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

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:

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