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How to prepare your child for examinations?

By Ms Koh and Mr Joab

The year-end examinations are around the corner, and for those of us who are taking the national exams, it is the last stretch before we enjoy a break after the hard work. Some may think that it is too late to begin preparing at this juncture. While time is indeed not in our favour, all is not lost as there are still tips and tricks that we can use to give us whatever edge we can get.

1.  Be clear of goals and targets 

For the Sec 4s, by now you would have set your sights on the next stage of your education pathway, be it a Junior College or a Polytechnic. If not, it is important to be clear on what you are aiming for, as it affects how you can formulate strategies to achieve the score to enter your ideal course of choice. A good starting point is to find out the cut-off points for the respective JC or Poly courses which you are interested in, and work towards that target.

Here’s the JC cut off points for 2022 for Arts & Science/ IB:

JCs Arts Sci/IB
Anderson Serangoon JC 11 10
Anglo-Chinese JC 9 8
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 5
Catholic JC 13 13
Dunman High School 9 8
Eunoia JC 8 6
Hwa Chong Institution 5 4
Jurong Pioneer JC 16 14
Nanyang JC 6 5
National JC 8 7
Raffles Institution, RI 5 4
River Valley High School 9 8
St. Andrew’s JC 11 9
St. Joseph’s Institution 7
Tampines JC 13 13
Temasek JC 9 8
Victoria JC 8 7
Yishun Innova JC 20 20

You can check the cut off points for 2022 for the respective polytechnics we have consolidated for you below:

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Cut Off Points 2022

JAE Course Code Course Name Net ELR2B2
S75 Accountancy 12
S88 Aeronautical Engineering 17
S90 Aerospace Electronics 13
S30 Applied AI and Analytics 8
S64 Applied Chemistry 9
S66 Architecture 12
S98 Biomedical Science 7
S76 Banking & Finance 12
S71 Business Administration 12
S70 Chemical Engineering 13
S68 Civil Engineering 20
S31 Common Business Programme 12
S40 Common Engineering Programme 17
S32 Common ICT Programme 13
S53 Computer Engineering 12
S99 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 17
S42 Engineering with Business 11
S95 Facilities Management 19
S47 Food Science and Technology 13
S48 Human Resource Management with Psychology 12
S54 Infocomm Security Management 11
S69 Information Technology 14
S50 Integrated Events & Project Management 16
S89 Interior Design 14
S94 Landscape Architecture 15
S63 Marine Engineering 22
S74 Maritime Business 18
S91 Mechanical Engineering 17
S73 Mechatronics & Robotics 13
S29 Media, Arts & Design 12
DNS Nautical Studies
S67 Optometry 12
S38 Perfumery & Cosmetic Science 11

Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Cut Off Points 2022

JAE Course Code Course Name Net ELR2B2
T02 Accountancy & Finance 13
T50 Aerospace Electronics 18
T51 Aerospace Engineering 16
T20 Apparel Design & Merchandising 11
T69 Applied Artificial Intelligence 12
T29 Architectural Technology & Building Services 16
T04 Aviation Management 14
T60 Big Data & Analytics 12
T38 Biomedical Engineering 13
T10 Business 14
T43 Business Process & Systems Engineering 18
T33 Chemical Engineering 15
T01 Common Business Programme 15
T56 Common Engineering Programme 22
T63 Common ICT Programme 16
T59 Communication Design 15
T40 Communications & Media Management 13
T13 Computer Engineering 13
T18 Culinary & Catering Management 17
T62 Cybersecutity & Digital Forensics 12
T23 Digital Film & Television 14
T68 Early Childhood Development & Education 20
T65 Electronics 16
T26 Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science 14
T58 Game Design & Development 14
T08 Hospitality & Tourism Management 18
T30 Information Technology 16
T28 Integrated Facility Management 20
T22 Interior Architecture & Design 14
T07 International Trade & Logistics 17
T09 Law & Management 11
T67 Marketing 15
T66 Mechatronics 16
T64 Medical Biotechnology 10
T25 Pharmaceutical Science 11
T35 Product & Industrial Design 17
T48 Psychology Studies 8
T53 Social Sciences in Gerontology 14
T45 Veterinary Technology 10

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) Cut Off Points 2022

JAE Course Code Course Name Net ELR2B2
N51 Accountancy 11
N65 Aerospace Engineering 19
N91 Arts Business Management 13
N50 Automation & Mechatronic Systems 19
N53 Banking & Finance 11
N60 Biomedical Engineering 11
N59 Biomedical Science 8
N45 Business Studies 8
N56 Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 12
N88 Chinese Media & Communication 15
N70 Chinese Studies 13
N97 Common Business Programme 12
N71 Common Engineering Programme 26
N98 Common ICT Programme 13
N11 Community Development 13
N94 Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics 8
N81 Data Science 11
N12 Design 15
N96 Early Childhood Development & Education 21
N43 Electrical Engineering 20
N44 Electronic & Computer Engineering 16
N93 Engineering Science 12
N74 Environmental & Water Technology 16
N82 Film, Sound & Video 11
N40 Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management 18
N55 Immersive Media 15
N54 Information Technology 15
N85 International Trade & Business 13
N57 Landscape Design & Horticulture 14
N42 Marine & Offshore Technology 25
N67 Mass Communication 11
N41 Mechanical Engineering 20
N13 Media Post-Production 12
N69 Nursing 26
N83 Optometry 13
N73 Pharmaceutical Science 9
N48 Real Estate Business 14
N95 Tamil Studies with Early Education 17
N72 Tourism & Resort Management 17

