Singapore Maths is the way Maths is taught to children in Singapore where every child is helped to succeed. In Singapore Maths curriculum, mathematics is defined as an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence. Its focus is on thinking and problem solving. It has been extremely successful in producing a consistently high level of mathematical comprehension. Singapore Maths has produced a world-class level of achievement for years, and it is now being used by schools around the globe.
The syllabi are directly familiar to students from their classroom experience. They are graded to ensure that the skills required are in accord with those taught at each grade level. The topics have been carefully moderated to ensure that they are suitable for students in their respective grade level.
There are four papers: Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5 and Primary 6. These papers use mathematics from within the school syllabus.
Format is uniform across the levels. Students are asked to solve 25 problems in 90 minutes. Students write their responses on an answer sheet. Questions are arranged in a way that the first ones are the easier ones, then the level of difficulty gradually increases so that the last questions are the more difficult ones. 2 marks each are contained by Questions 1-10, 4 marks each by Questions 11-20, and 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 marks each by Questions 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 respectively, making a full score of 100. If a participant leaves a question unanswered, that question will be marked '0'. There is no penalty/deduction for wrong answer.
Unlike most other mathematics competitions, many of the ISMC problems are set in situations to which students can relate, showing and indicating the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. The questions are designed to stimulate discussion and investigation with teachers and/or fellow students after the competition.