I have sadly failed my math's test 3 times now.
the first time by 3 marks, the second time by 1, and my third test by 8 marks!

My first and second test was prior to the changes being made that you only had 3 attempts to pass. My third test was after the changes.

In my third test I felt the questions were a lot harder. I came across area questions which I had never previously had, and just in general had really tricky questions that I was unsure of. Maybe its my own personal feelings because I am struggling to pass but has anyone else felt as though the test is harder than the practice ones provided?

I'm really losing my faith in being able to do this and I so so badly want it. I passed my literacy first time but I'm struggling with the maths.

Try not to worry about this little setback. Area and volume questions have been on real tests for a couple of years now and I have questions on them in my tests.

I dont see much evidence that tests are harder. If anything DfE are under increased pressure to increase trainee numbers so tests may actually get easier, time will tell.

One of the annoying things about real tests is the lack of consistency in difficulty level so treat this one as a blip and try again in a couple of weeks.

Thank you for your advice. It’s very hard to not feel disappointed when I’ve been revising for this since the summer! But yes I must try to keep positive!

I have done the test like 6 times before I passed - I mean hell I was even blocked for two bloody years!

Questions that always come up are (these were in every test I sat):

1. Time questions - If a school day starts at 08.45 and there are three lessons of 40 minutes and a 15 minute break. What time is lunch at?

2. Percentages - In a school there is 1200 pupils. 75% of the pupils are boys. How many pupils are girls?

3. Multiplication - On a school trip there needs to be one adult for ever seven children. On this years school trip 63 pupils will attend. what is the minimum number of people that will be on the trip?

4. Adding and subtraction - A coaches hold 70 people a total of 164 pupils need to attend the science fair. How many coaches are needed?

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Then in the written section:

You need to know pie charts, bar charts, line graphs etc.

Conversions of space, time and money.

My TOP TOP tip would be read the question TWICE make sure you understand the question and how they want the answer. Do they want the answer as a decimal, percentage, fraction etc.

So it took you six times in all to pass. I felt so frustrated failing by one mark and then the second by three. I was worrying it was down to myself not being skilled enough at maths and I get so nervous in the mental arithmetic section. So you have proved I just need to be determined as you have been to pass. Each test was so different.

Friends I need help on how to pass my Numeracy test. I've been using the resources in this site getting close to 3 months. I have been practising from test 1-10 scouring between 20-22/28 in all the practice test, yet can not pass the actual test. Please, How did you prepare for the test?

All suggestions are most welcome, Many thanks for your time.

I too feel like its ability and perhaps im not skilled enough.. But like you said the test can vary so much. It's so so frustrating but fingers crossed for next time!

Thank you so much for your reply. I have my 4th test again this week and I'm feeling anxious to say the least but really hopeful i can do it this time! Honestly the amount of stress this bloody maths test causes people, no wonder people veer away from teaching!