CNA | Talking Point | E32: Are PSLE maths papers too difficult?

PSLE mathematics papers have been a thorn in the side of some parents who claim they are just too tough for 12 year olds. But are they really? Are students being adequately prepared for such questions? Talking Point finds out.
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  • amateurbowler 300
    amateurbowler 30019 orë më parë

    These are rlly too hard. Espiecially when i took it in 2019

  • Geno! Sans
    Geno! Sans9 ditë më parë

    I’m p4 and I realise most of them were P3 p4 question The fig1 Fig2 Fig3 Fig4 Is learnt in p4 I Guess we forget

  • Gonzalo Vanacore
    Gonzalo Vanacore10 ditë më parë

    lo mas interesante que vi en mi vida

  • Janelle Ong
    Janelle Ong11 ditë më parë

    I think the problem is that they r too stress and cannot focus during the questions, honestly the questions were doable, u just need to read properly , I used highlighters for the semi circle question and it helped me so much ! But I did try some of the past year psle questions given by my teacher , gotta admit the ribbon question was hard , all of my classmates (EVEN ME) , got it wrong and the number of times the teacher explained to us we couldn’t understand it

  • Haney Luv
    Haney Luv12 ditë më parë

    I don’t even understand a single thing

  • Haney Luv
    Haney Luv12 ditë më parë

    😵😨😱🤭🥶 what in the world

  • yunzhen wu
    yunzhen wu19 ditë më parë

    Me, A* for math and science for his year. Laughs as I goes to A levels, in a top school. The question given is really quite easy. Sure it is a Sec 1 question, but it is thought in class. The question was actually really quite simple and easy. Sitting through the exam, I wasn’t surprised when I saw the question. That year wasn’t too hard, the re wasn’t any simultaneous equation questions, except for the 5 semicircle question, which wasn’t too hard. I don’t know about other schools but my school and math teacher thought me well and thought us good methods to tackle these “difficult” questions. All you need, is the basics and foundations of the topics and learn to apply these knowledge. I really love mathematics and found that math isn’t hard at all. Good luck to the next group of people taking the math PSLE. If you need any help, you can talk to your Teachers to correct any misunderstandings or understand a topic better. 😄😁😆😃😀😀😄😁😃

  • Mewistic
    Mewistic27 ditë më parë

    People now are going foundation math so it's easier lol

  • john davis
    john davis29 ditë më parë

    ribbon question is 9 rolls

  • Unhappy_Galaxy
    Unhappy_GalaxyMuaj më parë

    Watching this reminds me of how I screwed up my paper. It wasn't difficult, it was really simple, I just couldn't find the method.

  • Jade Chang
    Jade ChangMuaj më parë

    That’s right, PSLE is just a stepping stone kids, your future is still bright even if PSLE didn’t go as you wanted it to go !!! :)

  • ~Doughgurl~
    ~Doughgurl~Muaj më parë

    They featured my school Shuqun xia I so happy

  • AngeL
    AngeLMuaj më parë

    Bruh, just focus in class and think outside the box when solving a question you're not familiar with. I'm pretty sure the teachers have gone through multiple questions like these. I didn't study and still managed to do good for my PSLE. Well I imagine if I had studied I would of done better.

  • Shreeisa- Bangkokian
    Shreeisa- BangkokianMuaj më parë

    Its dumb, how people practice for PSLE... Just don't bother about good school lol

  • Anshul Kumar
    Anshul Kumar2 muaj më parë

    i am aiming for 286

  • shiriqo
    shiriqo2 muaj më parë

    HAHAHHAAHAHAHA AT <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="427">7:07</a> I SAW 'JAMES CHARLES' ON THE WHITEBOARD!! 😂😂

  • hangkook
    hangkook2 muaj më parë

    Let it be. Ur employer or even ur future client or business partner won't ask u how u performed in ur PSLE maths or even ur PSLE or even which branded Sec sch u went. Let the child grow to be a person with values who respects self, parents and others who's able to face challenges head on n doesnt give up is more significant thn getting them perform in sch n lose their childhood with elitist attitudes tht they embrace from their competitive parents. At the end of the day, we r just breeding elitism in our society. At the end of the day, these students will struggle in the real world coz there are no tutors who will guide them in the working or business or simply the real world. Too dependent on spoon feeding with solution through tuition sessions. Anyway, it's a bell curve results. Pro rated for everyone 🤭. Why the big fuss...

