What are the differences in Singapore Math textbook series in high school years?

In Singapore, some students study 4 years and others 5 years for their secondary education. They then move to another two years in junior college (some opt to go to a polytechnic instead). The first four years leads to GCE O Levels (Grades 7-10) and the last two years leads to GCE A Levels (Grades 11-12).

There are many textbook series for secondary levels. Essentially they are all the same. Internationally, most schools / parents use New Syllabus Mathematics (NSM) and New Elementary Mathematics (NEM) simply because these have been around for many years.

  • NSM is still used in Singapore schools.
  • NEM is no longer used – the publisher sometimes did not submit them for review or update it to make it a 100% fit with topics in the revised curriculum. All our textbooks must be reviewed by Ministry of Education. In my opinion, NEM is of good quality too.
  • New Mathematics Counts (NMC) is designed for academically weaker students – the program is to be done over five, instead of four years.

NSM is designed for students who have a strong foundation in mathematics. That is why other than the four books, there is a fifth book that advanced students opt for in Grade 9/10 (they use this book over two year to supplement the main text). This is Additional Mathematics. Many kids in Singapore study this subject. By the time they complete Additional Mathematics, they would have done basic calculus. Generally, if your child does well using the Singapore textbooks, he/she should be ready for any kind of test.

In brief, NMC if the child is struggling with math. NEM or NSM if the student is quite good in math. NSM has the option for advanced topics.

See http://atl.moe.gov.sg for textbooks used in Singapore. Titles with Sec 5N are designed for students who tend to struggle somewhat with mathematics – the topics coverage is the same but done over five instead of four years. Books listed as NT (Normal Technical) are for students who are moving to vocational course after Grade 10.

Bron: askbanhar.com

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