This Edexcel exam question is getting a lot of press coverage this morning.

(see here, … here … and err… here)

The papers have written out the question in full if you’re curious, or you can read twitter below.

So what’s all the fuss?

I suspect the question just felt like a “one to eleventy” difficulty switch to a lot of students, and they skipped it.

Edexcel to be fair are clearly testing the waters ahead of a more difficult GCSE examination coming our way in 2017.

I for one think it’s a good question, although I dislike all the ‘contextual’ elements of all maths exams (not edexcel in particular).

I appreciate they’re working within strict guidelines, but whoever proposes those guidelines needs to rethink. Why the hell do we need such awful contextual nonsense to set up a maths question? We never used to!

Anyway, this was tweeted out this morning:

That Edexcel Question - really not that hard! @BBCBreakfast youtu.be/3gAdoq2ReIE

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Andy Lutwyche (@andylutwyche) June 05, 2015

This week we are studying algebra, last week we studied probability.

Consider the possibility that the examiners got it wrong and that it’s impossible for the probability of two orange sweets to be 1/3. And that the quadratic equation is wrong. And that the probability of two orange sweets is 36/(n x n).

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