To get a grade B at GCSE Maths you need to be able to answer questions on all the following topics:

Number

• Writing numbers and performing calculations in standard form
• Expressing fractions as recurring decimals
• Calculating reverse percentages, given an amount after a percentage increase or decrease, calculate the original amount
• Understanding and working with reciprocals
• Using π or surds to give an exact answer to a calculation

Algebra

• Substituting number into formulae, including negative numbers, fractions and decimals
• Finding the nth term of a quadratic sequence
• Solving inequalities using graphical methods
• Finding the gradient and y-intercept of a straight line
• Finding the equation of a straight line
• Solving simultaneous equations by the elimination method or graphically
• Deriving algebraic expressions, formulae and equations from problems
• Factorising expressions
• Factorising and solving quadratic equations
• Solving quadratic equations by finding the co-ordinates of intersection with the x-axis
• Solving linear equations including fractions
• Rearranging more complex expressions and formulae, such as those including π, √, or where the subject appears more than once
• Drawing and using graphs to solve equations

Shape

• Using trigonometry in right-angled triangles
• Understanding and using circle theorems
• Solving problems involving similar shapes
• Finding the midpoint and length of a line segment
• Converting between different measures of volume

Data

• Working with cumulative frequency tables and curves
• Estimating values using cumulative frequency graphs
• Finding the median, quartiles and IQR of a set of data
• Drawing, comparing and commenting on box plots
• Comparing two frequency distributions using frequency polygons, mean and range
• Commenting on suitability of questionnaires
• Identifying outliers in a set of data
• Completing and using probability tree diagrams

You also need to be confident answering questions on all the topics listed in the previous post How to get a Grade C at GCSE Mathematics. If you want to get a B grade at GCSE Mathematics, try answering questions on all the topics listed. To help you keep a record of what you’re confident on, and what topics you need to revise, you can download the list of topics and use it as a checklist.