Eligibility Phase

Returning Singaporean children who have lived and studied overseas and do not have a place in a local school are eligible to participate in the SPERS-JC/MI exercise, for admission to Year 1 of JC/MI in the following academic year. Applicants should be 16 to 20+ years old as of 1st January of the year of admission.

RS children who have JC/MI school places reserved under the Leave of Absence (LOA) scheme can approach their former school for re-admission. There is no need for these RS to take part in SPERS-JC/MI.

Application Process

To apply for SPERS-JC/MI, you are required to complete and submit the 2018 SPERS-JC/MI Application Form, and pay the fees between 4 Jul and 19 Oct 2018 via one of the following modes:

By Mail

Principals Academy (PAI)
9 Woodlands Ave 9
Republic Polytechnic
Singapore 738964

In Person

Principals Academy (PAI)
9 Woodlands Ave 9
Republic Polytechnic Building E1, Level 4, Room 4F-4J
Singapore 738964


Ministry of Education Customer Service Centre (MOE CSC)
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675

By E-mail or Fax

You can also submit a scanned copy of the completed application form (with signature) to Principals Academy (PAI) (please see above) via e-mail at spersjc@pai.sg or via fax at 6363 0220, with cheque / bank draft sent separately via postal mail to PAI. As postal mail from some countries may take more than three weeks to arrive in Singapore, you should apply as early as possible.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applications are subject to approval.

Key Events and Dates



Application for SPERS-JC/MI 

4 Jul – 19 Oct 2018

Conduct of SPERS-JC/MI tests

15 Nov 2018



Fees (inclusive of GST)

Singapore Citizens


(*An administrative fee of $12 is applicable)

Singapore Permanent Residents


These fees are non-refundable and you are advised to consider your child’s availability for the exercise before applying. You may make payment via one of the following modes.

Payment mode


Credit Card

You can indicate your credit card details as part of the hard copy application form.


You can make payment in person at Principals Academy located at Republic Polytechnic.

Cheque/Bank draft

You can submit a cheque / bank draft together with your application by mail to:

Principals Academy (PAI)
9 Woodlands Ave 9
Republic Polytechnic
Singapore 738964

Your child’s name and NRIC must be written on the reverse of the cheque/bank draft. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


You will receive an acknowledgement from the Principals Academy if your application is approved. The acknowledgement will include your child’s applicant details, the timetable for the tests, test venue and instructions for your child.

The SPERS-JC/MI tests will be conducted on 15 November 2018 (Thursday). You child has to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the tests and be seated at his/her assigned desks at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the tests.

Preparing for SPERS-JC/MI Tests

Your child needs to be familiar with the English and Mathematics topics taught in mainstream secondary schools, especially in Secondary 3 and 4. Please refer to the ‘O’ Level syllabuses at the Subject Syllabus website for more information.

2018 SPERS-JC/MI Schedule

Date Event Mode
4 Jul – 19 Oct 2018 Application for SPERS-JC/MI tests E-mail, Fax, Postal Mail or In Person
By 26 Oct 2018 Receive letter of acknowledgement E-mail
15 Nov 2018 To sit for 2018 SPERS-JC/MI tests In person
26 Dec 2018 (tentative) Receive eligibility school list E-mail
26 Dec 2018 – 18 Jan 2019 Successful applicants to approach any of the listed schools for admission. In person

Information on Tests

General Ability Test

The General Ability test assesses your child’s general reasoning ability. All the information needed to respond to each test item is presented within the test item itself, and clear instructions will be given to ensure that your child understands how to attempt the paper. The duration of the paper, including instruction and familiarisation, is 45 minutes.

English Test

The English test comprises two parts.

  • Part 1 – Writing [1 hr 50 min]
    • Section A: Editing
    • Section B: Situational Writing
    • Section C: Continuous Writing
  • Part 2 – Comprehension [1 hr 50 min]
    • 3 visual texts and/or comprehension passages including Comprehension, Vocabulary and Summary

Mathematics Test

The Mathematics test comprises two sections. Your child will only be assessed on Elementary Mathematics and will be given 2 hours to complete the paper.

  • Section A
    • Short answer questions (No options) - To test on fundamental skills and concepts
  • Section B
    • Problem-sum questions (No options) - To test on higher order thinking skills