  • Doucwhale
    Doucwhale2 muaj më parë

    Fun fact, my teacher told my that there are some sec 4 questions.

  • alvachan88
    alvachan882 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="538">8:58</a> since no one has pointed this out, i shall. If any person, student or not, can solve part b which requires knowing how to find an arithmetic sum (apart from brute force), how does part c require a more advanced concept? It's just converting a fraction to percentage form.

  • Joshua Kurian
    Joshua Kurian2 muaj më parë

    It's quite difficult if many PSLE questions wind up on the mindyourdecisions channel, which is by no means a math channel for those who are just trying to keep up with their primary school work.

  • Low Yeeliang
    Low Yeeliang2 muaj më parë

    $<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="68">1:8</a>0 for the each egg tarts

  • Low Yeeliang
    Low Yeeliang2 muaj më parë

    Qns 4: 36 cm for diameter that was not hard, Ribbon is 10 rolls of the 25 meters.

  • Blue Flame
    Blue Flame2 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="114">1:54</a> ... isnt it (16+22+22)-(12+12) ? cuz like 2 diameters of circle will leave 60 behind and 3 diameters will leave 24 behind so if u add 1 more diameter to the bottom part which is the 2 diameters it will become 24 which means that 1 diameter is 60-24 which is 36..... right?

  • Blue Flame
    Blue Flame2 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="220">3:40</a> isnt it 9 rolls?

  • Woosh
    Woosh2 muaj më parë

    Nope. At least for me last year (2018) it was pathetically easy. And PSLE dosent matter. O’lvl and A’lvl matter more.

  • Awesome Soul
    Awesome Soul2 muaj më parë

    That is what schools are for

  • Irfan Musharraf
    Irfan Musharraf3 muaj më parë

    its okay guys, i got C for psle math and A1 for Olevel math

  • Promestein
    Promestein3 muaj më parë

    Students in Singapore are taught to learn via rote memorization, which does not stimulate creativity - either that or they are simply lack the mental faculties required for divergent thought, which is true for majority of the population. Perhaps MOE should introduce a system whereby the students who are able to solve the questions requiring creativity are recognized by secondary schools for their creativity. Singapore needs creativity, or rather, genius. Every year we have plenty of students participating in International Math and Science Olympiads, but virtually none of them make any significant academic contributions. Furthermore, the top one percent of students with corresponding IQ's of 132 and above are put in the GEP Program, and the top 0.004th of students with IQ's of 160 (S.D 15 scale) and above - if they are identified quickly before they become disillusioned with the system, of course - are basically allowed to learn at their own pace. However, have you ever heard of a Singaporean winning a Nobel Prize in the Sciences? Or a Fields Medal? Me neither. This is because Singapore remains as a highly collectivist society, where students are taught to be cogs- in-machines from a very young age. My point is that Singapore needs to select the students based on ability, not test grades, and groom them from a young age to become leading scientists in their fields. Either that or we resort to a eugenics program.

  • filthyTrash
    filthyTrash3 muaj më parë

    The MOE needs a reminder that these kids are just 12 year olds and some family can't afford fancy tution

  • Fez


    2 muaj më parë

    @filthyTrash Honestly, the whole thing was greatly exaggerated. The paper was not that difficult, plus if it is too easy then everyone will do well and the best cannot excel. Plus, who says you need tuition? I never received tuition but yet did ok i feel.

  • filthyTrash


    3 muaj më parë

    @The George does pride really matter at the expense of other kid's future and metal health? Are they really risking that just for pride?

