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The Singapore education system can make a person unfamiliar to it feel like they are stuck in a never-ending labyrinth. But I shall try my best to help you understand it - first in a general context, next in the ASEAN scholarship context.

Secondary Schools
There are many ways you can categorize secondary schools in Singapore, but I shall attempt to split them into two branches: Integrated Program (IP) Schools and non-IP schools.

IP Schools
These schools are known as the more "elite" schools of Singapore that take in students with a higher PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination = UPSR equivalent) aggregate score. Students going through IP will not have to take the O Levels at the end of Secondary 4. Instead, they will be posted directly to the affiliated Junior Colleges (JC) to continue their pre-university education which will culminate in them sitting for the A Levels or International Baccalaureate exam.

Because these students do not have to spend time to prepare for the O Levels at Secondary 4, their curriculum will be different from those students at non-IP schools. IP students will have more time to dabble more in depth in their subjects and learn new things out of the typical school syllabus. So these students may have more opportunities to engage in scientific research and other academic competitions than their non-IP counterparts.

Some IP schools include:

  • Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls' School leading up to Raffles Institution (Junior College)
  • River Valley High School
  • Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Girls' School leading up to Hwa Chong Junior College
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Methodist Girls' School* leading up to the International Baccalaureate at ACS(I)
  • Dunman High School
  • Victoria Junior College
  • Singapore Chinese Girls' School, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School, Catholic High School leading up to a new yet unnamed JC.*
  • and more.
*These are new IP schools that will take in their first IP batch in 2013.

Non-IP Schools
This branch can be split further to schools with only the Express/Special stream and schools that offer Normal stream as well. For ease (and my sanity) I will only explain the Express/Special stream because the Normal stream is not applicable for ASEAN scholars.

But, just a simple overview. Express/Special stream students take a four-year secondary school course that will culminate in the O Levels at the end of secondary 4. Normal stream students take a five-year secondary school course which will include N Levels and O Levels as well if they perform well.

There is no big difference between being in the Express stream or the Special stream. I'm not sure, but I believe that the difference would be in the mother tongue subject you take. If you take a Higher Mother Tongue subject, you will be in the Special stream. If you do not take a Higher Mother Tongue, you will be in the Express stream. I studied in a school whereby I had classmates from both Express and Special stream studying together. Like I mentioned earlier, there is no big difference between these two streams.

Depending on the school you go to, the number of subjects you are allowed to offer for O Levels will differ. Some schools only allow students to take 7 subjects. Some allow a maximum of 10 if you prove that you can cope. Some schools make it compulsory for scholars to take up a third language, some schools have no such requirements. Some schools require you to pass English to be promoted to the next level, and some don't.

Some schools offering IP also offer the O Level track simultaneously such as Singapore Chinese Girls' School and Anglo Chinese School (Independent).

From Secondary School to JC
MOE will convert your O Level results into a point-based system - where the lower the points, the better. To qualify for a JC (and to retain your scholarship if you are a secondary school scholar), you must obtain 20 points or below with a pass in English. The minimum number of points you can get is actually 0! Let me explain how this points are calculated.

The online system will take your six best subjects and convert them to points. For example, A1 = 1 point; C5 = 5 points and so on. This system is known as the L1R5 system. In Singapore, people usually ask, "so what's your L1R5?" and you'll answer correspondingly with "7 points" and whatnot.  However, there are certain distributions in which these subjects are chosen from. The L1R5 must include:
  1. One language - either English or a Higher Mother Tongue
  2. One Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, etc)
  3. One Math (Additional Math or Elementary Math)
  4. One Humanities (Geography, Literature, Chinese Lit, History, Combined Humanities, etc)
  5. Two other best subjects.
Note: subjects offered differs from school to school.

You may notice that based on these six subjects, you minimum L1R5 would only be 6 points! How on earth can someone get 0 points. This is where bonus points come in play. There are various ways you can obtain bonus points. Two most common ways of getting them include taking a higher mother tongue and accumulating CCA points. 

