One question often pondered is whether students can take H2 math (9758) without taking Amath in O level.

Not all junior colleges have the same prerequisite for H2 math:

HCI (College)

Obtained at least B3 in O level Emath and Add. Math

NJC

Obtained at least B4 for GCE ‘O’ Level Additional Maths OR

Pass selection test administered in NJC

– Students with no Additional Maths background are recommended to take H1 Maths.

YJC

Passes in both Elementary Maths (E Maths) and Additional Maths (A Maths)

OR distinctions in E Maths and Science (Physics/Chemistry or Physics/Biology)

OR distinction in E Maths and pass in Pure Physics

Some JCs require a minimum grade in O level Amath, some require a pass and some don’t even require Amath.

Some JCs such as TJC and MJC allow students without amaths background to take h2 maths but they must do a bridging course.

H2 math is much more challenging than Amath, and there are a lot of assumed knowledge in Amath, especially on Calculus, trigo, surds, indices and logarithm.

**Extract from H2 maths (9758 syllabus)**

If students don’t have Amath background, it will be very challenging to understand and do well in H2 math. Students without Amath will find Calculus challenging, which makes up around 30% of H2 math.

I once tutored a student from MJC in h2 maths. He did not have amaths background. He did well enough in H2 maths in J1 to promote to J2.

My recommendation is for students without Amath to take H1 math, and students who did not score A1 in Amath to get a tutor for H2 math. Passing H2 maths is possible without amaths but getting distinction will be very tough. If a student with no Amath background is really keen to take H2 math, find a good tutor to coach him/her in h2 maths and required amaths knowledge and prepare to work extra hard.

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You can self study amath with a tutor and request the school register you for O level amath. Then this opens the door for h2 math in JCs. If you do not take amath at O level, only a few JCs allow students to take h2 math. See https://mathdistinction.com/2014/02/18/not-being-offered-amath-in-school/

i have just finished my olevels. i am sure of getting a distinction for my Emaths but did not take Amaths. i am keen in taking up H2 Maths very much, any tips? should i start studying now itself?

thanks& greatly appreciated

Hi, you can self study or get a tutor to teach you the imporant amaths topics such as trigo, calculus, surds, indices, logarithm, partial fractions, remainder theorem, factor theorem, quadratic functions and equations. And make sure you apply to a JC which allows students to take h2 maths without amaths and be prepared to work very hard. I have a student from MJC. He don’t have amaths background. With tuition, he manage to pass his JC1 midyear and promo and got promoted to JC2