Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Students have around two hours to complete each subject paper except for certain components of language subjects. The format excellence in cross examination pdf the PSLE and the presence of it in the Singapore education system gives it a part in national culture.
PSLE material has also been exported to other countries. PSLE, to provide a benchmark of their performance, compared to Singapore’s standards. However, the standard examination procedure has retained many of the same elements throughout the years despite changes being made to the requirements of each question, the score allocated to each question and the revisions in emphasis. On 13 July 2016, Ministry of Education has officially announced the latest revision to the PSLE Scoring System. The aggregate score for the PSLE will be replaced with wider scoring bands from 2021. The current T-score system grades students very finely. It is unnecessary at the young age to make such fine distinctions between children.
Some people believe that a student who scores 231 is better than another student who scores 230, but it is not educationally meaningful to differentiate so finely between the two. Hence, by having a wider scoring bands, it would mean that students in the same band are similar academically. Scores will reflect students own level of achievement, instead of comparing them to their peers. The current T-score system reflects a student’s relative performance against the rest of his cohort. A student may score well for all his subjects but receive a lower T-score if the rest of the cohort scores better.
The new scoring system allows students to focus on their own learning outcomes. As long as they meet the learning objectives of the curriculum, they will score the corresponding achievement level. From 2021, choice will matter when it comes to secondary school admissions. Pupils will get a choice of six schools and have to rank these choices in order of their preference. If two pupils have the same PSLE score and have chosen the same school, the one who has put it down as a first choice will get priority over the one who listed it as a second choice. Computerised balloting will be used as a tie-breaker if there are two pupils with the same PSLE score and citizenship status, vying for a place in a school for which they have both listed in the same choice order.
To get into the Express stream, pupils need to get a PSLE score of 22 or less, instead of a PSLE aggregate score of around 188 currently. To test the students’ grasp of the language subjects, such as the English language or the mother tongue languages at the end of primary school, there are several separate examinations. With each mother tongue subject, there are three levels of examination, the standard level, the foundational level and the separate and optional “Higher Mother Tongue” subject. Whether a Higher Mother Tongue subject is taken also depends on the student’s proficiency in the language.
English, Mathematics and Science are available at the standard and foundational levels. A student can opt to take different subjects at different levels. These streams had the same standard subjects except for the additional EM1 subject of Higher Mother Tongue, which differentiated the streams. 2010, and also the new science syllabus. From 2007, Primary Four pupils underwent subject-based rather than overall streaming, so that the labels EM1, EM2 and EM3 disappeared, leaving only the options to take different subjects at the standard or foundational level and the option of taking Higher Mother Tongue. At the end of Primary Four, the students’ parents decide their combination of subjects.
At the end of Primary Five, the school will make the final decision on the student’s combination of subjects. It carries majority of marks in that language. It usually contains six to seven passages. The maximum score for this examination is 30. The examination is judged by two teachers who have to agree on a single score for each student. A listening comprehension examination will test the students’ ability to comprehend the spoken English language in various daily situations, and is composed of twenty multiple choice questions which is based on information contained in audio played to the students, and the examination is taken as a class, not individually. Usually, questions will be based on one of seven passages in different scenarios.
This particular examination lasts around 35 minutes, with the maximum score being 20. There is a two-section composition question consisting of situational writing, where students write an informal or a formal letter, informal or formal email, recipe, book or movie review, memo, note, report or even combination of multiple formats, e. The next section is on continuous writing, which access candidates of their basic writing abilities and language thought process. From 2015 onwards, the examination format has been revised and candidates now only have one choice of continuous writing. A series of 3 pictures will be provided to the candidates and a general theme is given. Candidates are required to use one, some or all of the picture to write a continuous writing.
This changed the previous separated picture based composition and situational based writing to bring about more creativity for candidates to have when writing the composition. These two sections last a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes. Two teachers are required to grade a composition paper, and the disparity in scoring made by each teacher should be minimal, and the average of the scoring taken if the disparity is small to yield the score for the questions. If the disparity is too large, the question papers are required to be re-graded, this time with three teachers. The essay section in particular usually avoids giving questions requiring logical argument and favours scenic or event description. The final examination testing the students’ proficiency in the language is a written paper which tests the student’s comprehension of the written language being tested, and usually lasts about 1 hour and 50 minutes in length. It has a total score value of 95.