01 May 2021
Pupils seeking to enter Singapore’s top secondary schools will not need a perfect score in their finals.
Entry scores released by the Ministry of Education showed that the lowest entry score for even the most popular schools will start at 6, rather than a perfect score of 4.
Under the new scoring system, each standard-level PSLE subject will be scored using eight bands known as achievement levels (ALs). Each pupil will be given AL scores from 1 to 8 for each subject. A pupil’s total PSLE score will be the sum of the ALs of the four subjects, with the best possible total score being 4.
The MOE has said that the new system would allow pupils to choose from a wider range of secondary schools. MOE said parents should consider choosing a school based on factors such as extra-curricular activities, niche programmes and school distance, among other things.