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Applications for the 2024 SPERS-Sec are open from Wednesday, 10 July 2024 to Tuesday, 23 July 2024.

The SPERS-Sec tests will be conducted on the following dates:
  • Secondary 1: Tuesday, 3 September 2024
  • Secondary 2 and 3: Wednesday, 4 September 2024

Returning Singaporeans (RS) who are unable to return to Singapore for the SPERS-Sec tests held in September 2024 may participate in the SPE.

Applications for the SPE open from Friday, 1 November 2024 till Friday, 15 November 2024. The SPE tests will be conducted on Wednesday, 4 December 2024.

1. Overview

What is SPE

SPE is a centralised placement exercise conducted for RS who wish to join a secondary school at Secondary 1, 2 or 3 at the beginning of the next academic year. Your child can apply for the SPE if they are unable to make it back to Singapore in time for SPERS-Sec that typically takes place in September. Like SPERS-Sec, SPE is not compulsory. It is intended for those who prefer to seek admission to a secondary school based on merit.
RS who are seeking a secondary school place near their Singapore residence are encouraged to apply for the Assured School Placement service.

It is a convenient admission route which guarantees your child a place in a school with vacancies as near to your residential address as possible, even before your child returns to Singapore.

Your child will not need to sit for any centralised test, although the school may conduct school-based assessments and/or an interview to determine the level and course for your child. Learn about it.

Key Dates

From Fri, 1 Nov 2024

Create account

Create an account for your child in the Candidates Portal (CP). Find out more here.

Fri, 1 Nov to Fri, 15 Nov 2024


Submit your child's application online through the CP.

By Nov 2024

Receive entry proof

If your application is approved and payment is successful, you will receive an email informing you to retrieve your child’s entry proof from the CP.

Wed, 4 Dec 2024

Take tests

Your child will take tests for English and Mathematics in Singapore.

Mon, 13 Jan to Wed, 15 Jan 2025

Select preferred schools

Based on your child's performance in the tests, you will receive an email on Friday, 10 January 2025 with the list of schools that they are eligible for. Submit your child's school choices using the SPE Internet System (SPE-IS) by 5pm on Wednesday, 15 January 2025.

Mon, 3 Feb 2025

Receive posting results

View your child's posting results by logging in to the SPE-IS from Monday, 3 February to Friday, 7 February 2025. Your child has to report to school by Monday, 10 February 2025.