23 July 2018
The National University of Singapore has a new policy of awarding 1.25 bonus admissions points for a university applicant’s first choice course.
As a result, this year, 9 per cent more A-level applicants landed a place in a course they listed as their top choice and 3.2 per cent more A-level applicants accepted NUS’ offer of a place in the university.
The bonus points applied only to courses where entry is based purely on converting a student’s grades into points, and not to courses such as medicine and law where students are assessed on a broader range of criteria including both hard and soft skills.
NUS’ initiative is in line with the Ministry of Education’s move to expand aptitude-based admission into post-secondary institutions and universities.