This is the breakdown of 2013 A level H2 math paper 1 and 2

Pure Maths |
Marks |
Percentage |

Vectors | 25 | 12.5% |

Differentiation and its applications | 20 | 10.0% |

Complex numbers | 17 | 8.5% |

Differential equations | 13 | 6.5% |

Graphing techniques | 12 | 6.0% |

Maclaurin’s series | 12 | 6.0% |

Integration & its applications | 11 | 5.5% |

Arithmetic and Geometric series | 9 | 4.5% |

Sequences and Method of Differences | 8 | 4.0% |

Functions | 6 | 3.0% |

Mathematical Induction | 5 | 2.5% |

Inequalities | 2 | 1.0% |

Subtotal | 140 | 70.0% |

Statistics |
Marks |
Percentage |

Permuations and combinations (question set as probability) | 12 | 6.0% |

Correlation and regression | 9 | 4.5% |

Poisson distribution | 8 | 4.0% |

Approximation of distribution | 7 | 3.5% |

Hypothesis testing | 7 | 3.5% |

Probability | 6 | 3.0% |

Sampling | 4 | 2.0% |

Normal distribution | 4 | 2.0% |

Binomial distribution | 3 | 1.5% |

Subtotal | 60 | 30.0% |

Paper 1 is easy. Questions are routine. No challenging questions.

Challenging questions are in paper 2.

Challenging questions in Paper 2 |
Marks |
Percentage |

Q4 (iii) on Vectors | 6 | 3.0% |

Q8 (ii) and (iii) on Probability | 5 | 2.5% |

Q11 (ii) to (iv) Permutation and combinations | 10 | 5.0% |

Subtotal | 21 | 10.5% |

These challenging questions make up around 10%, which will distinguish the students who deserve distinction.

As usual, these are the 4 most important topics in H2 math.

Calculus |
28.0% |

Vectors |
12.5% |

Sequences and Series (Including Mathematical Induction) |
11.0% |

Complex numbers |
8.5% |

Subtotal for 4 major topics | 60.0% |

These 4 topics make up more than half of the total marks. So students should put more emphasis in these 4 pure math topics.

The topics that are important in Statistics seem to be different in each year. Fortunately, statistics questions are usually straight forward, except for probability, permutations and combinations which can be challenging.