Higher Maths Consolidation Pack

There are certain topics in Nat 5 Maths which are absolutely crucial to grasp if you are to succeed at Higher level. Look through an SQA Higher marking scheme and you will see that many of the marks are given for what are essentially Nat 5 skills. Indeed, many of the Higher topics are in themselves an extension of the same topic at Nat 5.

I often find that the biggest problem my Higher classes have is that they have failed to retain their Nat 5 knowledge (that is of course assuming that it was there to begin with!)

In an attempt to address this problem I have created an online Higher Maths Consolidation Pack using www.diagnosticquestions.com

I have created 12 multiple choice assessments focussing on 12 key topics which can be assigned to classes to complete over the Summer holidays. As well as selecting the correct answer, pupils have to explain their thinking.

This means that those who get a question wrong can review their answers at the end, learn by reading through other people’s explanations and then reattempt and hopefully improve on their performance.

The links to the assessments are found below

For more info on Diagnostic Questions and how it all works watch the video

So you want to just pass Higher Maths and get a C???

Did you know that 65% of the marks in a Higher Paper are considered to be at Grade C level?

If you feel overwhelmed and out of your depth with one week to go until your exam then here is what I’d advise.

Work through the ‘minimum competence’ questions below. There are 4 examples for each type of question and so once you are happy with a question type, move on. Once you have completed these questions, only then should you move on to working through past exam papers.

Geometry Unit Practice

Algebra Unit Practice

Calculus Unit Practice

Trigonometry Unit Practice

Each set of questions contains answers at the end but I’ve prepared fully worked solutions for one of each question type. This will hopefully guide you through it.

Geometry Unit Solutions

Algebra Unit Solutions

Calculus Unit Solutions

Trig Unit Solutions

Hopefully you will find this helpful!

2014 -2017 Nat 5 SQA Past Papers now Hyperlinked

The SQA Papers below have been editited to include links to video tutorials on the topics being tested.

When you come across a question you are struggling with, simply click on the link provided to revise that particular topic and then reattempt the question concerned.

Nat 5 2017 Papers 1 and 2                   Nat 5 2017 Papers 1 and 2 Marking Scheme

Nat 5 2016 Papers 1 and 2                   Nat 5 2016 Papers 1 and 2 Marking Scheme

Nat 5 2015 Papers 1 and 2                   Nat 5 2015 Papers 1 and 2 Marking Scheme

Nat 5 2014 Papers 1 and 2                   Nat 5 2014 Papers 1 and 2 Marking Scheme


Hyperlinked Nat 5 SQA Past Papers

Attempting the SQA past papers is a great way of preparing yourself for the final exam. You will see the same question types and styles being used again and again.

You will (more than likely) come across questions you cannot do and so what I have done is adapt the SQA paper by adding links alongside each of the questions so that you can click to watch a specific tutorial video to revise that particular topic.

This will hopefully deal with any areas of weakness you may have and better prepare you for the final exam. So rather than just look up the marking scheme, you get your head round the topic first and then reattempt the question.

Last year’s paper is given below as an example of what I plan to do. Stay tuned for further updates.

Nat 5 2017 Papers 1 and 2           Nat 5 2017 Papers 1 and 2 Marking Scheme