Welcome to Singa, where teams share best practices in mathematics learning and gauge how good they are at math.
Singa is Singapore Math Global Team Competition with 3 members from different countries in each team. Starting this year, there is no need to form your own team as Singa Organizers will group students accordingly. It is a unique new math competition with ambitious and important goals. The focus in Singa is very strong on teamwork, and the Gold-winning groups will have to show high levels of collaboration, stamina and mutual support – as well as superlative math skills. Name after the lion in the name of Singapore itself, Singa will also be brave, tough and noble: a thrilling team challenge that equips children everywhere for 21st Century learning.
Singa is an international team and individual-based math competition. Questions in the competition will be based on Singapore Schools’ math questions which have a high content of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). It is open to all students from Year 1 to 11 (or Standard 1 to Form 5) who have received High Distinction/ Distinction/ High Credit in Depth Of Knowledge Assessment (DOKA) or Gold / Silver/ Bronze Awards in Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO). There are five divisions in team rounds:
LP Division (Lower Primary) – Year/Std 1 & 2
MP Division (Middle Primary) – Year/Std 3 & 4
UP Division (Upper Primary) – Year/Std 5 & 6
LS Division (Lower Secondary) – Year 7 and 8 (Form 1 & 2)
US Division (Upper Secondary) – Year 9 to 11 (Form 3-5)
*Participants from different countries will be grouped into a team of 3 members within the same division (Year 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9-11)
How Singa works?
SINGATEERS ROUND (45 minutes)
Each participant will be working independently on 15 multiple choice questions with 4 options and 10 open-ended questions. So, there will be a total of 25 questions. The top performers will win individual awards and his/her individual score will contribute to the Team score. Each grade is ranked by itself, except grade 10/11*
* same paper but ranked separately depending on the number of contestants
ABC ROUND (30 minutes)
In this ABC Round, the participants must allocate problem-solving duties strategically amongst their team, matching member’s different strengths to the varied mathematics questions they face. There will be a total of 13 questions. These questions are categorised into three categories:
|Category||Number of Questions|
|Category A: Two-mark questions||4 Questions|
|Category B: Three-mark questions||6 Questions|
|Category C: Five-mark questions||3 Questions|
DASH ROUND (30 minutes)
The Dash Round is a unique set-up which allows members of a team to collaborate in investigating, checking and improving the solutions to a series of 10 mathematical problems.
Usage of Calculators
LP and MP Division
- No calculators are allowed
- Calculators are not allowed for Singateers
- Calculators are allowed for Team ABC and Dash Round
LS and US Division
- Calculators are allowed for all 3 rounds (Singateers, Team ABC and Dash Round)
SINGATEERS AWARD (INDIVIDUAL) – with Certificate and medal
|Perfect Score||Full marks|
|Gold Award||Top 10%|
|Silver Award||Next 15%|
|Bronze Award||Next 25%|
|Honorable Mention||Next 20%|
|Certificate of Participation||Next 30%|
SINGA OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD – will be announced during the award ceremony
|Overall 2nd Runner-up||SGD100|
IST SINGA Book Prize is awarded to SINGA Overall Championship winner for each grade.
There will only be one award for each of the above positions. In the event of any ties, there will be a knock-out round held 30 minutes before the award ceremony. All contestants must attend and if they are not present, their opponent(s) will be given the award.
No excuses will be accepted for any absentees.
The knock-out round will involve each contestant getting a similar question and the first person to give the correct answer will be named the winner. If none of the contestants get the answer correct, another question will be given, until a winner is established.
Dr Yeap Ban Har
– Collaborates with the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Ministry of Education in Singapore regularly Principal of the Marshall Cavendish Institute
– Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented K-10 school in Singapore
– Advisory board of the SEED Institute and several schools in Singapore and Asia
Dr Yeo Boon Wooi, Joseph
– Mathematics professor at Singapore’s National Institute of Education
– Developed the viral math problem “Cheryl’s Birthday”
– Recipient of the prestigious Nanyang Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013
– First author of the New Syllabus Mathematics used in secondary schools marketed worldwide
– Specializes in training in-service math teachers for Singapore’s Ministry of Education
The syllabus is meant as a guide for Singa Competition. It is important to note that the scope of the contests is not limited to this syllabus. Singa reserves the rights to change the syllabus without any prior notice.
Singa Sample Questions
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