# Analysis of the first 50 marks on GCSE higher maths papers

Towards the end of last school year (2012-13), the great members of the KSA maths department did an analysis of the topics coming up in the first 50 marks in GCSE maths higher papers. We looked through a stack of Edexcel and AQA papers from the last few years. Here are our results (interpret them with caution!)

# Non-calculator

Trends

1. Increase in the proportion of algebra questions
2. Decrease in the proportion of number questions

Breakdown

 Topic Sub-topic Frequency Number Four operations with fractions 4 Percentages 3 Estimation 2 Standard form 2 Sharing into a ratio 2 Algebra Solving equations 8 Forming equations 6 Expanding brackets 3 Factorising 3 Substitution 3 Geometry Transformations Reflections Rotations Enlargement Translations 83 2 2 1 Angle rules – mainly parallel lines 6 Interior/exterior angles 4 Area (Parallelogram/compound) 4 Circles (Area/circumference) 3 Statistics Probability (Theoretical and experimental) 5 Scatter diagrams 2

# Calculator Paper

Trends

1. Increase in proportion of geometry questions
2. Decreases in the proportion of algebra and statistics questions

Breakdown

 Topic Sub-topic Frequency Number Percentages (Amount. Increase/decrease, reverse) 7 Money problems 4 Ratio 3 Types of number 3 Algebra Solving equations 9 Forming expressions 5 Expanding brackets 4 Substitution 3 Inequalities 3 Geometry Area (triangles) 6 Angles (Triangles, at a point) 4 Bearings 3 Circles 3 Statistics Probability 6 Averages 4 Questionnaires 2