PSLE 2021: Guide to PSLE Dates, Secondary School Cut off Point, Marking Days, Scoring System & More

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psle 2021 scoring and secondary school posting

PSLE 2021: Guide to PSLE Dates, Secondary School Cut off Point, Scoring System Marking Days & More

Interested in finding out whether details on Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) 2021 such as PSLE Cut off Point, PSLE Date or PSLE Marking Days? Fret not, we got you covered! We know that many of you want to find out when, how and the amount you are entitled to under PSLE!

Update in Jan 2021: We have refreshed and updated our guide for the new year PSLE 2021! This includes the latest guideline on new PSLE Banding 2021.

For many parents—if not all—the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) is one of the most important examinations and milestones of their child. Enroling a child into a good school for some parents, might be seen as paving the way for future successes. 

This guide on PSLE 2021 will be updated on a regular basis based on official announcement by the Singapore Ministry of Education. Keep checking this page for the latest updates! 

We take an evidence-based approach, by basing our answers purely on official government announcement, credible news sources.

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New PSLE 2021 Scoring System

Comparison of NEW PSLE 2021 Scoring System and Old PSLE Scoring System

NEW PSLE 2021 System

From 2021 onwards, there is no longer a total score for PSLE. Instead the PSLE T-Score will be replaced with wider scoring bands, known as Achievement Levels (ALs). 

Note: The new PSLE 2021 scoring system is similar to existing O’level and A’level band-based grading – which gives a singular grade to students who have achieved a certain range of score.

Under the new system, there is no difference in grade between a student who scores 93 vs another student who scores 95 because both students will be awarded the same Achievement Level grade “AL 1”.

A pupil’s total PSLE score will be the sum of the AL of each of the four subjects, with the best possible total score being 4.

See below for full details of the new Achievement Level Grade system. 

Old PSLE Scoring System

Previously, PSLE adopted a T-score system based on four subjects. Maximum theoretical achievable T-score for each student is 300, and a student can achieve any score below 300 .

individual T-score is calculated based on overall student performance, standard deviation of cohort and other cohort factors. Under the new PSLE Scoring system, there is no such granular scoring. For example, the best students will all achieve the same maximum AL 4 Grade.     

As announced by MOE – with the new scoring system, PSLE scores are now less finely differentiated – there are only 29 possible PSLE scores compared to more than 200 aggregate scores under the previous T-score system. This means that schools are now less differentiated by cut-off points.

The new 2021 PSLE scoring changes aim to achieve this by:

  • Reducing fine differentiation at a young age
  • Recognising children’s level of achievement, regardless of how their peers have done

PSLE 2021 Cut-off Point and Banding

Update 28th April 2021: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has released details of Secondary School PSLE Cut off Point.

Please use the official MOE search tool (click here) to find the respective PSLE cut-off points for individual secondary schools in Singapore. 

Scoring for top schools: The entry scores released show that top schools such as Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) have entry scores ranging from 4 to 6, while entry scores for other popular schools such as Anderson Secondary School range from 4 to 10, and 6 to 11 for Crescent Girls’ School. 

Gan Eng Seng School has an indicative range of 7-15 for the express course, 21-23 for the normal academic course and 25-26 for the normal technical course. Singapore Chinese Girls’ School has an indicative range of 8-17 points for affiliated students and 5-9 for non-affiliated students entering its express O-Level course. The range for its Integrated Programme is 4-8.

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) will release indicative cut-off point ranges for schools by mid-2021.

This will include indicative Achievement Level (AL) Cut-Off Point (COP) ranges for different school types and the Subject-Based Banding (SBB) eligibility criteria under the AL scoring system.

PSLE 2021 Grading and Achievement Levels

Ministry of Education had earlier announced the upcoming changes to the PSLE scoring and Secondary One (S1) posting systems, which will take effect from 2021 (see Annex A). Watch the above video from MOE for a brief overview of the changes to PSLE 2021 Grading.

Under the new PSLE 2021 grading and scoring system, students will receive AL scores instead of T-scores and be graded based on their individual performance in the subjects, regardless of how their peers have done. 

