Non-verbal IQ Test

Looking for a quick and fun test to see how your preschooler is progressing before he or she begins Primary One? Let them take a fun non-verbal IQ test.

The Weschler Intelligence Scale is an IQ test that is often used by school psychologists to determine cognitive ability. This non-verbal Intelligence test is designed for measuring child’s I.Q from five years to and 7 years old.

Why is Non-Verbal IQ important for your child?

When your child enters Primary One, he or she will realise the importance of nonverbal intelligence. It is imperative for every child because it enables students to analyze and solve complex problems without relying upon or being limited by language abilities. Many mathematical concepts, physics problems, computer science tasks, and science problems require strong reasoning skills which stem from non-verbal intelligence.

Non-Verbal IQ is the ability to analyze information and solve problems using visual, or hands-on reasoning. It is the ability to make sense of and act on the world without necessarily using words.

This IQ test is specifically designed to test the ability of children to
1) Tell the differences and similarities from one object and another

2) How to determine mathematical progressions

3) How to manage with quantities and spatial relationships


Non-verbal IQ Test

Answer: C

Explanations: The only one is a carrot, where the others are animals or birds.


Non-verbal IQ Test

Answer: D


Non-verbal IQ Test

Answer: C

Our children’s thinking in their early years is naturally dominated by their perception or what their senses tell them. To help them in the learning and development of various abstract numeracy concepts, it is vital to equip them with opportunities to:

1) Explore with objects
2) Identify written words or symbols in their daily play experiences
3) Talk about their solutions when solving problems

These opportunities will help them in the development of skills and concepts such as matching, sorting, comparing, ordering, patterning, counting and number sense, basic shapes, and space.

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How to make Math fun for children?

Don’t we wish all our children love math? Reality is, some children do not take to Math. One way to interest your kids and make them excited about Math is through little Brain Teasers like this.

Math Trick of the Day:

How to make Math fun for childrenThe answer is 2. Try again if you are not convinced.

Another way to make Math fun and interesting for your kids is by subscribing to Math Educational Videos (based on Singapore Math Model and Curriculum)

Check this video out:

Remember Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives. If you need more help, get in touch with our team of Math tutors today.

PSLE English Essay

Contributed by ex-MOE English Teacher Mrs Wong, click here to contact her for online or face to face tuition

What are the requirements for PSLE English Essay Paper 1?

In Paper 1 English PSLE, students will be required to do Situational Writing and Continuous Writing both of which will add up to 55 marks (approximately 27.5%) of the entire PSLE English grade.

How can students improve their continuous writing?

Use the “Show, not tell”technique

Anton Chekhov once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” His widely popularized adage truly encapsulates the idea of “Show, not tell.”

“Show, not tell” is a writing technique whereby writers use imagery (sensory details and actions) to draw readers into the story rather than merely providing exposition, background information. By showing, the reading experience is definitely more immersive for the reader, allowing them to “be in the room” so to speak, with the characters.

Telling: Gerald is a Nyctophobia who was terribly afraid of the dark.

Showing: Caught off guard by the sudden power outage,  Gerald tensed up completely. He curled tight under the covers, gripped the sheets, and his breathing became more rapid, more shallow as the wind blew through the house and brushed past the curtain. Every fibre of his being commanded him to run, but he was rooted to the spot.

In the “showing” example, rather than merely saying that Gerald is afraid of the dark, we show the readers his experience of that fear and how it takes over him completely. ‘Showing’ is a much better way to bring the readers into the story and convey Gerald’s fear to them in a much more compelling way.

Using this method will definitely allow students to achieve a much higher grade. If you need more help for PSLE English Essay, sign up for two days PSLE English Essay intensive workshop on 20 and 21 July – Intake 1 / 22 and 23 July – Intake 2. Slots are limited. Alternatively, you can engage a private tutor to take your writing to greater heights.

Here’s a sample essay for our PSLE students.

Question: Write about a time a unforgettable or memorable experience

Sweat rolled down my skin in thick, salty beads. Panting furiously, with my feet pounding the pavement, the warm humidity is making my skin feel sticky and suffocated. My uniform and hair, slick with perspiration, clung to my skin. I raced to the train station – if I want to avoid the hassle of jostling with crowds,  I definitely could not afford to miss this train! It had been a long day in school, made worse by the fact that I had to attend two dreary hours of Mathematics supplementary lessons. Joining a queue of adults shuffling onto the bus that had arrived, I speedily dug out my EZ-link card from my bag, praying fervently that there would be vacant seats left

It seemed that Lady Luck was smiling at me – I managed to find one, next to a little girl who was dozing off.  I guessed that she could be no more than five years old. I began to wonder…hmmm…all by herself on public transport at such a tender age? My thoughts then whirled around recent reports of children being abandoned… but on a train? In law-abiding Singapore/ that would be a first!

However intrigued as I was about the possible scenarios, my curiosity about the matter waned as weariness soon took over. Just as I was about to drift into slumberland, a noise jolted me wide awake! The noise had apparently come from the girl next to me – she was bawling uncontrollably!

“Where is my brother?” she sobbed. Trying my best to calm her down, I asked her what had happened.

