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2007
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17
May
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PSLE 1 Higher Education 0

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PSLE Maths Assessment Books Yesterday Miss Loi was at Popular Bookstore with a friend who was shopping for PSLE assessment books for her son who is currently in Primary Six.

Having stopped tutoring Primary School/PSLE Math for a long time, Miss Loi was curious to know their standards these days and so she picked up a few of these assessment books and started flipping through the pages – at the same time wondering with a smirk how many nanoseconds she would take to solve each question.

That hypothesis was quickly thrown out of the window when she saw stuffs like these:

(click to zoom-in and view the questions, and apologies for the somewhat blur images as Miss Loi stupidly forgot to use the ‘flower’ mode of her N73)

PSLE Mensuration Question

Another PSLE Mensuration Question

Wow. Mensuration problems usually taught in Secondary One/Two E-Maths. These should take Miss Loi more than a few seconds each *massages battered ego*

Yet more browsing brought her to this:

PSLE Algebra Question

What the … ?! Isn’t this almost like the Lazy Bugger Algebra Question Miss Loi posted here on April’s Fool Day? You mean Miss Loi actually posted a PSLE question disguised as an E-Maths problem???! She even mentioned that it had many of her O-Level students stumped!

Thrusting this aside, she opened another PSLE assessment book and saw this:

Another PSLE Algebra Question

Suspecting that she had seen something similar before, she quickly took out her O-Level 10-Year Series and sure enough … :

Sample O-Level Algebra Question

Desperate and confused, she was now frantically flipping the pages like a mad woman. Her friend had already begun to move slowly away from her. And the salesgirl at the counter was also frantically flipping the pages of the phone directory for IMH‘s number.

In all these years, had Miss Loi really been teaching O-Level or PSLE Maths?! She got the shock of her academic life when she saw this:

PSLE Series (Methods of Differences) Question

This is an A-Level question from the Series (Methods of Differences) syllabus! Compare that to something similar take off a maths tutorial from a top Junior College in Singapore:

A-Level Series (Methods of Differences) Sample Question

Notice that the JC tutorial question at least provided some hint/clue at the front while the PSLE one simply demands you, in no uncertain terms, to “Find the sum”!

Fast-forward to today.

To reassure herself that yesterday wasn’t some sick nightmare, she posed the last PSLE question to some of her A-Level students.

The result? One of them couldn’t solve it while another needed to use her super-duper graphical calculator to get the answer. Oh dear, Miss Loi’s ominous prophecy looks set to be fulfilled afterall.

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17 Comments

  1. Bruce's Avatar
    Bruce commented in tuition class


    2007
    May
    18
    Fri
    8:28am
     
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    Miss Loi, I am ashamed to let you know what passes for PSLE math test questions in the USA, though I'll try to find a copy for your amusement and my embarrassment. They are probably equivalent in difficulty to the math questions that each Singaporean needs to answer in order to leave his or her mother's birth canal.

  2. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2007
    May
    18
    Fri
    11:22pm
     
    2

    Lol thank goodness we don't have BCLE (Birth Canal Leaving Examination) - yet!

    Wonder what will happen if the baby fails!

  3. pkchukiss's Avatar
    pkchukiss commented in tuition class


    2007
    May
    20
    Sun
    5:33pm
     
    3

    Oh my goodness!!!! Miss Loi, are THESE really PSLE questions? They learn Pi in primary school?

    Somebody get me the digital couch, I need to sit down.

  4. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2007
    May
    21
    Mon
    1:19pm
     
    4

    Coming soon to a kindergarten near you:

    English class: A for Apple, B for Boy, C for ...
    Maths class: α for Alpha, β for Beta, γ for Gamma ... π for 22/7 ...

  5. Aldwin's Avatar
    Aldwin commented in tuition class


    2007
    Oct
    13
    Sat
    1:15am
     
    5

    1/6+1/12+1/20+1/30

    Primary Wiz kids would see the pattern
    by numerator 6,(6+6=12),(12+8=20),(20+10=30), (30+12=42),(56),(72) Last term(9900)

    But still unable to get a clue

  6. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2007
    Oct
    13
    Sat
    11:00pm
     
    6

    Aldwin,

    On behalf of the Primary Wiz kids, Miss Loi would like to thank you for trying.

    FYI, a peek at the solution for the question in the book revealed that Methods of Differences were indeed used to solve it, just that they didn't name it as such!

  7. Jessica's Avatar
    Jessica commented in tuition class


    2008
    Jan
    6
    Sun
    6:26pm
     
    7

    My sister is going to answer PSLE in 2008 in Myanmar. Her email is crystalsandi@gmail.com. I want you to sent some Maths paper to her email.
    I hope you accept my request.