Primary motivation 

Shift in PSLE grading for 2021 is to reinforce efforts to shift away from an over-emphasis on academic results by reducing fine differentiation at a young age – providing students with more flexibility and space to nurture their strengths and interests in order to develop them to their fullest potential. 

Grading System

Each PSLE subject will be scored using 8 Achievement Levels (ALs), with AL 1 being the best. 

The 8 ALs are designed to reflect broadly different levels of achievement, and are set based on the learning objectives of the curriculum. Each AL is defined by the scoring band below:

AL Reference Raw Mark Range
1 ≥ 90
2 85-89
3 80-84
4 75-79
5 65-74
6 45-64
7 20-44
8 < 20

So with 4 PSLE subjects, total achievable score of a single student ranges from 4 (Best Grade) to 32 (Worst Grade).

PSLE 2021 Foundation Subject Grading

Students taking Foundation level subjects will be graded AL A to AL C. For the purpose
of S1 posting, Foundation levels AL A to AL C will be pegged to AL 6 to AL 8 of Standard level subjects respectively, as listed below, to derive a student’s overall PSLE Score.

Achievement Level -A will be equal to AL Score 6, Achievement Level B will be equal to AL Score 7 and Achievement Level C will equal to AL Score 8. 

PSLE 2021 Dates and Timetable

The 2021 Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) is going to be held in year end, with the first upcoming exam scheduled tentatively around September. Here’s the PSLE 2021 dates for your easy reference:

PSLE 2021 Timetable

Note that the full PSLE examination timetable for 2021 will only be made available by 23 February 2021 according to Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board here.

PSLE 2021 Exam Date Updates – 10 March: The PSLE 2021 Examination timetable has been released. See SEAB Source here  

PSLE 2021 Oral examination

Aug 12, 2021 (Thursday), 8 am to 1.15 pm

  • English Language
  • Foundation English
  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil

Aug 13, 2021 (Friday), 8 am to 1.15 pm

  • English Language
  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil
  • Foundation Chinese/Foundation Malay/Foundation Tamil
  • Bengali/Gujarati/Hindi/Panjabi/Urdu Foundation Bengali/Foundation Gujarati/Foundation Hindi/Foundation Panjabi/Foundation Urdu

PSLE 2021: Listening comprehension examination 

Sept 17, 2021 (Friday)

9 am – 9.35 am *: Chinese/Malay/Tamil

9 am – 9.40 am *: Foundation Chinese/Foundation Malay/Foundation Tamil

9 am – 9.30 am *: Bengali/Gujarati/Hindi/Panjabi/Urdu Foundation Bengali/Foundation Gujarati/Foundation Hindi/Foundation Panjabi/Foundation Urdu

11.15am – 11.50 am *: English Language/Foundation English


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PSLE 2021 Timetable: Written examination

September 30, 2021 (Thursday)

  • English Language Paper 1: 8.15 am – 9.25 am (Duration: 1 h 10 min)
  • English Language Paper 2: 10.30 am – 12.20 pm (Duration: 1 h 50 min) 
  • Foundation English Paper 1: 8.15am – 9.25 am (Duration: 1 h 10 min)
  • Foundation English Paper 2: 10.30 am – 11.50 am (Duration: 1 h 20 min)

Oct 2, 2021 (Friday)

  • Mathematics Paper 1: 8.15 am – 9.15 am (Duration: 1 h)
  • Mathematics Paper 2: 10.30am – 12 pm (Duration: 1 h 30min)
  • Foundation Mathematics Paper 1: 8.15 am – 9.15 am (Duration: 1 h)
  • Foundation Mathematics Paper 2: 10.30am – 11.30 am (Duration: 1 h)

Oct 4, 2021 (Monday)

  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil Bengali/Gujarati/Hindi/Panjabi/Urdu Paper 1: 8.15 am – 9.05 am (Duration: 50 min) 
  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil Bengali/Gujarati/Hindi/Panjabi/Urdu Paper 2: 10.15 am – 11.55 am (Duration: 1 h 40 min)
  • Foundation Chinese/Foundation Malay/Foundation Tamil Paper 1: 8.15 am – 8.55 am (Duration: 40 min)

Oct 5, 2021 (Tuesday)

  • Science: 8.15 am – 10 am (Duration: 1 h 45 min)
  • Foundation Science: 8.15 am – 9.30 am (Duration: 1 h 15 min)

Oct 6, 2021 (Wednesday)

  • Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil Paper 1: 8.15 am – 9.05 am (Duration: 50 min)
  • Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil Paper 2: 10.15 am – 11.35 am (Duration: 1 h 20 min)

PSLE 2021 Marking Days

The PSLE 2021 Marking Days or Exercise is tentatively scheduled on Oct 18 – 21, 2021. This PSLE 2021 date is confirmed on Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (SEAB) website here.

