No One Can Solve This Math Question Given To First Graders In Singapore

By Mark Pygas

10 months ago

As if we needed yet another reminder that we're terrible at math, an exam question given to first graders in Singapore has the Internet scratching their collective heads. "Study the number pattern. Fill in the missing numbers," the instructions read.

The question is a number problem, with a circle split in four with different numbers in each section. Around the sides are four empty circles, with another circle in the middle of the first circle. The questions asks children to fill in the four circles with no numbers so that they total the middle number in all cases.

Apparently, this math question appeared in an exam for Grade Ones in Singapore. Lets see who can solve it.

β mmatigari (@matigary) May 17, 2017

NdooSTEM ka Jonso @ProfJNMoyo π π pic.twitter.com/uhgQAzaHei

First graders are supposed to get this?! In all fairness, it's labelled as a bonus question and probably doesn't impact the student's scores all that much. Think you've worked it out? Read on when you have, because the answer is below.

Thankfully for us, one user on the forum was able to work it out. According to their explanation, the four circles should be filled with either 1 or 2, depending on how many numbers with more than one digit they touch on either side.

If you got the answer without cheating, you're officially as smart as a first grader. If you didn't, feel better knowing that social media didn't, either.

@matigary @ProfJNMoyo This is my solution pic.twitter.com/TzCzwWk6Jc

β Pratyush Anand (@Pratyush8292570) May 19, 2017

@matigary @ProfJNMoyo I need to go back to grade oneπ’

β jean (@JeanKawara) May 17, 2017

It's ok, math is hard.