Don't know the weight of $1 coins? Don't worry about it
The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
For parents, the ongoing examination might cause loss of sleep and/or hair, or weight gain or a combination of all three things.
The exams determine a child's educational path after six years primary school education, so it's understandable that the PSLE period is a stressful time for both parents and pupils.
Every year, both students and parents worry about tough or confusing questions, and this year was no different.
One question in the Mathematics paper which students sat for last Friday (Oct 2) caused a bit of a stir.
One Facebook user even went as far as to complain on the Ministry of Education's Facebook page, calling the question "misleading" and asking if it was a Mathematics exams or a logic test.PHOTO: FACEBOOK SCREENGRAB
Is the anxiety warranted?
Perhaps not - here are some reasons why.
The question is worth only one or two marks
According to information from the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), the multiple choice questions are worth either one or two marks.
That's a small percentage of the total marks in the whole paper.
So while not knowing how to answer one question might be distressing, it is not the end of the world.
It is a valid test of the pupil's estimation abilities
You might be tempted to dismiss the question as being irrelevant to the syllabus because what are the chances that anyone would know the weight of a $1 coin?
However, a check of SEAB's syllabus show that one of the objectives for the primary school curriculum is for the pupils to be able to "develop ability to perform estimation."
Clearly the question is asking pupils to show their ability to estimate.
It is a test of the pupil's logical abilities
By sheer elimination, the pupils should be able to arrive at the answer.
Option A, 6g, is too light while option D, 6kg, is simply too heavy.
That leaves option B and C.
It cannot be option C because it would mean that eight coins weigh slightly more than half a kilogram.
That's about the same weight as 600ml of water.
Have you ever felt like you carried 600ml of water in your wallet?
It is a good lesson on the importance of common sense
Even if you got the question wrong, take it as a lesson about the importance of common sense.
There will be numerous occasions in life where you don't have all the information to make an informed decision.
So you will just have to make a choice based on your most logical guess.
There are still two more days of examinations to go in the PSLE - it ends on Oct 7 for those taking Higher Mother Tongue - so don't fret over one question.
There are plenty more waiting.