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# Preparing for the PSLE Math – Best Practices

The PSLE is a mandatory exam that students in Singapore must take after they complete their primary school education (after grade 6, after 12 years). The PSLE Math test is designed to test for mathematical reasoning, fundamental math concepts, and readiness in students entering secondary school. Therefore, the PSLE Math tests in basic concepts and applying logical problem-solving skills across all important mathematical topics such as Geometry, Fraction, Percentages, and more.

The key aim of mathematics education in Singapore is to enable students to:

• acquire and apply mathematical concepts and skills
• develop a mathematical approach to problem-solving
• develop positive attitudes towards mathematics
• develop cognitive and metacognitive skills in mathematics

### PSLE Math Syllabus

There are currently nine topics across Numbers and Algebra, Measurements and Geometry and Statistics being tested in the PSLE Maths examinations.

• Geometry
• Whole Numbers
• Data Analysis
• Fractions
• Decimals
• Percentage
• Ratio
• Measurement
• Speed

Refer to the official syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

### PSLE Math Exam Format

The PSLE Math exam format consists of two written papers with three booklets. Both the papers have to be attempted on the same day, but students get a break between the two papers. The first paper has multiple choice questions and short answer questions, whereas the second paper has short answer questions and long answer questions.

### Scoring of the PSLE Mathematics Exam

This examination will use multiple-choice questions (MCQ), short-answer and structured-answer questions. Every student will sit a combined examination duration of 2 hours 30 minutes.

the PSLE Maths examinations has a total of 100 marks, which is then used for the Achievement Level Calculations shown below

The performance on each subject by a student is rated on an 8 point scale (1 being the highest score) called the Achievement Level (AL). Each AL corresponds to specific marks achieved in the test.

The total score is the sum of the AL scores achieved in each of the subjects. The Total PSLE Score is typically between the 4 and 32 mark range, derived from combining scores in four core PSLE subjects.

### Sample PSLE Mathematics Exam Questions

PSLE Math Question 1: Easy

PSLE Math Question 2: Moderate

PSLE Math Question 3: Difficult

### Preparing for the PSLE Mathematics Exam

PSLE is an important exam that all students and parents should take seriously. So, children should prepare, practice, and persevere for this exam. It is important to start with a good foundation in concepts of the covered math topics and then work your way up to difficult questions. Some of the best practices to prepare are:

• Start having an idea and start thinking about PSLE at least two years before
• Prepare solidly at least one year before the start of the exam
• Improve foundational concept skills in math topics covered on the PSLE
• Do the concepts in various questions
• Develop a sense of time management of the exam
• Develop the skills to not spend too much time on one question
• Use learning gap management tools to fill the concept gaps
• Build the concepts such to enjoy mathematics complexity
• Practise past math papers

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