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Last Updated: 02 January 2024

School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans-Secondary (SPERS-Sec)

The application period for the 2024 SPERS-Sec will start in July 2024, and the tests will be conducted in September 2024. These periods are tentative; details will be available here in July 2024.

Returning Singaporeans who are unable to return to Singapore for the SPERS-Sec tests may participate in the Supplementary Placement Exercise.

1. Overview

What is SPERS-Sec

SPERS-Sec is a centralised merit-based placement exercise conducted for Returning Singaporeans (RS) who wish to join a secondary school at Secondary 1, 2 or 3 at the beginning of the next academic year. It 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 not 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 Tue, 11 Jul 2023

Create account

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

Tue, 11 Jul to Mon, 24 Jul 2023


Submit your child's application online through the CP.

By Aug 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.

Fri, 15 Sep 2023

Take tests

Your child will take tests for English and Mathematics in Singapore on Friday, 15 September 2023.

Fri, 17 Nov to Tue, 21 Nov 2023

Select preferred schools

Based on your child's performance in the tests, you will receive an email on Thursday, 16 November 2023 with the list of schools that they are eligible for. Submit your child's school choices using the SPERS-Sec Internet System (SPERS-Sec IS) by 5pm on Tuesday, 21 November 2023.

Tue, 12 Dec 2023

Receive posting results for Sec 2 and 3 students

View your child's posting results by logging in to the SPERS-Sec IS. Your child has to report to school by Friday, 29 December 2023.

Wed, 20 Dec 2023

Receive posting results for Sec 1 students

View your child's posting results by logging in to the SPERS-Sec IS. Your child has to report to school by Friday, 29 December 2023.