Frequently Asked Questions: General FAQs
Provisions for the Intellectually Gifted
For whom does the GEP cater?
At the primary level, the GEP caters for intellectually gifted pupils from Primary 4 to Primary 6.
At the secondary level, School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE) programmes are offered in 7 schools with the Integrated Programmes (IP). The SBGE programmes are designed and implemented by the schools with specialist advice from the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education. The schools that offer SBGE are:
- Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) [ACS(I)]
- Dunman High School [DHS]
- Hwa Chong Institution [HCI]
- Nanyang Girls’ High School [NYGH]
- NUS High School of Mathematics and Science [NUSHS]
- Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) [RGS(S)]
- Raffles Institution [RI]
These programmes start at Secondary 1 and culminate either in the A-Level Examination for DHS, HCI, NYGH, RGS(S) and RI, or the International Baccalaureate for ACS(I) or the NUS High School Diploma for NUSHS.
Pupils in HCI and NYGH will study in their respective campuses in the first 4 years of the programme and continue at HCI (College Section) in the final 2 years. Pupils in RGS(S) and RI will also study in their respective campuses in the first 4 years of the programme and continue at RJC in the final 2 years.
Pupils in ACS(I), DHS and NUSHS will complete the 6-year programmes in their respective campuses.
Is there any school which offers the GEP or which caters for a child suspected to be gifted at a level earlier than Primary 4?
The GEP is not offered before Primary 4 in any government or government-aided school in Singapore. Whether a school caters for a child suspected to be gifted at a level earlier than Primary 4 will depend on the school.
GEP Screening Test and GEP Selection Test
What are the selection criteria for the GEP?
The entry point into the GEP is at Primary 4.
The selection tests are conducted at the end of Primary 3.
The selection is based on pupils’ performance in all 3 papers in the GEP Selection Test. The 3 papers in the test are English Language, Mathematics and General Ability.
Are there any test/assessment books to help prepare a child for the GEP Screening and Selection Tests? How do we prepare a child for the tests?
Parents are advised not to prepare their children for the Screening and the Selection Tests. No test/assessment books have been prepared by the MOE for such a purpose. The GEP Screening Test and Selection Test are based on what all pupils should have been taught by Primary 3 in our schools.
Other parents have informed us that they know of schools which actually prepare their pupils for the GEP Screening and Selection Tests. What action does the MOE plan to take on this?
We have no evidence that schools are preparing their pupils for the GEP Screening and Selection Tests. The questions for the selection of pupils for the GEP are not accessible to the schools. Also, the test items are not the same from year to year.
What are the dates for the GEP Screening and the GEP Selection Tests?
- GEP Screening Test: 23 August 2013
- GEP Selection Test: 16 and 17 October 2013
In the case of a child who falls ill on the day of the GEP Screening Test and GEP Selection Test, can he/she sit the Test on another day?
If a child falls ill on the days of the Test, the parent should inform Gifted Education Branch immediately. The Branch will advise on a case-by-case basis.
The GEP Screening Test is scheduled on a Saturday. However, my child is involved in some competition (CCA) on that day. Can the child then take the test on another day? What is the procedure?
If a child is involved in an important national competition, the parent would have to inform the school early so that the school can write to the Gifted Education Branch. The Branch will advise on a case-by-case basis.
What is the General Ability Test? Is it an IQ test?
It is not an IQ test. It is a locally developed test to assess the abstract reasoning ability of the pupil.
How many pupils are invited to sit the GEP Screening Test and the GEP Selection Test?
The whole Primary 3 cohort is invited to sit the GEP Screening Test. About 4000 pupils are shortlisted after the GEP Screening Test to sit the GEP Selection Test.
Among those offered places in the GEP, some do not accept the offer. Will these places be offered to others?
We would normally extend our invitation to join the GEP to a larger number of pupils than there are places because we expect some pupils not to take up the offer. Therefore, there is no reserve list.
How many marks must pupils score in order to qualify for the GEP?
Selection to join the GEP is not based on pupils achieving a certain score.
Pupils are selected based on their performance in the 3 papers in the GEP Selection Test as compared to the performance of the other pupils in the cohort.
How are parents notified of the results for the GEP Screening Test and the GEP Selection Test?
For the GEP Screening Test, parents are informed of the results through the school. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to sit the GEP Selection Test usually held in October. For the GEP Selection Test, pupils are informed about the results through the school. Parents of successful pupils will also receive a letter, a Registration Form, some reading materials and an invitation to a briefing for parents usually held in early November.
After we submit the Registration Form in November to agree to our child joining the GEP, what important dates and actions do we need to note?
The relevant information about the posting process may be downloaded. Click on link here.
Provisions for the Intellectually Gifted
We have been informed that our child has been selected for the GEP and that we have been invited to a briefing. What is the purpose of the briefing?
The briefing is to give parents more information about the GEP. It also provides them with an opportunity to ask questions and to seek clarification about the Programme as well as to meet the Principals of the various GEP schools. Thus parents can get relevant information to make an informed decision about whether to have their child join the GEP.
If my child gets into the GEP and I have other primary school going children, what provisions are available to put them all in one school?
Transfers to the school where a GEP sibling is studying in depends on the vacancies available.
However, younger siblings who are registering for Primary 1 in subsequent years, are eligible to apply for places in the same school where the sibling is attending the GEP.
If my child is already in the GEP but he cannot cope, what is the procedure for withdrawing him/her from the Programme?
If you are thinking of withdrawing your child from the programme, it is best that you contact the Gifted Education Branch first. We would like to meet with you and your child to establish whether a withdrawal is really the solution to the problem. A recommendation will be made, keeping your child’s interests at heart, after careful exploration of all alternatives.
Do the pupils who withdraw from the GEP stay on in the same school or will they be posted to another school?
It depends on the vacancies available in the schools concerned.
My child is currently studying overseas. Can my child be enrolled in the GEP? What is the procedure?
The entry point into the GEP is at Primary 4.
A parent who wants to have his child, who is not in the Singapore school system, to be considered for the primary GEP must write in by June to the Gifted Education Branch when the child is at a grade equivalent to Primary 3 or Grade 3. When writing in, the parent must include the child’s personal particulars such as name, age, citizenship, and education history including past and present schools as well as information about the child’s academic performance and outstanding achievements with accompanying documentary evidence. The Gifted Education Branch will assess whether the child can be allowed to sit the GEP Tests.
The initial Screening Test for all Primary 3 pupils is held in August each year. The Selection Test, if the child qualifies, is held in October.
Is there tracking of how well GEP pupils do at the national examinations?
We collect data on how GEP pupils perform at the national examinations. Our records show that as a group, GEP pupils have done very well in all the national examinations.
GEP Status in Secondary Levels
What happens after the primary GEP?
After Primary 6, retention of the GEP status and promotion to the next level of gifted education is based on:
- performance in the GEP from Primary 4 to 6, including a pass in Social Studies
- attitude towards work and the enrichment programme
- performance at the PSLE
What percentage of the Primary 6 GEP pupils meets the criteria for retaining the GEP status?
Each year approximately 99% of the pupils meet the criteria. For more information about provisions for GEP pupils in secondary and pre-university levels, please visit FAQs on Post Primary GEP Provisions