2020 v 2021-2022 AQE & Practice Papers – The differences

The 2020 Version of our AQE & GL practice papers follows the full specification which was used prior to the November 2021 & 2022 tests.
The 2021-22 Version of our AQE & GL practice papers follows the reduced specification which was used for the November 2021 & 2022 tests.

2021-2022 AQE Practice Papers

The following maths topics are NOT on our 2021-22 AQE Practice Papers.

  • Percentages
  • Triangular numbers
  • The use of a letter to stand for an unknown number
  • The interpretation of a calculator display in relation to money
  • Multiplication beyond a 3-digit number multiplied by a 2-digit number
  • Division beyond a 3-digit number divided by a single digit
  • Negative numbers
  • Calculating the area of a non-right-angled triangle
  • The continuous nature of measurement & the need for appropriate accuracy
  • The use of scale in simple maps and diagrams
  • Calculations related to timetables involving the 24-hour clock
  • Reflecting a shape in a diagonal line
  • Tessellations
  • Name and describe circles, pentagons, hexagons and octagons
  • Pie charts
  • Mean and range
  • Probability and likelihood

2021-2022 GL Maths Practice Papers

The following maths topics are NOT on our 2021-22 GL Practice Papers.

  • Proportion
  • Ratio, including scale.
  • Algebra
  • Use of brackets
  • Pie charts
  • Probability and likelihood
  • Cube numbers.
  • Negative numbers.
  • Averages: mode and median
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • 3D shapes
  • Timetables

GL English Practice Papers

The following table shows the differences between the 2020 and 2021-2022 versions of our GL English Papers.

GL English Practice Paper (2020 Version)GL English Practice Paper (2021-22 Version)
Time to complete paper: 60 minutes.Time to complete paper: 50 minutes.
Number of questions: 60Number of questions: 50
1st reading passage: 19th/20th Century fiction, 10 questions with 4 answer options.1st reading passage: 20th Century fiction or 21st Century non-fiction, 16 questions with 5 answer options.
Spelling section: 21st Century non-fiction, 10 questions with 5 answer options.Spelling section: 21st Century non-fiction, 9 questions with 5 answer options.
2nd reading passage: 21st Century non-fiction, 14 questions with 4 answer options.Poem: 20th Century poetry, 16 questions with 5 answer options.
Punctuation section: 19th/20th Century fiction or 21st Century non-fiction, 8 questions with 5 answer options.Punctuation section: 20th Century fiction or 21st Century non-fiction, 9 questions with 5 answer options.
3rd reading passage: 19th/20th Century fiction or 21st Century non-fiction, 13 questions with 4 answer options.
General section: 5 questions with 4 answer options.
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