What is Higher Mother Tongue? In Singapore, a second language (mother tongue) is compulsory for all students. For Malaysians, we can either take Malay, Chinese or Tamil depending on our race. If you are a Chinese that studied in a kebangsaan school, then Malay would be your mother tongue. Better students and most scholars will take their second language at a higher level - Higher Mother Tongue (HMT). For students taking HMT, you will be required to sit for the normal level mother tongue O Level Examination at the end of Secondary 3. If you manage to obtain a B3 and above, then you will be allowed to continue studying HMT, which you will take with the rest of your subjects during the O Level at the end of Secondary 4. If you manage to pass HMT (meaning a C6 and above) you will be awarded two bonus points. This means that if your original L1R5 score was 15, with two bonus points it will now be 15 - 2 =13. Another advantage of taking HMT would be that you will not be required to take a second language in JC, which is compulsory for those not taking HMT.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) are also given a grading system in Singapore which will translate into a grade. For example, if you win a National level badminton competition, you will be awarded 3 points. If you clock in 100 hours of community service, you will be awarded 5 points. All these points will add up to give you your grade. I think it is 15 points = B3; 20 points = A2; 25 points = A1. If you get a B for CCA, you will be awarded one bonus point. If you get an A (regardless of the numerical number after it), you will be awarded two bonus points.

As you can see, the average student would have the chance of obtaining 4 bonus points from these two components. To obtain 6, would be rare and would require you to enter special language programs in various JCs (e.g. Malay Language Program in Jurong Junior College). Assuming you do very well and get 6 points for L1R5 originally (all subjects A1), and 4 bonus points giving you the final L1R5 of 2, you will be eligible to qualify for all the JCs in Singapore. Different JCs have different cut off points that changes from year to year. Also, admission to JCs typically require scholars to have lower L1R5s than Singaporeans. For example: the cut off point for Singaporeans to ACS(I) is 5 points. However, scholars wishing to enter ACS(I) would have to score 2 points to be admitted.

Junior Colleges
As of 2011, there are approximately 19 junior colleges offering the A Levels and one offering the International Baccalaureate. 

Students will be required to take 4 A Level subjects, out of which at least one must be a contrasting subject. Meaning, if you are a science student, you are entitled to take 3 science subjects (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Math) and 1 humanities subject (Geography, Economics, History, Literature, etc). This requirement is the same for humanities students. Some students take 2 of each, which may be permitted by their schools.

Apart from these 4 subjects of your choice, all students must take General Paper (GP) or Knowledge Inquiry (KI, which is a little like philosophy or IB's Theory of Knowledge) and Project Work (PW). In PW, basically, you will be given a problem which you must work in a group to come out with the solutions for. PW is completed at the end of your first JC year. 

A Level subjects are offered at two levels - H1 and H2. H1 covers less content while H2 is generally more difficult and more content heavy. At the end of the day, your A Level grades will also be converted to a credit-ish based system for entry into local universities. H1 will yield less credit than H2. Excellent students can offer a subject at H3 level. In H3, you will study in depth about a particular field of your chosen subject. For example, Proteomics in H3 Biology or Pharmaceutical Chemistry in H3 Chemistry. 

International Baccalaureate is offered to scholars at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). For more information on the IB Diploma Program, click here. Alternatively, if you have a specific question regarding the IBDP, you can comment down below and I'll get back to you! ;)

Schools for ASEAN Scholars
It is getting increasingly rarer for scholars to be posted to IP schools. The reason lies in that these schools conduct their own scholarship programs to recruit their own scholars (known as school-based scholars). Each school is rumoured to have a quota for the number of scholars studying there. Thus, this quota is usually filled up by school-based scholars, leaving few, if any, places for ASEAN scholars. This is the same for top JCs. Especially for Pre-U scholars, places for scholars in top JCs will most likely be filled up by their own IP scholars as well as secondary school scholars who have done well in their O Level examinations. As I have mentioned before, thus far, there have been no Pre-U scholars sent to ACS(I) for the IB. This scenario may repeat in other JCs from year to year.

I have known a few scholars who felt disappointed about the school given to them by MOE. Some felt that these schools were not "good schools" and does not match up to some of the reputable big names like Raffles. I wish to tell you that it does not matter which school you are posted to; as long as you are open to new things, your experience in Singapore will not be discounted.

98 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I'm from Malaysia. Where and how can I contact for the school-based scholarship?

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Viv

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    1. Hi Viv, I would suggest you contact the school you are interested in directly. Emails can usually be found on their school website. Not all schools offer the school based scholarships to Malaysians, so it'd be best if you went to check which schools do and do not. My knowledge of schools that offer the scholarships to Malaysian is limited, and I can only name you Nanyang Girls and MGS as examples.

