# Advance information for 2022 Maths exams

Last week the exam boards published their advance information for this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams in England. They tell us what will be in the exams, but what’s harder to identify is the omissions: what won’t, and what we therefore don’t need to spend time preparing for. In this article I try to identify the omitted topics for Edexcel GCSE and for Edexcel and AQA A-level.

## Disclaimer:

The comments in this article are based only on my own interpretation of the advance information and do not offer any guarantee that specific topics will be omitted. In fact the information from Edexcel for both GCSE and A-level states:

For specifications with synoptic assessments, topics not explicitly given in the advance information may appear, e.g. where students are asked to bring together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the specification.

AQA has a similar statement:

Due to the synoptic nature of some questions, not all relevant topics are listed. Synoptic questions are those that bring together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the specification.

… both of which mean that you may need to call on your knowledge of topics not listed in the advance information in order to answer some questions that involve pulling multiple topics together.

For example, a Higher Tier question on circle theorems might need you to use your knowledge of angle rules with parallel lines, although that topic isn’t listed in the Higher section.

Here are the links for you to download the advance information for the main exam boards. Each one opens in a new tab.
AQA
Edexcel
OCR
Eduqas (GCSE only)

## What are the omissions?

### Edexcel GCSE Maths

The Edexcel GCSE advance information for 2022 is a 25-page document and gives a breakdown of topics in each paper and a combined list for each Tier. The topics are given not in question order, but in – roughly – the order they appear in the specification, and are quite broadly defined.

I’ve gone through the advance information and compared it with the specification, and identified the following topics that aren’t mentioned as being on this year’s papers:

#### Edexcel Higher GCSE

You might be interested to know that Third Space Learning has produced a nice set of summary sheets, showing what’s on which paper for both Tiers for AQA, Edexcel and OCR, that you can download if you sign up to their mailing list. (I have no affiliation with them, I just think this looks like a handy resource.)

### Edexcel A-level Maths

The advance information for this specification lists the topics in each section of each of the three papers. The topics that are conspicuous in their absence are:

There’s no mention of logarithms, but solving exponential equations is listed, and that usually requires the use of logarithms.

### AQA A-level Maths

The AQA advance information is quite detailed; it looks as if it might be a concise description of each question, albeit without actually giving the question numbers.

There don’t seem to be many topic areas omitted though; the only ones I’ve managed to identify are:

Have you compared the advance information with the specifications? Have you spotted any omissions that I’ve missed? If you have then please let me know! You can either post a comment below, or use the contact form to email me.

But remember those comments about synoptic assessment: just because a topic isn’t mentioned explicitly in the advance information, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t need it at all!

For more advice and resources on preparing for your exams, take a look at my blog posts on how to revise GCSE Maths and exam skills for GCSE Maths. Although the focus is on GCSE, a lot of the content is relevant for exams at any level.

To find out more about how B28 Maths Tutor can help you to achieve your goals, take a look at my Maths Help page.