Maths - Sum of the parts

30th April 2010 at 01:00

In Standard grade, responses ranged from good to very good, with a lot of high marks and very few low-scoring papers.

Foundation Paper 1 was, in particular, "very well done", although a significant number of students did not know that 3313% = 13.

But in other papers, problems were caused by candidates not knowing the number of days in the months, and struggling to convert 40 minutes into hours.

The assessors wrote that teachers ought to be congratulated for a steady improvement in the way pupils show how they work out their answers. Questions involving money were particularly well prepared. They also suggested it would be helpful to allow more time for algebra revision.

Higher students still needed encouragement to provide tidy workings on the answer paper, and both vectors and trigonometric equations could have done with more practice.

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