  8. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2008
    Jan
    7
    Mon
    7:50pm
     
    8

    Thanks for dropping by Jessica. Unfortunately only O-Level (and not PSLE) Maths papers available here.

    P.S. Interesting that Myanmar also have their own version of PSLE!

  9. Sunnie's Avatar
    Sunnie commented in tuition class


    2008
    Jul
    6
    Sun
    11:26pm
     
    9

    These questions can be solved by heuristics approach... The model approach is normally used to solve stimultaneous ad fraction questions.

  10. miy0k0's Avatar
    miy0k0 commented in tuition class


    2008
    Jul
    27
    Sun
    2:01pm
     
    10

    i will be having PSLE this year and scared that i will be scoring very badly...theres there is abt 2mth.i wish that u can sent me some questions of math.hope that u can accept my request...

  11. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2008
    Jul
    28
    Mon
    12:30pm
     
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    Sunnie: Neighbour?!

    Hello miy0k0. Yes PSLE is coming soon but you shouldn't have anything to fear if you've been practising your maths regularly.

    Unfortunately, Miss Loi's questions are all dealing with Sec School Maths so it's best if you can ask your teacher/tutor or lookup PSLE assessment books (obviously not those mentioned above if you're not confident of your math foundation!) for relevant/important maths questions.

    Good luck for your PSLE and Miss Loi will see you in Sec One soon! 😀

  12. Ong's Avatar
    Ong commented in tuition class


    2009
    Sep
    7
    Mon
    10:04pm
     
    12

    All these questions frequently appear in maths olympiad for primary school. Nowadays very common

    I am pretty surprised that you didnt teach primary 6. I guess you are specialised in your own way.

  13. Wilson's Avatar
    Wilson commented in tuition class


    2009
    Oct
    10
    Sat
    1:43pm
     
    13

    My son just sat for his PSLE maths paper. Conclusion ; he could do it, but I can't !

    The fact is, we are having the next generation who are better than us, that is the intension of Singapore MOE.

    Good luck !

  14. mathslover's Avatar
    mathslover commented in tuition class


    2009
    Oct
    12
    Mon
    1:04am
     
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    The 2009 paper has a question that I couldn't do without resorting to algebra! Well yes they're taught algebra, but not simultaneous equations nor dealing with more than one variable!

    I wonder what the marking scheme would look like for this question:

    Jim bought some chocolates and gave half of it to Ken. Ken bought some sweets and gave half of it to Jim. Jim ate 12 sweets and Ken ate 18 chocolates. The ratio of Jim’s sweets to chocolates became 1:7 and the ratio of Ken’s sweets to chocolates became 1:4. How many sweets did Ken buy?

    And while we are at it, can Miss Loi attempt this Primary School Style?

  15. Miss Loi's Avatar
    Miss Loi Friend Miss Loi on Facebook @MissLoi commented in tuition class


    2009
    Oct
    12
    Mon
    11:54am
     
    15

    ong: Used to teach PSLE maths many, many years ago but these days Miss Loi & PSLE maths have a bit of a 河水不犯井水 relationship (i.e. River water don't mess with water from the well ... you get the idea). 😛

    wilson: Simply being able to do a couple of naughty PSLE maths 2009 questions means that they will be better than us meh? The road is still loooong ....

    mathslover: There are already TONS of full step-by-step solutions (that carefully avoided algebra/simultaneous equations like a plague) to that naughty Jim & Ken barter exchange question on the net if you google it.

    So don't think it's necessary for Miss Loi to 插一脚 into PSLE affairs here 😉

  16. Natalie Chan's Avatar
    Natalie Chan  commented in tuition class


    2010
    Jul
    27
    Tue
    7:18pm
     
    16

    Hi! What is the ans for Q42?pls reply asap so that i can check my ans before my PSLE. thank you for the Qs anyways. 😀

  17. elj's Avatar
    elj commented in tuition class


    2011
    Apr
    23
    Sat
    7:17pm
     
    17

    I really like your template.. where did you get this one? Am really had a hard time designing my blog..

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    Apr
    25
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    12:14pm
     
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    [...] what I wanted to quote already, but there’s this entry that she wrote sometime ago about PSLE Maths, which had confirm plus guarantee plus chop reaffirm my stand on, if possible, must avoid AT ALL [...]

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    wintersun5 tweeted


    2010
    Jul
    26
    Mon
    4:13pm
     
    20

    so these r psle math questions. and my student used to read storybooks the day b4 her psle papers. http://is.gd/dK8QV

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