MATSEC: Mathematics O-Level (M-O)

This course is aimed at the preparation of candidates for the MATSEC O-level mathematics examination. It offers a vast overview of elementary mathematical concepts.

Course Code


EQF Level*
(by examination)

Level 3

Course Duration**

3 years

Course Description

This course prepares students to sit for two written examinations offered by the MATSEC examination board. The syllabus of the course is divided over four general mathematical areas as described in the learning objectives below.

Learning Objectives


20 minute Mental Paper (non-calculator)
1 hour 40 minute written paper

2 hour paper (candidates choose between paper A and paper B)

* For information about EQF levels, click here.

** In practise, course durations vary, depending on the background and mathematical proficiency of the student. Furthermore, students may choose not to carry out a course in its entirety; for example, a student may wish to cover only second year topics, or perhaps undergo a crash-course.

Area I: Numbers

Area II: Algebra

  • Number Classification
  • Arithmetic Operations
  • Averages
  • Ratios
  • Percentages
  • Rates and Interest
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Functions, Linear and Quadratic graphs
  • Formulæ, Indices
  • Sequences

Area III: Geometry and Trigonometry

Area IV: Data Handling

  • Pythagoras' Theorem
  • Major Trigonometric Ratios
  • Polygons, Circles, Their properties
  • Constructions
  • Loci
  • Bearings
  • Sine and Cosine Rules
  • Symmetry and Congruency
  • Simple Transformations in 2D
  • Sets
  • Simple Probability
  • Possibility Spaces
  • Probability Trees
  • Pie Charts, Histograms, Bar Graphs
  • Range, Arithmetic Mean, Median, Mode
  • Box Plots and Cumulative Frequency Curves