      That said however, some of these schools are very selective in terms of who and where they distribute their forms too. I have heard rumors that Nanyang only allows students of certain schools in KL and Johor to apply for their school-based-scholarship. It may or may not be true. And if it is true, it may apply to other schools like MGS as well. It seems to be a recent occurrence.

      Again, you may get more accurate and update information if you contact the schools directly! :)

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    2. Hi KlâRïs§ä,

      Appreciate and many thanks of your feedback.

      Best Regards,
      Vivian

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  2. I am also a Malaysian. I've heard that even if you get the full scholarship, there's a high possibility that you could be send to a "kampung" school. I heard that they are not bad but I want to go to a popular school. Do you know how to do so? Maybe during the interview?

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    1. Perhaps you should then try the school-based scholarships to the schools which you consider "non-kampung".

      What is "popular" anyway? Brand name are after all just brand names.

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    2. It's said that your test selection judges the school you go to, do it badly, then you'll know the outcome.

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  3. Hi, I have been trying to find out what schools are in the Asean Scholarship list, but so far has been unsuccessful. Can you provide a list? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Leanne,

      Unfortunately, I do not have such a list. MOE adds and drops schools on a year by year basis, so it really isn't very fixed.

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  4. Hi I have been selected for the interview regarding the ASEAN Scholarship, applying for JC. Any tips on the Interview? And could you please enlighten me as to what the Interviewers are looking for? (Like, what traits/behavior) Thanks!

    BTW, it's really inspiring to see seniors trying to help out the younger generation! Gan Dong!

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    1. Hey,

      I'm not sure if I'm the best person to be answering your questions. My interview was nearly seven years ago and I was interviewed for the Sec One scholarship. So naturally, the questions that I was asked will definitely not be the same types as the ones that will be asked during a JC interview.

      Also I am not MOE, so my guess of what interviewers are looking for is as good as anyone's. But in general, just be honest, passionate and answer their questions to the point. Don't digress too much and talk non stop, but don't answer in one word sentences as well. Of course, be prepared to answer standard interview questions like why do you want to study in Singapore? and other stuff along that line.

      :) all the best. Hopefully in the future you'll be able to give advice too like this blog! (in the future the info here will be obsolete.)

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  5. Do they have to finish up to jc2 before they want to continue studying abroad?

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    1. I will assume that "they" refers to secondary school ASEAN scholars (because if you were a Pre-U scholar, then of course you will have to finish your pre-u, a.k.a. jc2). I will also assume that studying abroad refers to undergraduate studies in countries other than singapore (because technically singapore is "studying abroad" for scholars).

      Legally, yes, you will have to finish up your JC2 if you were a Secondary ASEAN scholar because the scholarship tenure is 6 years (if you came in at Sec 1) and 4 years (if you came in at Sec3), which will include JC years. However, i have known students who leave after secondary school on their own accord and have had to pay back MOE for the past few years of education expenses incurred + 10% interest. There are also rumours that some people leave after secondary school without paying a single cent. But I don't know anyone who has done that personally.

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  6. Hello, good write-up! Thank you so much for the info.

    My bro just received the ASEAN scholarship recently, and he is going to enrol for Year 3 Express O-level program next year. We are having confusion between 'Chinese' and 'Higher Chinese'. He has Chinese background since young and also sit for Chinese paper in PMR. So for the subject option, should he choose 'Chinese' or 'Higher Chinese'?

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    1. I would definitely recommend Higher Chinese. Naturally, it it will be harder than Chinese, but most Malaysian scholars who come from a chinese school background have little to no problems coping with the demands of Higher Chinese. (I hear it's much easier than Malaysia's Chinese syllabus)

      Also, there are perks in taking Higher Chinese. 1) Exemption from taking a mother tongue language in JC and 2) Bonus cut-off points for L1R5 when the time for JC placement comes.

