After completing this year O-Level E-Maths Paper 1, I personally find that the difficulty level has increased compared to the last 3 years.
I was slightly shocked to see question 1 as a arrangement question.Quite a handful of students commented that there are questions which aren't even Maths questions.
- One of the questions is "Questionnaire on how much time does student spoil on Internet". It was probably what the question is asking for which brought some surprises to the candidates.
- I found the cuboid, cube and the equal area of rectangles questions well crafted.
- The train leaving tunnel was sneaky. It reminded me of PSLE Math.
- I like the number pattern question as it has a twist to it. Instead of listing down the first few terms, they skipped some terms. It was very refreshing.
- One of the observations I have: 2014 Paper 1 has a few questions which are 3-5 marks for a single part. It seems to deviate from the usual short questions of 1 to 3 marks in the past few years.
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:
- Standard form
- Scales & Maps
- Solving simultaneous equations
- Solving fractional equations
- Subject formula
- General shapes of graphs
- Functions & Graphs
- Quadratic equations & Graphs
- Distance, speed and acceleration graphs
- Construction of bisectors
- Congruent & Similar Figures
- Angle & Symmetry Properties of circles
- Arc length, area of sector and radian measure
- Pythagoras’ theorem and Trigonometry
- Coordinate Geometry
- Mean & SD
- Cumulative frequency
- Vectors (ratio of areas, magnitude, linked to coordinate geometry)
Regardless of how you think you have fared for Paper 1, continue to work hard for Paper 2 which is 9 days away. Practice daily!
All the best!
Edit: My view on O-Level exam answers as reported in 4 November 2013 TODAY papers.