Education 21 June 2012 Will Gove's new O-Levels teach you anything useful? O-Level and GCSE Maths papers compared. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML What exactly might Gove’s plans to replace GCSEs (which he feels have "have gone beyond the point of rescue") mean for the content of exam papers? Take a look at this 1968 O-Level Maths paper (word doc), where knowledge of logarithmic tables and factorisation would get you lots of marks: Then see this, from the June 2011 Edexcel Higher Tier Maths calculator paper (pdf): Gove wants to return to the O-Level model because they were "explicitly harder". But will the new exams do away with the kind of skills that are actually transferable to every day life, like how to work out the price of something or use a calculator? › Why Cameron was right to condemn Jimmy Carr To make exams "harder", useful skills could be lost. Photograph: Getty Images Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Let's talk about Daniel Hannan, Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler To the Commonwealth, "Global Britain" sounds like nostalgia for something else Is defeat in Stoke the beginning of the end for Paul Nuttall?