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    2. refer to the "higher mother tongue" paragraph on top. :)

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    3. Wow, thanks for the prompt response from you! =)

      As my bro prefers chinese language than malay, is it ok if he (malaysian) doesn't take up malay language for his o-level program? I've read (from other topic in your blog) that there will be some consequences of not enrolling (higher malay) in o-level, which affects only the malaysia scholarship application and its local uni admission. But I guess that would not be a problem if he chooses to enter a private uni. Please correct me if I'm wrong =)

      Another question:
      There are 2 options of Humanities studies to be chosen. 1st option is Social Studies(elective) + Geography/History/Literature, while the 2nd option offers single unit of Geography/ History/ Literature etc. We are not sure of which category of subject are better to be chosen. Appreciate much if you could explain/comment more about those options. Which option is better?

      Thank you thank you! =)

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    4. Well it doesn't matter if he takes chinese or malay o levels. Both will render him ineligible for Malaysian scholarships.

      Regarding the subject choice, I believe that all students will have to take Social Studies elective plus another elective (either science or humanities, depending on the school). For example, I took a full unit of Geography AND Social Studies + Literature elective. I'm not sure why your brother's school is asking him to choose between the two options as the second option does not include SS.

      I might be wrong.

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    5. I see.. The form states that the 1st Humanities subject(Social studies + Geo/His/Lit elective) is compulsory for IP student, but not for Express student. (I think this is based on the school)

      Yup, the 2nd option would mean selection of core unit among Geo/His/Lit (without social studies). If you get to choose between one, which one will you recommend? My bro seems to have interest in Geography, so is the core Geography or Social studies + Geography elective better? Need your advice. Like your case, do you think the full unit of Geography is easy to cope with?

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    6. I believe that it should be Social Studies is compulsory for the express student and not the IP student? SS is an O lvl subject, and it would not make sense if IP students (who do not take O lvl) have to do it while express students (who take O lvl) don;t.

      Also, I don't believe that I'm in any position to recommend any subject to your brother since it will be his education and his passions and not mine. I can however, describe the the outline of the syllabus to you. Geography elective is half of core Geography's syllabus (i.e. 4 main topics (2 physical geog and 2 human geog topics) vs. 8 main topics (4 and 4)). Social studies is a history based course dealing with policies in Singapore and other various world events (Tamil Tigers, Northern Ireland and IRA, Kuwait/Iraq, etc). If you want a more detailed explanation on these subjects, and other subjects as well, you might want to consult the MOE website instead as they will be the most reliable source.

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  7. I'll check with the school then. Thanks for all the words in your blog, really helpful =)

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    1. Oopss, should have replied to your comments above. Thanks neway! =)

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  8. My son school will be registered as a school who will give reference high school scholarship. How can they apply as school who will get invitation for the best student in their school can get scholarship for high school in Singapore.

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    1. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe your situation is as such: Son's school is going to receive a few application forms from some high school in Singapore. Son's school will only give out these forms to top students in the school. How can Son still apply to Singapore?

      Well, first of all, this is probably a school-based scholarship you are talking about. If your Son's school only wants to reserve the SBS forms for their top students, then there's nothing you can do to get the forms (probably). You could always ask your son to borrow a form from someone who got it and photocopy the form....

      If not, the ASEAN scholarship is open to everybody. Their application forms are online on the Singapore MOE website.

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  9. Hi .im a malaysian ..what are the common interview questions for entering Singapore secondary school ? HoPe you can help me :) hope you hear you soon

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    1. I'm assuming you're referring to interview questions for the ASEAN scholarship, since this is what this blog is about.

      If it is, then please read "Application Process".

      If it is not,then I am not the right person to ask.

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  10. I'm applying for JC1 now but still unable to make up my mind because I'm not very sure about the L1R5 grading system for the scholars. Some people said that the bonus points (from HMT and CCA) are not counted for scholars. Is that true?

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  11. Would you be able to help in suggesting as to when is the right time to apply to universities in USA while being a scholar in a JC in Singapore? To make it more clearer do we have to apply after the JC2 results are out or can we apply on the basis of JC1 results to get conditional offer or on the basis of prelims in JC2?
    Apart from this , can you please tell if the intake to best universities in the world including singapore, depends on which JC we went to?
    Is SAJC considered a low level JC by NUS, NTU etc.and ACJC at higher level?
    thank you.

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    1. 1)Most people apply during Sept-Dec of their JC2 period. Meaning you will be using your prelims result to apply to US universities while concurrently preparing for your A-levels/IB. Planning ahead and time management is crucial as you will have to factor in taking your SATs as well.

