How to Complete a Pearson EdExcel Exam on Blutick
This article shows you how to complete and submit a Pearson/Edexcel mock exam paper on Blutick.
Watch this 4-minute video for a quick introduction:
Experiment with a practice pre-test
Your teacher, tutor or parent will set you an exam on Blutick. Use the link they provide, or go to your home page and click the green “Complete Exam” button to get started.
If you have not completed an exam on Blutick before, you can complete a practice pre-test. This allows you 15 minutes to experiment with the system and does not contribute to your final mark, so there is no need to worry about getting correct answers.
Page view options
A “settings” gear icon is at the top-right of the page: click this to choose a page colour scheme that suits you.
Change the text size by using your browser’s zoom function (keyboard shortcuts for this are often “Ctrl+” and “Ctrl-” on a Windows computer, or “Cmd+” and “Cmd-” on a Mac).
Start the pre-test
Click the green “go” button to open the pre-test and go to the first question.
A timer now appears at the top-right of the page. This counts down the time you have left, and gives a reminder when you have ten minutes remaining.
There is also a calculator icon alongside the timer – click to open and use it. This calculator will be available for your main exam only if it is a calculator paper.
The left-hand sidebar has links to each question and a summary page – the summary page acts as an introduction, showing the number of questions you’ve attempted and the time you have spent on the exam so far.
Moving between questions
Click the blue “next question” and “previous question” buttons, or use the left-hand sidebar to jump to a particular question. Mark the checkboxes (â˜‘) in the sidebar to help you keep track of your progress.
How to answer the exam questions
For each question, remember to show all your working, as marks will be allocated for both working and answers. Press enter, or use the “insert new line” option below the maths editor when you need more space for your working.
As well as new lines, you can also choose from several layouts in the dropdown menu, including long multiplication, the grid method, and factor trees. Choose the layout you want and click “insert”.
To remove a line of working, click the delete arrow on the left-hand side of the working box. If you do this by mistake, you can bring lines of working back by clicking the yellow “undo” button at the top-right of the page.
Using the on-screen maths keyboard
Use the Blutick maths editor keyboard to enter mathematical symbols such as fractions, powers, and roots. There is a link to a video guide alongside this keyboard too – just click the blue help button.
Some questions require you to draw on a diagram. These questions have a separate drop-down menu, allowing you to choose between several drawing methods, including plotting a point, drawing a straight line, or drawing shapes.
Choose the appropriate option from the menu and then click (or click and drag) on the diagram. Use the purple “undo” button if needed.
What if something goes wrong?
If your computer or browser crashes, don’t panic! Just reload your exam and it will remember your progress and save your working.
The Main Exam
Submit the pre-test and start the real exam!
When you’ve finished experimenting with the practice pre-test, go to the summary page and click the red “submit exam” button.
Now click on the link to start your main exam timer and go to the first question. Complete the questions just like you did in the pre-test.
How to submit the exam when you’ve finished
When you’ve finished the exam, take a minute to look through the questions, check your working, and make sure you haven’t missed any questions. Remember the more marks a question has, the more detailed your answer needs to be.
If you run out of time, the exam will be submitted automatically. If you finish the exam before the time limit expires and are happy with your answers, go to the summary page and click the red “submit exam” button.
A popup warning will remind you to be sure you want to submit — click “ok” if you’re sure. The teacher, tutor, or parent who set you the exam will also be able to see your marks as soon as you press submit.
Well done, you’ve completed a Pearson/Edexcel exam on Blutick!
After the exam
How to retake an exam
Sometimes your teacher, tutor, or parent may have set the exam to allow you to retake it. To retake an exam, go to “Your Completed Tests” and click the “Retake” button.
How to look at the results
Use the sidebar to go to Your Completed Tests and Exams. Then click on the “View Results” button for your exam.
Summary information is given at the top of the page. Scroll down to see your marks for each question, or click the eye icon to look at your marks in more detail.
How to improve for next time — with customised courses
Blutick produces recommended topics based on your exam performance. This easily converts into a personalised course of work to allow you to target your weakest areas and build up your knowledge. Just click the button!
On the exam summary or full working page, click the purple “View Recommended Topics” button.
To create a Course, click the green button.
To see your Course, go to Your Course using the sidebar menu. Click the “complete topic” button to get started!
Click here for more information on Courses.