Being a student of second year, Punjab Board, you may be conscious about how to score A+ in Math. Every student, like you, has been preparing according to the new paper pattern for the last whole year. Then, what else can one do? Here are a few tips, in the coming lines, for you to score the best in the upcoming Punjab Boards exam.

The paper of Mathematics will consist of two sections: Objective (20 marks), and Subjective (80 marks). The objective part of the paper will contain 20 MCQs selected from all chapters, and you have no choice to leave any MCQs unprepared. The first part of the subjective section will consist of three questions (Q. 2, Q. 3 and Q. 4) that will consist of short questions. You have to attempt all of these three questions; however, there is a choice within a question. The second part of the subjective section will contain five long questions (Q. 5 to Q. 9) and you have to attempt three questions out of five.

The paper of mathematics will be designed according to a pairing scheme – pairing questions from different chapters within a question. The pairing scheme shows that the **questions (MCQs, short questions and long questions) of worth 62 marks will be selected from units 1 to 3 of the textbook.** Under this pattern, you are advised to prepare/ revise:

- Units: 1 to 3 completely (all MCQs, short questions and long questions)
- Unit: 4 (Short Questions and long questions)
- Unit 5: (All MCQs, short questions of Examples and Exercise 5.1 and long questions)
- Unit: 6 (all MCQs and long questions of Exercise 6.1 to 6.3)
- Unit: 7 (all MCQs and Short Questions of examples and Exercise 7.1, 7.2 and Exercise 7.5)

In case of MCQs, some questions will be about a given function. You have to find the range/ limit/ first derivative/integration/ maximum value of that function. Similarly, for a given equation, you may be asked to find the slope/ an equation of a line parallel to/ length of the transverse axis of an equation. If the equation is of a circle, you may be asked to find its radius/ diameter. In case of one/two given points, you have to find an equation of a horizontal line passing through a given point, and find the distance between two points drawn in a Cartesian plane. In the area of vectors, you have to work, briefly, out the product of given vectors.

In case of short questions, prepare definitions like: convex function, vertical line tests, altitude of an angle, and an angle between two lines etc. Prepare yourself to write the general forms/ formula of an equation etc. Prepare yourself to draw graphs of a given function or inequality. Prepare how to: evaluate a limit, differentiate a function with respect to a given function, and prove various identities/ formulas. Similarly, you have to prepare to find: the distance/ equation/ area with respect to given points and lines, the radius/ diameter of a circle in different cases, and the equation of a target with the help of given information.

Math is nothing except practice. As a practice, appear in any model paper conducted by either your school or any academy, and participate in the discussion that is, often, made at the end of these papers. Also, learn how to attempt an MCQ if you don't exactly know which option of the MCQ is the correct one. Time management, in a paper, is obviously crucial. Plan your time allocation for each question well before the paper. And, prayers definitely work, so don’t forget to pray at the end. Wish you the best of luck.