How the PSLE Score is calculated
The PSLE T-Score will be replaced with wider scoring bands, known as Achievement Levels (ALs).
Each PSLE subject will be scored using 8 ALs. Students who perform similarly will be placed in the same AL for each subject.
|AL||Raw Mark Range|
|2||85 - 89|
|3||80 - 84|
|4||75 - 79|
|5||65 - 74|
|6||45 - 64|
|7||20 - 44|
To understand why the scoring bands are uneven, click here.
Your child's PSLE Score will be the sum of the four subject scores. It ranges from 4 to 32, with 4 being the best possible total score.
Example of how a student's PSLE Score is calculated
|Mother Tongue Language||AL2|
|PSLE Score: 8|
Under the new AL system, if your child is taking foundation subjects, your child will be graded AL A to AL C.
Like standard subject ALs, the Foundation subject ALs will reflect a student's level of achievement, rather than how they have performed relative to their peers.
For the purpose of S1 posting, Foundation Level AL A to AL C will be mapped to a Standard Level subject equivalent of AL 6 to AL 8 respectively, to derive a student's overall PSLE Score.
|Grades for Foundation||Foundation Raw Mark Range||Equivalent Standard Level AL|
|A||75 - 100||6|
Under the new scoring system, students exempted from MTL, due to extenuating circumstances, will be assigned an MTL score so they have a PSLE Score comprising four subjects, for the purposes of S1 Posting. The same approach is taken in today's T-score system. Their assigned MTL score will:
- Take reference from peers with similar scores for English, Mathematics, and Science.
- Maintain parity of treatment with students who take Foundation MTL (who will score between AL 6 to 8)
Hence, students will receive an assigned MTL score between AL 6 to 8 in PSLE.
Click here to find out how a student's MTL score is assigned.
Until 2023, your child will continue to be placed in secondary school courses – Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) - based on their PSLE score.
|Placement Outcome||PSLE Score|
|EXPRESS||4 - 20|
|21 - 22|
|N(A)||23 - 24|
|N(A) / N(T) OPTION||25|
|N(T)||26 - 30, with AL7 or better in both English Language and Mathematics|