GCSE Maths Resit Revision – Everything You Need to Know

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We know it can be disheartening when you don’t get the grades you were hoping for, and it can be frustrating having to resit exams, but it’s not the end of the world. You can resit your exams and get that higher grade. Don’t let your results knock your confidence. We all know that you’re capable of getting the grades you want. So lift your chin up and get ready for some GCSE maths resit revision and prepare for your upcoming exams.

Your GCSE maths resit questions answered

We know that you’ve probably got a lot of questions, worries, and concerns roaming about in your head right now. But let’s take a deep breath and figure it out together. We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help ease any worries you might have, so let’s get started!

When are the maths GCSE resit dates 2023?

The maths GCSE resit dates for 2023 are as follows:

  • Mathematics paper 1 – 8th November 2023
  • Mathematics paper 2 – 10th November 2023
  • Mathematics paper 3 – 13th November 2023

Can I resit my GCSE for free?

If you have to resit your GCSE exam because you didn’t get a grade 4, then you will not be expected to pay for it. You will need to resit it before you turn 18. If you still don’t get the grade you need, you can resit it again, but your school or college may suggest you take a different recognised qualification, such as a functional skills exam.

If you passed GCSE maths, but you want to get a better grade, then you would need to pay for your resit exams as well as any courses you take. 

Where can I resit my exams?

If you’re reading this after September, then you’ve probably got this all sorted, but if you haven’t, or you’re resitting next year, you can find the answer below! 

If you are in sixth form or college, your sixth form or college may have something in place for you to resit your exams there. You can have a word with someone at your sixth form or college and see if that is something they can help you with.

Alternatively, if you aren’t in sixth form or college or your institution doesn’t provide somewhere for you, you can enrol in a school or college to be able to sit your exams there. You’ll get your own timetable and classes that you’ll need to go to. Most schools and colleges will let you study your resit GCSEs alongside your A levels, so you don’t need to worry about that!

When will I find out my results?

If you resit your exams in November, then you should get your results in mid-January. 

Try not to get too worried about your results. We know it’s easier said than done, but worrying about it won’t make the wait any less. There are options available to you no matter what grades you get. 

How many times can I resit my exams?

There are no limits to how many times you can resit your maths GCSE. If you don’t get the grade you were hoping for in your resit exam, you can resit it again until you turn 18. 

However, your sixth form, college, or apprenticeship may offer you alternative qualifications instead. 

Resit your maths GCSE with our top tips

We know that resitting exams is never what you hoped for, and it can knock your confidence a bit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the grade you are hoping for in your resit. To help you get through your resit revision and exams, we’ve put together a collection of our top tips for maths GCSE resits:

  • It might be worth requesting your exam back. By getting your exam back, you’ll be able to see the questions you got right and the ones you got wrong. This will help you make a list of weak areas/knowledge gaps that you can focus on. (Please note that this may come with a fee). 
  • Use your time effectively and come up with a realistic revision plan as soon as you can. It can be easy to dwell on the fact that you failed your exam, but that’s not going to help you in the long run. Instead, you can be proactive and start working on your weaknesses in maths straight away. You may even be able to get extra support from your maths teachers. 
  • Prioritise topics. There’s no point in working on maths topics that you’re already pretty comfortable with. Focus on the areas that you find the hardest and work from there. 
  • Make use of past papers and practice papers. The more you practise, the better you’ll get. You also have the experience of sitting the real thing, so you know what to expect.
  • Take time out of your revision timetable for you. You can’t revise 24/7. Take a break, grab a cup of tea or coffee and watch your favourite show. Giving yourself a break will help you refocus on those hard equations and maths problems. Sitting and staring at a question will not do you any good.
  • If you sat a higher paper last time, that doesn’t mean you have to sit a higher paper this time. If you think you would rather sit the foundation paper, then that’s ok too!

GCSE maths resit revision tools and resources

Luckily for you, we have a huge range of revision tools and resources that you can use to prepare yourself for your GCSE maths resit. As we’ve said, it’s a great idea to use practice papers in your revision, so here are some of our Higher practice papers and our Foundation practice papers for you to work through! 

As well as our practice papers and resources, we also have a blog dedicated to revision. You can check out the maths section of our blog here. Alternatively, you may want to look at this Digital Daily maths Revision Book available on our Beyond blog. It’s a great revision book that focuses on grades 3-5. 

For some quick revision tasks for Foundation maths, these GCSE Maths Quick Revision Test Bites may be a great place to start. These test bites should hopefully help to alleviate your stress as they help you focus on different topics within the maths course. These tasks will help you revise decimals, units of mass, length and time, percentages, and so much more. 

If you’re struggling to come up with a revision plan, then you can start your revision with this Non-Calculator GCSE Maths Foundation Revision Booklet. You can work through it at your own pace, working on specific areas and noting down the areas that you need to improve on. We’ve also included the answers for the revision booklet, so you can make sure you’re getting things right. (No cheating allowed though)!

We also have these fantastic Maths Foundation and Higher Revision Activity Mats that are great to use for revision. These activity mats would be great to use at the beginning of your revision day to help ease you into the work. 

Finally, we have a YouTube channel dedicated to Beyond revision. We have a collection of maths revision videos to help you understand different areas within maths. Check out the video below to see what you can expect from our channel!

We hope we answered some of your commonly asked questions such as ‘can I resit my GCSE for free?’ and ‘when are the GCSE resit dates for 2023?’ and we hope you find our top tips and resources useful. We wish you the best of luck with your revision and resit exams!

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