Academic anxiety

Singapore – Capital of Education & Anxiety

Singapore students produce the best academic results but face the highest levels of academic anxiety globally.


Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)


Global education surveys conducted by PISA measure and compare the quality of education in 72 countries. Unbeknownst to many, PISA also looks at other factors such as Student Equity, Well-being, and Attitude.

Japan vs Singapore
Hong Kong vs Singapore

The latest survey revealed that Singapore students perform the best in Mathematics, Science, and Reading, followed by Hong Kong and Japan. However, amongst these three countries, our students also face the worst Schoolwork-Related Anxiety.

Of course, our success was featured in many publications, including the Organisation for Economic C0-operation and Development’s (OECD) website, The Straits Times, and Channel News Asia (CNA). As expected, Student Well-being Levels were omitted.













Editor’s Note:

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

In 2015 over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy.

The results of the 2015 assessment were published on 6th December 2016.

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