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Frequently Asked Questions

Module tests
Past papers
Terminal tests
Textbooks and other resources
Module tests

Question:
Can I change candidates' entries in the light of results from previous tests?

Answer:
There are concessions that are made after the publication of the January and March results, where certain changes can be made to June entries without penalty. For full details, see the Graduated Assessment Newsletter.



Question:
Can students take module tests in the same session as the terminal paper?

Answer:
Yes. Although the module tests generally take place some time after the terminal paper in the summer, they are part of the same examination series.
Therefore, a module test taken in the same session as the terminal paper would count towards the overall grade if it is one of the candidate's two highest-scoring modules.



Past papers

Question:
Where can I get past papers for GCSE Maths C?

Answer:
OCR publishes past papers on its website, on the relevant pages for each specification. The most recent series can be accessed securely using OCR Interchange.
Due to the changes to the specification in recent years, one of the easiest places to find past papers is by registering for this e-community and logging in to the Member Documents & Resources where they are all kept together.



Terminal tests

Question:
Can students take module tests in the same session as the terminal paper?

Answer:
Yes. Although the module tests generally take place some time after the terminal paper in the summer, they are part of the same examination series.
Therefore, a module test taken in the same session as the terminal paper would count towards the overall grade if it is one of the candidate's two highest-scoring modules.




Question:
On the two-tier terminal papers, how many marks are allocated to each of the grades?

Answer:
The grades assessed on the terminal papers are C to G for foundation tier and A* to D for higher. (Grade E can be awarded at higher tier but grade E content is not assessed on the paper.)

The marks are allocated to the various grades approximately as follows:

50% on the lowest two grades (G,F or D,C)
25-30% on the highest two grades (D,C or A,A*)
20-25% on the middle grade (E or B)


Textbooks and other resources

Question:
What is 'ExamQuest' and where can I get it?

Answer:
ExamQuest is a program, produced by Doublestruck Ltd, which contains hundreds of past paper questions from OCR examinations.

There are versions available for three OCR Mathematics specifications, namely:

  • GCSE Maths A (Linear)
  • GCSE Maths C (Graduated Assessment)
  • GCE Maths (Core and Further Pure)

On the ExamQuest website, teachers are able to download free trial versions of these programs. In the case of GCSE Maths C, the trial version includes a mock module M7 (50 marks). The GCSE Maths A version includes a higher tier calculator paper J512/04 (100 marks).

The ExamQuest interface will be immediately familiar to secondary school teachers already using Doublestruck's Testbase software to create materials from the QCA's end of Key Stage tests.

Go to the ExamQuest website.
OCR is not responsible for the content of third-party websites.





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