The objective of the Mathematics Achievement Test (MACH) (1½ hours) is to measure the extent of a candidate’s backlog in basic mathematical knowledge and skills. The areas assessed were usually covered in the Grade 11 Standard Grade mathematics syllabus (and the syllabi preceding it), but the items in the test require somewhat more than what could be achieved through drill and practice. The following are some of the content areas covered in the test:
- operations with fractions;
- spatial perception;
- functions represented by tables, graphs and symbols;
- operations with surds;
- circle geometry;
- basic trigonometry.
- A great deal of attention is given to problem-solving within the above contexts.