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PSLE Mathematics Overview

We see the need for Mathematics everywhere in Singapore, from something as simple as calculating your expenses to planning home renovation, engineering or investments. The PSLE Mathematics syllabus and examinations will teach our P6 students important life skills in thinking, analysing and problem-solving.

PSLE Mathematics uses various mathematical concepts and processes to show students how to think logically, analyse complicated problems and solve issues effectively. The syllabus is rigid but incredibly helpful to develop students mentally.

Many parents and students consider PSLE Mathematics to be one of the hardest and most important PSLE subjects. It can be easy to score well for the PSLE, but you need patience, hard work and practice to see results.

As such, we often see parents spend the most time and effort giving their children Mathematics revision, practice and additional Maths tuition classes. The PSLE Maths examination is just a matter of preparation and practice – if we can do it, so can you!

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Learning Objectives of Mathematics

For most citizens of the 21st century, learning Mathematics will help us to develop critical problem-solving skills and processes that will be useful in everyday life. Furthermore, even with the improvements in technology, we are still required to understand basic Mathematical concepts that allow us to make split-second decisions constantly.

Therefore, PSLE Mathematics aims to teach us in growing our attitudes, skills, concepts, processes and metacognition in not just Mathematics, but also in daily functions and processes.

This is done so by using numerical, algebraic, geometrical, statistical, probabilistic and analytical concepts in PSLE Mathematics.

PSLE Mathematics (0008)

How is PSLE Maths graded as a subject?

PSLE Mathematics assesses your critical thinking and problem-solving skills and abilities when you recall mathematical facts, concepts, rules and formulae and perform computations. Also, you will need to interpret, understand, reason and analyse information and use appropriate strategies.

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.

In total, the PSLE Maths examinations has a total of 100 marks, which is then used for the Achievement Levels (AL) Score calculation.

What topics and concepts are tested in PSLE Maths?

The PSLE Mathematics syllabus is meant to teach students basic mathematical concepts for their everyday lives and to help them prepare for Secondary School Mathematics and Physics.

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

  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Measurement
  3. Geometry
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Fractions
  6. Decimals
  7. Percentage
  8. Ratio
  9. Speed
What is the examination format of PSLE Maths?

PSLE Mathematics (0008) tests students two papers, both taken on the same day with an hour-long break in between them.

PaperComponentMarksWeightageDuration
1AMultiple-choice2020%1 hour
1BShort-answer2525%
2Short-answer1010%1 hour 30 minutes
Structured/long-answer4545%
Total100100%2 hours 30 minutes
What calculators are approved for PSLE Maths?

Scientific calculators that are pre-approved by SEAB will be allowed for Paper 2 of the PSLE Mathematics examination. Calculators should not have any programmable or graphing functions.

As of 2020, these are the calculators approved by SEAB:

Calculator BrandCalculator ModelApproved Period
CASIOFX 82MSUntil 2021
FX 85MS
FX 95MS
FX 96SG Plus
FX 97SG XUntil 2022
FX 350MSUntil 2021
CANONF-960SG
SHARPEL W531SUntil 2023
EL W531S IIUntil 2022
EL W531XMUntil 2023
EL 533XUntil 2024

More information on the approved list of calculators is available on the SEAB website and Approved Calculator List (2020).

Maths Paper 1: Booklets A and B

PSLE Maths Paper 1 comprises of two booklets, Booklet A and Booklet B, to test your mathematical concepts and calculation using short, structured questions. No calculators are allowed for this hour-long paper.

Booklet A (20 marks)

Booklet A has 15 MCQs, of which there are 10 1-mark questions and 5 2-marks questions. These questions are meant to be straightforward and assess basic concepts and skills.

Booklet B (25 marks)

Booklet B contains 15 short-answer questions, with 5 1-mark questions and 10 2-mark questions. Although the questions are also meant to be straightforward, you are reminded to show your workings and provide units in your answers. Be sure to avoid careless mistakes, too.

Maths Paper 2

PSLE Maths Paper 2 comprises of 17 questions, of which 5 are short-answer questions worth 2 marks each and 12 are structured or long-answer questions worth 3 to 5 marks each. The use of calculators is allowed for this 90-minute-long paper.

Throughout the paper, there are multiple problems in every question and no structured procedures are provided. You will need to think and apply the correct mathematical concepts to solve each problem successfully.

For every question, you will need to show your workings (method of solution) clearly and state your final answers in the space provided. This is a very important requirement to obtain the maximum points as examiners will most likely grade your workings. Like in Paper 1, you will also have to provide units.