      2)Sorry, I have no insight on university admissions and how it works internally

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  13. Hi, thanks a lot for your write up! Helps a lot;) Can I ask if I'm a Malaysian and currently in Form 4 now but wish to apply for ASEAN? Cause according to the Singapore's MOE website, they only allow those currently in Form 3 to apply. Or can I admit to a school in Singapore without going through ASEAN? As I have relatives there so basically, my accomodation is provided. I just need a direct admission to school. Can I? Pleaseee reply ASAP! It's really important and thankss a lott:)

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    1. Hi there, I'm sorry for not replying ASAP! But anyway, if you are Form 4, you can only apply for the Sec 3 Scholarship (which means you will finish secondary school when you are 18 years old). Or wait till next year, and apply for the Pre-U scholarship instead.

      You can apply directly to the school of your choice in Singapore with your own finances. Policies differ from school to school so I suggest you contact the schools directly. You will not be eligible for the ASEAN scholarship if you take this route.

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    2. Hi, thanks for your reply! But I still have a few more questions. Sorry to bother you again.

      1. Is it necessary for us to stay in boarding school/hostel if we study in Singapore with an ASEAN scholarship?
      2. Which level(e.g Sec 3/4) will they put me in if I apply directly to the school of my choice as I'm currently in Form 4 this year?
      3. Is there any other alternative choices if I don't take Chinese as my mother tongue subject because I'm not from a Chinese school? Or do I still have to take it?
      4. I'm just asking for your opinion for this question. I did quite normally in my academic but I'm quite active in my CCA. Do you think I should apply for neighborhood schools or a better school(I really wish to go CHIJ St. Nicholas or SCGS as they are school of my choice).
      5. I actually have a friend who is currently studying in SCGS and she's a Singaporean. I really wish to go there but as I mentioned to you earlier, I'm not Chinese educated. So do you think I can apply for the school with other mother tongue choices?

      Sorry to bother you with my long questions but I'm really looking forward for your reply as my younger sister would like to apply for it too. Thanks a lott! :)

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    3. Sorry for this late reply.

      1) It is not necessary. You can opt to stay on your own instead of in a MOE-assigned hostel. I do not know anyone who took this route, though.

      2) You will be put in Sec 3.

      3) You have the choice to take Bahasa Melayu.

      4) If you are aiming for the ASEAN scholarship, you will not be applying directly to the schools yourself. MOE will assign you a school after you are awarded the scholarship.

      5) There are Malays and Indians studying in SCGS. The "Chinese" in Singapore Chinese Girls School does not mean anything anymore. (Only in their history when the school was founded).

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  14. Hi, M.G.S. annuallly extends invitation to my daughter's (currently in Form 3) school in KL to seek applications for the ASEAN School-based scholarships, on the sponsorship of the Assoc. of Nanyang University Graduates. Let me shoot off a series of queries..
    1. Above is quite a handful. Plse enlighten me.
    2. If she were to go in 2014, what level/secondary year will she be in?
    3. Would the scholarship continue to the following year and what are the criteria?
    3. Will this be preparing her for "O" levels or IB and is this at the end of secondary year 5?
    4. With the "O" levels, where would this lead her to? Will this restrict her to only certain junior colleges?
    5. Does the scholarship continue to JC's or does she need to re-apply and what are the academic criteria to qualify?
    6. If after "O" levels, as there is no bond for the scholarship, can she opt out i.e. go to study elsewhere?
    7. She speaks and write English and the Malay language.Her mandarin is only at Primary 3 level which she is taking mandarin lessons/tuition. Would this pose a problem for her in the Singapore secondary school syllabus?
    8. What is this 3rd language subject (or higher language) that is compulsory? In her case, what would this be? If it is Mandarin, I will be worried as she is only at Primary 3 level now.
    9. Are JC's preparing students for "A" levels or what examinations would it be? Is it a 2 year studies at JC?
    Thank you
    Dummy parent in KL w.r.t. school-based ASEAN scholarship

