Eligibility Letter

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Primary 6 (P6) students, including those successful in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, who are eligible for any of the following will automatically be informed of their eligibility via their personalised Eligibility Letter, which is enclosed in the S1 Option Form.

Express/Normal (Academic) and Normal (Academic)/Normal (Technical)

Students who just meet the qualifying Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) aggregate for the Express course will be given an alternative option to take up the Normal (Academic) course. Students who just meet the qualifying PSLE aggregate for the Normal (Academic) course will be given an alternative option to take up the Normal (Technical) course. Students in these categories must exercise their course options. Parents can submit their option via the Secondary 1 - Internet System (S1-IS) or personally at their child’s primary school.

Important Note:

For students eligible for course option, if no option is made, the student would be admitted to the more academically-demanding course i.e. Express course for the Express/Normal (Academic) course option band and Normal (Academic) course for the Normal (Academic)/Normal (Technical) course option band.

Bonus Points for Admission to Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools

Students in the top 30% of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) cohort who take Higher Chinese at the PSLE will be given bonus points for admission to SAP schools according to the following table:

Higher Chinese Grade Bonus Point
Distinction 3
Merit 2
Pass 1

Important Note:

Students must have taken both English and Chinese Language at the PSLE to be eligible for admission to SAP schools

Higher Mother Tongue Language (HMTL)

Students may opt to take up HMTL (viz. Higher Chinese/ Higher Malay/ Higher Tamil) from Secondary 1 (S1) onwards if they have taken MTL or HMTL at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and are in the

  • Top 10% of the PSLE cohort; or
  • Top 11%—30% of the PSLE cohort and meet the language criteria i.e. an A* grade in the MTL or at least a Merit in HMTL.

Interested students can apply to take up HMTL when they report to their secondary school in late December. They will attend HMTL lessons at their school if the school offers the course, or in a designated centre if the school does not. Please refer to the list of schools and designated centres offering HMTL .

You may wish to know:

A student who obtains a grade of A1 to C6 for both English and HMTL at the General Cambridge Examination (GCE) Ordinary (‘O’) Level Examination and qualifies for admission to a Junior College (JC)/Millennia Institute (MI) will be given a concession of two points in his/her application to the JC/MI of his/her choice through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).

Third Language

Eligible students who are interested to take up a Third Language at Secondary 1 must exercise their Third Language options. Below are the list of Third Languages that a student could be eligible for:

  • Chinese (Special Programme) [CSP]
  • Malay (Special Programme) [MSP]
  • Bahasa Indonesia (BI)
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Students meeting the eligibility criteria do not automatically qualify for entry into the Third Language programme. In the event that the number of applicants for a Third Language exceeds the number of vacancies, selection will be based on each applicant’s PSLE results.

You may wish to know:

A student who obtains a grade of A1 to C6 for CSP/ MSP/ BI at the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination and qualifies for admission to a Junior College (JC)/Millennia Institute (MI) will be given a concession of two points in his/her application to the JC/MI of his/her choice through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE). A student who takes up CSP/ MSP/ BI in the General Cambridge Examination (GCE) Ordinary (‘O’) Level Examination will be allowed to use the respective CSP/ MSP/ BI grade in lieu of a Humanities subject grade for admission to the JC/MI.

Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS)

Students who are Singapore Citizens (SC) and meet the academic requirements based on their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results will be offered the ESIS if they are successfully admitted to an Independent School (IS) at Secondary 1.

P6 Gifted Education Programme (GEP) students who are SC and have met the P6 GEP promotion criteria will be offered the ESIS if they are successfully admitted and enrolled in the IS offering Integrated Programme (IP) at Secondary 1 (refer to Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS) for these IS/IP).