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