Teaching AO3

AO3 – Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

What this means: A step up from AO2. There could be more than one way to tackle these, and there may not be any hints in the question.

Worth approx 15-25% of marks in the exam.

Note: The exact proportion of marks available in the exam varies with each Assessment.

You can get the full story at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/files/2009-03-gcse-maths-subject-criteria.pdf


What does an AO3 question look like?

The image below links to a full chapter PDF.

Example of an AO3 question from the Longman AQA GCSE Maths textbook for Higher sets


Glyn Payne, Series Editor, talks through some sample AO3 questions 

What to look for, what to watch out for, and how to score top marks.

Series editor, Glyn Payne, on scoring maximum marks on AO3-type GCSE Maths questions

  1. Iain
    June 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    We have the AQA GCSE 2010 New Spec books which feature AO3 questions but was wondering if there is a resource out there containing purely (or mainly) AO3 questions. We need to do more practice than is available from the AQA book.


    • penelb8
      June 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Interesting, Iain – it’s not something we’d thought of. And off the top of my head, I don’t know how many AO3s there are in our Student Books and Practice Books combined. Once this month’s Unit exams are over, I’ll do a post asking for feedback from all our teachers about this.

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