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Maths I

About the exam


About the exam

There are two assessable elements:

  • Knowledge and Understanding (KU)
  • Reasoning and Enquiry (RE)

Each element will be worth approximately 50% of the marks.

There are two papers at each level, one where a calculator may not be used and one where a calculator may be used, and each paper will assess both KU and RE.

Papers at each level will cover the problem-solving processes:

  • Interpret: Deciding on the topics(s) being tested.
  • Select: Choosing the knowledge and techniques which are appropriate.
  • Implement: Starting to work through the problem.
  • Communicate: Answering the question and justifying your conclusions using clear diagrams, appropriate statements and well laid out working.

Papers will consist of a mixture of short-response questions and extended-response questions, some of which will involve sustained thinking.

Most questions will assess one element only but some will assess both elements, with, for example, KU being assessed in the early part(s) and RE being assessed in the later part(s).

Where appropriate, questions will be set in context.

Marks will be allocated to each question and a total mark obtained for each element.

Foundation Paper IGeneral Paper ICredit Paper I
Calculators not allowedCalculators not allowedCalculators not allowed
Time: 20 minutesTime: 35 minutesTime: 55 minutes

Foundation Paper IIGeneral Paper IICredit Paper II
Calculators are allowedCalculators are allowedCalculators are allowed
Time: 40 minutesTime: 55 minutesTime: 80 minutes


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