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Differences between O-Level Additional Maths new and old syllabus


For Secondary 4 or 5 school candidates (in Singapore) taking the O-Level Additional Maths this year, many are likely to have registered for the new syllabus 4047. 

In this post, I would like to highlight the main differences between the new (4047) and old (4038) syllabus:

  • Matrices, Factor formula are excluded from the new syllabus
  • Intercept, Intersecting chord and Tangent-secant theorem are excluded from the new syllabus
  • Sum and differences of cubes in Polynomials are included in the new syllabus

Sum and Differences of Cubes New Syllabus for Additional Maths 4047

In conclusion, since there are more exclusions than inclusions. We should be expecting more application questions which can be linked to everyday life applications in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering etc.

The keys to achieve distinction in O-Level Additional Maths are still:

  1. a solid foundation in basic concepts,
  2. well-equipped with application strategies,
  3. wide exposure to carefully selected application questions,
  4. good management of time for doing and checking
  5. exam-smart strategies

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All the best for GCE O-Level Elementary & Additional Maths exams 2013


  • Breathe
  • Believe in yourself
  • Bring all your required tools eg Mathematical set, 2 calculators, french curve, long ruler
  • Circle keywords
  • Do + think fast & accurate
  • Calculate carefully
  • Plan at least 20 minutes for checking for every single O-Level Maths papers
  • Check your workings + use other approaches to double confirm your answers
  • Answer to the question
  • Draw a decently nice graph
  • Write clearly
  • Cancel wrong workings neatly
  • Turn your head to prevent neck-ache
  • Take a sip of water to relax your mind
  • :) at the questions & enjoy the papers!
  • Make the job of your markers an enjoyable one

Ai Ling

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Don't Ever Give Up


I guess many of you have completed your common test and have received your results. You must be happy or disappointed. Whichever the case is, PERSERVE ON! Like the 2 animals in the picture. Whoever can withstand the longer wins!

What can you do if you have not done well in your common test?

Reflect honestly.

Did you put in the effort in prepare for it? If yes, then what is the problem? You will know it better than anyone. If you do not have the answer, ask the people around you. Your parents, friends, classmates and teachers. They can probably share some observations and thoughts with you.

Take corrective measures.

Take action immediately to change for the better. Action can be a very simple one, like paying more attention during lesson or even completing your homework assignments. The important thing is get started!Never wait!

Pace yourself & observe the changes.

Constantly review the results you are getting for the effort you are putting into your work. If they are getting better, celebrate! Yes, you hear me right, celebrate by doing something you love! It can be 1 hour more computer playing time, a shopping trip over the weekend, catch a movie. This will work as you are happy and will continue to work even harder!

Conclusion: NEVER GIVE UP!

Share with us what you do if you did not do well in your common tests or exams so that history does not repeat itself!

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