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

Applications for the 2021 SPERS-Sec will open in July 2021. The tests will tentatively be conducted on 23 September 2021. More details will be updated in July 2021. 

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

1. Overview

What is SPERS-Sec

SPERS-Sec is a centralised merit-based placement exercise conducted for Returning Singaporeans 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.


  • In view of the COVID-19 situation, the conduct of the centralised placement exercises will be subjected to the national measures in place leading up to and during the actual test dates. We will update parents if there are any changes or cancellation of these events. In this regard, we encourage RS children who are seeking a place in any suitable school near their Singapore residence to make use of the Assured School Placement service.
  • The Assured School Placement service is a convenient admission route whereby we will guarantee your child admission into a school with vacancies near your residence, even before they return to Singapore. Your child need not sit for any centralised test, although the school may conduct school-based assessments, interview, or both, to determine the level and course for your child. Learn about it.

Key Dates

Wed, 15 Jul to Fri, 4 Sep 2020


Submit your child's application online through the SPERS-Sec portal. You are strongly encouraged to pay via debit or credit card during the online application to avoid delays in processing your child's application.

By Thu, 10 Sep 2020

Receive entry proof

If your application is approved and payment is successful, you will receive an email with your child's test details.

Tue, 22 Sep to Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Take tests

Your child will take tests for English and Mathematics in Singapore on the following dates:

  • Secondary 1: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
  • Secondary 2: Thursday, 24 September 2020
  • Secondary 3: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Thu, 19 Nov to Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Select preferred schools

Based on your child's performance in the tests, you will receive an email on Thursday, 19 November 2020 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, 24 November 2020.

Tue, 15 Dec 2020

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 Wednesday, 30 December 2020.

Tue, 22 Dec 2020

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 Wednesday, 30 December 2020.