Birmingham Tutor Company would like to inform you about a new possible option for you to take your GCSE Maths Equivalency through us. GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are for those who haven’t been in full time education or studying for a long period of time and haven’t quite obtained the full GCSE or GCSE grade to a certain level and are looking to gain entry onto training courses for the likes of midwifery, nursing and teacher training. 


The first steps to completing your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam is to decide your exam provider. Here at Birmingham Tutor Company, we recommend you to use A Star Equivalency due to them being a close partner of ours and that they have been a leading provider of GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams since 2002. They also offer you an efficient way to book and choose the right course, making the stress of booking exams a lot less for you. 

This includes their easy to book calendar option which offers you all foreseeable exam dates available and how much they cost. The price tends to decrease as you book the exam further in advance. 


There are two options when it comes to taking your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam, you can either sit the Higher Exam or the Foundation Exam. We recommend you to sit the foundation exam purely because there is less content to learn and because of the higher success rates in comparison to the higher paper. However, whichever you decide to take, we have a team of tutors here at the Birmingham Tutor Company who will do everything they can to help you obtain your desired grades in whichever tier paper. 


To give you an idea of what the grade boundaries are like and which paper you think you will best succeed at, please see them below : 


Foundation Tier GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries 

  • Grade 4 (low C) (55% to 74%) Grade 5 (75% to 100%)


Higher Tier GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries are as follows:

  • Grade 4 (25 to 34%)   9 mark band 25 to 34 marks inclusive
  • Grade 5 (35 to 43%)   9 mark band 35 to 43 marks inclusive
  • Grade 6 (44 to 54%) 11 mark band 44 to 54 marks inclusive
  • Grade 7 (55 to 68%) 14 mark band 55 to 68 marks inclusive
  • Grade 8 (69 to 82%) 14 mark band 69 to 82 marks inclusive
  • Grade 9 (83 to 100%) 18 mark band 83 to 100 marks inclusive


A Star GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are all sat in the comfort of your own home now. This will be over the internet and you will be monitored by a fully qualified invigilator via a webcam call. The only requirements for this exam are that you will need a computer/laptop with a webcam, strong internet access available, pen & paper for your workings out and a scientific calculator (as well as some ID). 

On the exam day, you will be required to do your exams back to back in the space of two hours. You will have 1 hour for Paper 1 which is the Non Calc and then go straight into the second paper which is also 1 hour and is the Calculator paper. Once you have sat your exams, you will receive an email within 10 working days with your result or 24-72 hours if you have selected a fast track marking option. 


If this sounds like something that you could be interested in, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here at Birmingham Tutor Company. We are here to help you with whatever you need from booking the exam to help studying the course content in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Birmingham Tutor Company and A Star Equivalency are here to make your GCSE maths Equivalency exam as easy as possible for you.