I have been asked this question so much recently that I think it will benefit more students by writing a post here.

"Should I Be Doing Ten Year Series or School Prelims Papers? "

My personal recommendation is that

- If you are
**generally good**in a certain topic, then work on the**school prelim papers**(most schools pump students with piles and piles). By doing so, you are gaining exposure to more variety of questions. - However, if you are still
**weak in certain topics**, please go to your**Ten Year Series**to build up your foundation and master the basics first.

You know as well as I do that most school prelim papers are pitched at a standard which is higher than 'O' levels and this is the main reason for me suggesting prelim papers for exposure not fundamentals building.

Note: As 4016 (E-Math) & 4038 (A-Math) are relatively new (only available last year 2008), some topics in the Ten Years Series are lacking on questions. These are the newly introduced topics:

**A-Math**

- Inverse Matrix
- Sum & Product of Roots
- Partial Fractions
- Curves & Circles
- Plane Geometry (also known as Geometrical Proof)
- Further Trigonometric Identities (Addition, Double Angle, Factor & R - Formula)
- Integration involving partial fractions, trigonometry involving double angle

**E-Math**

- Matrix word problems and basic operations
- Set language and notation
- Statistics involving dot diagrams, stem and leaf, box and whisker, calculation of mean and standard deviation
- Applications of mathematics in practical situations (hire purchase, compound interest, money exchange, profit/loss, taxation)

I would suggest you use school prelim questions as a form of practice for the above topics.

I would love to hear from you on how you are preparing for the upcoming 'O' level Mathematics papers. Leave your comments below.

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