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Understanding the requirements for PSLE Maths

Understanding the requirements for PSLE Maths

To excel in PSLE Maths, it's important to have a thorough understanding of the syllabus and the exam structure. 

But that's not all.

Students must also develop specific skill sets if they wish to achieve an AL 1.

So, this article is designed to serve as a comprehensive guide, leading you through the fundamental aspects of the exam. We will delve into the crucial skills and concepts your child needs to master in order to effectively conquer this examination.

Overview of the PSLE Maths syllabus

The PSLE Maths syllabus provides a structured framework for learning mathematical concepts and skills. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including numbers, algebra, geometry, measurement, and statistics. The syllabus aims to develop students' mathematical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities.

Click here to visit our syllabus page which provides a comprehensive and detailed coverage of the PSLE Maths syllabus.

Understanding the assessment format

The PSLE Maths paper consists of three main components:

  1. Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs):

    • MCQs are designed to assess a student's knowledge and understanding of key mathematical concepts. They typically present a question followed by several answer choices, and the student needs to select the correct option. 
    • MCQs often test the student's ability to apply formulas, identify patterns, and solve straightforward problems. While these questions may seem relatively easier, it is essential to read them carefully and eliminate incorrect options systematically.
  2. Short-Answer Questions (SAQs):

    • SAQs require that the students provide concise answers, calculations, or explanations. These questions assess their problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to communicate mathematical ideas effectively. SAQs may involve solving equations, finding missing values, or applying concepts to real-life scenarios. Remember: It is crucial to show the workings clearly and provide accurate solutions within the given space.
  3. Problem-Solving Questions:

    • Problem-solving questions are typically more complex and require a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. These questions often involve multiple steps, and the student is expected to demonstrate an ability to analyse the problem, devise a suitable strategy, and arrive at a logical solution. Problem-solving questions assess mathematical knowledge, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and application of problem-solving heuristics.

According to this document released by SEAB, the weightage is as follows:

Paper 1, Booklet A

- 10 MCQs - 1 Mark each

- 5 MCQs- 2 Marks each

Paper 1, Booklet B

- 5 SAQs - 1 Marks each

-  10 SAQs - 2 Marks each

Paper 2

- 5 SAQs - 2 Marks each

- 12 long problem solving questions for 3, 4, or 5 Marks each.

Understanding the weightage can help your child prioritise their focus and allocate appropriate time to each component during their preparation. While it is essential to perform well in all sections, dedicating more time to practising problem-solving questions can significantly enhance their overall performance.

Additionally, it is crucial that your child manages their time effectively during the examination. That's why when they solve worksheets at home, encourage them to allocate a reasonable amount of time to each section based on its weightage. Developing time management skills through regular practice and timed exercises will enable them to complete the paper within the allocated time frame.

Essential skills and concepts

Problem-solving strategies

Problem-solving is a critical aspect of PSLE Maths. Students should be equipped with various problem-solving strategies and heuristics to tackle different types of mathematical problems. Approaches like drawing diagrams, working backwards, making systematic lists, and using logical reasoning help students analyse problems and arrive at accurate solutions.

Developing mathematical thinking

PSLE Maths not only tests students' knowledge but also encourages the development of mathematical thinking. Critical thinking, logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and generalisation are essential skills that students should cultivate. By applying these skills, students can approach problems from different angles and derive innovative solutions.


1. Are calculators allowed in PSLE Maths papers?

Calculators are not allowed for paper 1, but they are allowed for paper 2.

2. What are some effective revision techniques for PSLE Maths?

Regularly review concepts and practice past examination papers. Focus on areas of weakness and seek clarification from teachers when needed.

3. Are there any specific resources recommended for PSLE Maths preparation?

There are numerous resources available, including textbooks, online platforms, practice papers, and educational websites. Consult with your child's teacher or explore our exam resources for suitable resources. 

Remember, success in PSLE Maths requires consistent effort, practice, and a positive mindset. With the right strategies, preparation, and support, students can confidently approach the examination and achieve their desired results.

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