Changes to PSLE and ‘O’ Levels curricula tested this year 2020

Changes to PSLE and ‘O’ Levels curricula tested this year 2020

The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on 22 Apr that changes will be made to the curricula tested this year, taking in account the impact of the extended circuit breaker measures on curriculum time and to allay student’s anxiety. The ministry indicated that the common last topics – a set of topics taught by schools toward the end of the academic year, will be removed from the national examinations this year.

For skill-based subjects such as English and mother tongue languages, MOE state that it will not be “meaningful and practical” to identify common last topics. In such instances, the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) will ensure that disruption to curriculum time will be taken into consideration during marking and grading to ensure fair assessment of all students.

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At a glance: 

Common Last Topics not examined in 2020*

  • Speed, Volume, Pie Charts, Solid Figures and Nets (PSLE Math)
  • Interactions within the Environment (PSLE Science)
  • Proofs in plane geometry (O Level A. Math)
  • Vectors in two dimensions (O Level E. Math)
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism (O Level Science Physics) 
  • Organic Chemistry (O Level Chemistry)
  • Organisms and their Environment (O Level Biology)

* Please take note that this list is not exhaustive. For a complete list of subjects affected, kindly visit for more information


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