Secondary One Option Exercise

The S1 Option Exercise will be conducted for all PSLE candidates immediately after the release of the PSLE results in late November. Pupils are to indicate their six secondary school choices during the exercise.

Considerations When Making Decision

In choosing secondary schools, the following factors, among others, may be taken into account:

Previous Year’s Posting Aggregate Ranges of the Schools

The aggregate ranges of the previous cohort of PSLE pupils posted to S1 in each school will be provided in Part Two of the S1 Information Booklet to be distributed in October. For Normal courses, both the aggregate ranges for EM- pupils* and EM3 pupils are provided. These aggregate ranges should be treated only as a guide. The aggregate ranges for schools can vary from year to year, depending on pupils’ PSLE results and their choices.

Note: * EM- pupils refer to pupils who were in the previously commonly known band of EM1/2.)

With the introduction of Subject-Based Banding, starting with the 2008 Primary Five (P5) cohort, to replace the previous EM3 stream, the 2009 P6 pupils now offer a mix of Standard or Foundation subjects depending on their aptitude in each subject. Notwithstanding this, the separate EM-/EM3 aggregate ranges which reflect the posting outcomes of the 2008 S1 Posting Exercise will be provided in Part Two of the S1 Information Booklet as it would continue to be a useful reference for making school choices.

Pupils who offered Standard Science at the PSLE in 2009 may refer to the EM- posting aggregate ranges. Pupils who studied Foundation Science* in 2009 may refer to the EM3 posting aggregate ranges.

* Foundation Science will be made examinable from the 2010 PSLE onwards.

Please note that:

Academic Performance of the Child

Based on the child’s academic performance in the primary school, parents may wish to choose secondary schools that take in pupils with an academic ability comparable to that of their child.

If the child’s performance in the PSLE is good, and he / she wishes to study HMTL at secondary school, the parents may choose secondary schools that offer the respective HMTL in the choice of schools. Please see the list of schools / designated centres and Language Centres offering respective HMTL (116kb .pdf).


Parents may choose schools near their home so that it will be more convenient for the child to travel to and from school. Please see the list of secondary schools by area (64kb .pdf).

Affiliated Schools

Some secondary schools have affiliated primary schools. If the child is now studying in one of these primary schools and wants to continue secondary education in the affiliated secondary school, he / she must indicate that secondary school as the first choice school in order to enjoy priority for admission to that affiliated secondary school. However, being accorded priority for admission does not guarantee admission. Not all pupils from the affiliated primary schools can be admitted to the affiliated secondary schools, as admission to affiliated secondary schools is subject to the availability of places in these schools. Further, some secondary schools may set additional qualifying criteria for admission of pupils from their affiliated primary schools.

Programmes and Schemes Offered

There are various programmes and schemes offered in the secondary schools. Pupils who are interested in these programmes may wish to include schools offering these programmes in their choices.

Special Needs of the Child

Some secondary schools have special facilities and resources to support pupils with special needs (e.g. physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, hearing impaired, visually handicapped). If the child requires such special support, the parent may wish to choose secondary schools with special facilities and resources in the choice of schools. Please refer to the list of schools with special facilities for physically disabled (56kb .pdf) and schools with support for autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia (52kb .pdf).