BASIC MATHEMATICS EXAMINATION FORMATFORM FOUR
041 BASIC MATHEMATICS
(For Both School and Private Candidates)
This examination format is a revised version of the format issued in 2008 by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA).
The revised format is based on the Mathematics Syllabus for Ordinary Secondary Education of 2005.
The revisions made in this format aim to assess candidates on items that are more competence-based, especially in relation to applying higher order thinking skills.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will test the extent to which candidates are able to:
2.1 solve practical mathematical problems in daily life;
2.2 apply mathematical concepts in interpreting situations; and
2.3 use mathematical knowledge and techniques in studying mathematics and related subjects.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The examination will test the candidates’ ability to:
3.1 think critically and logically in interpreting and solving practical mathematical related problems;
3.2 use mathematical concepts to explain and clarify mathematical related problems; and
3.3 apply mathematical knowledge and techniques in other fields.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one (1) paper of three (3) hours. The paper will consist of sections A and B with a total of 14 questions.
Candidates will be required to answer all the questions which will weigh 100 marks.
<> Section A will consist of ten (10) short answer questions each carrying six (6) marks. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions. The section will weigh 60 marks.
<> Section B will consist of four (4) long answer questions, each carrying ten (10) marks. Candidates will be required to answer all questions. The section will weigh 40 marks.
In attempting this paper candidates will be allowed to use Mathematical tables published by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
The examination will be set from the following topics:
5.11 Co-ordinate Geometry
5.14 Perimeter and areas
5.18 Rates and variations
5.19 Ratio, profit and loss
5.20 Sequences and series
5.22 Pythagoras Theorem
5.23 Quadratic equations
5.24 Linear programming
5.26 Three dimensional figures
5.28 The earth as a sphere
5.30 Matrices and transformations