Section 2 of the ENGAA consists of 20 multiple choice questions.
There are normally organised into groups. You are not allowed access to your calculator and have 60 minutes to answer all the questions. Section 2 requires the same core knowledge as
section 1. If you haven’t already, read the post linked below to get all of the core knowledge required for the ENGAA.
This section is marked differently to Section 1. You score is outputted as your raw marks rather than on a scale of 1.0 – 9.0GET THE CORE KNOWLEDGE
Watch the clock
The key to maximising your score is to have a strategy of how best to use your time. Each question is split into four parts, but not all parts are worth the same number of marks. Firstly, you should be aware of how long you should ideally be spending on each question on average.
With 32 marks available this equates to around one mark per minute, but some will take longer than others. An easier goal is to think that four questions of 6-8 marks each in 40 minutes means you should spend under 10 minutes per question to (ideally) leave time for reading and checking.
Start with “low hanging fruit”
If you see a question you know immediately how to tackle, that is where you should start. This will give you marks in the bank, leaving extra time, and will also build your confidence like a warm up lap before tackling the more challenging or unfamiliar questions.
Use the Question Structure
Since each question is split into four parts, it’s best to look ahead to the later parts of a question if you find yourself stuck on the earlier ones. These can sometimes help clarify what is expected of you at an earlier stage if you are unsure.
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Proceed by Elimination
The biggest difference between the ENGAA and most other exams is that it is multiple choice. You can use this to your advantage to save time as a quick glance at the possible answers will give you more direction and understanding of what is expected of you and where to aim for. However, do not spend a long time reading all of the potential answers as this will distract you from actually solving the problem.
Although this is a bit of a no brainer – practice doing papers of this style. There aren’t many past papers to use since the exam is quite new, but these are similar exams such as the “Canadian Maths Competition” that can be a useful resource for the ENGAA.
Section 2 does allow not you to use calculators. For this reason, practicing calculus is necessary. It will give you a big advantage to be confident with it as you will be significantly more efficient and faster.
Graph sketching is usually a tricky area for many students. When tackling a graph sketching problem, there are many approaches however it is useful to start with the basics:
– What is the value of y when x is zero?
– What is the value of x when y is zero?
– Are there any special values of x and y?
– If there is a fraction involved, at what values of x is the numerator or
denominator equal to zero?