Singapore maths

Singapore maths

Singapore maths is used by both schools and homeschooling families worldwide, and is well suited to primary and secondary levels in Australia. The Singapore maths programs we supply are currently used in Singapore schools (except the Primary Maths US 3rd Edition).

If you are looking for more Singapore maths options for schools, see our Schools Page.

Descriptions of the different programs are given below. To learn more about how Singapore maths compares with the Australian Curriculum you’ll find plenty of information in our Singapore Maths Hub

If you need help with how to choose a Singapore maths program, go here.

Singapore primary maths

New Syllabus Primary Mathematics

New Syllabus Primary Maths 2nd edition is the current edition used in Singapore schools and follows the Singapore Ministry of Education 2013 Syllabus. It has full-colour illustrations and is the closest equivalent to Australian maths programs.

There is also a pre-primary series for preparing your little ones for Singapore maths.

Primary Maths US 3rd Edition

This is the US version of the Singapore Primary Maths 3rd Edition (Marshall Cavendish) first published in Singapore in the 1990s. (The original Singapore 3rd Edition is now out of print.)

This US edition follows the same sequence of topics as the original Singapore 3rd edition and teaches both metric and US Imperial weights, measures and US money. Singapore and US terminologies and names are inter-changed throughout but concepts, skills and actual numeric and word problems are the same as the original Singapore 3rd Edition. The US Edition uses US currency, US spelling, terms and conventions, for example, commas for thousands.

Placement tests for primary levels

New students or those switching from another maths program would benefit from doing a placement test to determine which Singapore maths level to begin at. Singapore maths programs are often further along in their skill levels than Australian programs.

Placement Tests may be found here. Please follow either of the Primary Maths tests for all Singapore maths programs.

NOTE: Each test is an “exit” test for that level. If the test score is 80% and above, it is a good indicator that the student has the skills to go on to the next level. If a student consistently misses problems from the same concept, it is recommended that you start at that level no matter what the overall score is. If a test score is below 50%, re-test the student at the next lower level. There is no time limit recommended for these tests, but a general guideline would be to allow one hour for the Primary Levels and several hours for the Secondary Levels. 

Once your child has done a placement test:

We do not recommend starting a Singapore maths program at Part B of the course (halfway through). Upon doing a placement test, if your child scores well on Part A but not Part B, we recommend starting Singapore maths programs at Part A of the level your child needs, to prepare them for Part B. The child may advance more quickly through Part A of the course, but revision builds confidence, and will also train them in the Singapore methods which may differ from what they already know.

Singapore high school maths

New Syllabus Secondary Mathematics (7th Ed.) (Accelerated)

New Syllabus Secondary Mathematics follows on from the New Syllabus Primary Maths series and covers the syllabus for secondary mathematics implemented by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

New Syllabus Secondary Maths 7th Ed is now in the 8th edition, which has been renamed think! Mathematics. 

The series of four textbooks is an accelerated course covering the equivalent of Years 7-11 in Australian schools. All the content needed to complete each level is in the textbook. The Teacher’s Resource Book, which contains fully worked solutions and teaching notes, is sold with the textbook.

Learn more about how Singapore maths compares with the Australian Curriculum here.

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