PSLE Foundation Mathematics (0038)

What is different in PSLE Foundation Maths?

PSLE Foundation Mathematics differs from Standard PSLE Mathematics by having reduced requirements for understanding and mastery of various mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills. Both Foundation Mathematics and Standard PSLE Mathematics have the same two papers but with less scope and difficulty.

By doing so, students can instead focus their time and resources on building a strong foundation for Mathematics. The syllabus also prepares them adequately for learning Mathematics at a higher level in the future.

The combined duration is shorter at 2 hours and has a total of 90 marks.

What topics and concepts are tested in Foundation Maths?

Similar to Standard PSLE Mathematics syllabus, Foundation Mathematics teaches students basic mathematical concepts for their everyday lives.

There are currently seven topics across Numbers and Algebra, Measurements and Geometry and Statistics being tested in the PSLE Foundation Maths examinations:

  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Measurement
  3. Geometry
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Fractions
  6. Decimals
  7. Percentage
What calculators are approved for Foundation Maths?

Scientific calculators that are pre-approved by SEAB will be allowed for Paper 2 of the PSLE Foundation Mathematics examination. The calculators approved are the same as the Standard PSLE Mathematics. Calculators should not have any programmable or graphing functions.

As of 2020, these are the calculators approved by SEAB:

Calculator BrandCalculator ModelApproved Period
CASIOFX 82MSUntil 2021
FX 85MS
FX 95MS
FX 96SG Plus
FX 97SG XUntil 2022
FX 350MSUntil 2021
CANONF-960SG
SHARPEL W531SUntil 2023
EL W531S IIUntil 2022
EL W531XMUntil 2023
EL 533XUntil 2024

More information on the approved list of calculators is available on the SEAB website and Approved Calculator List (2020).

What is the examination format of Foundation Maths?

PSLE Foundation Mathematics (0038) tests students using two papers, both taken on the same day with an hour-long break in between them.

PaperComponentMarksWeightageDuration
1AMultiple-choice3033.4%1 hour
1BShort-answer2022.2%
Short-answer2022.2%1 hour
Structured/long-answer2022.2%
Total90100%2 hours

PSLE Maths Revision Notes & Resources

If you want to achieve the maximum score in PSLE Maths, you need plenty of time because mastering PSLE Mathematics needs complete knowledge of the concepts and endless practices, including using maths assessment books.

You need to start early for your PSLE Mathematics revision, and we have the right resources for you! You can use our free downloadable Maths revision notes and resources to improve your understanding of the concepts and practice.

These PSLE Maths Resources are obtained and packaged from top schools and tutors in Singapore and are proven to help you to deepen your understanding and get closer to the PSLE Mathematics Distinction.

If you want to achieve the maximum score in PSLE Maths, you need plenty of time because mastering PSLE Mathematics needs complete knowledge of the concepts and endless practices, including using maths assessment books.

You need to start early for your PSLE Mathematics revision, and we have the right resources for you! You can use our free downloadable Maths revision notes and resources to improve your understanding of the concepts and practice.

These PSLE Maths Resources are obtained and packaged from top schools and tutors in Singapore and are proven to help you to deepen your understanding and get closer to the PSLE Mathematics Distinction.

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Free Primary School Test Papers

Time is essence in the intensive PSLE Mathematics examination papers. You need time to think carefully, show your workings, get the right answers and check through for any careless mistakes.

Therefore, practicing your PSLE time management on past year primary school test papers can keep you sharp, focused and ready to ace the PSLE Maths examination. Download our free P6 Mathematics Exam Papers and start preparing for the PSLE today!

Time is essence in the intensive PSLE Mathematics examination papers. You need time to think carefully, show your workings, get the right answers and check through for any careless mistakes.

Therefore, practicing your PSLE time management on past year primary school test papers can keep you sharp, focused and ready to ace the PSLE Maths examination. Download our free P6 Mathematics Exam Papers and start preparing for the PSLE today!

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Important PSLE Dates for PSLE Mathematics

Keep track of the next upcoming PSLE Maths examination so that you can plan and prepare yourself adequately for this important examination paper. Remember, you can perform well in any PSLE subject paper when you are well-prepared with the knowledge, well-equipped with the right stationery and mentality and well-rested the night before.

Date Upcoming PSLE Dates for English Time
Oct 02 Mathematics Paper 1
08:15 am
Oct 02 Mathematics Paper 2
10:30 am
Oct 02 Foundation Mathematics Paper 1
08:15 am
Oct 02 Foundation Mathematics Paper 2
10:30 am

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