American maths university graduate took a GCSE exam- and only scored 75 percent

Many of us would wince at the idea of taking a timed GCSE maths exam again, but one Youtuber did it voluntarily. Evan Edinger is American and completed a university degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Operation Research from Rowan University in New Jersey. Edinger took the Pearson Edexcel Mathematics Higher Tier exam originally from 2018, opting for the higher paper to really put his mathematical knowledge to the test. However, the UK exam system left him baffled.

In the beginning of the video, Edinger says: “If you guys are doing this for your GCSE, God Bless!”

This particular exam paper does not allow calculators and gives students an hour and a half to complete all questions worth a total of 80 points.

Edinger attempted to complete the exam paper in just one hour despite being allowed up to an hour and a half.

Edinger filmed himself as he made his way through the test paper, saying things such as “Oh man there’s marks for so many individual things” and “I can’t remember my scientific notation”.

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But mostly the footage, which has 3 million views, sees the graduate talk his way through most questions, covering his methodology whilst sprinkling in some humour.

Once he completes the paper he takes to the marking scheme to grade his exam.

It isn’t long before he discovers that he didn’t score as highly as he imagined. The total amount of marks available for the exam is 80 and Edinger scored 61, which equates to just more than 75 percent.

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This translates as a grade eight in the up to date grading system for GCSEs, which is the equivalent of an A.

Edinger said: “So learnings from taking this maths GCSE.. one, the maths is way more difficult than I thought it would be, some of the questions, I was like ‘oh I know how to do this from my degree’ but there was some that were really difficult.

“If you are taking your GCSEs or your A Levels, please spend a lot of time going over previous questions you’ve finished to make sure you don’t get negative points for a simple error in multiplication or forgetting to carry the one, basic things.”

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