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    1. Hi there! Some answers:
      2) she will be studying Secondary 3 in 2014. (Yes that means repeating Sec 3, but note that Singapore secondary schools only take 4 years to complete, so Sec 3 material is equivalent to Form 4 material)
      3) Yes. The scholarship will continue the following year and up till she graduated from Pre-U. Criteria for renewal are her grades. MOE will brief her on the criteria for her cohort once she arrives in Singapore. It changes from time to time.
      4) with O-levels, she is eligible to apply to all 20 JCs in Singpaore offering A-Levels, and to ACS(I) which offers IB. (I think she can apply to SJI (international) too for IB, but I'm not too sure on this).
      5) she doesn't need to re-apply, but will have to meet MOE criteria (which is generally the basic admission criteria to a JC - i.e. below 20 points for L1R5 for O levels. Refer to "Schooling in Singapore" page.
      6) no. Most scholarships are awarded up till the completion of Pre-U. She cannot leave after her O-levels. After her Pre-U, then she can go wherever she wants.
      7) no. She can take Malay as her second language/mother tongue.
      8) please refer to Schooling in Singapore
      9) please refer to Schooling in Singapore
      Hope this helps :)

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  15. If you are not happy with the school MOE post you to, can you reject and reapply next time ? Would you be black listed ?

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    1. I'm pretty sure they won't like you very much if you did that.

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  16. Nice informative post!

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  17. hi, i'm from a kebangsaan school and i got the asean scholarship to study in jc next year. is it required for me to take mother tongue? if yes, is it possible for me to study chinese, but take the malay exam? because i want to learn chinese but i doubt i'll be able to pass it

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    1. I think there are classes for non-ethnic/non-native chinese speakers. :) They have chinese as a 3rd language, so you might be able to do that! Depends on your JC, so ask around when you arrive (or even now, just email them). Congrats on getting the scholarship!

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  18. Hi, I m an ASEAN preU 2014 scholar from penang. I have heard that the Singapore-Cambridge A levels is of a higher standard than the GCE A levels offered in local colleges. Is that true? if yes, to what extent? and is the Singapore-Cambridge A levels globally recognized to be more difficult? I mean, do we have an edge over the other applicants that sat for the GCE A levels when applying to prestigious universities in UK? and also, do ASEAN scholars get to choose the additional subjects like IT for A levels in jc?

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  20. I am currently studying in Form 3.I have applied for the asean scholarship for ay 2015 intake.I would like to know whether scholars being posted to IP-school require to go through the bridging course and when will moe send me the scholarship offering letter if I were awarded the scholarship.

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    1. If i'm not wrong, all scholars has to seat for O levels...

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  21. Hi Klarissa ^^

    Hey I just wanna ask about that, if I really get to go to study in Sg through ASEAN scholarship, schools are chosen by ourselves or the people (or MOE whatever haha) choose them for us?

    Thx for reply. ^^ (I hope you're still concern about your blog though.. ..

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    1. Hi, i am a scholar myself, the school that you are posted to is decided by the MOE, you can't decide or choose the schools you favour.

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  22. Hello, I am currently a secondary four normal academic student in a local school. Will it be eligible for me to take an IB programme at SJII? Or would I move on to secondary five to take my O levels?

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  23. Hi, im currently a form 5 student and I wish to study insingapore JC next year. Do I need to take any exam before that? Is there any other requirements? Thank you.

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  24. Hi, I am a Singaporean student and I would like to clarify some things in your post.
    1. If you take Higher Mother Tongue, you have to take both the O level Mother Tongue paper AND the O level Higher Mother Tongue Paper. This is an exception to certain IP schools. (such as Cedar Girls Secondary School and Victoria School where there is both Express Stream and IP leading to Victoria JC, which started accepting its first batch in 2012, even before Singapore Chinese Girl's School, and VJC has stopped taking in IP students since IP students will be admitted through Cedar Girls or Victoria School.)
    2. The minimum L1R5 is actually 2 points, not 0 points. This is because the highest number of points you can deduct from CCAs and languages and more is actually only 4 points. Therefore, having 2 points is the perfect score as the most points u can deduct from a perfect result of six A1s is actually 4 points. Thus, JCs with cut off point of 2 points like RJC is actually the perfect score for L1R5.

    I hope this helps:)

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    1. Oh sorry I forgot to mention that the exception means that you still have to take O level Higher Mother Tongue, just that some IP schools does not require students taking O level Mother Tongue along with O level Higher Mother Tongue.

