Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools

Introduction

Primary and secondary schools here are modern and well-equipped, living expenses and school fees are affordable, and standards of teaching and curriculum development are high. The international languages of the future, English and Chinese, are used widely and taught here. Drawn by its many advantages, international students are entering Singapore's primary and secondary schools in ever larger numbers. Our preparatory course will help your child bridge the gap between the education systems in your country and Singapore.

The Preparatory Examination

International students who wish to enter primary and secondary schools in Singapore are required to sit and pass centralised entrance examinations conducted by the Ministry of Education. The examinations are usually held in September/October yearly, before the beginning of the next academic year. Students will first sit the AEIS examination. If they do well, the Ministry will admit them into a school. Students may also apply for S-AEIS which is held in Feb/March yearly. If they pass, the Ministry of Education will admit them into a school.

Course Structure

Very likely, the biggest difficulty your child will experience in Singapore will be the English Language. Your child will probably be studying English at a higher level than in his or her own country. Also, all other subjects will be taught in English, apart from second language. This means that your child will find it difficult to cope with Maths and Science, even if he is good at these subjects, simply because he is not used to studying them in English.

This course consists of two subjects taught according to MOE syllabus:

English
We emphasise English in our preparatory course, both as a subject in itself and as a medium for learning other subjects. Apart from being familiar with the Singapore education system, our teachers understand the problems international students face in Singapore schools. They will help your child understand mathematical or scientific concepts which are expressed in English.

Mathematics
We teach familiarity with mathematical terms in English, and learning mathematical concepts in English, rather than mathematical skills. Our teachers will help your child answer mathematics questions in English, rather than in his native language.

Learning Objectives & Outcome

Be able to handle primary/secondary level English and Mathematics in a local school.

Delivery Mode

Classroom learning, lessons to be conducted at NYU Language School.

Teachers

All our teachers are registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Prerequisites

Course Title Min. Age Academic Level Language Proficiency
Primary 2 7 At least completed Primary 1 in student's home country or equivalent Completed an English course in home country
Primary 2
(Intensive)
7 At least completed Primary 1 in student's home country or equivalent
Primary 3 8 At least completed Primary 2 in student's home country or equivalent
Primary 4 8 At least completed Primary 3 in student's home country or equivalent
Primary 4
(Intensive)
8 At least completed Primary 3 in student's home country or equivalent
Primary 5 9+ At least completed Primary 4 in student's home country or equivalent
Secondary 1 12 At least completed Primary 6 in student's home country or equivalent Completed an English course in home country
Secondary 1
(Intensive)
12 At least completed Primary 6 in student's home country or equivalent
Secondary 2 13 At least completed Secondary 1 in student's home country or equivalent
Secondary 2
(Intensive)
13 At least completed Secondary 1 in student's home country or equivalent
Secondary 3 14 At least completed Secondary 2 in student's home country or equivalent
Secondary 3
(Intensive)
14 At least completed Secondary 2 in student's home country or equivalent

Assessment and Examination

The entrance examinations are not easy, and your child will have to study hard to attain the required standard. As a result, there will be more assignments, including essays, than in our other English courses. In addition to the assigned homework, your child will have to do a number of hours of self-study every day.

A test will be conducted every 6 weeks to allow us to monitor your child's progress. In keeping with our policy of involving the parents and guardians, we will be sending you quarterly detailed course reports.


Your grade in this course will be based on the following components:
ITEM PERCENTAGE
MID-TERM TEST 50%
FINAL TERM TEST 50%
TOTAL 100%

Award

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an in-house certificate within 21 days from the last day of the course.


Your performance grading will be as follows:
GRADES MARKS
DISTINCTION 80 - 100
CREDIT 65 - 79
PASS 50 - 64
FAIL 0 - 49
ABSENT ABSENT

External Examination

Refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/international-students/admissions-exercise/

External Test Result

You will be informed of the AEIS or/and S-AEIS Test results by the MOE.

Course Schedule and Fees

Details of course schedules and school fees are on our Course Schedule and School Fees page.