Welcome to the new SINGA! 

Singapore Math is renowned worldwide. But to stay at the top, it needs constant energy and challenge – so SINGA has been born. Welcome to Singapore Math International Competition (SINGA), where students share best practices in mathematics learning and gauge how good they are at math.

We are a team of dedicated mathematics educators who want to help students and teachers from all over the world to improve in math education. Singapore started with a very poor education base after independence from the British in 1965 and by 1980, we were at the rock bottom of world education rankings.

The “Singapore method” was first developed by a team of teachers in Singapore in the 1980s, who were given the task of creating high-quality teaching materials by the ministry of education. They studied the latest behavioural science research as well as travelled to schools in other countries, including Canada and Japan, to compare the effectiveness of different teaching methods. Aiming to move away from simple rote-learning and to focus instead on teaching children how to problem solve, the textbooks the group produced were influenced by educational psychologists such as the American Jerome Bruner, who posited that people learn in three stages: by using real objects, then pictures, and then through symbols. That theory contributed to Singapore’s strong emphasis on modelling mathematical problems with visual aids; using coloured blocks to represent fractions or ratios, for example.

We hope to share the best of Singapore education with the world. In educating our students in Singapore, we seek to achieve our Desired Outcomes of Education so that our students are future-ready, have a strong sense of national identity, and are equipped to contribute in a globalized world. We aspire to bring out the best in our students so that they are empowered to live life to the fullest, contribute to, and care for their community and nation. We also aim to enable our students to develop their interests to pursue their passions and fulfill their aspirations.

SINGA is open to Year 1 to 11 (Primary 1 to Secondary 5) Malaysian students in five divisions:

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)

All Malaysian students who have won Gold/ Silver Award in SINGA will be invited to join STEAM AHEAD 2020: IJMO (International Junior Math Olympiad) in Bali, Indonesia. Contest entry is available on a first come first served basis, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Surat Penganjuran Program & Pertandingan di bawah SMO Education Group bagi Tahun 2020


Contest Date TBC
Closing Date TBC
Year Level 1 to 11 (Std 1 to Form 5)
No. of Questions 20 MCQ questions
30 Non-MCQ questions
*Calculators are NOT permitted
Duration 90 minutes
Language(s) English & Chinese


The top 40% of the participants will receive an award certificate.

^Perfect Score Full marks
^Gold Award Top 8%
Silver Award Next 12%
Bronze Award Next 20%
Certificate of Participation Next 60%

^qualifies as a significant award for International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)


SINGA reserves the rights to change the syllabus without any prior notice.

LP Division (Lower Primary Grade 1 and 2)

  • Numbers up to 1000
  • Addition & Subtraction within 1000
  • Multiplication and Division of 2,3,4,5 &10
  • Length
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Money
  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Picture Graphs
  • 2-D & 3-D Shapes
  • Heuristics

MP Division (Middle Primary Grade 3 and 4)

  • Numbers up to 100 000
  • Factors and Multiples
  • 4 Operations of Whole Numbers within 100 000
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Time
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Angles
  • Properties of Rectangles and Squares
  • Line Symmetry
  • Tables, Bar Graphs & Line Graphs
  • Money
  • Length, Mass and Volume
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • Heuristics

UP Division (Upper Primary Grade 5 and 6)

  • Numbers up to 10 million
  • 4 Operations of Whole Numbers within 10 million
  • 4 Operations of Fractions
  • 4 Operations of Decimals
  • Ratio
  • Percentage
  • Area and Perimeter of Composite Figures
  • Angles
  • Properties of Triangles & Quadrilaterals
  • Volume of Cube and Cuboid
  • Rate and Speed
  • Average
  • Algebra
  • Pie Graphs
  • Nets Solid Figures
  • Heuristics

LS Division (Lower Secondary Grade 7 and 8)

  • 4 Operations of Numbers
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage
  • Rate & Speed
  • Algebraic Expressions & Formulae
  • Functions & Graphs
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Angles, Triangles and Polygons
  • Congruence and Similarity
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Mensuration
  • Data Analysis

US Division (Upper Secondary Grade 9, 10 and 11)

  • Numbers and Number Patterns
  • Angles and Polygons
  • Mensuration, Arc Length and Area of Sector
  • Equations, Functions and Polynomials
  • Inequalities
  • Indices and Surds
  • Coordinate Geometry and Circles
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem, Further Trigonometry and Applications of Trigonometry
  • Trigonometric Functions, Identities and Equations
  • Congruence and Similarity, Area and Volume of Similar Figures and Solids
  • Geometry and Properties of Circles
  • Set Language and Notation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Vectors in Two Dimensions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Matrices

Singa Co-Chairman

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



All participating schools MUST have at least 10 students taking part.

All participants MUST register according to CURRENT Year Level in school.

IMPORTANT!!! SINGA Registrations submitted without meeting minimum requirements will be automatically voided/ disqualified and no refund will be entertained.

Fill up the form with your student details then email the form back to, together with your bank-in slip.

Please make payment by Direct Bank-In / Cash / Cheque payable to SMO TESTING SERVICES SDN BHD, and bank-in to our Maybank account no.: MBB 5122 2263 7004.

SINGA will be held in your school and no travelling is required.

We will send the SINGA question papers to your school by post, a few days before competition’s sitting date. After the competition, the teacher-in-charge (PIC) appointed by your school will send the question papers (with solutions and answers) back to SMO by post, on the competition day itself.

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Registration Closing Date (for schools in Malaysia)

SINGA Sitting Date (for schools in Malaysia)

Result Announcement Date (for schools in Malaysia)