How to approach your CSEC Mathematics Exam
Your Exam has two written papers and a SBA
Paper 1 = 60 multiple choice questions = 30 % of your grade
Paper 2 = 10 compulsory questions = 50 % of your grade
School Based Assessment SBA = 20 % of your grade
Attack the Multiple Choice Paper
Your strategy has to be maximizing marks on the SBA and on the paper one. Paper one is fairly predictable seeing that there are only so many ways you can ask a multiple choice question. There are several books with practice papers and your textbooks include them as well. Get in the habit of working multiple choice questions as well as get actual past papers from your Teacher. They have them somewhere. Multiple choice practice questions are provided on this site in the practice papers section. Remember to practice these questions without a calculator as you will not be able to use one in the exam.
Get the most out of your SBA
Spend the time to do a proper SBA and get a s much of the 20% that you can get. Its as simple as that and you're half way there. Remember that if your center uses the SBA you have to do it. You cannot pass the examination without getting a SBA grade. Other centers may opt for the alternate paper 3.
Prepare thoroughly for Paper 2
Your new look paper 2 has 10 compulsory questions. It has all the topics of the previous format of the exam except sets which is now only on Paper 1. Do your best to prepare for paper 2 as you would have prepared for any other paper. Remember that you have no choices on this paper so do as many questions as you can and try to learn all the topics. If you just need the pass in Mathematics to move on with your life, and many of you do, then look at the syllabus and past papers and see the type of questions that come up in section one and focus on those. Section TWO while not optional carries 36 marks across a range of topics that some people may find difficult. That 36 marks is just 18% of your final grade. Section ONE of the paper carries 32%. Many people prefer this paper anyway as they get to use their calculators and get a chance to express themselves in their solutions. The best way to prepare for this paper of course is thorough an extensive practice on as many past or practice papers that you can find. When you practice ask your teacher to review your solutions.
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