“He …he was taking me to a movie with…with his friends,” she replied, still sobbing. “I fell asleep and…and now they…they are gone!”

Taking a quick glance at the water bottle the girl was firmly holding on to – I espied a ‘Jennifer Chen’ sticker on the cover. I asked her to open her backpack, hoping to find some form of identification. Thankfully, there was a school handbook bearing a contact number. I let out a sigh of relief and dialled the number promptly.

“KidzGenius Kindergarten, how may I help you?” a staff member answered warmly. After having identified myself and relating the circumstances I was in, I asked if there was a girl in the school by the name of Jennifer Chen and whether I could have his parents’ contacts, of which she duly provided. 

I then called the girl’s mother. Hearing her mother’s voice is as comforting as a hug, Jennifer finally stopped sobbing. I told her mother not to worry and that I would arrange for her to pick up her child at the next station. I even had the presence of mind to take a book from my bag and read a story to her while waiting for her mother to arrive at the station.

Finally, a lady dressed in black approached us with quickened footsteps.

“Mummy!” the girl choked, barely holding back her tears. She immediately sprinted towards her – I had never known five-year-olds to be able to run that fast.

PSLE English Essay

Jennifer’s mother pulled her into her chest, wrapping her arms around her tightly. The emotional reunion that unfolded before my eyes remains a poignant moment etched in my memory. That hug was an exchange of pure joy between the two. Just as I was about to leave, she thanked me profusely for having taken care of Jennifer for her.

Her mother, Mrs Chen, thanked me profusely. Words could not express her gratitude. Later that night, I received a heart-warming text message from Mrs Chen, thanking me again, as well as relating to me how Jennifer’s brother, Thomas, had been too engrossed in chatting with his classmates on the train that he totally forgot about his sister’s existence.

It has been said that ‘every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.’ This brief encounter with Jennifer and her mother has definitely left an indelible mark in my memory.

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gifted education programme

Every year, hordes of Primary 3 students all over Singapore gather at their school halls, classrooms, auditoriums to take the GEP selection test (One in English and One in Math). It is a rite of passage that every generation of Primary 3 students in Singapore mainstream schools has to go through since 1984.

In Singapore, where education has been a national pride for decades, the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) has been thought synonymously as a programme for children of high IQ, was developed to nurture intellectually gifted students. The pioneer batch of the GEP selection test saw 40,000 Primary 3 students taking the GEP test in September 1983. Only a mere 100 best were chosen to pilot the Primary 4 Gifted Education Programme at Raffles Girls’ Primary School and Rosyth School.

Students will go through a two-stage exercise: a screening in August and a selection in October. This screening exercise involves two papers, one for English Language and another for mathematics.

Subsequently, students shortlisted for the selection stage will sit for three papers, this time English Language, Mathematics, and General Ability. Parents of successful students will be notified by schools, and these students will receive an official letter of invitation to join the primary school gifted programme in Primary 4.

As of 2018, nine primary schools offer GEP.

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
  • Catholic High School (Primary)
  • Henry Park Primary School.
  • Nan Hua Primary School.
  • Nanyang Primary School.
  • Raffles Girls’ Primary School.
  • Rosyth School.
  • Saint Hilda’s Primary School.

Not all schools have a GEP Programme, there are only nine primary schools in Singapore with a GEP programme, check here for schools offering the Gifted Education Programme. At a secondary school level, gifted students are normally channeled to top IP schools like Nanyang Girls, Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Girls, Raffles Institution, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Dunman High School, River Valley High School, Catholic High School, ACS Independent and St Joseph’s Institution.

IP Schools in Singapore

The GEP programme has since garnered positive feedback and praise for effectively providing all-round development for high-ability students. A survey conducted in 2005 and 2006 revealed that majority of former GEP students gained admission into prestigious overseas universities, obtained scholarships and outperformed their peers in national exams and critical thinking tests. For parents who put their hearts and souls in preparing their children to be a “GEPPER”, this is certainly great news.

But there is a dark side to GEP.

Singapore is already a pressure cooker society and our students have reported higher than average level of anxiety compared to students of other countries. The GEP can most certainly intensify this pressure. GEP can be a potentially a double edged sword. It can have some potentially deleterious effects on your child as the programme comes with extremely high demands, if your children cannot cope with the pressure. It will most certainly break them. Some kids who had to be trained to pass the selection process could ultimately succumb to stress and low self-esteem when struggling through the primary school gifted programme.

If you think you are ready and are keen to let your children try our GEP preparation course, sign up as a member and receive complimentary GEP specialised papers or reach out to our strong bastion of former MOE teacher tutors who are every ready to serve your needs online or face-to-face.

Primary School Math Tip

What is one easy way to remember greater than and less than signs?

Use the crocodile method

Primary School Math Tip

You can memorize the greater than and less than signs by imagining them as little alligators (or crocodiles), with the numbers on either side representing a number of fish. Yummy! The alligator always wants to eat the larger number of fish, so whatever number the mouth is open toward is the larger.

For instance,

Primary School Math Tip

Learnt the crocodile method

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