Post-Exam Thoughts: AQA Certificate Further Maths Calculator-Allowed – 1 June 2012


Snappy title, eh? This afternoon I was back into school to complete the second paper of the AQA Further Maths Certificate, the exam in which a calculator is permitted.

WEAPON OF CHOICE: My Casio fx-85ES calculator, as used in this exam. (IMG_8658)


One of the problems I had in the run-up to this exam was that I was capable of most of the Maths, but wasn’t necessarily sure what order to do what process in. Many of the questions carry a lot of weight (some are worth up to 6 marks each). A new qualification, there’s only a few practice papers available, yet the questions vary so much in how they are phrased, it’s difficult really to practice.

I did, though, make a good start: I remembered how to write the equation of a circle, found it relatively easy to factorise where required, and could do the Pythagoras’s Theorem question with ease. I struggled more with the ones on algebraic proof and a particularly nasty one about the area of a triangle within a circle.

Given how badly I’d expected it to go, I can’t complain massively. After all, this is supplementary to the real GCSE Maths grade (in which, after a retake and much work, I attained my dreamed A*). While I know I won’t come out with an enviable grade for this paper, as someone hoping to do Maths at A-Level, this is certain to have given me a great foundation for the Maths to come in the next two years.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.

1 Response

  1. Jacob Hayden says:

    Hey i did that too this afternoon. I felt the same way about not being able to practice and really struggle with the non-calculator paper but this I feel, like you was relatively easy with some clever questions in their too.