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At QTS Literacy Tutor we help people to prepare for and pass their GCSE equivalency tests in English. Maths, Science and Biology.

The GCSE Equivalency tests are exams that enable prospective teachers to gain access onto initial teacher training courses without the need of a GCSE grade C or level 4. The GCSE equivalency tests are for people who haven’t achieved their level 4 at GCSE or an equivalent qualification that is accepted. The GCSE Equivalency tests are not standardised so there are different providers and different universities and training providers have different criteria. The first question most people ask is, who accepts a GCSE equivalency test result? The answer is nearly all initial teacher training course providers do as well as some nursing courses.

Make sure you are aware of the difference between a GCSE equivalent and GCSE equivalency, these are different things.

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If you haven’t achieved a grade C or level 4 in your GCSE maths exam then you are likely to have to sit this exam to get onto your course. The maths equivalency test consists of 2 papers, calculator and non-calculator. Both are out of 45 marks and contribute to 50% of the overall mark. The pass mark for the maths equivalency test tends to be in the region of 60% depending on the difficulty of the paper. Some providers offer higher and foundation exams but it makes sense to stick with foundation as there is less to learn and the exam is usually easier to pass. However, those in Wales who require a level 6 will have to take the higher level exam, other than this exception, it is advised that learners opt for foundation.

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At QTS Literacy Tutor our specialism is English! Therefore if you are requiring help with your English equivalency prep, or you need an examiner to mark a equivalency sample paper for you and give detailed feedback, then we are here to help. The GCSE English equivalency paper consists of 1-3 sections with most providers sticking with 2 sections that cover GCSE English language. You will need to revise your grammar, punctuation, spelling and comprehension in order to be able to pass the equivalency test. At QTS Literacy Tutor we have a perfect platform to help you prepare for your English equivalency test.

If you are looking for help with your English equivalency then QTS literacy tutor have a dedicated team to help you with each area of the exam. Our tutors are qualified, experienced and DBS checked.

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The Science equivalency test consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics sections, each have equal weighting. The pass mark for the science equivalency test is determined by the difficulty of the exam so there is a wide range of scores you can achieve and pass the exam, it just depends on the paper you get. Science is a little easier to revise than some of the other equivalency tests in that it is all about learning facts. Unlike the full GCSE science exams, the equivalency test has much less focus on practical application, it is more about understanding the content and applying it to questions that appear in your paper. We recommend MME for science and all equivalency tests.

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Fewer people are required to take the Biology equivalency test than the other exams, it is usually trainee nurses that require this qualification if they haven’t already achieved a GCSE equivalent to a C grade or above. The biology content in this equivalency test is in much more depth than the science equivalency test as you have fewer subjects to study. Being successful in your Biology exam is all about making sure you do the right amount of revision. The following buttons go to a series of revision resources and equivalency past papers as well as the booking page. We recommend getting stuck into the revision cards and sample papers before taking the exam.

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Equivalency Testing FAQ’s

Which equivalency testing service should I use?

There are only really two providers to choose from. It is best to read their websites and see who offers the best service. You can compare equivalency testing providers here.

How long does it take to revise for the maths exam?

This varies from learner to learner to learner but on average takes around 60 hours of study time

What support does your QTS service provide for the exam?

We have specialist maths equivalency tutors who can help you prepare.

What is the equivalency testing contact number? 

The best equivalency testing contact number is 020 3488 0960.