Following a few simple rules when completing your exam paper could dramatically improve your result. These are my top 5 exam tips for GCSE/IGCSE Mathematics.
This may sound obvious but it is all too easy to answer parts a and b of a question but miss out part c.
Another common mistake is to misread the question very slightly and therefore get the answer wrong.
This is particularly true with calculator questions – write down everything you type into your calculator just in case you have made a mistake somewhere. Most GCSE and IGCSE questions have some marks for correct working even if the answer is wrong.
Make sure that you have given your answer to the degree of accuracy specified in the question. Be careful not to mix up rounding to 3 decimal places with rounding to 3 significant figures.
If an answer requires a unit of measurement make sure that you give it. Take care not to confuse cm which are used for length and cm² which are used for volume.