The maths papers of GCSE are divided into two levels: basic and upper. For the basic level, there are three maths papers: one without a calculator and two with a calculator. For the upper level, there are also three maths papers: one without a calculator and two with a calculator. The CIE exam board is known to be easier for English than Edexcel, but more difficult for maths.
Students can be tested on any of the topics mentioned above, although in Document 2, a calculator is allowed. Document 2 has a duration of 2.5 hours with expanded answers to more detailed questions, which is an excellent preparation for the longer problems found in the Level A standard. AQA papers carry the same weight, meaning that students don't have to perform better in one than in another. This helps to reduce the pressure on students and allows them to focus on their studies.