Did you know 1 out of every 6 students failed their math 10 provincial exam?
No worries! Here’s a study guide on how you can get ready and a good grade in the exam.
10 mustknow facts about BC math 10 provincial exams
 All students who are in grade 10 and live in British Columbia are all required to take the provincial exams.
 BC provincial exams actually take place in almost two months.
 About one third of the students only got a C or even fail their math 10 provincial exam! (Better start studying for the exams early).
 Don’t memorize all the formulas and equations! You will be provided with data pages during the exam.
 Only dedicated calculators are allowed and must be inspected by a teacher before the exam. (Check out the Calculator Policy for detail.)
 You can check you marks on EdAccess with your Personal Education Number (PEN) on the Ministry of Education website.
 The mark from provincial exam is worth 20% of your Math 10 final mark.
 Students can rewrite the provincial exams only once after 12 months of writing it the first time. After the second attempt, the student needs to retake the course so that he/she can rewrite the exam again.
 If you have taken the exam more than one time, the Ministry of Education will only take whichever mark is higher.
 If you have questions about the mark, you can request a remarking through your school office.
How will it look like?
Types of Questions 
No. of Questions  Timeallowed  Worth 
Calculator permitted (Y/N) 

Part A 
Multiplechoice  12  40 minutes  20%  N 
Part B  Multiplechoice  42  75 minutes  70% 
Y 
Part C  Numericresponse  6  15 minutes  10% 
Y 
*You will also be given data pages. (So you don’t need to memorize all the formulas!)
What will it cover?
Topics 
No. of Questions 
A: Measurement 
15 
B: Algebra and Number 
18 
C: Relations and Functions 
27 
Descriptions of topics
(Click on the links for FREE math help videos )
A: Measurement
A1 – Linear Measurement
 What are SI and imperial units
 estimate strategies
 measurement strategies, use instruments like rulers, calipers and measuring tape.
A2 – Conversions within/between SI and imperial units
 How to convert among imperial units
 How to convert among matric systems
 How to convert between metric and imperial systems
A3 – Find the surface area and volume of 3D object
 How to find the surface area and volume of cones
 How to find the surface area and volume of right cylinders
 How to find the surface area and volume of right prisms
 How to find the surface area and volume of pyramids
 How to find the surface area and volume of spheres
A4 – Solve problems using trigonometric ratios (sine, cosine and tangent)
 Determine the angles and sides using sine ratio
 Determine the angles and sides using cosine ratio
 Determine the angles and sides using tangent ratio
 Solve SohCahToa questions
B: Algebra and Number
B1 – Understanding of factors of whole numbers
 Introduction to number systems
 What are prime factors?
 Greatest common multiple (GCF)
 Least common multiple (LCM)
 How to find square root
 How to find cube root
B2 – Understanding of irrational numbers
 Represent, identify and simplify irrational numbers
 Order irrational numbers
B3 – Understanding of powers with integral and rational exponents
 Multiply exponents using Product Law
 Divide exponents using Quotient Law
 Simplify exponents using Power of a Product Law
 Simplify exponents using Power of a Quotient Law
 Simplify exponents using Power of a Power Law
 Simplify exponents using Negative Exponent Law
 Combine the exponent laws
 Evaluate rational exponents
B4 – Multiplication of polynomial expressions
 Model the multiplication of polynomials
 Multiply a monomial by a monomial
 Multiply a monomial by a binomial
 Multiply a binomial by a binomial
 Multiply a polynomial by a polynomial
 Multiply two binomials to calculate the area of a diagram
 Evaluate polynomials
B5 – Common factors and trinomial factoring
 Find the common factors of polynomials
 Model the factoring of a trinomial pictorially
 Factor polynomials by grouping
 Factor perfect squares trinomials
 Find the difference of squares
 Write a polynomial in terms of its factors
C: Relations and Functions
C1 – Relationships among data, graphs and situations
 Types of relationships between quantities
 Graph a set of data or a given situation
 Interpret data from graphs
 Determine the domain and range
C2 – Understanding of relations and functions
 How to determine if a set of ordered pairs is a function
 Determine if a set of graphs is a function
C3 – Understanding of slope
 Find the slope using the “rise and run” method
 Graph slope as a rate of change
 Graph using a single point and slope
 Find another point when given a slope and a point on line
 Determine if two lines are perpendicular or parallel lines
 Solve slope related word problems
C4 – Describe and represent linear relations:
 Identify the independent and dependent variables
 Determine if a situation, a table of values, an equation or a graph represents a linear relation
 Graph a set of ordered pairs
 Match corresponding representations of linear relations
C5 – Characteristics of the graphs of linear relations
 Graph the linear equations and find the point of intersection
 Determine the slope, yintercept, domain and range of a linear function
 Graph a linear relation with one, two or infinite number of intercepts
 Identify corresponding graphs to a given slope and yintercept, and vice versa
 Applications of linear functions
C6 – Expressions of linear relations
 Rewrite the equation from slopeintercept form into general form, and vice versa
 Graph linear relations using slopeintercept, general or slopepoint form
 Identify equivalent linear relations
 Match linear functions to their graphs
C7 – Find the equation of a linear relation
 Find the slope and intercepts of a linear relation from its graph
 Graph a linear function that passes through the given point and slope
 Find the equation of a linear relation with given two points on a line
 Determine the equation of a line that is perpendicular or parallel to a given line
 Solve contextual problems using graphs and equations
C8 – Use function notation to express a linear function
 Write the equation of a linear relation in two variable or function notation
 Find the domain and range
 Graph an equation in function notation
C9 – Solve problems related to linear equations
 Model a situation using linear systems
 Solve a linear system graphically
 Find and explain the point of intersection of a system of linear equations
 Solve linear systems algebraically by elimination
 Solve linear systems algebraically by substitution
 Determine and explain the number of solutions to a system of equations
 Solve word problems involving systems of linear equations
Want to watch more? Check out the entire package of Math 10 provincial exam practice questions on YouTube.
Useful links
 StudyPug – Unlimited online math help. Get yourself prepared for any math exams anytime and anywhere!
 Think you are ready for the provincial exams? Test yourself on these past BC Math10 provincial exam questions on the BC Ministry of Education website!
 Math 10 provincial exams take place in almost every two months. Look at the complete exam schedule, and plan ahead.
 The full version of Grade 10 Foundations of mathematics and Precalculus curriculum is available on the Ministry of Education British Columbia website.
Going to school in Ontario instead? Go to our Study Guide for Grade 9 EQAO Assessment of Math (MPM1D) in Ontario for help. We have kept Alberta students in mind too! Those who are from Alberta, please check out our Study Guide for Grade 9 Math Achievement Test (PAT) in Alberta.
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