About the exam
This element covers the facts, concepts and skills needed to solve mathematical problems, including the use of appropriate mathematical notation and symbols.
Included in this element is the ability to carry out routine procedures and to solve routine problems where the candidate is expected to know the approach to be used. It may be helpful to think of the items of this element in terms of a mathematical "toolkit".
Identification of this element recognises that more than Knowledge and Understanding is needed to solve a mathematical problem.
Also required is the ability to make decisions about how to start the problem and what skills to apply, the reasoning and application of the skills needed to continue and complete the problem and, where appropriate, decisions about how best to present the solution.
This element encourages candidates to show initiative and resourcefulness.
In the assessment of this element candidates will be expected to apply the appropriate level of Knowledge and Understanding in situations where the approach to be used is not immediately apparent.
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