GCSE AQA Topic Tests

Ensure complete coverage with these topic-by-topic question banks – written specifically for the new AQA GCSE Geography specification (8035).

Within each test, questions progress from short/factual to longer-answer or exam-style. Every test is differentiated with an extension section that can be offered to higher ability students. Tests are provided in a write-on and non-write-on format for flexibility. Full answers are provided so students can return to their completed tests to revise!

  • Every specification subtopic covered
  • Each topic divided into tests which can be undertaken in class or as a homework activity
  • The number of tests per unit allows one test to be set every fortnight over a two year course of study if using the full set of resources
  • Includes clear, detailed mark schemes

Perfect for continued assessment, and progress tracking throughout the GCSE. See which areas your class are strong on & which need a recap.


UNIT 1: Living with the Physical Environment
Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards 9 topic tests covering all four core sub-topics; Natural Hazards, Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards and Climate Change.
Section B: The Living World 4 topic tests covering all core and both optional sub-topics; Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests, Hot Deserts and Cold Environments.
Section C: Physical Landscapes of the UK 7 topic tests covering the core and all three optional sub-topics; UK Physical Landscapes, Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes and Glacial Landscapes.

UNIT 2: Challenges in the Human Environment
Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges 5 topic tests covering the full core specification section.
Section B: The Changing Economic World 5 topic tests covering the full core specification content.
Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management Three separate resources. Each with 4 topic tests covering the core and selected optional sub-topic content; Food, Water or Energy.
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6720)
"It’s a quick knowledge test and answers... Helps [students] realise they need knowledge and application (case studies)... Very impressed, great questions, structure and overall very pleased – wish I used sooner." S. Haley, Head of Humanities & Independent Reviewer
"The resource follows the first sections of the new paper 1 and has used the wording from the new specification to direct questioning. It will help pupils practice possible questions and therefore enhance learning." - M Finlay, Head of Department & Independent Reviewer
"The layout into end of specification parts is a great idea and one I really like. To formally assess pupils progress this will be a real asset to any teacher." D Sullivan, Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6722)
"An excellent resource with some clear questions and tasks. There is a variety of different stimulus which covers the different aspects of what may come up in an exam that I can’t do myself. Clearly written and a variety. Helps them practice different question types." - S. Anderson, HoD & Independent Reviewer <BR>
"Excellent resource with clear presentation – easy to use and a variety of question types. It has ‘skills’ questions along with extended writing questions. I like the questions that give a table to fill in; this will help students with their revision. I especially like the hydrograph question." - S. Anderson, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"Excellent set of exam questions to aid assessment as little provided by the exam board. Do not re-invent the wheel - ZigZag have done all the hard work for you!" A Neal, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"The layout and level of questions is challenging in most areas for my current pupils. This will help classroom teachers establish pupils areas of weakness and staff will be able to fill knowledge gaps from using this as a regular assessment tool throughout the topic." - D Sullivan, Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
"This resource will be useful as it has a full range of questions covering the entire topic in detail. This resources assess students knowledge & understanding of every aspect of the topic and is very thorough. It would be very useful to use at the end of a topic, to check the learning." - L Keeley, Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
"It demonstrates the greater depth and understanding of the key concepts and Geographical knowledge that students will now have in order to answer these more challenging questions. There is a really good range of different styles of questions. <BR>In particularly like the more challenging long answer questions that the author is suggesting." - C Turner, Deputy Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6723)
"I particularly like that the tests are broken into sections so that you can use them throughout the teaching unit. The idea of an extension test is a new idea and something not offered elsewhere." - C. Stevenson, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"Very clear and excellent resource. I like the ways it is divided into sections ad there is a topic test for each as you can give separately to students. Great that there is a mixture of short, medium + long mark questions. Definitely invest in this pack. I hope to buy other titles for AQA GCSE when I have the budget!" - S. Anderson, HoD & Customer
"I like the progressive nature of the tests... I like the inclusion of more detailed information and extensions. I would be very likely to link these into day to day lessons to show progress in a lesson rather than use them as summative assessments at the end of the mini topics." D Sullivan, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"Each of the tests follow broadly the specification content in linear order. This means that each test can be issued after a small number of lessons in order to consolidate learning... The resource will enhance learning by enabling students to tackle questions on a regular basis and are very much in line with the expectations of the AQA exam board. The value in the resource is that it can be used by heads of departments to use in more formal end of unit tests or by individual teachers for setting homework." - G. Dhaliwal, Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
"This resource would be very useful in consolidating students learning and assessing the application of knowledge. It would get them more familiar with exam terminology and key terms, as well as the format of a variety of questions. This resource matches the specification perfectly and picks out key elements clearly so the students can track it along with their own checklist." - L Keeley,Head of Geography & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6724)
"Students are able to access questions that are new GCSE style as there is little available and then work through the mark scheme – this helps their understanding greatly. Would highly recommend and have already done so to departmental staff in my local comprehensive. Would also recommend to my local network group." - S. Anderson, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"The ease of reading the answers makes them far more useful for students and in lesson time. Improves exam technique at both ends - extension activities to push higher ability students and provides guidance to help weaker students." - J. English, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"This will help equip students with a series of skills which will enable them to tackle the GCSE exam with confidence." G. Dhaliwal, Teacher & Independent Reviewer.
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6725)
"The resource is well planned and useful for teachers and students alike. Teachers will be able to use these in the form of end of unit assessments or set as homework. Students may be able to use this resource as part of their ongoing revision... I liked the wide use of command words which are all taking from the AQA specification and the appropriate number of marks are attached to each command word depending on their level of challenge." G. Dhaliwal, Teacher & Independent Reviewer.