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Last Updated: 06 February 2024

Returning Singaporeans who are unable to return to Singapore for the SPERS-Sec tests may participate in the SPE. More details will be updated in July 2024.

1. Overview

What is SPE

SPE is a centralised merit-based 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’re unable to make it back to Singapore in time for SPERS-Sec that typically takes place in September.

SPE is not compulsory and does not guarantee admission to your school of choice. It is intended for those who prefer the convenience of a centralised placement exercise.
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 Wed, 1 Nov 2023

Create account

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

Wed, 1 Nov to Mon, 13 Nov 2023


Submit your child's application online through the CP.

By Nov 2023

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, 6 Dec 2023

Take tests

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

Mon, 15 Jan to Wed, 17 Jan 2024

Select preferred schools

Based on your child's performance in the tests, you will receive an email on Friday, 12 January 2024 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, 17 January 2024.

Thu, 1 Feb 2024

Receive posting results

View your child's posting results by logging in to the SPE-IS from Thursday, 1 February to Monday, 5 February 2024. Your child has to report to school by Thursday, 8 February 2024.