A year has passed by very quickly without us noticing how much time has been lost due to the pandemic. You must be worried as you didn't do much last year and now you are about to go to the end of your middle secondary school. 

Even though the Ministry of Education Malaysia, MOE, has announced Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga, PT3 (Form 3 Assessment), does that mean you would just sit back and relax?

N.O.P.E!

Don't dare to start relaxing. Have you realized you have missed most of your form 2 and form 3 classes? 

PT3 is not the end of your schooling year. Sijil Penilaian Malaysia, SPM (Malaysian Certificate Examination) is. How many more years do you have until SPM? About 2 years which is roughly about 30 months or 900 days!!!

Let me break it further, there are a total of 53 topics throughout your form 1 until form 5. 

Form 1 – 13 chapters

Form 2 – 13 chapters

Form 3 – 9 chapters

Form 4 – 10 chapters

Form 5 – 8 chapters

Since you are left with only 900 days divided by 53 topics, that leaves you with less than 17 days to master each chapter! How crazy is that? 

Even though PT3 has been cancelled, you should know the format of the examination as an early preparation to undergo SPM in 2023.

Let’s check out what has changed throughout all of the form 3 examinations. You can also learn about the Marking Scheme for PT3 Mathematics papers.

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What is the Changes Made to PT3 2021 Mathematics Format? 

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HOTs questions are usually lengthy and might confuse the students. (Source: Pexels)

PT3 is an assessment to test the student’s understanding during their lower secondary before entering higher form. Today, PT3 is done by School-based assessment (PBS) that replaced Penilaian Menengah Rendah, PMR (Lower Secondary Examination) starting from 1st July 2014. 

PT3 has been improved twice since 2014. The differences between both versions are listed below. 

PT3, V1 (2014-2018)

  • There are 3 sections
  • Total of 10 questions that are divided into multiple smaller questions.
  • Section A – 4 Questions (Easy)
  • Section B – 2 Questions (Middle)
  • Structure / HOTs – 4 Questions (Hard)

Latest PT3 Format, V2 (Starting from 2019)

  • There are 3 sections
  • Total of 31 Questions
  • Section A 
  • Objectives Questions
  • 20 Questions
  • 20 Marks
  • Section B
  • Structure with guided response
  • 5 Questions
  • 20 Marks
  • Section C
  • Structure with limited response
  • 6 Questions
  • 60 Marks

Both versions used HOTs questions intensively. What is HOTs? Higher Order Thinking Skills which is a question that needs you to extract information from the questions instead of getting direct questions. 

Usually, students hated HOTs questions because the questions are lengthy and full of words. Students thought why should math questions look like an essay instead of numbers?

HOTs questions was actually an improvement made to KBKK that focus on application, analysis, evaluating and creating. Compared to KBKK that only focuses on lower to higher levels of thinking. You can check out how to decode PT3 Math questions.

HOTs doesn't mean it is all going to be a hard question. HOTs have a variation of thinking skills set from easy to hard questions. This situation encourage the students to apply  thinking skills in solving problems, innovate and able to make invention

The changes have been made to align with the needs and suitability of the new National Standard High School Curriculum (KSSM) introduced for form 1 students in 2017.

What is Mathematics Instruments For PT3 2021?

Notably, PT3 V2 would be easier compared to the previous version as there are few objective questions. PT3 is a first prep test for your SPM. So you should try your best to tackle the paper. 

The duration for the PT3 Assessment paper is 90 minutes. The main construction of the Paper is to test the memorization and understanding, mathematical application and solving skills. 

Here is the latest PT3 Instrument’s Format 2021.

PT3 Instrument’s Format 2021

Matematik (Mathematics, 1449)

 Section A
Section B
Section C
Item Type
Objective
Subjective Guided Response
Subjective Limited Response
Questions
20 Questions
5 Questions
6 Questions
Total Marks
20 marks
20 marks
60 marks
Scoring Method
Dichotomous
Analytical
Dichotomous
Analytical
Dichotomous
Analytical

You can also download the Sample instruments for PT3

Why Should We Study Mathematics Even After PT3 2021 Cancelled?

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Mathematics will be applicable in almost all branches of studies and work. Here is the example of maths in engineering. (Source: Pexels)

Do you know that Mathematics is one of the core subjects in any courses that you are going to pick for your SPM. 

Do you know how many course packages there are for SPM?

There are about 16 packages to choose from 4 Electives’ Parent:- 

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Languages 
  • Religious Studies

There are a total of 86 elective subjects available. Yes. But you still need to pick Math as a core subject in order to take SPM. 

Nonetheless, Math is very important in your life! Never take mathematics for granted. You will still need to study math when you further study in tertiary levels. You will still need to do some math when you start working and you’ll need to apply math in your married life. 

The reason why Finance has been introduced in the new KSSM Curriculum is because prior students didn't realize that finance that impacted life, so much, is actually one of Mathematical Problems. 

Theatrically, Math helps you to relate logical reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving and many other skills to get on with your day-to-day life. How about if I tell you, we are using math in cooking? 

Too much salt will make food salty. 

No added sugar will make the chocolate bitter. 

A lot of sugar will make a cake sweet. 

A drop of lemon can make a tea sour. 

How can you determine what is too much or too little of something?

How can you measure a drop or a cup of something?

Everything has its own measurement and we need to learn that. When everything needs to be measured, that is when mathematics needs to be applied. 

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres”

-Pythagoras

How to Study for PT3 Mathematics Latest 2021 Format?

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Creating a study group among friends or revising with a tutor will help you understand the subject better than studying alone. (Source: NST)

As all of you should know by now, PT3 for 2021 has been cancelled. It is depressing for some but something to cheer for another. I believe those who read this article should be either one of the types I mentioned or one in the middle. 

Whichever you are, I know you are going to do well if PT3 is going to be resumed. If not, you are doing perfectly fine in preparing yourself for SPM. 

Here I want to share the formula to study Mathematics and succeed. 

Rule 1#

Polish and master your arithmetic skills. Start counting using your head. 

You can polish your skills when you do your everyday routine such as grocery shopping. 

  1. Before doing any grocery shopping, start by having a spending budget. 
  2. Make a list of items you are going to get. 
  3. Calculate a rough estimation by head.
  4. Check it using calculator – always do checking for error
  5. During shopping, try to calculate each item you are getting. 
  6. If there is a discount, calculate in your head how much you can save. 
  7. Again, check it using a calculator – remember to always double check for any mistakes.

Extra life saving tips : Do not buy any extra items that are not on your list even though you get a lot of savings due to any discounted items. 

Rule 2#

Always practice at least 3 math questions a day. Get any exercise book or search for online questions, and consistently practice each day. By doing this, you will get more familiar with mathematical questions that might come up in your test. You can also get PT3 Past year papers.

Rule 3#

Start to play around with your scientific calculator. Get to know each function well. This might help you save a lot of time during your assessment instead of you calculating it manually. Plus, you still need to double and triple check your answers if you have extra time. 

Rule 4#

Learn, Master and Teach. First you can start learning from teachers, peers or self-learning. You should know that learning from other individuals is faster than learning by yourself. After you learn, do more practice to master the topics. Then, you can help your other friends by teaching them. 

Teaching is one of the learning processes too. The more you teach, the more you learn. Sometimes you’ll accidentally find a new way to solve math problems. 

If you still have problems understanding and applying math, you should seek help from experts. Get extra classes or hire a personal tutor. By doing this, you are able to get help in any topics that you are weak in. With the help of an expert, they will know how to start teaching you and let you improve steadily. 

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