PSLE 2021 Results Date

Tentative date of result release: Between Nov 25 to 27, 2020. PSLE results will be released at 11am.

*The actual date of the results release can only be confirmed when all processes have been completed. 

PSLE 2021 Results Release: How to Collect and View Your Results 

PSLE 2021 Update: Below content covers PSLE 2020 Results Release and Collection. We will update the guide again once further details on PSLE 2021 results are released by official sources. 

Students who took the 2020 national PSLE examinations will be able to view and collect their results in two ways.

(1) Online via Singpass on the day of the respective results release, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Candidates can access SEAB’s results release system with a system-generated password issued by SEAB, or with their SingPass. PSLE candidates will received a system-generated password issued by SEAB through their schools from Nov. 12, 2020.

Candidates who are not eligible for SingPass will receive a system-generated password from SEAB via email a few days before the results release.

(2) In-person: For those who prefer to receive their results in person, the collection of results will still be possible, although it will be done in individual classrooms, rather than large crowded venues such as school halls.

One parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany candidates to school to collect their results, although they will have to wait at the designated common areas in schools, while the candidate receives the results in the classroom.

PSLE 2021: Secondary School Posting Date

Tentative Date of final school posting date is late November or early December. Submit preferred secondary school choices online or at your child’s primary school by 3pm.

PSLE 2021: Secondary School Posting Results Date

PSLE 2021 Update: Below content covers PSLE 2020 Results Release and Collection. We will update the guide again once further details on PSLE 2021 results are released by official sources. 

The posting results will be released tentatively between Tuesday, 22 December 2020 and Thursday, 24 December 2020 via online, SMS and through child’s primary school.

Your child will then report to their secondary school tentatively on the following working day.

The dates above are confirmed to be accurate as reported on MOE website.

PSLE 2021: Eligibility for Express and Normal Subjects (Subject-based Banding)

Under the new PSLE system, students in the Normal course will continue to be eligible to take subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 1, based on their AL scores for individual subjects. This recognises and develops students’ subject-specific strengths. Table 4 shows the SBB (Sec) eligibility criteria based on AL scoring.

PSLE subject gradeOption to take a subject at
AL 5 or better in a Standard level subjectExpress level
AL 6 or better in a Standard level subject
or
AL A in a Foundation level subject
N(A) level

Table 4: SBB (Sec) eligibility criteria for students in the N(A) and N(T) courses.

 

8. Regardless of the academic course a student enters in secondary school, the student will be eligible to take English Language, Mathematics, Science and/or Mother Tongue Language at the Express level, if the student scores AL 5 or better in a Standard level subject at the PSLE. The student will be eligible to take the subject at the N(A) level, if the student scores AL 6 or better at the Standard level or AL A at the Foundation level in that subject at the PSLE.

9. Beyond the start of Secondary 1, as students progress in secondary school, they will continue to have more opportunities to take subjects at more demanding levels based on their performance in school, to further pursue their strengths and develop to their fullest potential.


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PSLE 2021: Eligibility to take Higher Mother Tongue

Eligibility for Higher Mother Tongue Language in Secondary Schools
Under the new PSLE scoring system, students will be eligible to take Higher Mother Tongue Language (HMTL) in secondary school if they receive:

(a) An overall PSLE Score of 8 or better; or
(b) An overall PSLE Score of 9 to 14 (inclusive); and attain AL 1 / AL 2 in MTL or distinction/merit in HMTL.

For students who do not meet the above criteria, secondary schools will continue to have the flexibility to offer HMTL to students if they are assessed to have high ability and interest in MTL, and able to take HMTL without affecting their performance in other
subjects. This is similar to the existing practice.

