The first step to doing well for your PSLE exams is to know the format, mode of assessment and syllabus for your papers. This will help you to better understand what you are tested for, what the examiners are looking for and how to prepare for the exams effectively.
Today, we will be breaking down the PSLE Math paper, the 2021 Math syllabus and everything YOU need to know before your paper!
1. 2021 PSLE MATH TIMETABLE
The first thing you’ll need to know is that PSLE Math is scheduled for 1 October 2021. There are two components to the PSLE Math Paper — Paper 1 and Paper 2, and both are conducted on the same day.
2021 PSLE Mathematics Timetable, 1 October 2021 

Paper 1 
0815  0915 h (1 hour) 
Paper 2 
1030  1200 h (1 hour 30 minutes) 
Please mark this down in your planner or calendar!
2. 2021 PSLE MATH EXAMINATION FORMAT
Next, you’ll need to know the examination format of your paper.
The examination consists of two written papers comprising three booklets.
Source: MOE
Please see below for a breakdown of the types of questions.
PAPER 1 (45 marks)
As seen above, Paper 1 comprises two booklets (Booklets A and B) and the use of calculators is not allowed.
Booklet A (20 marks)
Booklet A comprises multiplechoice questions (MCQ) and answers are to be shaded on the Optical Answer Sheet (OAS) provided.
Multiplechoice questions (MCQ)
For each question, four options are provided of which only one is the correct answer. You will need to shade the right answer on the OAS provided.
The 1mark MCQ questions will be straightforward and assess basic concepts of the Primary Mathematics syllabus while the 2mark questions are less straightforward and would require you to analyse the information and apply the relevant concepts.
Typically, questions 1 to 10 are 1 mark each to a total of 10 marks and questions 11 to 15 are 2 marks each to a total of 10 marks.
Booklet B (25 marks)
Booklet B comprises both 1mark and 2marks shortanswer questions and answers are to be written in the space provided within the booklet.
1mark Shortanswer Question
For each question, you will need to write your answer in the space provided and marks are awarded for correct answers. Any unit required in the answer is provided and you will need to give your answer in that given unit.
The 1mark shortanswer questions will be straightforward and assess the basic concepts and skills of the Primary Mathematics syllabus. Typically, they are found from questions 16 to 20 in booklet B, to a total of 5 marks.
2marks Shortanswer question
These 2marks Short answer questions may comprise one or two parts and you will have to write your answer(s) in the space(s) provided. Any unit required in the answer is provided and you have to give your answer in that unit.
Marks are awarded as follows:
 For questions with two parts, 2 marks are awarded for the correct answers, one mark for each part.
 For questions with one part only, 2 marks are awarded for the correct answer.
 If an incorrect answer is given, 1 mark is awarded for the correct method or working shown.
These 2marks shortanswer questions are found from questions 21 to 30 of Booklet B, to a total of 20 marks.
PAPER 2 (55 marks)
Unlike Paper 1, Paper 2 comprises of one booklet of 2marks shortanswer questions and long structured questions and the use of calculators is allowed. You are to write your answers in the space given within the booklet.
2marks shortanswer question
The question may comprise one or two parts. Any unit required in the answer is provided and you have to give your answer in that unit.
Marks are awarded as follows:
 For questions with two parts, 2 marks are awarded for the correct answers, one mark for each part.
 For questions with one part only, 2 marks are awarded for the correct answer.
 If an incorrect answer is given, 1 mark is awarded for the correct method or working shown.
These 2marks shortanswer questions are found from questions 1 to 5 of Paper 2, to a total of 10 marks.
Structured/Longanswer Question
For each question, you have to show your workings clearly and write your answer(s) in the space(s) provided. They can be found from questions 6 to 17, varying from 3 to 5 marks per question to a total of 45 marks.
These questions are usually more complex and require you to analyse the information given, reason mathematically and adopt the right strategies to solve the question.
Since each question is worth a few marks, it’s important to write out all your steps, working and essential formulas clearly. You should do so even if you are unsure of how to do the question in order to secure as many marks as possible.
3. 2021 PSLE MATH SYLLABUS & ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES
After you know the examination format, it is important to familiarise yourself with the syllabus and the topics to be covered. This will help you to understand what your examiner is looking for or testing you about. It will also help you to test your understanding of the various concepts and topics.
The 2021 PSLE Math Syllabus can be found here. If you’re looking for an efficient way to test your understanding of the various concepts, do practice papers and identify your topic of weaknesses concurrently, do try out our papers on the website! After you’re done, we’ll provide you with analytics that allows you to know your weaknesses and the topics you need help in. Our analytics have incorporated all the syllabus and learning outcomes as well as the assessment objectives listed on the MOE website so you won’t have to worry about missing anything!
4. SUMMARY
Now that you have a better knowledge of the examination timetable, format and syllabus of the paper, we hope that you’ll be able to strategise the way you prepare for your Math PSLE paper and score well in PSLE! Stay tuned to our subsequent articles as we share how you can prepare for your PSLE!