PSLE FAQs and free exam resources for download

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We turn into a mixed bag of emotions when it comes to the PSLE... but don't fret just yet, mums and dads!

Mums and dads, it’s exam time in Singapore (read: Primary School Leaving Examination/ PSLE). If your child is taking the PSLE this year, we’re sure that you can’t help but feel increasingly anxious — as though you are the ones taking the exams.

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PSLE past year papers free download at the end of the article

Will my child be able to handle the exam stress? How can we not be worrywarts? After all, it’s the first major exam milestone in their lives and they might not know what to expect. 

To help ease your worries, we have all of your PSLE FAQs answered in this article. We have also collated PSLE past year papers free download links for your child, at the end of the article. 

PSLE FAQs: What to Look Out For

Registration and Withdrawal

1. Can I withdraw from the PSLE?

Please inform your school principal should you wish to withdraw from the PSLE.

2.  What subjects should I register for the PSLE?

The subjects offered at PSLE are shown below:

Standard subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese/Malay/Tamil), Non-Tamil Indian Language), Higher Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese, Malay and Tamil).

Foundation subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese, Malay, Tamil) and Non-Tamil Indian Languages.

Please refer to SEAB website for the syllabus information. Registration for the PSLE is done through your school.

3.   Will the examination fees be refunded if I withdraw from the PSLE?

There is no refund of examination fees on withdrawal.

4.   Who can sit the PSLE?

Students who are studying in government/government-aided/approved institutions in Singapore are eligible to sit the PSLE when they reach Primary 6 level.

5.   Is there a maximum age where a student can take the PSLE?

All students will sit for the PSLE at the end of Primary 6. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education Singapore website, here

Conduct of Examination

1.   What happens if I fall sick during the PSLE and do not sit the examination?

You should submit your medical documents to the Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board through your school if you fall sick.

2.   What happens if I fall sick during the PSLE but I sit the examination?

You should submit your medical documents to your school. All applications for review should be made through the school.  

3.   What happens to my results if I do not turn up for the examination?

For those subject(s) that you have missed during the PSLE, you will be given the grade, “Ungraded”.

Dictionary, Calculator, Correction Fluid or Tape

1.    Is correction fluid/tape allowed?

You are advised not to use correction fluid/tape in the national examinations. There were instances where the use of correction fluid affected the legibility of scripts.

The application of correction fluid/tape has also led to answers being left incomplete.

Furthermore, answer scripts with correction fluid/tape may be damaged if scanning is required; or if the fluid is not dried, the pages may be stuck together.

2.    Where can I find the list of approved dictionaries?

The list of approved dictionaries can be found on SEAB’s website at https://www.seab.gov.sg/pages/dictionary_list

3.    Can I use a dictionary that is not in the list of approved dictionaries? The name of the dictionary is different but it is from the same publisher.

Candidates are required to use the dictionaries listed in the approved dictionary list issued by SEAB. The list is also available on the website at https://www.seab.gov.sg/pages/dictionary_list

4.     Where can I find the list of approved calculators?

The list of approved calculators can be found on SEAB’s website at https://www.seab.gov.sg/content/calculator/GuidelinesCalculators.pdf

5.      Can I bring more than one calculator and/or dictionary into the examination hall?

SEAB does not restrict the number of approved calculators and e-dictionaries that candidates can bring for use at national examinations. Candidates may bring in more than one approved calculator and e-dictionary for national examinations. You may refer to the approved list of calculators here and dictionaries here for use at the national examinations.

Access Arrangements

1.       How do I apply for access arrangements?

Application for access arrangements must be done through your school. Please approach your school for the application procedures.

T-Score and Grades 

1.       How is the Subject T-Score computed?

For standard subjects, we apply the following formula:

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where x is the candidate’s mark for the subject Q

m is the average mark (mean) scored by all the candidates

s is the spread of the marks around the average mark (standard deviation)

2.       How is the Aggregate T-Score calculated?

The Aggregate T-Score is calculated by adding all the T-Scores for the examinable subjects taken by the candidates.