PSLE 2021 Cut Off Points for Secondary Schools

PSLE 2021 Update: The official PSLE 2021 Cut off point is not out yet and will be released by the middle of 2021 as confirmed in MOE announcement here. Below is an indicative cut off point based on 2019 cohort shared by MOE.

Government & Government-aided Schools

 

These schools are the mainstay of our education system and offer high quality education at standardised fees. They offer a range of electives, applied subjects and student development programmes.

CourseIndicative AL COP range for 2019 PSLE
Express [Integrated Programme (IP)]7 – 9
Express (O-level)8 – 22
Normal (Academic)22 – 25
Normal (Technical)26 – 30

Table 1: Indicative AL COP ranges for Government & Government-aided schools.

 

Autonomous Schools

 

These schools are a subset of Government or Government-aided schools mentioned above. Autonomous schools provide a wider range1 of programmes that seek to enhance students’ learning experiences and develop their talents.

CourseIndicative AL COP range for 2019 PSLE
Express (IP)7 – 9
Express (O-level)8 – 16
N(A)22 – 25
N(T)26 – 29

Table 2: Indicative AL COP ranges for Autonomous schools.

 

Independent Schools

 

These schools have the autonomy to develop their curriculum and programmes to cater to their students’ diverse learning needs.

CourseIndicative AL COP range for 2019 PSLE
Express (IP)6 – 8
Express (O-level)8 – 10

