## A strategy for passing your 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.

The table Below shows the organization of your cxc mathematics paper. The SBA/mathematics paper 3 contributes 20% of the final Mathematics grade. The Multiple choice paper contains 60 questions and contributes 30% of the final grade. That means that the SBA and paper one are half of the exam. The other paper, paper 2 is the other half

## Organization of The CSEC Mathematics paper

**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.

## Organization of CSEC Mathematics Paper 2

The mathematics Paper 2 has 10 questions. There are no optional questions on the paper. Section one of the paper contains 7 questions and section 2 has 3 questions. The Topics in Section 2 contain Algebra, Functions and graphs, Geometry and Trigonometry, matrices and vectors and Transformations. Circle theorems is on Section 2. Questions 1 - 6 are worth 9 marks each which translates to 4.5% each of the final marks. The problem solving/investigation question is worth 10 marks or 5% and the questions in section 2 are 6% each

## Here is a strategy for passing your exam especially during this COVID-19 pandemic where students have missed out on teaching time and are worried about their chances of passing.

Focus on 4 questions. These should include questions 1 and 2. These are the computation and consumer arithmetic questions as well as algebra. Pay attention also to the problem solving question and the statistics question. Most students in my experience are comfortable with these. As the table above shows the total marks from those questions will amount to 68.5% of the exam which is a definite passing grade. That of course is not counting marks that you will get from other questions on the paper.

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**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

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**