  • The George

    The George

    3 muaj më parë

    How will Singapore pride itself with top tier education if the exams are easy?

  • SurprisinglyWaffle
    SurprisinglyWaffle3 muaj më parë

    No money for tuition lah

  • Jack Lim
    Jack Lim3 muaj më parë

    Just study lol... not like psle is the hardest exam you are ever going to take

  • ali4a s
    ali4a s3 muaj më parë

    i got the last grade before U grade and all i can say is , " lets blame math ,"

  • Ziggy Xd
    Ziggy Xd3 muaj më parë

    Bruh imagine crying to an exam paper. Looked at the qns as a Sec 1 n it’s extremely easy :\

  • Cb Major
    Cb Major3 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="113">1:53</a> I was bored so I solved it Let the diameter of the circle be x and set an expression for the length of the line for both sides: x+12+x+12+x 22+x+16+x+22 Since they share the same line, we can set them equal to each other: x+12+x+12+x=22+x+16+x+22 12+12+x=22+16+22 24+x=60 x=36 The diameter of the circle is 36 If I did something wrong, sorry!

  • 哆啦哆啦梦


    2 muaj më parë

    You're correct

  • Elfase


    3 muaj më parë

    Welp I used guess and check cuz I couldn't observe a thing...

  • basically my life is a lie
    basically my life is a lie3 muaj më parë

    My UPSR and SPM test : *yoU RANG?*

  • Shadow
    Shadow3 muaj më parë

    Can i have those egg tarts

  • Cookie_ Palyz1003
    Cookie_ Palyz10033 muaj më parë

    I'm moving to another country -

    NYI YAN MOE HTET3 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1367">22:47</a>, What do they mean by "Quantity Passes" and "Quality Passes"?

  • Jarrod Yuki
    Jarrod Yuki3 muaj më parë

    students at lynbrook can take the amc and get 95 percent. then amy and get 70 percent this is nothing.

  • Wallace Chow
    Wallace Chow3 muaj më parë


  • Klixx_Yt
    Klixx_Yt3 muaj më parë

    phew i live in malaysia

  • Anna Xia
    Anna Xia3 muaj më parë

    Me who got an A for PSLE math 🤔

  • Enslaved singaporean
    Enslaved singaporean3 muaj më parë

    A totally not very American-like education system.

  • Kessler Tan
    Kessler Tan3 muaj më parë

    lol those kids cant solve cos they not meant for express stream what, cmi say cmi la. Not like dont have kids scoring 240 above liddat lmao

  • 아드리안
    아드리안3 muaj më parë

    at least I got an A oop

  • 아드리안
    아드리안3 muaj më parë

    at least I got an A oop

  • Humza Muhammad
    Humza Muhammad3 muaj më parë

    All the questions except the circle r easy for me

  • Jeong Min Kim
    Jeong Min Kim3 muaj më parë

    For some questions, i.e. the weight of 6 $1 coins, I would not think I'll be able to solve it back then when I was 12 years old. But now, the answer to the questions seem all too logical.

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    School vs the natural human mind

  • Miaw4eva
    Miaw4eva3 muaj më parë

    Will my PSLE this year will be as hard as the questions presented in the video?

  • Fez


    2 muaj më parë

    Yes, around the same difficulty level, they won't change anything much. Good luck for your PSLE!

  • Uncertaindude
    Uncertaindude3 muaj më parë

    I am weird I felt that paper 2 wasn't that hard (Note: i took the paper this year)

  • just a dude

    just a dude

    3 muaj më parë

    Because why would PSLE be hard?

  • Javier Ho
    Javier Ho3 muaj më parë

    PSLE math is SUPER easy when i did it in sch anywyas

  • Leno Ng Yu Nuo
    Leno Ng Yu Nuo3 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="864">14:24</a> you haven't paid yet

  • Lumine Moon
    Lumine Moon3 muaj më parë

    I got the last question correct, but it took me like 20 minutes to solve it. The second last question I was like ‘screw it’ and randomly wrote stuff. The last question was okay coz i go for math olympiad, but I don’t bother listening. I’m pretty sure I got like 85 for math and science and 91 for english. With like 60 for MT, haha.

