: This is not an official markscheme from Edexcel so don't rely on it for revision or marking):
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I did this exam 4 years ago but this thread I guess.
Original post by Talkative Toad
I did this exam 4 years ago but this thread I guess.


any tips to get a grade 9 in a month?
Original post by johnjohn1223
any tips to get a grade 9 in a month?

I didn't get a grade 9 in Maths sorry.
Reply 4
Original post by johnjohn1223
any tips to get a grade 9 in a month?


I got a grade 9 on my last mock for this paper in March (my score was 69/80).
What I did was do past papers. If you school has mathswatch, this is really useful as the practice papers there are modelled off the question styles of the corresponding past paper (if the practice paper says June 18, every question will test the same thing as the corresponding question in June 2018 paper but is a different question so you get the practice in that way). Also look at the hard questions from past papers and see if you can solve them. If you can't, watch people on youtube solving them in videos as this will give you the method. Or take things you don't understand to your teacher for them to explain.
Although, a very dedicated teacher at my school runs an after school 7, 8 and 9 clinic for maths where we go through all the difficult questions so that might be quite a big reason why I did well in the mock.
Original post by eagleflight
I got a grade 9 on my last mock for this paper in March (my score was 69/80).
What I did was do past papers. If you school has mathswatch, this is really useful as the practice papers there are modelled off the question styles of the corresponding past paper (if the practice paper says June 18, every question will test the same thing as the corresponding question in June 2018 paper but is a different question so you get the practice in that way). Also look at the hard questions from past papers and see if you can solve them. If you can't, watch people on youtube solving them in videos as this will give you the method. Or take things you don't understand to your teacher for them to explain.
Although, a very dedicated teacher at my school runs an after school 7, 8 and 9 clinic for maths where we go through all the difficult questions so that might be quite a big reason why I did well in the mock.

I didn't get a grade 9 (only a grade 5 with 0 seconds of revision) but there's also OnMaths that has like online practice papers that you can do digitally I think. I personally hated OnMaths 😅 (not because of the software but because of what I had to do (An online paper)). https://www.onmaths.com/
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Original post by Talkative Toad
I didn't get a grade 9 (only a grade 5 with 0 seconds of revision) but there's also OnMaths that has like online practice papers that you can do digitally I think. I personally hated OnMaths 😅 (not because of the software but because of what I had to do (An online paper)). https://www.onmaths.com/


Whoa, I just looked at that site and it has predicted papers for free?! Thank you so much!! I'm definitely going to do those as revision, and also tell my friends about the site! :smile: Genuinely thank you, this looks like a really useful site!
Original post by eagleflight
Whoa, I just looked at that site and it has predicted papers for free?! Thank you so much!! I'm definitely going to do those as revision, and also tell my friends about the site! :smile: Genuinely thank you, this looks like a really useful site!


I wouldn't fully trust the predicted papers (or trust them full stop) but my Maths teacher kept banging on about that website along with Mathswatch 4 years ago and no problem.


And they also seem to have a walkthrough of the 2023 Higher Tier paper for paper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSQYu9QvAJk (i added to the OP too).
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y'aaaalllllll what r ur best tips on doing last min revision for gcse maths higher???? idk what to dooooo altho my first exam is i think a month away i still dkkkkkk how to revise for it ))))): i'm jus watching random vids n practicing them & doing past paper things kinda but fr how would i actually start revising? (btw them revision checklists kinda bs for me)
(edited 10 months ago)
Reply 9
Original post by mzzz_k
y'aaaalllllll what r ur best tips on doing last min revision for gcse maths higher???? idk what to dooooo altho my first exam is i think a month away i still dkkkkkk how to revise for it ))))): i'm jus watching random vids n practicing them & doing past paper things kinda but fr how would i actually start revising? (btw them revision checklists kinda bs for me)

Tbh, past papers/mark schemes and revision guide/videos are the main thing. Depending on the level youre aiming for you might try some collection of harder questions. Also came across these recently
https://www.draustinmaths.com/revision
and the "new" revision grids 1..5 seem good and grouped by level. A bit like a revision checklist but ... Shes done 2 of the areas number/algebra and the others are coming shortly.
Reply 10
Original post by mqb2766
Tbh, past papers/mark schemes and revision guide/videos are the main thing. Depending on the level youre aiming for you might try some collection of harder questions. Also came across these recently
https://www.draustinmaths.com/revision
and the "new" revision grids 1..5 seem good and grouped by level. A bit like a revision checklist but ... Shes done 2 of the areas number/algebra and the others are coming shortly.

