Let the fun part begin.

I found out when we are able to answer each of the mathematical problems, the satisfaction that we get is huge. The more we get it right, the higher the satisfaction that we get. However, when we get it wrong, depression is vice versa.

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PT3 Assessment will test you on the ability to understand and apply all the mathematics concepts that you have learnt in your lower secondary schools, which is 3 years of schooling. There are a total of 35 chapters that you need to master.

However, some chapters are the continuation or level up of the other chapters. Let us first start with understanding the mathematics chapters in form 1, form 2 and form 3. 

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What are Chapters in Mathematics PT3 2021?

When you open your textbook, you can see the table of contents. There is another purpose of the content which is for you to mark which topics you have mastered, which topics you need help with and which topics you are clueless about. 

Below I have listed the topics that you have learnt in form 1 and form 2 as well as the topics you are going to cover in form 3. You can print this list and start jotting your mastery level. 

Form 1

  1. Rational Numbers
  2. Factors and Multiples
  3. Squares, Square Roots, Cubes and Cube Roots
  4. Ratios, Rates and Proportions
  5. Algebraic Expressions
  6. Linear Equations
  7. Linear Inequalities
  8. Lines and Angles
  9. Basic Polygons
  10. Perimeter and Area
  11. Introduction of Set
  12. Data Handling
  13. The Pythagoras’ Theorem

Form 2

  1. Patterns and Sequences
  2. Factorisation and Algebraic Fractions
  3. Algebraic Formulae
  4. Polygon
  5. Circles
  6. Three-Dimensional Geometrical Shapes
  7. Coordinates
  8. Graphs of Functions
  9. Speed and Acceleration
  10. Gradient of a Straight Line
  11. Isometric Transformations
  12. Measures of Central Tendencies
  13. Simple Probability

Form 3

  1. Indices
  2. Standard Form
  3. Consumer Mathematics: Savings and Investments, Credit and Debt
  4. Scale Drawings
  5. Trigonometric Ratios
  6. Angles and Tangents of Circles
  7. Plans and Elevations
  8. Loci in Two Dimensions
  9. Straight Lines

In PT3, there are no spot questions. Why? 

If you see the lists of chapters, you’ll know that these are the basic mathematics that you need to learn in order to proceed to your higher secondary level. 

Are you wondering why you are still learning basic math when you are already in secondary school? 

Well, to be honest, mathematics are the roots to a lot of other knowledge branches, including arts, architecture, engineering, statistics, physics and many more. 

During your primary year, what you mostly learnt in Mathematics is arithmetic skills. In your secondary schools, you are going to learn a bit of basic knowledge of statistics, arts, and sciences. 

Basically, mathematics that you are learning at school will prepare you for the real-world despite any kind of jobs or studies you are going to pursue in the future. Learn more about the latest format of PT3 Mathematics examination.

How to Master Your Mathematics PT3 Paper?

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I know most of you are lacking experience in answering PT3 assessment paper. I don't blame you. You only get to experience one year of formal schooling in form 1 before the pandemic hits at the end of 2020. 

You have been starting to go back and forth from the learning and studying session at home (PDPR) and the usual learning and studying session at school (PDP) since May 2020. The fact that PT3 has been cancelled is quite shocking as PT3 aims to prepare you for your SPM. 

No matter, you can still learn and practice answering PT3 papers so you wouldn't be left behind. So, let’s see the construction on the PT3 paper.  

Duration    : 2 hours

Parts         : 3 Parts

Section A

  • Objectives
  • 20 Questions
  • 20 marks

Section B

  • Subjective Guided Response
  • 5 questions
  • 20 marks

Section C

  • Subjective Limited Response
  • 6 questions
  • 60 marks

Here is the sample instrument provided by the Malaysian Examination Board, LPM. You can also check out the latest PT3 Mathematics Marking Scheme

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How to Answer PT3 Mathematic Section A?

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Like any other objective construction papers, mathematics paper format won’t be much different. Except, there may be times that the answers might be in a graph, diagrams or pictures. 

Thus, you should be alert and read the questions properly. 

I always advise my students to not be overconfident when solving mathematical problems. There are different formulas for each problem. You need to understand the questions and use the best formula accordingly. 