Nanyang Polytechnic Cut Off Points 2022

JAE Course Code Course Name Net ELR2B2
C98 Accountancy & Finance 12
C62 Advanced & Digital Manufacturing 24
C51 Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology 16
C52 Aerospace Systems & Management 18
C31 AI & Data Engineering 9
C33 Animation & Visual Effects 12
C45 Applied Chemistry 9
C38 Architecture 14
C96 Banking & Finance 13
C49 Biologics & Process Technology 11
C71 Biomedical Engineering 13
C35 Business & Financial Technology 15
C43 Business Intelligence & Analytics 11
C94 Business Management 16
C73 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology 14
C34 Common Business Programme 15
C42 Common Engineering Programme 24
C36 Common ICT Programme 14
C54 Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics 8
C60 Digital Game Art & Design 11
C89 Electronic & Computer Engineering 16
C41 Engineering with Business 15
C32 Experiential Product & Interior Design 17
C46 Food & Beverage Business 16
C69 Food Science & Nutrition 12
C70 Game Development & Technology 13
C67 Hospitality & Tourism Management 17
C75 Infocomm & Media Engineering 20
C80 Infocomm & Security 15
C85 Information Technology 13
C59 Interaction Design 16
C93 Mass Media Management 13
C66 Motion Graphics Design 13
C50 Nanotechnology & Materials Science 14
C97 Nursing 26
C72 Oral Health Therapy 11
C65 Pharmaceutical Science 9
C87 Robotics & Mechatronics 18
C47 Social Work 12
C81 Sport & Wellness Management 15
C63 Visual Communication 15

Republic Polytechnic (RP) Cut Off Points 2022

JAE Course Code Course Name Net ELR2B2
R40 Aerospace Engineering 26
R17 Applied Chemistry 17
R25 Arts & Theatre Management 20
R39 Aviation Management 25
R14 Biomedical Science 11
R16 Biotechnology 17
R60 Business 21
R13 Business Information Systems 26
R57 Common Business Programme 26
R42 Common Engineering Programme 26
R58 Common ICT Programme 26
R59 Common Science Programme 18
R63 Common Sports and Health Programme 26
R48 Consumer Behaviour & Research 18
R34 Customer Experience Management with Business 21
R35 Design for Games & Gamification 17
R36 Design for User Experience 20
R47 Digital Design & Development 24
R50 Electrical & Electronic Engineering 24
R56 Engineering Design with Business 26
R54 Engineering Systems & Management 24
R62 Environmental & Marine Science 13
R18 Financial Technology 26
R43 Health Management & Promotion 26
R45 Health Services Management 26
R37 Hotel & Hospitality Management 26
R52 Human Resource Management with Psychology 16
R11 Industrial & Operations Management 26
R55 Infocomm Security Management 22
R12 Information Technology 26
R28 Integrated Events Management 26
R32 Mass Communication 16
R19 Media Production & Design 18
R33 Outdoor & Adventure Learning 26
R22 Pharmaceutical Science 17
R46 Restaurant & Culinary Operations 26
R24 Sonic Arts 19
R26 Sport & Exercise Science 16
R49 Sport Coaching 18
R21 Supply Chain Management 25
R61 Sustainable Built Environment 26

2. Strategise wisely

Once you are clear of what your target is, look at the requirements to enter the JC or Poly.

JC – L1R5:

For L1R5, it takes into account the first language (L1) – English or Higher Mother Tongue and 5 other relevant subjects (R5), which must include at least 1 subject from Math, Science & Humanities.

The 2 criteria to enter a JC are:

  1. Your L1R5 must be ≤20 
  2. You must pass English (≥C6), at least one Math subject (≥ D7) and Mother Tongue (≥D7)

Poly – L1R4 / ELR2B2:

For L1R4, it takes into account your first language (L1), 2 relevant subjects (R2) and the remaining 2 best subjects (B2). R2 generally depends on the course you are looking to enrol in.

At this point, we want to make the best out of our limited resources in terms of time and effort. Knowing this will allow you to decide which are the subjects you want to focus on to allow you the highest possible chance of getting into the course of your choice.

3. Polytechnic Early Admissions Exercise (Poly EAE)

Some of you might have already received an offer from a poly for early admission next year. Good job on securing a dream course of your choice! However, it does come with some requirements to meet so as not to have your offer rescinded. 

You will need to meet both of the following requirements to retain your EAE offer after receiving your O-Level results:

  • Net ELR2B2 score (refer to explanation above) of 26 points or better for the O-Level examinations, except for the Diploma in Nursing where the requirement is 28 points or better. Results may be combined from no more than 2 sittings of the O-Level examinations.
  • Minimum Entry Requirements (MERs) for the polytechnic course you have been offered. The MERs for each polytechnic course can be found on the respective polytechnics’ websites.

Being clear of your goal and strategy will be the first step to success!

4. Execute the strategy

Now that you have identified the subjects that you need to do well in, it is time to target the areas that you are good at and practise to perfection, while working on the topics that you are weak in. The 10-year series and practice papers would be your best friends by now, and there is no harm trying the questions over and over again to be familiar with what eventually comes out in the examinations.

You can refer to our resources page for some carefully curated resources that you can work on, or also drop us a text via our Whatsapp to request for some resources on a particular subject that you need.

We know it may be daunting for some of us who do not feel 100% confident at this point. Remember, it is never too late to start work. If you find that a structured environment helps, feel free to contact us at 8923 4275 to enquire about our intensive revision arrangements, or let us work with you for the Academic Year 2023!

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