2014 GCE O-Level Elementary Maths 4016 Paper 1 (Post Mortem)

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
  • Factorisation
  • Solving simultaneous equations
  • Solving fractional equations
  • Inequality
  • 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
  • Mensuration
  • 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.

Ai Ling views on exam answer heats up on web

 Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/exam-answer-fever-heats-web

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Integration: The Reverse of Differentiation

After I've completed my O-Level Maths Revision Differentiation workshop for a small group of Secondary 4 O-Level A-Maths students, I understood from them why a handful of them finds Integration challenging.

They get confused when differentiation is mixed within a question with integration! Are you just like them? Is your child facing the same problem too?

The three major topics for O-Level Additional Maths are:

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Differentiation
  3. Integration 

Having a great understanding in these topics is crucial to pass O-Level A-Maths with distinction! When you have a clear understanding of the differences between differentiation and integration, you then can solve fundamental differentiation or integration techniques questions. And this is important as there are so many applications questions on:

  • Property of integral
  • Equation of curve
  • Integration is the reverse of difference (I term it 'The HENCE concept' question)
  • Partial fraction in integration
  • Area under the curve
  • Kinematics

Let's take a look at comparisons between differentiation and integration questions:

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Comparison between differentiation and integration page 1

When you have a good understanding on how basic differentiation and integration rules are used in each question, you will be absolutely clear on the correct approach to take. All confusion will be transformed to confidence!

Many students need to be shown the comparison, taught the strategies, understand the reasons then they will be enjoying the topic happily.

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Change in O-Level Elementary Maths 4016 Paper 1 Date

SEAB has made the following changes to the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination Timetable due to the change of date for Deepavali :

New date for O-Level Elementary Maths Paper 1 4016: 17 October 2014, 230pm - 430pm

O-Level E-Maths Change of Date

Change of date for O-Level Elementary Maths 4016 Paper 1 2014

Source: http://www.seab.gov.sg/notification/ChangestoTimeTable.html

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