PSLE Cut Off Points for Secondary Schools 2020

  1. Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) IP (girls) – 261
  2. Nanyang Girls’ High School IP SAP (girls) – 261
  3. Raffles Institution IP (boys) – 259
  4. Hwa Chong Institution IP SAP (boys) – 257
  5. CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School IP SAP (girls) – 257
  6. Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) IB (girls) – 257
  7. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) IB (boys) – 256
  8. Dunman High School IP SAP (co-ed) – 255
  9. National Junior College IP (co-ed) – 254
  10. River Valley High School IP SAP (co-ed) – 253
  11. Cedar Girls’ Secondary School IP (girls) – 253
  12. CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School O-levels SAP (girls) – 253
  13. Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) O-levels (girls) – 253
  14. Victoria School IP (boys) – 252
  15. Catholic High School IP SAP (boys) – 252
  16. Singapore Chinese Girls’ School IP (girls) – 252
  17. Singapore Chinese Girls’ School O-levels (girls) – 252
  18. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) O-levels (boys) – 252
  19. St. Joseph’s Institution IB (boys) – 251
  20. Temasek Junior College IP (co-ed) – 250
  21. Cedar Girls’ Secondary School – O-levels (girls) – 249
  22. Catholic High School O-levels SAP (boys) – 249
  23. Victoria School – O-levels (boys) – 248
  24. St. Andrew’s Secondary School (boys) – 247
  25. Nan Hua High School SAP (co-ed) – 246
  26. CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) (girls) – 246
  27. St. Joseph’s Institution O-levels (boys) – 246
  28. Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) (boys) – 246
  29. Anderson Secondary School (co-ed) – 245
  30. Chung Cheng High School (Main) SAP (co-ed) – 244
  31. Nan Chiau High School SAP (co-ed) – 244
  32. Bukit Panjang Govt. High School (co-ed) – 244
  33. Crescent Girls’ School (girls) – 243
  34. St. Margaret’s Secondary School (girls) – 243
  35. Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) (co-ed) – 243
  36. Swiss Cottage Secondary School (co-ed) – 242
  37. Anglican High School SAP (co-ed) – 241
  38. Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) (co-ed) – 241
  39. Maris Stella High School SAP (boys) – 239
  40. Yishun Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 239
  41. Commonwealth Secondary School (co-ed) – 239
  42. Ngee Ann Secondary School (co-ed) – 238
  43. Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (co-ed) – 238
  44. CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent (girls) – 238
  45. Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (girls) – 237
  46. Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) (girls) – 237
  47. CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent (girls) – 237
  48. Zhonghua Secondary School (co-ed) – 236
  49. Fuhua Secondary School (co-ed) – 236
  50. Presbyterian High School (co-ed) – 236
  51. Riverside Secondary School (co-ed) – 235
  52. Clementi Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 235
  53. Temasek Secondary School (co-ed) – 235
  54. Tanjong Katong Secondary School (co-ed) – 234
  55. Xinmin Secondary School (co-ed) – 234
  56. Kranji Secondary School (co-ed) – 234
  57. St. Patrick’s School (boys) – 233
  58. Dunman Secondary School (co-ed) – 232
  59. Holy Innocents’ High School (co-ed) – 232
  60. Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) (co-ed) – 231
  61. Edgefield Secondary School (co-ed) – 230
  62. St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (girls) – 230
  63. Evergreen Secondary School (co-ed) – 229
  64. Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (co-ed) – 229
  65. Bukit Batok Secondary School (co-ed) – 229
  66. CHIJ Katong Convent (girls) – 229
  67. St. Hilda’s Secondary School (co-ed) – 228
  68. Jurong Secondary School (co-ed) – 228
  69. Gan Eng Seng School (co-ed) – 227
  70. Hua Yi Secondary School (co-ed) – 227
  71. Bowen Secondary School (co-ed) – 226
  72. Pei Hwa Secondary School (co-ed) – 226
  73. St. Gabriel’s Secondary School (boys) – 225
  74. West Spring Secondary School (co-ed) – 225
  75. Hai Sing Catholic School (co-ed) – 225
  76. Mayflower Secondary School (co-ed) – 224
  77. Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School (co-ed) – 224
  78. Deyi Secondary School (co-ed) – 222
  79. Queensway Secondary School (co-ed) – 222
  80. Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School (co-ed) – 220
  81. Pasir Ris Secondary School (co-ed) – 220
  82. Unity Secondary School (co-ed) – 219
  83. North Vista Secondary School (co-ed) – 218
  84. Bedok View Secondary School (co-ed) – 218
  85. Yuan Ching Secondary School (co-ed) – 218
  86. Beatty Secondary School (co-ed) – 217
  87. Kent Ridge Secondary School (co-ed) – 217
  88. Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 216
  89. Compassvale Secondary School (co-ed) – 215
  90. Jurong West Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
  91. Orchid Park Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
  92. Peirce Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
  93. Bukit View Secondary School (co-ed) – 213
  94. Greendale Secondary School (co-ed) – 213
  95. Bedok South Secondary School (co-ed) – 213
  96. Woodlands Ring Secondary School (co-ed) – 212
  97. Meridian Secondary School (co-ed) – 212
  98. Hillgrove Secondary School (co-ed) – 211
  99. Tampines Secondary School (co-ed) – 210
  100. Zhenghua Secondary School (co-ed) – 210
  101. Seng Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 209
  102. Yishun Secondary School (co-ed) – 207
  103. Christ Church Secondary School (co-ed) – 207
  104. Montfort Secondary School (boys) – 207
  105. Naval Base Secondary School (co-ed) – 205
  106. Punggol Secondary School (co-ed) – 205
  107. Hougang Secondary School (co-ed) – 205
  108. Woodgrove Secondary School (co-ed) – 204
  109. New Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 204
  110. Admiralty Secondary School (co-ed) – 203
  111. Jurongville Secondary School (co-ed) – 202
  112. Bedok Green Secondary School (co-ed) – 201
  113. Regent Secondary School (co-ed) – 200
  114. Juying Secondary School (co-ed) – 198
  115. Manjusri Secondary School (co-ed) – 197
  116. Westwood Secondary School (co-ed) – 194
  117. Serangoon Secondary School (co-ed) – 194
  118. Greenridge Secondary School (co-ed) – 193
  119. Guangyang Secondary School (co-ed) – 192
  120. Canberra Secondary School (co-ed) – 191
  121. Queenstown Secondary School (co-ed) – 191
  122. Junyuan Secondary School (co-ed) – 191
  123. Yio Chu Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
  124. Teck Whye Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
  125. Boon Lay Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  126. Outram Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  127. Bendemeer Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  128. Springfield Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  129. Broadrick Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  130. Bartley Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  131. Bukit Merah Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  132. Northland Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  133. Changkat Changi Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  134. Dunearn Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  135. Yusof Ishak Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  136. Assumption English School (co-ed) – 188
  137. Fajar Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  138. Whitley Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  139. Peicai Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  140. Serangoon Garden Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  141. Northbrooks Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  142. Fuchun Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  143. Woodlands Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  144. Marsiling Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  145. Tanglin Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  146. Ping Yi Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  147. Damai Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  148. Loyang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  149. Yuying Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  150. Yuhua Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  151. East Spring Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
  152. Sembawang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188

