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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2 Responses to Differences between O-Level Additional Maths new and old syllabus

  1. Hi,

    I am a parent of two secondary-school kids.
    I have heard of a change in the GCE 'O' level E.Maths but have not been able to search for any information from the MOE website.

    I saw your entry about the Difference for the A.Maths.
    Is there a difference also for the E.Maths?

    Would appreciate your sharing. Thank you very much.


    Ai Ling Ong Reply:

    Hi Mdm Koh,

    If your child is taking O-Level E-Maths in 2014 or 2015. The subject code is 4016.
    For O-Level A-Maths in 2014 onward, the subject code is 4047.

    Thank you.


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