Study the chapters lined out below and you’ll find it easier to score in Mathematics.
Paper 1

1 ¼ hours

40 questions

40 marks
Paper 2

2 ½ hours

Working steps must be completed

Section A includes 11 questions with a total of 52 marks

Section B includes 5 questions with a total of 48 marks (student to answer 4 out of 5 questions)
Every chapter will be tested in Paper 1. The questions will be based on what you’ve learned in Form 1 right up till Form 5. If you’ve already mastered the basics in PMR, this shouldn’t be a problem. Practise past years’ objective questions to build on your foundation.
In Paper 2, only certain chapters will be tested in SPM. Here are some important tips:
Questions that are tested every year
Paper 2 (Section A)

Volume of solids (taught in Form 2)

Most of the formulae given are for this question

Make sure the formulae are used correctly

Combined solid is sum of volume of the solids

Remaning solid is the subtraction of bigger solid and smaller solid

Angles of elevation and depression

Using trigonometry rule

Mathematical reasoning

Statement ‘and’ and ‘or’

If p, then q. If q, then p.

Simultaneous linear equation

Equalise the same unknown and take out

Example: 4p2q=15
(2p+4q=19) x2 (to make unknown 4p same)

Don’t use add math method as answers will be different

The straight line

y=mx+c

gradient, gradient...

What is c? c(yintercept) is the point where the line touches the yaxis

Quadratic expressions and equations

‘solve the equation’ is to find the unknown

Change the equation of the question into this form

Factorise by your own or using calculator

Must state x=?, x=?, there will be 2 answers

Matrices

Will mostly ask inverse matrix

If you’re not sure about the answer, check if the whole outcome is identical to the inverse matrix in the question

The answer in a) is related to b)

Area and perimeter of circles (same as number 1)

2πr (perimeter or circumference) and πr2 (area)

(angle/360 degree) x the formulae above for the area or perimeter of certain part
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Is more of (number/total number)

The formulae given are plain useless

Final answer is never less than 0 or more than 1, 1> answer> 0

Gradient and area under a graph

Based on speed/time graph
=distance is area of the graph
=rate of change of velocity is gradient of the graph
=speed is based on the graph (seldom being asked)

Beware of total distance and total speed
Can be varied each year
1) Sets (2004 and 2006)
 shading based on the questions (intersection or union)
 beware of the complement such as A’
2) Graph of functions (2005 and 2007)
 the inequalities (upper line is >, lower line is <)
 if slanted line, you can imagine it into horizontal straight line. Same concept as above.
Paper 2 (Section B) Answer 4 questions
1) Graph of functions
 Linear functions (less likely to come out as it’s a straight line after plotted)
 Quadratic functions (2004 and 2005)
 Cubic functions (2007)
 Reciprocal functions (2006)
= this question is easy because you can detect the type of graph after you plot it.
= elastic ruler is recommended
= xaxis and yaxis should be stated in the graph
2) Transformation
 Translation
 Reflection
 Rotation
 Enlargement (be careful with the word ‘to’ and ‘from’)
= combination of transformation like VT
 do T before V.
3) Statistic
 Histogram
= xaxis the upper boundary with an additional lower boundary at the front of the graph
= yaxis is frequency
 Frequency Polygon
= xaxis is midpoint
= yaxis is frequency
 Ogive
= xaxis is upper boundary
= yaxis is cumulative frequency
= additional upper boundary should be added to the table
= xaxis and yaxis should be stated in the graph
4) Plans and elevations
 plan is looked from above
 elevation is looked from the side of the solid
 the length and the edge (ABCD) should be stated correctly
 similar to a chapter of the living skills in PMR
5) Earth as a sphere
 latitude is vertical and longitude is horizontal of the sphere
 nautical mile
Good luck!
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