Math PMR

The mathematics examination in PMR is divided into two papers, that is Mathematics Paper 1 and Mathematics Paper 2. Paper 1 consists of 40 multiple choice questions and is worth 40 marks. The time limit for this paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Mathematics Paper 1 has faced complaints from students and parents who complain about its very short duration to answer and its extreme toughness. Students usually score lower for Paper 1, with scores above 30 being a distinctive one. The usage of calculator is allowed for this paper.

Mathematics Paper 2 requires open-ended input, and comprises 20 questions in escalating difficulty. This paper is worth 60 marks. Long answer questions in Paper 2 are worth 2 to 6 marks. The time limit for this paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes. The usage of calculator is not allowed for this paper.

For both papers, the questions are usually in the form of:

  • Whole numbers
  • Real numbers
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Approximation and estimation
  • Number patterns and sequences
  • Basic mensuration
  • Percentages
  • Financial mathematics
  • Lines and angles
  • Bearing
  • Squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots
  • Indices[disambiguation needed]
  • Surds
  • Polygons
  • Statistics
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Perimeter and area
  • Volume and surface area
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Rates
  • Coordinates
  • Linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations
  • Linear inequality
  • Algebraic expression, Algebraic formulae and manipulation
  • Plane and solid geometry
  • Circles
  • Arc length and sector area
  • Transformations
  • Geometrical constructions and loci in two dimensions
  • Scale drawings
  • Graphs of functions
  • Trigonometry

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