  • Lumine Moon

    Lumine Moon

    3 muaj më parë

    15.07 ohhh it was part of the paper, and yeah, alot of us got 40 and 1.80. That was fairly simple tho

  • Yi Jun
    Yi Jun3 muaj më parë

    The semi circle one is ez cuz a lot of students over think it. But the pattern one Is hard for p6 students. Not impossible but just hard. But when u reach Sec 1, you will learn how to easily solve the pattern within 1 min! So it's okay if u can't solve it now! You will eventually learn it!

  • Néstor Abreu Jiménez
    Néstor Abreu Jiménez3 muaj më parë

    You guys should try the European competences, the guidelines are aimed to improve student's life and competences so they can improve and keep learning. The best one is called Learn to Learn where it looks for the student's own personal growth

  • Néstor Abreu Jiménez

    Néstor Abreu Jiménez

    3 muaj më parë

    @Enslaved singaporean its a common regulatory policy that every school across the EU should follow, it's a loosely held legislation, but it does the trick. In certain countries it's not enough but it's aimed not only to raise perfect A students but also students that know how to balance work and personal

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    Especially Finland

  • Llama Seas
    Llama Seas3 muaj më parë

    PSLE math question be promoting parent to spend money on tuition Me: >-> srsly Lmao I rmb taking PSLE and I failed math and I was like whatever at least I get to secondary school

  • AlienPanda_
    AlienPanda_3 muaj më parë

    its fine not so hard paper 2 abit hard for like 2 questions but overall its abit easy

  • AlienPanda_


    3 muaj më parë

    Kate Yeow haha

  • Kate Yeow

    Kate Yeow

    3 muaj më parë

    chickens daniella ya. My mother ask me try the question for next year and the egg tart question is me just half guessing half actually knowing how to do. But the pattern question part c killed me. The semi circle question is quite easy, use simultaneous equation can solve already.

  • hxnnxh shxfixh
    hxnnxh shxfixh3 muaj më parë

    i passed the psle maths HAHAH i’m so proud of myself

  • jiwoo lee
    jiwoo lee3 muaj më parë


  • YH Shannon Ching
    YH Shannon Ching3 muaj më parë

    They should totally make it easy and super manageable next year. Then, the parents will regret because there is something called bellcurve.

  • Kate Yeow

    Kate Yeow

    3 muaj më parë

    YH Shannon Ching YES. That’s my year.

  • Elder Lich

    Elder Lich

    3 muaj më parë

    then everyone get A+++ and all go for Express then Sec 2 half drop to NT stream and the parents have SURPRISED PIKACHU face

  • Just pq
    Just pq3 muaj më parë

    I have tbh paper 1 was easy. In the triangle pattern question in paper i got it so mant times in schl. So?????

  • Hanz
    Hanz3 muaj më parë

    Me waiting to suffer next year on PSLE

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    It's normal if you feel like committing suicide becos I did

  • JeffT Rev
    JeffT Rev3 muaj më parë

    Student: I've studied for years and yay I am well prepared for the exam! PSLE: I'm about to end this man's whole career

  • Jack Lim

    Jack Lim

    3 muaj më parë

    Student: *exists* Exams: i dont think so

  • jia chen
    jia chen3 muaj më parë

    getting tested by things not taught in class - welcome to uni

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    U.S Soldiers going into the Vietnam war colourised

  • Jœrgen #1
    Jœrgen #13 muaj më parë

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="68">1:08</a> Meth....hmm. nice🤔

  • NOtDrACO04
    NOtDrACO043 muaj më parë

    The answer for that circles qn is 36 btw

  • Chandar
    Chandar3 muaj më parë

    Think about it, there are only max 1-2 hard questions that’s require out of the box thinking, this is to separate the smart from the smarter students. The other questions are usually well practiced before-hand. Furthermore, even if it is true that a certain question is really difficult, the psle scoring system works in a way where your marks are pit against other pupil’s marks around Singapore, which means that no matter how tough questions are, your marks depend on how you perform as compared to your peers. Parents need to understand how the t-score system works and why papers must have varying difficulty levels.

