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NABTEB Mathematics Syllabus

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The NABTEB Mathematics syllabus is a comprehensive guide here to equip you with essential mathematical skills and knowledge you need to prepare for before the exams. 

Topics included in the syllabus include sets, surd, logical reasoning, probability, algebra, etc. You should see this syllabus as a compass that is here to give you directions on what to focus on for your exams. Read and understand the topics below and you can rest assured that you will come out of your exam hall smiling.

Aims of NABTEB Mathematics Syllabus

This course is designed to:

  1. Provide trainees with a sound knowledge of mathematical concepts.
  2. Aid in the conceptualization, interpretation, and application of the technical soft wares and hard wares.
  3. Enhance the mathematical problem–solving ability of candidates in their various trades. 

NABTEB Marking Guide for Mathematics

The examination consists of Two Papers: Paper I which is the objective section will last for 1 1⁄2 Hrs and Paper II which is the theory section will last for 2 1⁄2 Hrs.

 The total mark for both papers will be 150marks

PAPER I: OBJECTIVES SECTION 

Will consist of 50 multiple-choice items for 50 marks and will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes

All candidates are expected to attempt this paper.

PAPER II: THEORY 

Will consist of three sessions namely A, B, and C. It will last for 2 hours 30 minutes.

  • Section A will have five questions from General Mathematics. 

All candidates are expected to attempt all questions. This section carries 40 marks. 

  • Section B will have six questions.

Candidates will be asked to attempt any four of the six questions except Secretarial and Business candidates who are to attempt only two questions. 

Each question will carry 15 Marks. 

  • Section C will have four questions from Commercial Mathematics for Secretarial and Business candidates only. 

Candidates will be expected to attempt any two out of the four questions. Each question carries 15 marks.  

NOTE: Candidates should be familiar with length, area, cubic capacity, mass – and their abbreviations. Any currency unit used will be defined.

NABTEB Syllabus for Mathematics Exam

 NABTEB MATHEMATICS SYLLABUS
SNTOPICSOBJECTIVES
 GENERAL MATHEMATICS
1NUMBER BASESi. Count and perform Basic arithmetic operations in different bases.
2SYSTEM INTERNATIONALE UNITi. Solve problems involving S.I. and imperial units.
3FRACTIONSi. Solve arithmetic operations involving vulgar and decimal fractions.
4STANDARD FORMSi. Express numbers in standard forms and to the required number and to the required of significant figures
5RATIO & PROPORTIONi. Solve problems on ratio and proportion
6VARIATIONi. Direct, inverse and partial variations. Joint variations.
7PERCENTAGES, PROFIT & LOSSi. Apply the principles of percentages to fractions and decimal
8SIMPLE INTERESTi. Solve problems involving simple interest.
9LOGARITHMi. Apply logarithms, square And square root tables in calculations
10INDICESi. Apply the laws of science and technical indices in subjects should be simplification and emphasized and exercises calculation.
11RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDICES & LOGARITHMi. Explain the relationship between indices and logarithms
12RULES OF LOGARITHMi. Identify and apply the basic rules of logarithm.
13ARITHMETIC & GEOMETRIC PROGRESSIONSi. Identify ordinary level sequence patterns mathematics. and

ii. calculate the nth term of a given sequence in AP and GP.
14SETSi. Solve problems involving sets using venn diagram
15LOGICAL REASONINGi. Simple statements

ii. True and false statements.

iii. Negation of 5 statements.

iv. Implication, equivalence and valid argument
16SURDSi. Simplification & rationalization of simple surds
17ALGEBRAIC PROCESSES Ii. Solve basic arithmetic operations with algebraic Processes
18SIMPLE EQUATIONi. Solve problems involving simple equations.
19ALGEBRAIC PROCESSES IIi. Linear simultaneous Equation.
a) Solve linear simultaneous equations in two variables.
20ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSIONSi. Solve simple equations involving fractions.

ii. Factorise simple quadratic expressions.
21GRAPHS OF ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSIONS
i. Solve simultaneous linear and algebraic expressions graphically
22QUADRATIC EQUATIONS
i. Solve quadratic equations using appropriate method.

ii. Construct quadratic equations with given roots.

iii. Solve word problems involving quadratic equations.

iv. Graphs of Linear and Quadratic function.

v. Linear Inequalities
23PLANE FIGURESi. Identify plane figures by their properties
24PERIMETERS AND AREAS OF PLANE FIGURES
i. Circulate the perimeter and areas of simple geometric plane figures.
25AREAS OF REGULAR & IRREGULAR SHAPE
i. Calculate the areas of regular and irregular shapes
26LINES & ANGLESi. Identify the different types of lines and angles
27POLYGONS
i. Identify the types of triangles and polygons.

ii. Apply the sum of the angles of a triangle to calculate any interior or exterior angle of a triangle.

iii. Apply the sum of interior angles of a polygon of n sides to calculate any interior or exterior angle.
28CONSTRUCTIONi. Construct simple geometrical construction
29LOCI
i. Define and construct loci of moving points in two dimensions.
30MID-POINT & INTERCEPT THEOREMS
i. Apply the intercept and mid- point theorems to solve exercises.
31SIMILAR TRIANGLES
i. Apply the properties of similar triangles to solve exercises on plane geometrical figures and solids
32CHORD & TANGENT OF A CIRCLE
i. Illustrate with examples the theorems associated with the chord and tangent of a circle.

