Eligibility Criteria

International students who do not have a place in our mainstream schools and who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 are eligible to take part in the AEIS.

Primary Level

There are two tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2 / 3 admission and another for Primary 4 / 5 admission. Applicants should sit for the primary test appropriate for their age cohorts. The test level is shown below:

Age as at 1st Jan of the Year of Admission Test to Apply For Content Tested Possible Outcome
7 to 7+ Pri 2 / 3 Pri 1 Pri 2 or Pri 1 or unsuccessful
8 to 8+ Pri 2 / 3 Pri 2 Pri 3 or Pri 2 or Pri 1 or unsuccessful
9 to 9+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 3 Pri 4 or Pri 3 or Pri 2 or unsuccessful
10 to 10+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or Pri 4 or Pri 3 or unsuccessful
11 to 11+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or Pri 4 or unsuccessful
12 to 12+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or unsuccessful

For instance, applicants who are 8 to 8+ and who sit for the Primary 2 / 3 test may be placed to Primary 3, Primary 2, Primary 1 or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the test and their age. Applicants who are 10 to 10+ who sit for the Primary 4 / 5 test may be placed to Primary 5, Primary 4 or Primary 3 or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the test and their age.

MOE does not recommend international students to be overage by more than two years above the age appropriate for that level.

Secondary Level

Applicants seeking admission to secondary schools can choose to sit for the Secondary 1, the Secondary 2 or the Secondary 3 test. The permissible age range is shown below:

Level Permissible Age Range (as at 1st Jan of the Year of Admission) Content Tested Possible Outcome
Sec 1 12 to 14+ years old Pri 6 Sec 1 or unsuccessful
Sec 2 13 to 15+ years old Sec 1 Sec 2 or unsuccessful
Sec 3 14 to 16+ years old Sec 2 Sec 3 or unsuccessful

MOE does not recommend international students to be overage by more than two years above the age appropriate for that level.

Important Note:

Applicants who have taken part in the AEIS or S-AEIS and were offered a school place will not be able to apply online for the AEIS or S-AEIS.