    List of secondary schools with affiliations and their cut-off points for affiliated students:

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) – 198
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) – 235
  • Catholic High School – 240
  • CHIJ Katong Convent – 203
  • CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) – 200
  • CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent – 200
  • CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School – 230
  • CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent – 200
  • Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) – 200
  • Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) – 196
  • Holy Innocents’ High School – 188
  • Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School – 200
  • Manjusri Secondary School – 189
  • Maris Stella High School – 226
  • Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) – 220
  • Montfort Secondary School – 188
  • Nanyang Girls’ High School – 250
  • Ngee Ann Secondary School – 225
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) – 205
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ School – 220
  • St. Andrew’s Secondary School – 193
  • St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School – 193
  • St. Gabriel’s Secondary School – 188
  • St. Hilda’s Secondary School – 188
  • St. Joseph’s Institution – 238
  • St. Margaret’s Secondary School – 200
  • St. Patrick’s School – 201

PSLE Cut Off Points for Secondary Schools 2019

All secondary schools ranked based on the PSLE cut-off points of their 2019 intake.

Top Secondary Schools in Singapore 2020, based on their PSLE Cut-off points (COP) for 2019:

S/NName of SchoolProgrammes OfferedType2019 Cut-off
1Hwa Chong InstitutionIP, SAPBoys259
2Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) IPGirls259
3Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) IBGirls258
4Nanyang Girls’ High School IP, SAPGirls258
5Raffles Institution IPBoys258
6Dunman High School IP, SAPCo-ed256
7National Junior College  IPCo-ed256
8CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School IP, SAPGirls255
9Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) IB Boys254
10Catholic High School  IP, SAPBoys254
11Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) O-levels Girls254
12Cedar Girls’ Secondary School  IPGirls253
13CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School O-levels, SAPGirls253
14River Valley High SchoolIP, SAPCo-ed252
15Singapore Chinese Girls’ School   IPGirls252
16Singapore Chinese Girls’ School O-levelsGirls252
17Victoria School IPBoys252
18Catholic High School O-levels, SAP Boys251
19Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) O-levels Boys250
20Cedar Girls’ Secondary School  O-levelsGirls250
21Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)O-levelsGirls250
22St. Joseph’s Institution IB Boys250
23Temasek Junior College IPCo-ed250
24Anderson Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed247
25CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) O-levelsGirls246
26Victoria School O-levelsBoys246
27Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)O-levelsBoys245
28Bukit Panjang Govt. High School O-levelsCo-ed245
29Nan Hua High School SAPCo-ed245
30St. Joseph’s Institution O-levelsBoys245
31Nan Chiau High School SAPCo-ed244
32Chung Cheng High School (Main)  SAPCo-ed242
33Crescent Girls’ School (girls) O-levelsGirls242
34Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)O-levelsCo-ed242
35St. Andrew’s Secondary School O-levelsBoys242
36St. Margaret’s Secondary School  O-levelsGirls242
37Swiss Cottage Secondary School O-levelsC0-ed242
38Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)O-levelsCo-ed240
39Anglican High School SAP Co-ed239
40Commonwealth Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed239
41Yishun Town Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed239
42CHIJ St. Theresa’s ConventO-levelsGirls238
43Ngee Ann Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed238
44CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent O-levelsGirls237
45Maris Stella High School SAP Boys237
46Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed236
47Zhonghua Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed236
48Fuhua Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed235
49Presbyterian High School O-levelsCo-ed235
50Tanjong Katong Girls’ School O-levelsGirls235
51Xinmin Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed235
52Clementi Town Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed234
53Riverside Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed234
54Temasek Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed234
55Holy Innocents’ High School O-levelsCo-ed233
56Kranji Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed233
57Tanjong Katong Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed233
58Dunman Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed231
59Edgefield Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed229
60St. Patrick’s School O-levelsBoys229
61Ang Mo Kio Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed228
62Bukit Batok Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed228
63Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) O-levelsCo-ed228
64Jurong Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed228
65CHIJ Katong Convent O-levelsGirls227
66Evergreen Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed227
67St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School O-levelsGirls227
68Bowen Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed226
69Gan Eng Seng School O-levelsCo-ed226
70Hua Yi Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed226
71St. Gabriel’s Secondary School O-levelsBoys226
72St. Hilda’s Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed226
73Pei Hwa Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed224
74West Spring Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed224
75Hai Sing Catholic SchoolO-levelsCo-ed223
76Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed222
77Mayflower Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed222
78Deyi Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed220
79Queensway Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed220
80Pasir Ris Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed219
81Unity Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed219
82Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed217
83Woodlands Ring Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed217
84Bedok View Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed216
85Chua Chu Kang Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed216
86Beatty Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed215
87Yuan Ching Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed215
88Compassvale Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed214
89Kent Ridge Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed214
90North Vista Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed214
91Orchid Park Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed212
92Bukit View Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed211
93Peirce Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed211
94Zhenghua Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed211
95Bedok South Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed210
96Greendale Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed210
97Hillgrove Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed210
98Meridian Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed210
99Woodgrove Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed210
100Jurong West Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed209
101Montfort Secondary School  O-levelsBoys208
102Tampines Secondary School  O-levelsCo-ed208
103Christ Church Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed207
104Yishun Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed207
105Seng Kang Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed205
106Admiralty Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed203
107Naval Base Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed203
108Hougang Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed202
109Punggol Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed201
110Regent Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed201
111Jurongville Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed197
112Westwood Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed196
113Greenridge Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed195
114Canberra Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed193
115New Town Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed193
116Juying Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed192
117Peicai Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed189
118Queenstown Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed189
119Assumption English School O-levelsCo-ed188
120Bartley Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
121Bedok Green Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
122Bendemeer Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
123Boon Lay Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
124Broadrick Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
125Bukit Merah Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
126Changkat Changi Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
127Damai Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed188
128Dunearn Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
129East Spring Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
130Fajar Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
131Fuchun Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
132Guangyang Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
133Junyuan Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
134Loyang Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed188
135Manjusri Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
136Marsiling Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
137Northbrooks Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed188
138Northland Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
139Outram Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
140Ping Yi Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
141Sembawang Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
142Serangoon Garden Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
143Serangoon Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed188
144Springfield Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
145Tanglin Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
146Teck Whye Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
147Whitley Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
148Woodlands Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
149Yio Chu Kang Secondary SchoolO-levelsCo-ed188
150Yuhua Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188
151Yuying Secondary School O-levelsCo-ed188