3.      What are the grades awarded?

  • The grades for each Standard subject are awarded A* (highest grade for standard subjects) or A, B, C, D, or E (lowest grade for standard subjects).
  • For Foundation subjects, the grades awarded are Grade 1 (highest grade for foundation subjects), 2, 3 or 4 (lowest grade for Foundation Subjects).
  • Higher Mother Tongue subjects are awarded Distinction (Highest grade for Higher Mother Tongue Subjects), Merit, Pass (lowest grade for Higher Mother Tongue Subjects).
  • “Ungraded” is awarded for those subject(s) that a student did not achieve the requirement of a minimum grade for the subject or the students missed all the papers for the subject during the PSLE.

4.      What is the difference between a student’s grade and his T-Score?

Grade: indicates how well the child has performed in that particular subject based on an objective set of standards.

Aggregate T-Score: indicates how well he has performed on average in all four subjects relative to his peers and is used specifically for the purpose of determining the priority of admission to secondary schools and the eligibility/fit for the different secondary school pathways available.

Results Slips and Certificates 

1.      Can I authorise someone to collect the PSLE results on my behalf?

Yes, you can. Please inform your school in advance and confirm the arrangement with the school.

2.      I have lost my PSLE Certificate. How can I get a replacement certificate?

The PSLE Certificate is only issued once. If you have lost your PSLE Certificate, you can purchase a “Statement of Results” from the Ministry of Education Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Singapore 138675.

  • Operating hours:
    • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri)
    • 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Sat)
  • Contact number: 6872-2220
  • Costs for “Statement of Results”:
    • S$10.00 per copy
    • A levy of S$2.00 and S$5.00 will be charged if you would like the Statement of Results to be mailed to your local address or overseas address respectively.

3.      I have lost my result slip. How can I get a replacement result slip?

You can purchase a “Statement of Results” from the Ministry of Education Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Singapore 138675.

  • Operating hours:
    • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri)
    • 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Sat)
  • Contact number: 6872-2220
  • Costs for “Statement of Results”:
    • S$10.00 per copy
    • A levy of S$2.00 and S$5.00 will be charged if you would like the Statement of Results to be mailed to your local address or overseas address respectively.

4.      What happens if there is a spelling error in the personal particulars (like Statutory Name, Hanyu Pinyin Name, Identification No. etc) in my result slip and/or PSLE Certificate?

Please inform your school of the spelling error. The error will be corrected on your PSLE certificate. An administrative fee may be charged.

5.      What are the dates for the 2018 PSLE Marking Exercise?

The schedule of the 2018 PSLE Marking Exercise is from 15 to 18 October 2018. All primary schools will be closed during this period to facilitate the conduct of the PSLE Marking Exercise.

Appeal for Review of Results 

1.      Can I make an appeal for a review of my national examination results?

Yes, you may appeal for a review of results through your school immediately after obtaining your national examination results. The appeal must be submitted to SEAB through the school by the closing date. There will be an appeal fee for each subject.

2.      How do I make the choice of my secondary schools if I am waiting for the outcome of my appeal for review of my PSLE results?

You are advised to make your choice of secondary schools based on your existing results and course posted to.

3.      How long does it take to process an appeal for review of results?

The process for review of results usually takes one month.

Posting to Secondary Schools

1.      What help has been given to students to make their choice of secondary schools?

The Ministry of Education’s website provides Primary Six students with the considerations when making the choices their Secondary Schools. Please visit https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/secondary-one-posting-exercise/considerations

2.      What is the cut-off score for entry to the various secondary school courses?

The cut-off aggregate score for each secondary school course may vary from year to year.

3.      How are students streamed into the various courses in secondary schools?

Students are streamed into the various courses in secondary schools based on their PSLE aggregate score.

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PSLE Past Year Papers Free Download

PSLE Past Year Papers Free Download: Primary School Test Papers from Top Schools in Singapore

Well… whether or not we believe in the saying that practice makes perfect, it’s wise to go into a battle knowing what you’re in for. Here are some past P6 exam papers for your child to practice and hone their skills. Good luck!

