FAQs for AS & A Level Mathematics (9709)

When can the examination be taken?

The examination is available in the June and November series. 

What support materials are available?

  • Example candidate responses. This contains background information, commentaries on questions and mark schemes, a section outlining the changes to the A Level syllabus and additional specimen questions on Vectors, Complex Numbers and Continuous Random Variables;
  • Past question papers, examiner reports and mark schemes from the last 5 years
  • Discussion forum for teachers of mathematics;
  • Learner Guide;
  • Schemes of work 

These resources are available on the Teacher Support website

Is it possible to enter candidates for a single paper or for three papers in an examination session?

It is only possible to enter candidates at each examination session for the options corresponding to the combinations of components given in the AS & A Level syllabus booklet. Candidates for AS Mathematics must be entered for two papers. Candidates for A Level Mathematics must be entered for four papers, of which two (either 1 + 4 or 1 + 6) may have been taken at an earlier session (within 13 months).

Which list of formulae do candidates use for the AS & A Level examinations?

Candidates for the AS & A Level examination use the List of Formulae and Tables of the Normal Distribution (MF9), the content of which appears in the syllabus booklet. The MF9 list is sent out to Centres as needed in an administrative dispatch prior to the examination.

Can an AS award via units P1 + P2 be carried forward to an A Level award?

It is only possible to carry forward a full AS award via P1 + M1 (components 1 + 4) or P1 + S1 (components 1 + 6) to A Level (see the syllabus booklet). Since unit P2 (component 2) is not part of any valid combination of A Level components, it is not possible to carry forward an AS award via option P1 + P2 (components 1 + 2) to an A Level award. Candidates entered for an AS award via P1 + P2 will need to take a complete set of four units for an A Level qualification.

What calculators can be used in the AS & A Level examinations?

It is expected that candidates will have a calculator with standard ‘scientific’ functions for use in the examination. Computers, and calculators capable of algebraic manipulation, are not permitted. Calculators must satisfy the regulations found in the Cambridge Handbook available here.

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