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  25. Hey I'm applying for the sec 3 asean scholarship this year so wat shud I read for the selection test please enlighten me

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  26. Does anybody receive the letter from the MOE that calls those short-listed candidates for the selection test for AY2016 Asean Scholarship for Malaysia?

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  27. You will get notified 1 week before the selection test. Most likely the test will be held during your school holidays in June.

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  28. I had receive letter form the Moe. Check your email.

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  29. Hello everyone! Good luck to all who are applying this year!! I noticed that there has been a lot of traffic and need for a good place for conversation between applicants and present/past scholars. So I have created a forum tab which you can find on the top and side of any page in this blog. :) I hope you will have more conversation there and I will try to answer as many as I can as well! :D - Klarissa

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  30. Hi,
    I'm a Malaysian, a standard 6 student at KL, last week I received a APPLICATION FORM AY2016 SCHOOL-BASED SCHOLARSHIPE HWA CHONG INSTITUTION /NAN YANG GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL from my teacher.

    according to 2015 school-based selection tests for academic year 2016 have 3 subjects.
    a. GAT
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    c. English

    can anybody let me know what is the syllabus for the tests ???

    appreciated.

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    1. Study Singapore syllabus eg PSLE syllabus

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  31. hi , my daughter is malaysian and is taking IGCSE this year, would like her to study in singapore university/college, any scholarship she can enroll ?

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  32. hi , my daughter is malaysian and is taking IGCSE this year, would like her to study in singapore university/college, any scholarship she can enroll ?

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  33. hi , my daughter is malaysian and is taking IGCSE this year, would like her to study in singapore university/college, any scholarship she can enroll ?

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    1. Hi, you have missed the application for Asean scholarship for pre-university (A levels) year 2016 intake. Usually the applications will be opened at the beginning of each year eg. February, for following year intake. The website is http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/scholarships/asean/malaysia/preuone/

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    2. hi, thank you for your prompt reply. anyway can help me ?

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  34. can she still apply in 2016 for sec 2 intake then ?

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  35. Hi..the applications for Asean scholarships for sec 1, sec 3 and pre-uni for Malaysians are all closed for 2016 intake. There are only 3 entry levels. No sec 2 intake under these scholarships. Unless you want to apply to study in Singapore under own expenses, you can check out in the Singapore MOE website http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/international-students/

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  38. Hi, any MY scholars now in HCI? I would like to inquire some details. Thank you

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  42. Do I need to study gce o-level for entrance exam if I want to go to sec 3?

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    1. Yes, yes you do. But if you're a Malaysian student, your syllabus is usually quite close to the O levels syllabus.

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  50. Hi, would like to know more about the L1R5, as I understand that if scholar doesn't meet certain criteria, he/she will be send home immediately. Is the criteria reasonable? Is it like must score all As in exam? And normally how many exam in a year? Thanks in advance for your reply

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  51. L1R5 is getting points below 20. You dont have to score all As to get below 20 points. A1 - 1 point. A2 - 2 points. B3 - 3 points and so on. L1R5 consist of only 6 important subjects including a pass in English and compulsory subject like combined humanities. It is not difficult to score 20 points. Scholars who do not meet the criteria will get a warning letter. Haven't heard a scholar being sent home during secondary years. In secondary, there are 2 common tests and 2 main exams. As for pre-uni level which is the A-levels, the calculation of points are different. And yes, scholars who failed to meet the criteria in 1st year of junior college will be given a choice to either go home or downgrade to merit scholarship which means paying school fees at permanent resident rates and find own accomodation. There are a few who choose to pack up and go home seeing that they could further their studies elsewhere. Studies at junior college is not easy. Singapore A levels syllabus is harder than the ones offered by cambridge. There are only 2 exams at junior college 1st year. These exams marks are combined and will determine whether a scholar can be promoted to junior college 2 as well as meeting the criteria of MOE. Usually the criteria set by MOE for scholars in junior college 1 will be higher than the local students studying there. Whether the criteria is reasonable? Well, Singapore Govt is paying for your education, just like a parent who is paying for their kids education, who wants waste their money on someone who cannot perform, right? However, renewable of the scholarship is subject to good academic performance and also conduct in school and boarding school.

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  52. good sharing to potential scholars. thank you
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  55. Hi, I guess by now the posting would be been out. May I know which jc you got?

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