After doing the revised syllabus 4047 GCE O-Level Additional Maths Paper 1, it reconfirms that Cambridge is testing basic concepts but presented in a different manner.

There are a few questions which are truly testing your application like the one on quadratic curve is always negative, range of m for which the graphs have two intersection points ...

I highly recommend all candidates to read your question carefully, keep asking yourself if you have answered the question.

An additional point to highlight is look at the allocation of marks to gauge the amount of working to present, the choice of approaches to use.

Based on what have been tested in Paper 1, we are looking forward to the following concepts in Paper 2:

I have just completed the 2015 GCE O-Level Elementary Maths 4016 Paper 1 and found it to be more applications based.

Some questions are indirect and required more analysis. Some of the questions I enjoyed doing were:

Mode, median and mean

Mean and standard deviation

HCF and LCM

Coordinate geometry linked to vectors

Matrix

Once again, just like last year, there are about 2-3 questions which are 5 marks. (If I remembered correctly)

Based on what were tested, we are logically make some guesses of what we are expecting in Paper 2. The following topics are what I'm suggesting and they are for reference only:

Indices

Proportion

Quadratic equations & graphs (Skill: completing the square)

General shapes of graphs

Everyday Maths (Compound interest, simple interest, hire purchase, exchange rate, taxation, utilities, profit and loss)

Proving of congruency and similarity

Angle & symmetry properties of circles

Trigonometry (sin rule, trigo ratio of obtuse angle, angle of elevation or depression, shortest distance, area of triangle formula)

Vectors

Cumulative frequency (includes frequency table), box & whisker, stem & leaf, dot diagram (Concept on lower quartile, upper quartile)

Kinematics

Mensuration

Regardless of how you think you have fared for Paper 1, continue to work hard for Paper 2 which is 2 days away. Practice daily!

Many students after reading the question take a long time to begin as they don't know how to start. The trick is to draw! Drawing helps us to see and understand the question better.

Drawing is one of the keys to answer this question. To answer part (a), we need to notice the property of radius is perpendicular to tangent. Also, in part (b) of the question, we need to apply discriminant from the topic of Quadratic.

I have shared my thinking process and step-by-step solutions in the following videos.

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