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Psle aggregate
by KawaiiVim » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:26 pm
Hey everybody ... I really need your help with this. It is the first time that my child is taking PSLE. She just finished with her EL paper. So... I was just wondering... Will her PSLE aggregate score be higher or lower than her real marks?

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Re: Psle aggregate
by ruohoo97 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:06 pm
T score will be roughly somewhere: the sum of all four subjects add up x Factor.(factor ranges from0.75 to 0.85)

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Re: Psle aggregate
by ruohoo97 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:07 pm
there is actually a T score thread in this forum.

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Re: Psle aggregate
by VALyap » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:29 pm
KawaiiVim wrote:Hey everybody ... I really need your help with this. It is the first time that my child is taking PSLE. She just finished with her EL paper. So... I was just wondering... Will her PSLE aggregate score be higher or lower than her real marks?
MOE using the SD to calculate the Tscore. it varies yr to yr! But roughly, if yr child consistently scores >95 & above for all subjects, Tscore shld be at least 265 or more! it is the consistency……..

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Re: Psle aggregate
by AnnyTan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:21 pm
Now that the dust has settled, we can perhaps take a look at the most asked, yet least answered question about the PSLE. That question is – How are PSLE Aggregate Scores calculated?
To understand how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated, we must first understand TScore. TScore is the adjusted score a student will get for a subject, after a series of tabulations has been made.
Formula for TScore
T= 50+10 [(XY)/Z]
X = Raw score of student
Y = Average Score of the whole cohort
Z = Standard Deviation* (SD)
Standard Deviation* (SD) is the spread of the marks around the average.
Example 1 
Boy A, B & C have $45, $50 and $55 respectively. They have an average of $50 each.
Example 2 
Girl D, E & F have $10, $50 and $90 respectively. They also have an average of $50 each.
In Example 1, the spread ($45 to average of $50 and $55 to average of $50) is smaller than the spread in Example 2, where the spread is bigger ($10 to average of $50 and $90 to average of $50)
As such, Example 1 will have a smaller SD, as compared to Example 2.
Simpler Way to read Standard Deviation (SD)
If the average score of 3000 pupils who sat for Science Test is 50 marks and the SD is 5, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 5 marks around the average, which means 2000 of the students scored from 45 to 55 marks.
If the average score of the same 3000 pupils who sat for Mathematics Test is 50 marks and the SD is now 10, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 10 marks around the average, which means 2000 students scored from 40 to 60 marks.
Example of how Tscore is calculated
Carol’s score for Mathematics – 90 (X)
Average score of cohort – 75 (Y)
Standard Deviation  20 (Z) (this means 2/3 of cohort scored from 55 to 95)
Using the TScore formula
T = 50 + 10(X – Y) / Z
T = 50 + 10 x (90 – 75) / 20
= 50 + 10 x 15/20
= 50 + 10 x 0.75
= 57.5
Carol’s Tscore for Mathematics is 57.5
Now that we have covered Tscore, we can take a look at PSLE Aggregate Score.
Using TScore to Calculate PSLE Aggregate Score
Let’s now take a look at Carol's total performance
Table 1:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 68.33
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 130, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 61.43
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 75, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 57.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 70, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 58.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore: 68.33 + 61.43 + 57.50 + 58.00
Carol's Tscore is 245
The cohort’s average and standard deviation plays a big part in Carol's score. To demonstrate, let’s move the average scores of all subjects down by 10 marks each, keeping all other variables (raw score and SD) constant. This is how Carol’s score will now look like.
Table 2:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 71.67
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 64.29
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 62.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 62.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 260
Take note that Carol’s aggregate goes up from 245 to 260 when the averages of all subjects went down by 10 marks each. This shows that if the cohort is weaker, Carol’s aggregate score will increase, even if she scores the same marks for all the subjects.
It is therefore not accurate to compare a student’s aggregate score in a particular year, to the aggregate score of another student in a different year. Each year will have a different average for all the subjects.
Parents who have more than 1 child, tend to compare each child’s PSLE Aggregate Score with his/her sibling's score. This is not a very fair comparison.
Final Note –
Because PSLE aggregate score is based on Tscores, theoretically, there is no such thing as “maximum aggregate score”.
Many parents believe the (nonexistent) maximum aggregate is 300. That is a misconception.
To demonstrate, I have maximise Carol’s score (in Table 3) to full marks for all her subjects, using the same averages and SDs found in Table 2.
Table 3:
English = 200/200 [score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 80
Mother tongue = 200/200 [score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 72.86
Maths = 100/100 [score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 67.50
Science = 100/100 [score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 66.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 286
Note that although Carol scored 100% marks for all subjects, her PSLE Aggregate Score is only 286. She did not score the (imaginary and nonexistent maximum) PSLE Aggregate Score of 300!
