The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is a national examination in Singapore that is administered by the Ministry of Education and taken by all students near the end of their sixth year in primary school before they move on to secondary school.
The examination tests students' proficiency in the English language, their respective mother tongue languages, mathematics and science. Students have around two hours to complete each subject paper except for certain components of language subjects. Students answer multiple choice questions by shading their responses on a standardised optical answer sheet (OAS) that uses optical mark recognition to detect answers or by writing their workings and/or answers on the question booklet itself for certain sections of the paper.The PSLE is decisive for the choice of secondary schools in Singapore.
At Ei Study, we provide customised courses and training based on the evaluation test we conduct for each student at the beginning to gauge their strengths and weaknesses.
If you would like to find out more about the PSLE or seek assistance in the preparation of this national examination, do not hesitate to contact us.
Every year, more than 30, 000 students take the O level examination in Singapore.
Their performance in the O levels will determine their options for their post-secondary study path which include:
Despite the growing popularity of polytechnics, junior colleges have held their own.
In the last seven years till 2013, JCs have maintained a yearly intake of more than 16,000 students.
The figure has hovered from about 16,100 to 16,400 each year, which makes up about 27 per cent to 28 per cent of the size of each cohort back at Primary 1.
Junior College schemes stretch students' potential, offer broader options, quicker route to degree.
To enter a junior college, a student's L1R5 score - based on O-level results for English and five relevant subjects - must not exceed 20 points.
More school leavers are joining the five polytechnics in Singapore.
The growing allure of the polytechnics is due partly to improved chances of their graduates progressing to universities here and the institutions offering more unusual courses for which there is demand.
The niche courses offered by the polytechnics range from film, sound and video studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic to sports coaching at Republic Polytechnic.
Polytechnics require that the total score for English and four other subjects not exceed 26 points.
But for popular courses such as biomedical science and banking and finance, applicants need to score below 12 points to be accepted.
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a public vocational education institution agency in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers and continuing education and training to working adults. ITE offers apprenticeships for the skilled trades and diplomas in vocational education for skilled technicians and workers in support roles in professions such as engineering, accountancy, business administration, nursing, medicine, architecture, and law. ITE has three colleges that offer the National ITE Certificate (NITEC), Higher NITEC, Master NITEC and Diploma (Technical/Work-Learn) programmes.
Despite more students entering polytechnics and a steady annual intake at junior colleges, major private institutions told The Straits Times they have maintained their enrolment of O-level holders.
SIM's diploma courses have also seen a stable intake of over 900 O-level holders a year.
The situation is similar at other private institutions.
Moreover, the emphasis in most public schools is on the sciences. Many people feel that the arts and humanities are important to a well-rounded education – along with sports and a number of extra-curricular activities. Private schools offer all the ‘frills’ anyone could hope for.
Study a Foundation year abroad
Taking a foundation course overseas help students to improve their language and study skills before they go on to university. These programmes can be studied in their home country, or anywhere in the world.
Choosing the path to study overseas has many advantages, first of all, it helps to develop languages skills and discover new cultures. Living overseas makes oneself more independent and conscious about the adult life, including the sense of responsibility, confidence, strength of character, communication skills, self-reliance etc...
Not only, the students taking a foundation year overseas will be included in the university life from day 1 and have more chance to further their studies in the same university, they will also gain the qualities that job recruiters look for in a candidate.
Local Universities and Private Institutions in Singapore
In Singapore, there are more than 30 private institutions specialised in different fields and there are six local universities
To live in Singapore also means to live in a multicultural community where you can learn and discover cultures and community while still communicating easily as the official and main language remain English.
Finally, Singapore is a safe environment with high life standards where it is comfortable and easy to travel around.
Deciding to study overseas is not an easy task but a worthed life experience for sure.
Being on your own in a foreign country forced oneself to quickly get responsible enough to cope with the studies, the expenses and the daily life on one own while getting adapted to a new environment, culture, and sometimes even language and school system.
Studying abroad means being capable to take challenges without being afraid new beginnings, confidence, a strength of character, skills in communication, self-reliance and diversity. This experience don't only result in self-growth, but also built characteristics that a recruiter is looking for in a candidate.
Roughly 14,000 students take the A-level examinations every year in Singapore.
Their performance in the A level examinations will determine their options regarding their further education, which include:
A Polytechnic Diploma and a Bachelor’s Degree represent two different levels of education. A Diploma focuses on the specific skills of a student while a Bachelor’s Degree covers a broader area.
A Diploma is usually awarded for vocational and professional courses and A Bachelor’s Degree is awarded for many fields.
The practical skills gained in polytechnic would be a good complement to the theoretical knowledge imparted at the university.
Furthermore, polytechnic graduates who apply to NUS or NTU are exempted from a good amount of credit units. Subject to approval, this means that polytechnic graduates can enter university as second-year students.
Looking to study further after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree?
That would be a smart decision!
Continuing the education path after a Bachelor's Degree to obtain a Master's Degree will give your more in-depth knowledge about your field and will set you above all the Degrees' holders.
A Master's Degree will enhance oneself's professional network and then facilitate the access to a desired job position.
More than often, Master's Degrees holders can reach high positions straight away as they took the time to 'master' their field.
The possession of a Master's Degree will definitely help to upgrade a job position's title and guarantees a higher salary.
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