The tricky part of objective questions is that the answers aren’t randomly listed. The answers are being listed by using a few different possible formulas that the student might use. Do not get trapped when answering the questions. 

A simple example is the multiplication between positive and negative symbols. You can download PT3 Mock Question 2019 Section A by Mara Junior Science College, MJSC. 

Sample Questions Question Number 12#

(2p^2 – 3) (5p + 4) = 

  1. 3p^2 – 12 
  2. 10p^2 – 12
  3. 10p^2 – 7 p– 12
  4. 10p^2 + 7 p– 12

Possible ways to answer is …

2p x 5p + 2p x 4 – 3p x 5p – 3 x 4

10p^2 + 8p – 15p – 12

10p^2 + 7p – 12 [?] #1

[?] Answer is D

Or 

2p x 5p + 2p x 4 – 3p x 5p – 3 x 4

10p^2 + 8p – 15p – 12 

10p^2 – 7p – 12 [?] #2

[?] Answer is C

May I know which one is your answer? 

Have you checked and compared how I solved this at step #1 and #2?

You might have realized that there is a slight mistake in multiplication of positive and negative values. 

+ meet + equal +

– meet – equal +

+ meet – equal –

Thus, the correct answer is C.

Can you see how the answer can trick you? 

This is just a normal type of questions. The HOTs questions won’t be as direct as this. 

Here you can see the difference between normal type questions and HOTs questions. Can you try to answer? 

My first tip for this is to underline what the questions want, which is as follows

The important points are :- 

  • The picture shown ingredients needed for a plate of kuey teow
  • The question wants 25 serving of kuey teow

So, list all the ingredients, the amount needed times 25 serving.

  • Kuey Teow 
    • 200g x 25 = 5,000g @ 5kg
  • Bean Sprouts
    • 50g x 25 =1,250g @ 1.25kg
  • Prawns 
    • 3 x 25 = 75
  • Eggs 
    • 1 x 25 = 25

Now you get the answer is C. 

You can find the answer scheme for this mock test, and you can also learn more on how PT3 is marked. Find out more on where to find PT3 Math paper.

How to Answer PT3 Mathematic Section B?

This is the bonus question for you to score. The questions are easy to answer. You can see the mock questions for the PT3 MJSC trial paper.

I cannot say which topics might come out, but mostly in this part you can target full marks as most of the questions are general questions. Besides, there isn’t much calculation needed. 

Here is a tip to answer a graph of function is to know how the graph looks like when it is a linear, quadratic, or cubic function. 

  • Linear equation, x, the function of x is 1 – a straight line
  • Quadratic equation, x^2, the function of x is 2 – a ‘U’ shaped line
  • Cubic equation, x^3, the function of x is 3 - a ‘S’ shaped line

Basically, Section B won’t have any HOTs questions. But who knows? 

How to Answer PT3 Mathematic Section C?

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This is the most important part in the PT3 mathematics paper. This part has the highest mark which is higher than the total marks in section A and section B. 

Here in this part, there is a mixed type of question construction. A low to high level of intensity. There are some HOTs questions too. There are 6 questions in section C with a few smaller questions under each parent question. 

For these types of questions, you should know how to use formulas well. Therefore, a clear understanding and mastery of formula is a must! You don't have to memorize the given formula. Just knowing when to use it is good enough. 

You can download the PT3 formula given in the assessment and also check out for any updates from the MOE website.

There are several tips to remember when answering your PT3 mathematics paper. 

  1. Answer according to the questions. 
  2. Underline the final answers or give it a hashtag #
  3. Write every necessary step according to the marks given
  4. Make sure your handwriting is neat and the step are in sequence
  5. Double check your answer

Do you know your PT3 Mathematics paper will be marked internally? So, you should start asking a lot of questions from your teachers.  

You can also seek help from your friends or hire personal tutors. Superprof is the best trump cards that you can use as we have the best, experienced tutors available around the clock. You can also check out the Complete Guide to PT3 Mathematics.

A mathematical problem can always be solved when you know how. With good reasoning and logical skills, all math problems can be easily solved. 

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