The information found below is designed to help you get the best out of BOFA® maths tests and to understand how formative learning works.
Our tests contain over 22,000 questions with options covering higher and foundation levels across GCSE, Cambridge IGCSE and Edexcel IGCSE exams. You can edit your GCSE paper, exam program and target level in your account settings.
BOFAmaths testing is only available for account holders who have purchased a subscription. Choose a subscription via the shop page.
Each BOFAmaths test includes the following stages:
- An initial test to assess which areas you may be struggling with.
- Explanations and similar practice questions to help you with questions you answered incorrectly in the first stage.
- A retest to check your progress and highlight any remaining areas needing attention.
- A progress report detailing any errors made in the final retest will be sent to your email inbox after all stages are complete.
For the best results, we recommend you take a free Demo test before starting the real thing. This is so you can familiarise yourself with the test format without affecting your recorded test data.
Watch our short video tutorials to learn more about the BOFA platform and adaptive testing.
Adaptive tests explained
10 to 20 questions per test at Level 1, 3 to 6 questions at Level 9.
Approximately 1 minute per mark.
The difficulty of a test is shown by the number of stars.
You will automatically move up and down test difficulty levels depending on your performance.
10 to 20 questions per test at Level 1, 2 to 6 questions at Level 9.
Approximately 1 minute per mark.
Tests are grouped by their difficulty level. The level of a BOFA test aligns to the qualification grade.
You choose which level of test you would like to complete and the frequency with which you take tests.
BOFA is a unique online learning platform, where every question comes as a triplet.
We start with the initial test, which is a summative assessment.
This is followed by differentiated explanations and practice, depending on what you got wrong in the initial test.
Then you complete the retest, which is a formative assessment.
Finally, BOFA creates detailed reports that identify your specific learning needs and areas for improvement.
If you are a school or tutor, these reports can be used to compare learning needs across existing and historical cohorts.
You are encouraged to wait after the practice stage before taking the retest to ensure learning is embedded in the long-term memory. This means you will be able to retain the knowledge for longer.
The wait time for our adaptive tests is set according to the amount of time available before your exam and the level at which you are working, but for these non-adaptive tests you determine how long you wait, ideally a few days.
We've created a list of our best tips to ensure you succeed with BOFA...
Tests are designed to be done on a regular basis, after you have covered all the material in school or with a tutor. Use them to consolidate your learned material, rather than as a way to teach yourself something for the first time.
Complete the tests on as large a screen as possible.
We recommend you have a pen/pencil and paper nearby to assist with your working out.
Take time to view your progress reports as they are great indicators of your progress. They will be sent to the email address linked to your account.
START Start a new test.
CONTINUE Continue a test you've already started. You might not have finished the practice or re-test stage.
RETAKE Retake a test you have previously taken. This will delete the previous test data and start from scratch.
REPORT View the questions you got wrong at the end of the re-test.