MissKoh.com (The url is actually www.MissKoh.info) is a website supported by Singapore’s Straits Times. If you click on the academic year, then the grade level you are interested in, you will be brought to a page of mid-year and final semestral papers as well as a few continual assessment papers, all from top schools in Singapore. For example; select **2008 **and **Primary 6** and you are offered test papers for English, Chinese, Maths or Science from 5 schools. (You need to register for some of the schools)

Go back to the 2007 Academic year and find tests through the second year of Junior College. All assessments are scans from actual school papers, so expect some rough looking pdfs.

My 8th grader and I had a great time working our way through some challenging word problems on a test. For your mathematical enjoyment, here’s one from the Nanyang Primary School 2007 Preliminary Examination:

A mixture, weighing 100 kg is made up of 2 chemicals A and B in the ratio of 7:3. When some volume of Chemical A evaporates, the content of Chemical A is reduced to 60% of the new mixture. What is the mass of the mixture now?

MissKoh.com advertises itself as “Your Online Test Center” From the About Us page:

Misskoh.com is set up to create awareness for “The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund” to help students from low income families who cannot even afford a proper meal during recess…

Most of the these students do not have extra revision materials to revise, so we hope you can help by sharing your printouts with them if you know of any such friends in school.

The first part has easy numbers and you can draw the nice picture:

aaaaaaaa|bbb

so A/B is 70%

But I was stumped to find a nice way to reduce A to 60%. I had to pull out algebra:

A/(3+A) = 60/100

100A = 60(3+A) [cross mult]

100A = 180 + 60A

40A = 180

A = 4.5 kg

total = A+3 = 7.5 kg

Should I think of this as “cheating” or is algebra allowed?

Dear Sir

Thank you very much for putting up the top school exam papers on the website. I really appreciate it as I have been printing them out for my neighbour’s children who could not afford to buy the ones from the market. This year, I have realised that only the Raffles 2009 papers were listed but not the rest of the schools. Plse advise. Sincere thanks for the time and effort in collating all these papers.

Best,

Adeline Lim