That said, these scores of top secondary schools in Singapore 2020 are just a guide and not indicative that one school is better than the other.

PSLE 2020: Secondary School Choice

There are various types of secondary schools a student can apply for after completing their PSLE 2020 exams. Their options are available to the students based on their PSLE results.

Below is a brief overview of a few special options for exceptional students: SAP School, IB and IP Programme.

What is a SAP school? 

Special Assistance Plan (SAP) caters to students who excel in both their Mother Tongue and the English language. However, currently the SAP schools only cater to the Mandarin mother tongue language. These are schools that may offer some subjects that will be taught in Chinese. 

For students who took Higher Chinese at PSLE, they will be able to add 2 points to their aggregate score if they apply to SAP schools. This means that if X scores 240 and wishes to get into SAP School Y with a cut-off of 242, because X took higher Chinese, his aggregate score will be 242 if he applied to school Y. 

There are a total of 26 SAP schools in Singapore. 

What is IB? 

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a different educational route from the conventional GCE O/A Levels. The examination methods are different but they are recognised globally as well. The international schools in Singapore usually adopt the IB education programme. There are a few local schools who adopt this programme as well. 

You can find out more about IB on this website

What is an IP Programme? 

Integrated Programme (IP) is a programme where the students will not take GCE O levels. It will be a 6-year education from secondary school to junior college, culminating with the GCE A-level exams. Therefore the programme is also known as the “choo-train”, where students who get into this programme will be automatically secured a spot in the respective JCs, without having to go through another examination. 

There are 16 schools offering the IP programme in Singapore. 


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