The only way to score that 300 (or even above that), is to have a very weak cohort in your year.
I hope the explanation in this post gives parents and students a better picture how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated.
To understand how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated, we must first understand TScore. TScore is the adjusted score a student will get for a subject, after a series of tabulations has been made.
Formula for TScore
T= 50+10 [(XY)/Z]
X = Raw score of student
Y = Average Score of the whole cohort
Z = Standard Deviation* (SD)
Standard Deviation* (SD) is the spread of the marks around the average.
Example 1 
Boy A, B & C have $45, $50 and $55 respectively. They have an average of $50 each.
Example 2 
Girl D, E & F have $10, $50 and $90 respectively. They also have an average of $50 each.
In Example 1, the spread ($45 to average of $50 and $55 to average of $50) is smaller than the spread in Example 2, where the spread is bigger ($10 to average of $50 and $90 to average of $50)
As such, Example 1 will have a smaller SD, as compared to Example 2.
Simpler Way to read Standard Deviation (SD)
If the average score of 3000 pupils who sat for Science Test is 50 marks and the SD is 5, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 5 marks around the average, which means 2000 of the students scored from 45 to 55 marks.
If the average score of the same 3000 pupils who sat for Mathematics Test is 50 marks and the SD is now 10, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 10 marks around the average, which means 2000 students scored from 40 to 60 marks.
Example of how Tscore is calculated
Carol’s score for Mathematics – 90 (X)
Average score of cohort – 75 (Y)
Standard Deviation  20 (Z) (this means 2/3 of cohort scored from 55 to 95)
Using the TScore formula
T = 50 + 10(X – Y) / Z
T = 50 + 10 x (90 – 75) / 20
= 50 + 10 x 15/20
= 50 + 10 x 0.75
= 57.5
Carol’s Tscore for Mathematics is 57.5
Now that we have covered Tscore, we can take a look at PSLE Aggregate Score.
Using TScore to Calculate PSLE Aggregate Score
Let’s now take a look at Carol's total performance
Table 1:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 68.33
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 130, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 61.43
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 75, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 57.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 70, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 58.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore: 68.33 + 61.43 + 57.50 + 58.00
Carol's Tscore is 245
The cohort’s average and standard deviation plays a big part in Carol's score. To demonstrate, let’s move the average scores of all subjects down by 10 marks each, keeping all other variables (raw score and SD) constant. This is how Carol’s score will now look like.
Table 2:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 71.67
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 64.29
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 62.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 62.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 260
Take note that Carol’s aggregate goes up from 245 to 260 when the averages of all subjects went down by 10 marks each. This shows that if the cohort is weaker, Carol’s aggregate score will increase, even if she scores the same marks for all the subjects.
It is therefore not accurate to compare a student’s aggregate score in a particular year, to the aggregate score of another student in a different year. Each year will have a different average for all the subjects.
Parents who have more than 1 child, tend to compare each child’s PSLE Aggregate Score with his/her sibling's score. This is not a very fair comparison.
Final Note –
Because PSLE aggregate score is based on Tscores, theoretically, there is no such thing as “maximum aggregate score”.
Many parents believe the (nonexistent) maximum aggregate is 300. That is a misconception.
To demonstrate, I have maximise Carol’s score (in Table 3) to full marks for all her subjects, using the same averages and SDs found in Table 2.
Table 3:
English = 200/200 [score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 80
Mother tongue = 200/200 [score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 72.86
Maths = 100/100 [score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 67.50
Science = 100/100 [score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 66.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 286
Note that although Carol scored 100% marks for all subjects, her PSLE Aggregate Score is only 286. She did not score the (imaginary and nonexistent maximum) PSLE Aggregate Score of 300!
The only way to score that 300 (or even above that), is to have a very weak cohort in your year.
I hope the explanation in this post gives parents and students a better picture how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated.

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Re: Psle aggregate
by Rational_Parent » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:09 am
@AnnyTan, excellent Tscore illustration!
This makes one wonder how Natasha manage to achieve a TScore of 294. Absolutely mindbobbling!
This makes one wonder how Natasha manage to achieve a TScore of 294. Absolutely mindbobbling!

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Re: Psle aggregate
by AnnyTan » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 am
MeKiasuLeh wrote:@AnnyTan, excellent Tscore illustration!
This makes one wonder how Natasha manage to achieve a TScore of 294. Absolutely mindbobbling!
Yes, it is.... If our imaginary Carol scored 100% for all her subjects and still only scored 286 for her PSLE Aggregate, how did Natasha score a PSLE Aggregate of 294 for the year 2007? I don’t have the stats, but my guess is that the averages and SDs of the individual subjects of the cohort played a big role in her score that year.
In any case, 294 is a respectable score, and we should give credit where it is due. Natasha definitely deserves the recognition for her outstanding performance.

