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8 GCSE and A-Level Maths Questions Most Adults Can’t Answer…

posted by Savannah on Friday, 7 August 2020

If it’s been a while since you’ve taken GCSE Maths or A-Level Maths, you might be curious about what the curriculum is like these days. From algebra to trigonometry, and probability to differentiation, students are expected to grapple with a range of equations and logic.

You may think that knowing how to simplify surds or factorize an expression is irrelevant in the real world, but the key skills you develop while studying Maths is what’s important: problem-solving, logical thinking and mathematical reasoning apply to every area of life.

Remember, nobody is born with knowledge, it’s acquired through learning, understanding, and practice. So, give this quiz a go and see what you can remember from school. Though it doesn’t reflect real exam conditions, it will give you an idea of the kinds of questions students in England and Wales are expected to answer.

Are you ready to put your skills to the test?

p.s. The answers are all below, but see if you can figure them out on your own first… All the questions have been pulled from previous AQA and Edexcel GCSE and A-Level exam papers.

Can you answer these GCSE and A-level Maths questions?

Question 1.

Here is a sequence: 90 82 74 66 58. What is the expression for the nth term of the sequence?

  • n – 8
  • 98 – 8n
  • 8n + 82
  • 8n – 98

Question 2. 

Solve 16+14÷2+35−11

  • 75
  • 79
  • 27
  • 23

Question 3.

Which of these shapes has the most sides?

  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Rhombus
  • Trapezium

Question 4.

Three of the following points lie on the same straight line. Which point does not lie on this line?

  • (-2, 14)
  • (-1, 8)
  • (1, -1)
  • (2, -6)

Question 5.

A group of scientists are providing an experiment on simultaneous tossing of 5 coins. The result of the experiment is the final amount of tails that will drop out. How many possible consequences can be at the end of this experiment?

  • 10
  • 5
  • 3
  • 6

Question 6.

Find the factors of x3−7x−6

  • (x+3)(x+2)(x−1)
  • (x−3)(x+2)(x+1)
  • (x−4)(x−2)(x+1)
  • (x−6)(x−1)(x+1)

Question 7. 

Billy wants to buy these tickets for a show: 4 adult tickets at £15 each and 2 child tickets at £10 each. A 10% booking fee is added to the ticket price. 3% is then added for paying by credit card. Work out the total charge for these tickets when paying by credit card.

  • £88.64
  • £90.64
  • £94.64
  • £98.64

Question 8.

Work out 1/7 x 2/3

  • 2/10
  • 3/5
  • 1/14
  • 2/21

That wasn’t too hard, was it? Don’t worry if you struggled (or simply didn’t have a clue), the skills tested in GCSE and A-Level Maths are honed through consistent studying and practice.

And if you want to brush up on your knowledge and achieve a GCSE Maths or A-Level Maths qualification, or you need a bundle of courses in order to go to sixth form or university, we have a summer special offer for you. When you enrol on two GCSE or A-Level courses, we’ll pay for 50% of your third! On top of this, you have the chance to WIN a GCSE or A-Level course by entering The Oxbridge Scholarship Competition.

Whether you want to go to university or apply for a new job, GCSE and A-Levels can help you get there.

You can find out the answers to the Maths quiz below…


Q1. 98 – 8n

Q2 27

Q3. Octagon

Q4. (-1, 8)

Q5. 6

Q6. (x−3)(x+2)(x+1)

Q7. £90.64.

Q8. 2/21.  Logic: 1/7 x 2/3 = 1×2/7×3 = 2/21