but the mark schemes literally make no sense to me????? i do the past papers but when marking it's not clear so i end up learning nothing,,, but i am trying hard questions n i'm doing kinda good i think,,,, also is there any way to see the topic?? of a specific question in the past papers jus so i can focus on that topic i suffer in???? ++ thank u sm for the practice things <3333333
Reply 11
Original post by mzzz_k
but the mark schemes literally make no sense to me????? i do the past papers but when marking it's not clear so i end up learning nothing,,, but i am trying hard questions n i'm doing kinda good i think,,,, also is there any way to see the topic?? of a specific question in the past papers jus so i can focus on that topic i suffer in???? ++ thank u sm for the practice things <3333333


The mark schemes are not model solutions, but you should be able to interpret them enough to understand what theyre awarding marks for. If youve not really used them, try and work through a few questions/mark schemes (ask on here if necessary) to make sure youre giving appropriate explanations/working and not losing marks unnecessarily.

Drfrost has questions grouped by topic and usually the harder question books are similar, as are the revision grids in the previous post.
Search up GCSE Maths Tutor on yt.
Reply 13
Original post by mqb2766
The mark schemes are not model solutions, but you should be able to interpret them enough to understand what theyre awarding marks for. If youve not really used them, try and work through a few questions/mark schemes (ask on here if necessary) to make sure youre giving appropriate explanations/working and not losing marks unnecessarily.

Drfrost has questions grouped by topic and usually the harder question books are similar, as are the revision grids in the previous post.

mark schemes in general r jus confusing lol but thank u for the tips <333333333
Reply 14
Original post by Maximus The 1st
Search up GCSE Maths Tutor on yt.

yeaahhh i always use his vids when i need help
Reply 15
Original post by mzzz_k
mark schemes in general r jus confusing lol but thank u for the tips <333333333


The thing is, mark schemes are for people doing the marking, not the students :smile: You can see where marks are awarded, but as mqb says, they're not the same as model / worked solutions.
Reply 16
Original post by mzzz_k
y'aaaalllllll what r ur best tips on doing last min revision for gcse maths higher???? idk what to dooooo altho my first exam is i think a month away i still dkkkkkk how to revise for it ))))): i'm jus watching random vids n practicing them & doing past paper things kinda but fr how would i actually start revising? (btw them revision checklists kinda bs for me)


Tbh, since there is only 1 month left, try and consolidate the learning rather than trying to learn new knowldge. Past papers are really good for this and also mark them but take into account the mark scheme. It usually says 'accept' or 'ignore' and make sure you read those so you know what to write and what not to write when it comes to those type of questions. Also using interactive websites like Seneca or Mathhswatch is really good for questions and videos and there are websites such as Maths Genie or Corbettmaths which have question worksheets and answers to work through. Also, if you are stuck you can always watch videos online which can help you but also read some revision materials online rather than make them now. Also, dont be afraid to ask your teacher for help since they are there if you need it and they can explain but also give you some questions ot practice with. Hope this helps :smile:
Original post by johnjohn1223
any tips to get a grade 9 in a month?

got a heavy grade 9 last year.

I really recommend the predicted papers. Past papers are really good but the predicted papers (especially from physics and maths tutor <if you wanna buy them>) really really topped it off. Although there was the monster question at the end, you can still get a good grade. Make sure that u also work on speed with maths. It’s more key than you think!! Best of luck
Reply 18
Original post by Kabb_07
got a heavy grade 9 last year.

I really recommend the predicted papers. Past papers are really good but the predicted papers (especially from physics and maths tutor <if you wanna buy them>) really really topped it off. Although there was the monster question at the end, you can still get a good grade. Make sure that u also work on speed with maths. It’s more key than you think!! Best of luck

Last year the predicted papers were much more useful than any other year because of the advanced information. It's impossible to make any predictions about this year's exams at this stage so students should prioritise exam board past/practice/specimen papers over any predicted papers.
Original post by Notnek
Last year the predicted papers were much more useful than any other year because of the advanced information. It's impossible to make any predictions about this year's exams at this stage so students should prioritise exam board past/practice/specimen papers over any predicted papers.

I was going to point this out and thought that when I first read that post. Way easier to trust the predicted paper if there's advanced info and said predicted paper contains said advanced info in my opinion.

What resources do you suggest for higher tier GCSE Maths (can maybe go in the OP/thread)?
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