GCSE English Equivalency Test

GCSE English Equivalency Test

With our GCSE English equivalency test you are able to increase your career opportunities, get onto nursing or teaching courses, or get into university. This English GCSE Equivalency test is a fully official qualification, equivalent to an English GCSE, as such it is accepted all across the United Kingdom.

  • This is a fully official GCSE English equivalency exam
  • Online exam, with a remote invigilator
  • Can help you access Nursing and Teaching courses, along with a lot more!
  • Exam available 6 days a week, and can be taken from the comfort of your own home.
  • Low cost exam, with a course option
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English GCSE Equivalency Test Details

Is the GCSE English equivalency exam online?

You will take your GCSE English equivalency test online, from the comforts of home. There will be an invigilator joining you remotely. You will have the option of answering the questions online or on paper, any answers on paper will have to be scanned at the end.

Will my training providers accept this qualification?

A Star Equivalency have provided equivalency tests since 2002, these qualifications will be accepted by the vast majority of training providers across the country. As there are hundreds of such providers all across the UK, and they could change their requirements at any time, we cannot guarantee that your specific provider will accept this qualification. If you have any queries regarding this feel free to email [email protected]

What is included?

When you purchase your English GCSE equivalency test you will receive the following:

  • We will cover your registration fee
  • One GCSE English equivalency exam
  • An electronic certificate

Entry Requirements

Our English GCSE Equivalency test has no entry requirements, it is open to anyone who needs it! If you think you will need extra time for your exam please call 020 8135 8868

Technical Setup

Please make sure that you have access to the following to be able to sit your English equivalency test online:

  • A laptop, Mac, or Windows PC
  • A webcam and Microphone, either external or built-in. These must be set up and tested prior to the exam.
  • A strong Wi-Fi connection which will sustain a video call.
  • A pen and paper
  • A smartphone so that you can scan in any written answers at the end of the exam (this must not be within your reach during the exam).

Exam day setup

On the day of the exam you must make sure that you are in a location where you will not be disturbed. You must show your remote invigilator a valid form of Photo ID.

When can I sit my exam?

The English GCSE Equivalency exams can be taken year round, 6 days a week, including on Saturdays.

How long before I get my results?

We will email your results to you within 10 working days of when you took you exam. If you need access to your results faster than this you can choose our fast track option. This will provide you with your results up to 2 working days after the day of you exam.

What does the GCSE English equivalency exam consist of?

The English equivalency test consists of:

  • One 2-hour and 10 minute paper.
The A Star Equivalency English equivalency test is based on the AQA GCSE English Language Specification.

English Equivalency Test Features


Convenient Exam Dates

There are slots available for the GCSE English equivalent exam all year round, on 6 days a week (Including Saturday!). This is much more flexible than a traditional GCSE.



Online Exam

You take the English Language equivalency test online, from the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you. You will receive 1-to-1 remote invigilation.


Recognised Nationwide

All of the A Star Equivalency tests are recognised by the majority of UK-based training providers.


No Entry Requirements

The GCSE English equivalency exam is suitable for learners of all ages, there are no prior entry requirements, all you need is a PC or laptop and a strong internet connection.


Course Option

A Star Equivalency offer a full course option, this will help you prepare for your exam, and significantly improves first time pass rates!


Certification Provided

When you achieve your English GCSE equivalency qualification you will be provided with an official certificate by A Star Equivalency.

English Equivalency Course Contents

Fundamental Practice Tests

Revision Guide

Revision Cards

Mock Exams

Professional Marking

Free weekly tutorials

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English Equivalency Test FAQs

Yes, A Star Equivalency’s English test follows the AQA English Language GCSE specification. It is accepted by the majority of training providers in the country.

You will take your exam through an online platform, you will see the questions on your screen, and you can either type in your answers, or write them out on paper and scan them in at the end.

Approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your exam you will be emailed a link to a Google Meets video call, where your remote invigilator will do some pre-exam checks, and go through all the instructions with you.

Your exam will take the form of one 2-hour and 10 minute long paper.

If you need a GCSE English equivalent grade 4 or higher for your training provider, then this exam will be suitable for you. It is accessible, and flexible. It can be taken online and at many dates throughout the year.

For many years A Star Exams have been recognised by the majority of UK-based training providers. However, you should always double check with your provider first, as they may be one of the few who do not recognise these qualifications.

If you are unsure, email [email protected]

Yes, there is an alternative paper based exam product option available for you.

There are lots of free GCSE English revision materials, e.g. worksheets, past papers, and web pages, offered by MME. These resources should all be relevant to the AQA specification for the English GCSE equivalency test.

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