ii. Apply the theorem associated with Chord and tangent of a circle to construction exercises.
33CONGRUENT TRIANGLES
i. Apply the conditions of congruency to solve exercises on triangles
34PROPERTIES OF QUADRILATERALS
i. Solve problems involving the properties of parallelograms
35CIRCLES, ARCS, RADIUS, DIAMETER, SECTOR & SEGMENTi. Calculate lengths and areas related to the circle
36MENSURATION & PYTHAGORAS THEOREM
i. Apply the principles of Pythagoras’ to solve problems involving right- angled triangles
37AREAS & VOLUMES OF SOLID
i. Calculate the surface area and volume of solid figures
38LONGITUDE & LATITUDE
i. Calculate distances along lines of latitude and longitude
39IRREGULAR GEOMETRIC FIGURES
i. Solve exercises involving areas of irregular figures.
40EVERYDAY STATISTICS
i. Interpret graphs and charts.

ii. Calculate statistical average with equal and unequal forms.
41PROBABILITY
i. Define probability terms.

ii. Solve problems on theoretical and experimental probabilities.
42TRIGONOMETRY I
i. Apply trigonometric ratios to solve simple problems
43TRIGONOMETRY IIi. Apply sine and cosine rules to solve problems
44VECTORS & TRANSFORMATION IN A PLANE
i. Vectors in a plane.

ii. Transformations in the Cartesian coordinate plane
 COMMERCIAL MATHEMATICS
45SIGNIFICANT FIGURES
i. Identify the problems of significant digit as it relates to zero.
46STATISTICAL COMPUTATION
i. State different kinds of averages and their uses.

ii. Calculate statistical problems as related to basic business problem
47RATIO & PROPORTION
i. Solve exercises on proportions and proportional parts.
48PERCENTAGES
i. Solve exercises in percentages related to buying and selling
49PROFIT & LOSSi. Solve exercises involving profit and loss
50ALIQUOT PARTS COMMISSION AND DISCOUNT
i. Solve problems involving Aliquot parts commission and discount
51COSTINGi. Identify the various element by costs
52BUDGETINGi. Applying the principle of simple budgeting.
53COST & SELLING PRICEi. Solve problems involving cost and selling price.
54SIMPLE AND COMPOUND INTEREST
i. Solve simple problem involving simple and compound interest.
55DEPRECIATIONi. Calculate depreciation
56INSTALLMENT PAYMENTAL AND HIRE PURCHASE
i. Solve problems involving instalmental payments and Hire Purchase.
57RATES
i. Convert one currency to another currency i.e. foreign exchange
58RATES, INCOME TAX, INSURANCE AND FREIGHTS
i. Solve problems involving income tax, rates on insurance and freights.
59PAYROLLSi. Prepare payment of wages
60STOCK & SHARESi. Solve simple problems in stock and shares
61BANKRUPTCY
i. Solve problems involving bankruptcy

Recommended NABTEB Mathematics Textbooks

  1. Integrated Mathematics By Afolabi.
  2. New School Mathematics.
  3. Egbe. E. (2000). Further Mathematics, Onitsha: Africana FIRST Publishers.
  4. Progressive Mathematics for SS 3 (Macmillan)
  5. Adelodun A. A (2000). Distinction in Mathematics: Comprehensive Revision Text, (3rd Edition) Ado Ekiti: FNPL.
  6. Anyebe, J. A. B (1998). Basic Mathematics for Senior Secondary Schools and Remedial Students in Higher/Institutions, Lagos: Kenny Moore.
  7. Channon, J. B. Smith, A. M (2001). New General Mathematics for West Africa SSS 1 to 3, Lagos: Longman.
  8. Ibude, S. O. (2003). Algebra and Calculus for Schools and Colleges: LINCEL Publishers

Frequently Asked Questions About NABTEB Mathematics Exam

What is the duration of the NABTEB Mathematics exam?

The exam will contain 2 papers which will be taken together. Paper 1 will last for 1 hour 30 minutes while paper 2 will last for 2 hours 30 minutes.

How can I improve my problem-solving skills for the NABTEB Mathematics exam?

Try to practice past questions as often as you can. Work on understanding the concepts behind the problems rather than just memorizing formulas.

Are there any specific formulas or equations I need to memorize for the exam?

Yes, you should familiarize yourself with essential formulas and equations related to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

Can I use a calculator during the NABTEB Mathematics exam?

Yes. The use of noiseless, cordless, and non-programmable calculators is allowed.

What are some common mistakes students make in the NABTEB Mathematics exam, and how can I avoid them?

Common mistakes include improper time management, not reading and following instructions, not showing workings fully, and careless errors in calculations. To avoid these, try to read and understand all questions and instructions, show all your workings, and double-check your answers.

How can I manage my time during the NABTEB Mathematics exam to ensure I complete all sections?

Time management is a very important skill for every exam. To manage time well, ensure you do not spend so much time on a particular question. Once you’re not sure of a question, leave it and answer others then come back to review and cross-check your work.

How can I prepare for the NABTEB Mathematics exam?

Practice, practice, practice. Study the syllabus, recommended textbooks, notes, and past questions together. You can also ask your teacher or tutor questions on topics you don’t understand

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