This year’s 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).
As expected, many have been wondering what’s the commotion all about and how challenging these so-called difficult 2019 PSLE Math questions really are. Afterall, the degree of difficulty of these questions may vary depending on the Math ability of different students.
Let’s take a look at these Math questions and help you decide if the questions are hard!
2019 PSLE Math Question #1:
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
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 they get stuck at part c of the question.
A reason why some students are unable to solve the last part of this PSLE triangle question could be because most PSLE Math pattern question deals with a consistent difference as the figure number progresses. However, this question presents a unique situation whereby the number of white and grey triangles alternate.
2019 PSLE Math Question #3:
Egg tart question
This question provides the students with a situation where 2 children bought some egg tarts. However, because of a discount, a girl was able to buy some additional egg tarts, and our Primary 6 students need to solve 2 parts of the Math question that requires them to apply their knowledge on Percentages.
All 3 questions are found in Paper 2, which is the paper with problem sums in the 2019 PSLE Math Paper.
Challenge yourself and see if you know how to solve these PSLE Maths questions!
If you get stuck or need to check your answers, here are some videos to help you out.
Semicircle Question Answered
To answer this question, you’ll need to think critically and use some spatial visualization skills. Think about how the diameters of the 5 semicircles are linked to one another. It might be interesting to know that this question is somewhat similar to another PSLE Math question in 2018 which involved 2 quarter circles.
Pattern Question Answered
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. This is not an easy question but it’s certainly a rewarding one if you can get it right. To answer this question, let’s go back to the fundamentals of model drawing.
Percentage Question Answered
This egg tart question requires a clear understanding on how Percentages can be 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.
PSLE is not the end game, life is more than that…
To be honest, all 3 questions are not the typical straightforward problem sums that we usually see in Paper 2, and might require quite a bit of thinking before you can solve them. In fact, these Math questions are interesting as they require our Primary 6 children to think more creatively and apply Math concepts in specific situations.
Although some parents and children have remarked that these questions are too hard or even “tricky”, we have to recognize that Math is really all about problem-solving. These questions kind of highlight that fact, in a really “Mathy” way, rather than drown our kids in giant blobs of English and convoluted workings.
If your child sat in this PSLE 2019 Math Paper and did not get all three questions correct, don’t get too disheartened if they found these questions difficult. All the P6 children took the same paper, and the results will still be moderated by the current T-Score system.
Remember, having the right attitude goes a long way in preparing your child for a successful life ahead.
Practicle wishes all P6 children all the best moving forward!