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December 19, 2013

Results of the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations

1.Students who had sat the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations collected their results from their secondary schools today.1

2.12,419 students in the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) Course and 5,510 students in the Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) Course had sat the Examinations.

3.99.5% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course have been awarded the Normal (Academic) Level certificate. The Normal (Academic) Level certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains a pass grade of Grade 5 or better in at least one Normal (Academic) subject.

4.98.0% of the students from the Normal (Technical) course have been awarded the Normal (Technical) Level certificate. The Normal (Technical) Level certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains a pass grade of Grade D or better in at least one Normal (Technical) subject.

Progression to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic)

5.72.8% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course are eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) in 2014. These are students in the Normal (Academic) course who obtained an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in English Language (EL), Mathematics and best three subjects (ELMAB3) and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics.

6.This year, 32.5% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course sat for subjects in the GCE Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination. These students are also eligible to proceed to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) if they obtain an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in EL, Mathematics and best three subjects, and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics, using their combined GCE Normal (Academic) Level and their school-based ‘O’ Level preliminary examination results.

Progression Pathways for Normal (Academic) Students

7.Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who had attempted the GCE Normal (Academic) examinations in 2013 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 19 points2 will have the option of applying for the Direct-Entry-Scheme into Polytechnic Programme (DPP) at ITE as an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year.

8.The DPP comprises a direct enrolment into Higher Nitec courses at ITE with a corresponding articulation into mapped polytechnic diploma courses if students meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements. ITE will offer about 1,000 DPP places. Applications to the DPP will open on 19 December 2013. For more information, please refer to http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who had attempted the Normal (Academic) examinations in 2013 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points3 will also have the option of applying for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) as an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year.

9.The PFP is a one-year foundation programme at the polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers. The polytechnics will offer about 1,200 PFP places in total. Applications to the PFP will open in January 2014 after the release of the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who intend to apply for the PFP should first progress to Secondary 5 on 2 January 2014. For more information, please refer to http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/.

Progression of Normal (Technical) students

10.All Normal (Technical) course students who have completed their secondary education in 2013 can apply to further their studies at ITE. Schools may also laterally transfer Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) students to Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) if they have obtained grade A for EL and Mathematics and grade B or better for one other subject at the Normal (Technical) Level.

Footnotes:
  1. The Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations are conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
  2. To be eligible for the DPP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 4 in both English Language (Minimum required grade of 3 for Business & Services courses) and Mathematics. The ELMAB3 aggregate does not include CCA bonus points.
  3. The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), and the student’s 3 best other subjects. To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. CCA bonus points are not factored into the ELMAB3 aggregate used for application to the PFP, but are taken into account for posting. More information can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/pfp_eligibility.html