Most Downloaded P6 Testpapers

1. Primary 6 English SA2-B 2011 Raffles Girls 

2. P6 Maths 2014 SA1 – Nan Hua

3. P6 Maths 2014 SA2 – Tao Nan 

4. P6 2015 Prelims Maths – Christian Brothers

5. P6 2015 Prelims Maths – Raffles Girls

6. P6 2015 Prelims Maths – Henry Park 

7. P6 2015 Prelims Maths – Nanyang

8. P6 2015 Prelims Maths – Temasek Primary 

9. P6 2015 Prelims Science – Raffles Girls

10. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 9

PSLE past year papers free download: P6 Testpapers According to Subjects

English

1. P6 2015 Prelims English – Maha Bodhi

2. P6 2015 Prelims English – Raffles Girls

3. P6 English SA2 2016 – Methodist Girls

4. P6 English SA2 2016 – Red Swastika

5. P6 English SA2 2017 – Singapore Chinese Girls

6. P6 English SA2 2017 – Anglo Chinese

7. P6 English SA1 2011 – Nan Hua

8. P6 English SA1 2011 – Tao Nan

9. Primary 6 English SA1 2013 – Ai Tong

10. P6 English SA1 2016 – CHIJ

For more English examination papers, please visit here

Chinese

1. P6 Higher Chinese SA2 2017 – St Hildas

2. P6 Higher Chinese SA2 2017 – Catholic High

3. P6 Higher Chinese SA2 2014 – Tao Nan

4. Primary 6 Chinese SA2 2016 – Henry Park

5. Primary 6 Chinese SA2 2007 Hokkien Huay Kuan 5

6. P6 Chinese SA1 2012 – Nanyang

7. P6 Chinese SA1 2011 – Anglo Chinese Girls

8. P6 Chinese SA1 2008 – CHIJ

9. P6 Chinese CA2 2009 Catholic High

10. P6 Chinese CA1 2011 – Nan Hua

For more Chinese examination papers, please visit here.

Maths

1. Primary 6 Maths Combined Prelims 2013 – SHHK

2. Primary 6 Maths Combined Prelims 2013 – Anglo Chinese

3. P6 Maths SA2 2017 – Raffles Girls

4. P6 Maths SA2 2016 – Christian Brothers

5. P6 Maths SA2 2016 – Catholic High

6. P6 Maths SA1 2017 – Rosyth

7. Primary 6 Maths SA1 2013 – Methodist Girls

8. P6 Maths SA1 2006 – Ai Tong

9. P6 Maths CA1 2017 – Nanyang

10. P6 Maths CA1 2011 – Red Swastika

For more Math examination papers, please visit here.

Science

1.  P6 2015 Prelims Science – Temasek

2. Primary 6 SCIENCE Preliminary 2013 – Methodist Girls

3. Primary 6 SCIENCE Preliminary 2013 – SCGS

4. P6 Science SA2 2017 – Raffles Girls

5. Primary 6 Science SA2 2011 Hokkien Huay Kuan

6. P6 Science SA2 2004 Anglo Chinese

7. P6 Science SA1 2017 – Rosyth

8. P6 Science SA1 2008 – Methodist Girls

9. P6 Science CA1 2016 – CHIJ

10. P6 Science CA1 2009 – Ai Tong

For more Science examination papers, please visit here.

Tamil

1.  P6 SA1 Tamil Higher Mother Tongue -2014 (16)

2. P6 SA1 Tamil Higher Mother Tongue -2014 (13)

3. P6 SA1 Tamil Higher Mother Tongue -2014 (8)

4. P6 SA1 Tamil Higher Mother Tongue -2014 (3)

5. P6 SA1 Tamil Higher Mother Tongue -2014

6. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 8

7. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 6

8. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 4

9. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 3

10. P6 2014 SA1 Tamil – 1

For more Tamil examination papers, please visit here.

Ultimately…

The PSLE is just an indicator of how much your child internalises and apply into answering the questions. It does not determine how “smart” they are. The revision phase is especially tough with practice papers after practice papers so do remember to always support your child.

Enjoy the journey and the adrenaline rush that comes with this whole PSLE experience. And even if the outcome isn’t as ideal as you thought it’ll be, at least you can look back on it and say that you braved through it all.

 

Source: Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board

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