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January 7, 2009

Release of 2008 GCE O-Level Examination Results and 2009 Admission Exercises for Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education

The results of the 2008 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 12 January 2009.

School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2:00 pm on 12 January 2009. Private candidates will be informed of their results by post. They may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website from 2:00 pm on 12 January 2009.

Students can apply for Junior Colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI), Polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) via both the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and the Joint-Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) using their GCE O-Level results.

Joint Admissions Exercise

The JAE is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow those who had sat for the GCE O-Level Examination to apply for admission to courses offered by the JCs, MI, Polytechnics and ITE.

The following groups of applicants are eligible to participate in the JAE:

  • All Singapore Citizens (SCs) or Permanent Residents (PRs) with valid GCE O-Level Examination results.
  • International students studying in a government school, government-aided school or independent school in Singapore with valid 2008 GCE O-Level Examination results.
Registration Process

The JAE registration period is for 5 calendar days, starting from 3:00 pm on Monday, 12 January 2009 and ending at 4:00 pm on Friday 16 January 2009.

Applicants are to submit their application online through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS), which is accessible through the JAE website.

  • Eligible applicants who sat for the 2008 GCE O-Level Examination will receive ‘Form A’ on the day of the release of examination results (i.e. 12 January 2009). Form A will list:
    • The applicant’s GCE O-Level Examination results;
    • The courses which he/she is eligible to apply for under the JAE; and
    • His/her JAE-PIN (i.e. a personal password for the applicant to access the online internet registration system).
  • Applicants are strongly advised to complete the course application worksheet (provided in both Form A and the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE-IS. Applicants who have completed their worksheet prior to logging on to the JAE-IS should be able to complete their applications on the JAE-IS in less than 15 minutes.
  • Applicants are required to use their NRIC or FIN number, together with the JAE-PIN that is provided in their Form A, to access the JAE-IS. A SingPass is not required.
  • Applicants must provide a local mobile phone number during registration through JAE-IS if they wish to receive the results of their JAE application through SMS text messaging.
  • For SCs/PRs applicants who did not sit for the 2008 GCE O-Level Examination:
    • They are required to use their NRIC and SingPass to access the JAE-IS.
    • Alternatively, they may apply personally at MOE Customer Service Centre during the JAE registration period. To do this, applicants are required to bring along their original identity card, original GCE O-Level Examination certificate(s)/result slip(s) and Secondary School report book and/or CCA Certificate(s).

During the registration period for the JAE, all JCs, MI, polytechnics, ITE and all secondary schools will also make available computing facilities for students to make their applications online.

Application Fees

An application fee of $7 will be charged for the first application, and $10 for amendment of choice(s) to the submitted application. JAE applicants are allowed to amend their submitted application ONCE only. They will not need to make their fee payment online during the JAE period. All JAE application fees will only be collected after the exercise, by the institution (i.e. JC, MI, polytechnic or ITE) that the applicant is eventually enrolled in.

Results of Application

The posting results of the JAE application are tentatively scheduled for release on 30 January 2009 through the following modes:

  • JAE-IS which is accessible through the JAE website;
  • Short Messaging System (SMS) to the mobile phone number provided by applicant during registration; and
  • JAE Interactive Voice Response System at telephone number 6691-2131

For more details on the JAE, applicants can refer to:

  • JAE Website; or
  • MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220 during office hours

Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise

The JPSAE will be conducted, together with the JAE, from 12 January 2009 to 16 January 2009. A student can apply concurrently to both the JPSAE and JAE. Successful applicants may be offered a course under the JAE and the same or another course under the JPSAE. Students who are offered courses under both JAE and JPSAE can decide to accept one of the two offers and exercise it during the enrolment period set by the polytechnics.

The JPSAE complements the existing JAE, by allowing polytechnics to consider applicants based on a broader measure of merits beyond performance in the GCE O-Level Examination. It allows polytechnics to consider students with outstanding talents and achievements in areas such as leadership, community service and sports. Each polytechnic will have the discretion to determine its own means of assessing applicants’ talents and achievements, including through portfolios and interviews. The polytechnics will set their selection criteria to ensure that only applicants who are able to cope with the rigours of a diploma education are admitted.

Details on the JPSAE can be found on the JPSEA website and the respective polytechnics’ websites.