PSLE Math 2019 questions preview

The 2019 PSLE Maths Questions has caused quite a stir amongst Primary 6 parents and students.

You might have heard people discussing the answers to the semicircle question, the egg tart question and the triangle question. These questions have been spreading like wild fire ever since there were news of them “leaving pupils in tears” (Source: The Straits Times).

If you are wondering how difficult these 2019 PSLE Math questions really are and are game for a challenge, here are the questions. Try them out on your own and see if they are hard to you!

2019 PSLE Math Question #1:

Semi circle question

PSLE Math semi circle question

This Math question is under the topic of Circles in the Primary 6 Math syllabus. It provides the students with a set of semicircles and measurements, and our Primary 6 students need to find the diameter of a semicircle.

A reason that some students get stuck on this particular semicircle PSLE question is because the distance between the semi circles is slightly different and they might not have encountered such a scenario before.

2019 PSLE Math Question #2:

Pattern question with triangles and percentage

2019 PSLE Math pattern triangle

The P6 students are presented with a few figures that follow a certain pattern in this question, and there are 3 parts involved. Most of the Primary 6 students are able to solve the first 2 parts, but get stuck at part c of the question.

Some students are unable to solve the last part of this PSLE triangle question because they are used to doing Math pattern questions with a consistent difference. However, this question presents a unique situation whereby the number of white and grey triangles alternate.

2019 PSLE Math Question #3:

Egg tart question

2019 PSLE Math egg tart question

This egg tart question provides the students with a situation where 2 children bought some egg tarts and our Primary 6 students need to apply what they have learnt about percentages to solve the problem.

These questions are all found in 2019 PSLE Math Paper 2, which is the paper with all the word problem sums in it.

Challenge yourself to solve these PSLE Maths questions and see how many correct answers you can get!

Answer to semicircle question:

The key to answering this question lies in thinking critically and using some spatial visualization skills.

Think about how the diameters of the 5 semicircles are linked to one another.

It might be interesting to note that this question is somewhat similar to another PSLE Math question in 2018 which involved 2 quarter circles.

Answer to pattern question:

The trick to answering this PSLE triangle question is to really look at the pattern and understand how the information that is given relate to one another.

To figure out the correct answer for this question, we can go back to the fundamentals of model drawing.

Answer to percentage question:

This egg tart question requires a clear understanding on how percentages are applied to real life.

To answer it, you need to think of the cost of the egg tarts in terms of the percentage of the price one of them paid.


How many of these questions did you get correct? Did you find them hard or “tricky”?

Although these 3 questions are not the typical straightforward word problem sums, they do encourage our Primary 6 children to think more creatively and apply their Math problem-solving skills in specific situations, just like our Math questions in Practicle.

Remember that problem solving is about having the right attitude and learning to think about problems from different angles. If you are a Primary 6 parent or child seeing this, all the best for your PSLEs!

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