For a 5-mark question in Paper 2, you should attempt your question around or under 8 minutes, bearing in mind you have to read the question, re-read any confusing sentences, plan your strategy, write down your solutions and finally double-check your calculations.
Set a target of maximum 1 minute per mark.
Eg. For Paper 1 of 45 marks, target to finish your paper within 45 minutes. You will then have remaining 15 minutes to make sure every question was attempted, every MCQ answer was transferred and shaded correctly, and double- or triple-checking all calculations.
You may also consider to skip challenging question that you can't solve first and come back to it later.
Practise these tips before exams!
- Attempt a full paper under exam conditions and complete it within the time limit.
- Sleep early the night before so your mind will be fresh for exam.
- Go for toilet break right before examination, avoid taking breaks once the paper has started.
For effective time management during examination, we first need to analyse the format of PSLE Maths paper:
Both papers will be scheduled on the same day with a break between the two papers.
Paper 1 comprises two booklets. The use of calculators is not allowed.
Paper 2 comprises one booklet. The use of calculators is allowed.
You have at most 80 seconds per mark for Paper 1 and 98 seconds per mark for Paper 2.