More worked solutions

Last month Edexcel released their second set of specimen papers and in between other things when I’ve wanted to switch off I’ve been doing some maths and putting together worked solutions. I’ve put the solutions (along with previous solutions and copies of all the SAMs and specimens published to date) in the extras tab online and they’re also available in this DROPBOX LINK


Interestingly there are a couple of exemplar questions on the latest specimen papers that showcase some of the newer topics at GCSE – I was also reminded this evening about the “linked pair pilot” papers providing good examples of some of these newer topics (they’re now downloaded and I’ll have something to work on when my brain is fizzing!).

I like this areas under graph question and whilst its a new topic I do think it’s quite “procedural” … as long as students remember how to find the area of a trapezium!


Then there is also this estimating gradient question which, again I thought was OK as it is in my opinion also quite procedural. It will however cause issues (a bit like line of best fits!) where students lines will be slightly different and you get that “Miss I’ve got xxx”, “Miss I get yyy”.

tangentsThe one I didn’t get at first was this one, as the idea of relating ratio to functions/algebra is long in the depths of my memory! Solved it though! 




2017-09-30T19:46:35+00:00October 11th, 2015|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR|


  1. Ali October 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi, I tried to click the dropbox link but it said link not found? is there any link available? Thanks !

  2. JustMathsMel October 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    it should be working now

  3. Arty May 15, 2017 at 11:55 am


    Thank you for making the worked solutions. Do you have the Edexcel Specimen 1 worked solutions for foundation as they don’t appear to be in your dropbox link.

    We normally create our own, but have misplaced that set for our students.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  4. JustMathsMel May 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm


    they should be there now… Mel x

  5. Arty May 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Hi Thanks for that Mel…

    Do you also have Edexcel Foundation Mock v1 worked solutions?



  6. JustMathsMel May 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I do but I’m not making them publicly available – schools will be using them next academic year for tests etc.

  7. Anonymous May 24, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Hi..I can’t get the dropbox to work are you able to help me please?

  8. Joseph Burns September 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Hi. Which paper do you find the last question in? I believe the paper must be really good if questions like that are being asked!

  9. JustMathsMel September 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    It was Edexcels Specimen Paper set 2 paper 2H

  10. JustMathsMel September 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    should be working now

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