Last Updated: 25 August 2021

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

2. How to apply

Eligibility criteria

Your child is eligible to participate if they:

  • Are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident returning from living and studying overseas.
  • Do not have a place in a local school.
  • Are applying for admission to Secondary 1, 2 or 3 in the following academic year.

If you have a secondary school place reserved under the Leave of Absence (LOA) scheme, you should email or call the school directly for re-admission. Your child should not participate in SPERS-Sec.

Permissible age ranges

You may apply for your child to sit for the SPERS-Sec tests at the level appropriate for their age cohort, based on these permissible age ranges (as at 1 Jan of the year of admission):

  • Secondary 1: 12 to 16+ years old.
  • Secondary 2: 13 to 17+ years old.
  • Secondary 3: 14 to 18+ years old.

When to apply

You can apply for SPERS-Sec from Wednesday, 7 July to Thursday, 26 August 2021.

The tests are conducted within a day and will be held on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

How to apply

You can apply for SPERS-Sec through the following steps:

  1. Submit an online application. You may select from the following payment modes indicated in the online application form:
    • Debit or credit card. You are strongly encouraged to pay using a debit or credit card during the online application to avoid delays in the processing of your child's application and issuance of entry proofs for the tests.
    • Other payment modes are only applicable if you are unable to pay with a debit or credit card. You will be notified by email to opt for payment by PayNow or NETS (strictly by appointment only at the MOE Customer Service Centre). There may be delays in processing your child's application if you select this option.
  2. Receive a confirmation email from the Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board (SEAB) if your application is approved and payment is successful. The confirmation email will include your child's:
    • SPERS-Sec Entry Proof
    • Index number
    • Test timetable
    • Test venue
All applications are subject to approval.

How much is it

Singapore Citizens

The test fee for your first application is waived. However, a $12 administrative fee is still applicable.

Note: SPERS-Sec fees for subsequent applications is $125. SPERS-Sec is not compulsory and admission to your preferred school is not guaranteed. We do not encourage you to apply for SPERS-Sec more than once.

Permanent Residents

The test fee is $140.

Fees are non-refundable.