NCEA Level 1 Maths: MCAT Advanced

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The MCAT can be challenging, but in this online revision course we take a look at the advanced skills that will allow you to achieve Merit and Excellence in the MCAT. This revision course includes:

  • Videos focussing on Merit and Excellence problem solving techniques for the MCAT.
  • An in-depth look into the format of MCAT exam and how to approach sitting it.
  • A printable PDF workbook, that runs alongside the video presentation, and allows you to work through the advanced skills, then test yourself with practice questions.
  • A PDF copy of the answers so you can check your work.

This course sits alongside our MCAT Basics course which focuses more on how to study maths, basic algebraic procedures and how to identify when to use them. Find more info on the MCAT Basics revision course here.


3: Writing Equations and Drawing Diagrams

One of the hardest things about algebra exams is figuring out how to start a question. This video explores how to start writing and equation or draw a diagram to represent the information in the questions. Start from the bottom of Page 7 in the workbook.

4: Properties of Numbers

We just looked at putting things into equations or diagrams, but sometimes the MCAT can take things to the other extreme and look at things from a very theoretical perspective. Alistair looks at how to think about properties of numbers. Turn to Page 10 of your workbook to get started.

5: Quadratics in Context – Areas

Adding context to a question can change whether your answers make sense or not. This is often the difference between getting Achieved vs. Merit or Excellence. This section looks at how to make sure our answers make sense. Turn to Page 11 of your workbook.

7: Breaking Questions Down

The trick to this exam is that the Merit and Excellence questions are really just lots of the basic skills put together. A Merit question is just three Achieved questions stacked up in a trenchcoat! Let’s take a look at how we can start breaking these more complex questions down into their simpler components. Turn […]

8: Putting it Together

In our final section, we tie all the skills we’ve learnt together. Turn to the bottom half of Page 20 to get started.