07 August 2017
Students applying for the computer science degree course at the National University of Singapore can now attempt a fast-track admission procedure in which they enrol in a five-month-long programming course at the varsity.
If the students are able to obtain good results in the programming course, they can be admitted into the degree programme, even if they had previously fallen short of the required GCE ‘A’ level grades traditionally used as the sole entrance criteria.
NUS provost Professor Tan Eng Chye, who was recently named the president-designate for the university, said that NUS is aiming to admit more students by via aptitude tests in their chosen field of study.
Currently, only about 12 per cent of the 7,000 freshmen ranging from courses such as medicine, law and architecture, gain admission through assessment of aptitude, as well as through portfolio reviews, interviews and other entrance tests. The majority of freshmen are still admitted based on their A-level, International Baccalaureate or polytechnic diploma exam results.