In this post we’re looking at the Edexcel Foundation Level Sample Paper 3 – this involves using a calculator to answer (some) of the questions. It’s a good idea to pause the video, try each of the questions, and then compare your solution.
Here’s a link to download the question paper: Revise Edexcel GCSE Maths Foundation Paper 3 QUESTIONS
Here’s my solutions: Revise Edexcel GCSE Maths Foundation Paper 3 WORKED ANSWERS
Here’s a copy of the mark scheme: Revise Edexcel GCSE Maths Foundation Paper 3 MARK SCHEME
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Please don’t just watch the videos! It’s much better to try all of the questions before you look at the answers. When you’re aiming to Revise Edexcel GCSE Maths Foundation Paper 3 it needs to be an active exercise, rather than a passive one.
One useful tip is to look at the marks available. If the question is 3 marks you’re going to need a little bit more work to gain all of the credit. Just writing the answer might not be enough and it’s always good to show your working.
“Showing working” means writing down any of the calculations you are making – even the easy ones. You’ll see from my copy of the worked answers, I always try to write as much as possible. This helps to ‘get a feel for the question’ and (in my case) helps to give a way forward.
Reading the whole question can sometimes be a little confusing, particularly some of the wordy 4 marks ones. As you ‘show your working’ try to build up a picture of the problem by reading a sentence at a time …. and then doing something with it:
Draw a sketch
Write a formula
Whatever you do, it might help to gain a mark and move you a little further forward.
Remember it’s not just about answering questions, it’s about gaining enough marks to pass. Even if you don’t answer the whole question – a few additional marks can make a significant difference.
For more practice, here’s a link to Paper 1 non calculator.
For more top tips, here’s a link to the Ultimate Guide to Maths.