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Re: Psle aggregate
by Rational_Parent » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:13 am
AnnyTan wrote:In any case, 294 is a respectable score, and we should give credit where it is due. Natasha definitely deserves the recognition for her outstanding performance.
Not just a respectable score but also a phenomenal one which probably will never be repeated, given that the format of PSLE examination (e.g. oral carries more weight than before) has since changed.
No shadow of a doubt, Natasha certainly deserves all the acclamation for her achievement.

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Re: Psle aggregate
by mummy so kiasu » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:46 am
AnnyTan wrote:Now that the dust has settled, we can perhaps take a look at the most asked, yet least answered question about the PSLE. That question is – How are PSLE Aggregate Scores calculated?
To understand how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated, we must first understand TScore. TScore is the adjusted score a student will get for a subject, after a series of tabulations has been made.
Formula for TScore
T= 50+10 [(XY)/Z]
X = Raw score of student
Y = Average Score of the whole cohort
Z = Standard Deviation* (SD)
Standard Deviation* (SD) is the spread of the marks around the average.
Example 1 
Boy A, B & C have $45, $50 and $55 respectively. They have an average of $50 each.
Example 2 
Girl D, E & F have $10, $50 and $90 respectively. They also have an average of $50 each.
In Example 1, the spread ($45 to average of $50 and $55 to average of $50) is smaller than the spread in Example 2, where the spread is bigger ($10 to average of $50 and $90 to average of $50)
As such, Example 1 will have a smaller SD, as compared to Example 2.
Simpler Way to read Standard Deviation (SD)
If the average score of 3000 pupils who sat for Science Test is 50 marks and the SD is 5, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 5 marks around the average, which means 2000 of the students scored from 45 to 55 marks.
If the average score of the same 3000 pupils who sat for Mathematics Test is 50 marks and the SD is now 10, it means that 2/3 of the 3000 pupils have scored 10 marks around the average, which means 2000 students scored from 40 to 60 marks.
Example of how Tscore is calculated
Carol’s score for Mathematics – 90 (X)
Average score of cohort – 75 (Y)
Standard Deviation  20 (Z) (this means 2/3 of cohort scored from 55 to 95)
Using the TScore formula
T = 50 + 10(X – Y) / Z
T = 50 + 10 x (90 – 75) / 20
= 50 + 10 x 15/20
= 50 + 10 x 0.75
= 57.5
Carol’s Tscore for Mathematics is 57.5
Now that we have covered Tscore, we can take a look at PSLE Aggregate Score.
Using TScore to Calculate PSLE Aggregate Score
Let’s now take a look at Carol's total performance
Table 1:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 68.33
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 130, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 61.43
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 75, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 57.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 70, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 58.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore: 68.33 + 61.43 + 57.50 + 58.00
Carol's Tscore is 245
The cohort’s average and standard deviation plays a big part in Carol's score. To demonstrate, let’s move the average scores of all subjects down by 10 marks each, keeping all other variables (raw score and SD) constant. This is how Carol’s score will now look like.
Table 2:
English = 175/200 [let's say score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 71.67
Mother tongue = 170/200 [let's say score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 64.29
Maths = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 62.50
Science = 90/100 [let's say score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 62.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 260
Take note that Carol’s aggregate goes up from 245 to 260 when the averages of all subjects went down by 10 marks each. This shows that if the cohort is weaker, Carol’s aggregate score will increase, even if she scores the same marks for all the subjects.
It is therefore not accurate to compare a student’s aggregate score in a particular year, to the aggregate score of another student in a different year. Each year will have a different average for all the subjects.
Parents who have more than 1 child, tend to compare each child’s PSLE Aggregate Score with his/her sibling's score. This is not a very fair comparison.
Final Note –
Because PSLE aggregate score is based on Tscores, theoretically, there is no such thing as “maximum aggregate score”.
Many parents believe the (nonexistent) maximum aggregate is 300. That is a misconception.
To demonstrate, I have maximise Carol’s score (in Table 3) to full marks for all her subjects, using the same averages and SDs found in Table 2.
Table 3:
English = 200/200 [score of cohort 110, SD is 30] then her Tscore is 80
Mother tongue = 200/200 [score of cohort 120, SD is 35] then her Tscore is 72.86
Maths = 100/100 [score of cohort 65, SD is 20] then her Tscore is 67.50
Science = 100/100 [score of cohort 60, SD is 25] then her Tscore is 66.00
Add up all 4 subjects' Tscore, Carol's Tscore is now 286
Note that although Carol scored 100% marks for all subjects, her PSLE Aggregate Score is only 286. She did not score the (imaginary and nonexistent maximum) PSLE Aggregate Score of 300!
The only way to score that 300 (or even above that), is to have a very weak cohort in your year.
I hope the explanation in this post gives parents and students a better picture how PSLE Aggregate Scores are calculated.
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