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What are the subjects offered in IB Mathematics?

The IB Mathematics syllabus has undergone a major revamp and will affect students taking IB Mathematics exams starting from 2021.
What has changed in IB Mathematics curriculum? How is it different from the old syllabus?

Increased number of subjects in IB Mathematics

In the old syllabus choose between three types of Mathematics, Mathematical studies Standard Level, Mathematics Standard Level, Mathematics Higher Level.

Under the new syllabus, there are now four types of Mathematics subjects for students to choose from, IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (AA) – Standard Level and Higher Level, IB Applications and Interpretations (AI) – Standard Level and Higher Level.

IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (AA) Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL)

IB Mathematics (AA) Standard Level is similar to the old Mathematics SL while IB Mathematics (AA) Standard Level is similar to the old Mathematics HL. Both IB Analysis and Approaches (AA) Standard Level and Higher Level share some similar content. In fact, IB AA Standard Level questions will appear in the Higher-Level exam papers. This is good news for Higher Level students as that means the standard level questions are relatively easier and Higher-Level students have a good chance to score in these questions.

IB AA Higher Level Mathematics is designed for students with a high aptitude for algebra, proofs and calculus as these topics constitute a large part of HL AA Mathematics.

Math AA SL Mathematics has a fair bit of algebra and calculus content, more so than IB Mathematics SL Applications and Interpretations. In my opinion, IB has made the difference between SL Math and HL math wider.  The topic, vectors is taken out of SL AA Mathematics and this makes it less content heavy as compared to the old Mathematics SL.

IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretations (AI) Standard Level and Higher Level

IB Mathematics (AI) Standard Level

This subject is the former Mathematical Studies Standard Level but made more rigorous than before. There are several new topics added to the subject such as Voronoi Diagrams, Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, Binomial Distribution, and Math Modelling. On a positive note, there is also content that was taken out. The topic Logic which used to be in the old syllabus is now taken out.

IB Mathematics (AI) Higher Level

IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretations Higher Level is a new subject and some schools do not offer this subject.

Some of questions in IB AI Math SL exam paper will be found in IB AI Math HL exam paper offering Higher Level students a good chance to score will in these questions.

Mathematics AI HL unlike Mathematics AA HL has a larger amount of statistics content. Some of the statistics content from the former IB Mathematics HL such as Poisson Distribution has been moved to IB Math AI HL. Mathematics AI HL contains some calculus content but is less rigorous as compared to IB Mathematics AA HL

Which subjects should students take to qualify for University?

Students planning to study Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics in University should take HL Mathematics AA. Some universities in UK only accept HL Mathematics AA students to Medicine and Economics courses.

However, HL Mathematics AA is not a prerequisite for students planning to read medicine economics in Singaporean universities such as NUS or NTU. Students are only required to have taken IB Mathematics AA Standard level for these courses.

As for courses such as Law, Social Sciences, Psychology, Business, Architecture, Information Systems, Environmental Studies or Food Science, Industrial Design, students just need to have taken Mathematics SL AA or Mathematics AI HL to qualify.

Mathematics SL AI is the least rigorous among all subjects, hence students with this subject may not be able to qualify for some of Business, Architecture, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Social Science or Food Science courses in some of the more competitive Universities.

Why choose IB Super IB Mathematics Tuition Singapore?

Excellent results

Our past students did extremely well in the past year’s IB exams. Many of them scored 6s and 7s in their exams. We have a unique method of instruction to help students excel and become an IB Superstar. We are confident in our ability to help students who regularly attend classes succeed in IB Mathematics.

Real Life Application

Most math teachers have heard students ask, “When will I ever use what I have learnt?”. Students get frustrated with learning math when they do not see the relevance of what they learn to real-life situations. At IB Super, we show students how mathematics is expressed in real-life. From classroom-demonstrations to videos, students attending our classes see how our society progressed with the use of mathematics.

Students are required to do a Math Internal Assessment. The Math Internal Assessment takes up 20% of their IB grade and is a personal project that they complete on any topic of their choice. By demonstrating how math is useful in our daily lives, students can use this knowledge to write a good personal engagement for their Math Internal Assessment.

Comprehensive Materials

We have a huge question bank of IB Mathematics questions for students to practice. This includes, past year IB exam questions and some of our own questions modelled after past year IB questions.

Students who join our tuition program in Singapore will have sufficient practice and be well prepared for the IB exams at the end of 2 years.

At IB Super, we believe that every student is a potential superstar. With our certified tutors plus practical curriculum, we’ll do all that we can to ensure each student achieves their academic goals. We take measures to keep our students engaged with all subject matter taught, because without critical thinking and deep understanding of mathematics, real learning doesn’t occur. With a personalised approach to the learning of each and every Singapore student, our programs will help students become an IB Superstar!

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