The PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) occured in Signapore recently and it has some bloggers grumpy:
I swear, kids these days are learning stuff that are way more difficult than what we used to do back in primary school. Blame it on the big paper-chase that seems essential for surviving in this urban jungle we call Singapore, but really, by the time my kids come round to primary school, I don’t think I’ll be able to tutor them like my mother did to me.
Line segments AD, BD, and CD are congruent. What is angle ABC?
Here’s the other question that has commenters sounding off:
Jim bought some chocolates and gave half of it to Ken. Ken bought some sweets and gave half of it to Jim. Jim ate 12 sweets and Ken ate 18 chocolates. The ratio of Jim’s sweets to chocolates became 1:7 and the ratio of Ken’s sweets to chocolates became 1:4. How many sweets did Ken buy?
Simultaneous equations are required for a solution.
Also, one extra note from Wikipedia regarding the test:
The hard questions in the papers were to “filter” the average and below average students, as claimed by the Ministry of Education, only those who are truly the best can get good aggregate scores above 250.