  • Tristan Toh
    Tristan Toh3 muaj më parë

    Yes they are because I got less than 250 for psle

  • Aashes Prod.34
    Aashes Prod.343 muaj më parë

    I got a 82 for the Prelims and for the 2019 PSLE Paper, I got A* for Mathematics

  • Commander Crocodile

    Commander Crocodile

    3 muaj më parë

    Chill of lah

  • JerTalksTrash


    3 muaj më parë

    Aashes Prod.34 don’t care

  • Darren Tong

    Darren Tong

    3 muaj më parë

    Ok smarty

  • Rylene Sia

    Rylene Sia

    3 muaj më parë

    Aashes Prod.34 ok then ? show off.

  • Wei Dong
    Wei Dong3 muaj më parë

    Anyone got a star for math?

  • Gwen Villamor
    Gwen Villamor3 muaj më parë

    I took the psle this year and at the egg tart math question, i was like ‘oh gosh, i like egg tarts, i want to eat one now’ 😂😂😂

  • Janelle Ong

    Janelle Ong

    11 ditë më parë

    yunzhen wu I wouldn’t say it is easy but it’s possible to do , u just need to take ur time and study it properly

  • Kevinkp Ho

    Kevinkp Ho

    15 ditë më parë

    yunzhen wu chill bro

  • yunzhen wu

    yunzhen wu

    19 ditë më parë

    Both the questions were easy! You just needed to understand the concept of the question and answer accordingly.

  • Gwen Villamor

    Gwen Villamor

    3 muaj më parë

    Kate Yeow ye it was quite hard. Not to flex but i got it correct but the semi circle one i got wrong .-.

  • Kate Yeow

    Kate Yeow

    3 muaj më parë

    Gwen Villamor egg tart question was the one that was the hardest. Not the semi circle one

  • Steven Zheng
    Steven Zheng3 muaj më parë

    That Spikey and Curly problem is a classic type of problem from Ancient China. Jiuzhang Suanshu

  • 41f4
    41f43 muaj më parë

    It was really hard,I thought I would get 165 in total but I got 199

  • xavier tan
    xavier tan3 muaj më parë

    Lmao, Everything also tough, people only think this year tough? Every year everyone also say that the paper is tough, If you don't know how to do a question, you still can score an A...

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    Let's say that like 10 times and see if we can get an A

  • random293
    random2933 muaj më parë

    2015: coin question 2017: ribbon question 2019: semicircle question 2016 and 2018: no controversial question so 2020’s paper *may* not be that bad

  • qian ya
    qian ya3 muaj më parë

    i think most p6 struggled with the second last circles question. i lost all my brain cells trying the read the question

  • Jerry Ng
    Jerry Ng3 muaj më parë

    Students should be hoping for a harder math paper

  • Lee Hong Hui
    Lee Hong Hui3 muaj më parë

    2018 psle paper not so bad, I expected a star or a, got a The Percentage of grey triangles is hard for me, I am sec 1 now

  • Love it
    Love it3 muaj më parë

    The real question is: do spending on expensive tuition and stressing students with tight schedule even helpful, when hardest questions are so "daily day basis"?

  • Fez


    2 muaj më parë

    I feel like, yes, it does help to have tuition to *SOME* extent, but if it is too frequent or the parents put too much stress on them, then the students will most definitely do worse than they could have.

  • Enslaved singaporean

    Enslaved singaporean

    3 muaj më parë

    The answer: it's called slavery

  • Love it
    Love it3 muaj më parë

    Questions: real life related Students: can't have the luxury to devide cake in the park because they were spending time in tuition centers.

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