About AEIS

About AEIS Test

What is AEIS?

AEIS stands for Admissions Exercise for International Students. It is a centralized admissions exercise conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore every September/October for new international students who wish to seek admission into Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year.

Who can take the test?

International students between the ages of 7 to 17 who wish to be admitted into Primary 2 to Primary 5, and Secondary 1 to Secondary 3 are eligible to take the AEIS or S-AEIS. Note: There is no admission to Primary 6 and Secondary 4 levels as these are critical years, when the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Certificate) and GCE “O” Levels exams are being conducted.

Test Dates

AEIS 2015

Conduct of AEIS Test Dates Level Registration Period
29 Sep 2015 Secondary 1–3 8 Jul – 28 Aug 2015
30 Sep 2015 Primary 2–5 8 Jul – 28 Aug 2015

AEIS Test Timetable:

Mathematics English
Date Level Start Time Duration Start Time Duration
30 Sep 2015 (Wed) P2 / P3 09:00 1 hr 50 min 14:30 1 hr
P4 / P5 09:00 2 hr 20 min 14:30 2 hr
29 Sep 2015 (Tue) Sec 1 09:00 2 hr 15 min 14:30 2 hr 10 Min
Sec 2 09:00 2 hr 15 min 14:30 2 hr 10 Min
Sec 3 09:00 2 hr 15 min 14:30 2 hr 10 Min

Supplementary AEIS (S-AEIS) 2015 Registration for 2015 S-AEIS opens in December. Please check back in December 2015 shortly after AEIS test result is released. S-AEIS tests are for admission into Primary 2 – 4 and Secondary 1 & 2 only. There is no admission into Primary 5 and Secondary 3 levels. Information on S-AEIS will only be available after the results of AEIS in December. S-AEIS Test Timetable

Mathematics English
Date Level Start Time Duration Start Time Duration
Not Available Now P2 / P3 09:00 1 hr 50 min 14:30 1 hr
P4 09:00 2 hr 20 min 14:30 2 hr
Not Available Now Sec 1 09:00 2 hr 15 min 14:30 2 hr 10 min
Sec 2 09:00 2 hr 15 min 14:30 2 hr 10 min

Age Eligibility

Primary School

There are 2 tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2/3 (P2 / P3) admission and another for Primary 4/5 (P4 / P5) admission. The test level you should sit for depends on your age, as shown in below table:

Age as at 1st January of the Year of Admission Appropriate Test Content Level Tested Possible Level / Outcome
7 to 7+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
8 to 8+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P3 or P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
9 to 9+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P4 or P3 or P2 or unsuccessful
10 to 10+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or P3 or unsuccessful
11 to 11+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or unsuccessful
12 to 12+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or unsuccessful

For instance, applicants who are 8 to 8+ who sit for the P2 / P3 test may be placed to Primary 3, Primary 2, Primary 1, or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the tests and their age. MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

Secondary School

Applicants seeking admission to secondary schools can choose to sit for the Secondary 1, the Secondary 2 or the Secondary 3 test. The permissible age range is shown below:

Level Permissible Age Range (as at 1st January of the Year of Admission) Content Level Tested Possible Level / Outcome
Sec 1 12 to 14+ years old Pri 6 Sec 1 or unsuccessful
Sec 2 13 to 15+ years old Sec 1 Sec 2 or unsuccessful
Sec 3 14 to 16+ years old Sec 2 Sec 3 or unsuccessful

MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

Test Syllabus

Students sitting for AEIS will be tested in English and Mathematics. The questions, set only in the English language, will determine the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Those who pass the test will be offered places in suitable schools, based on availability of school vacancies, their test performances and intended residential areas in Singapore. Test Formats Primary 2/3 English Test The AEIS P2/P3 English test comprises 34 Multiple-Choice Questions on Comprehension and Language Use. Applicants will be given 1 hour to complete. There will be:

  • Comprehension (two passages) – 6 items
  • Comprehension Cloze (two passages) – 10 items
  • Vocabulary – 5 items
  • Grammar – 5 items
  • Spelling – 8 items

Primary 2/3 Mathematics Test The AEIS P2/P3 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Part 1 Multiple-Choice Questions 34 items
Part 2 Short-answer Questions 34 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided. Primary 4/5 English Test The AEIS P4/P5 English test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 2 hours to complete Part 1 and Part 2. The paper is taken in a single sitting.

Part 1 (Writing) Two topics are set. Applicants choose one topic and write a composition of at least 100 words on it.
Part 2 (Comprehension and Language Use)
  • 50 Compulsory Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Comprehension (two passages) – 10 items
  • Comprehension Cloze (two passages) – 12 items
  • Vocabulary – 14 items
  • Grammar – 14 items

Primary 4/5 Mathematics Test The AEIS P4/P5 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 40 minutes to complete Part 1, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Part 1 Multiple-Choice Questions 36 items
Part 2 Short-answer Questions 16 items Open-ended Questions 12 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided. Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution. For such questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided. Secondary English Tests The AEIS Secondary English test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete Part 1 and Part 2. The paper is taken in a single sitting.

Part 1 (Writing)
Two topics are set for Sec 1, and four topics are set for Sec 2 and Sec 3. Applicants choose one topic and write a composition on it.

  • Applicants sitting for Sec 1 will write 200 – 300 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 2 will write 250 – 350 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 3 will write 300 – 400 words.
Part 2 (Comprehension and Language Use) 50 Compulsory Multiple-Choice Questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) – 15 items
  • Comprehension Cloze (based on two passages) – 15 items
  • Vocabulary – 10 items
  • Grammar – 10 items

Secondary Mathematics Tests The AEIS Secondary Mathematics test papers comprise two parts. Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1, and 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Part 1 Multiple-Choice Questions 34 items
Part 2 Short-answer Questions 20 items Open-ended Questions 10 – 15 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided. Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution. For open-ended questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

Key Events & Dates for 2015 AEIS

International students can apply from 8 July 2015 onwards to take part in AEIS and sit for the centralised test appropriate for their age cohorts. Registration for the test date will close when all available places for that test date are taken up. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to register early, make payment and submit the required supporting documents within one week of their online application.

Date Event Mode
8 Jul – 28 Aug 2015 Application for AEIS tests Online application and submission of supporting documents and payment
By 21 Sep 2015 Receive Entry Proof for AEIS tests Email
29 Sep 2015 Conduct of AEIS Tests (Sec 1 – 3) In person
30 Sep 2015 Conduct of AEIS Tests (Pri 2 – 5) In person
14 Dec 2015 Release of school offers – Primary and Sec 2/Sec 3 levels View outcomes online
15 Dec – 29 Dec 2015 International students to report to school – Primary and Sec 2/Sec 3 levels In person
24 Dec 2015 Release of school offers – Sec 1 View outcomes online
28 Dec 2015 – 11 Jan 2016 International students to report to school – Sec 1 In person

How to apply for AEIS

You may complete the AEIS Online Application form here. In the event that you are unable to access the AEIS registration page, you may try again at a later time. Documents required Applicants are required to have a photocopy of the following supporting documents:

  • Applicant:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Data Page of Passport
    • Deed Poll (if any)
    • Dependant’s Pass (if any)
    • Immigration Exemption Order (if any)
    • Student’s Pass (if any)
  • Applicant’s Parents:
    • Data Page of Passport
    • Deed Poll (if any)
    • Singapore NRIC (if any)
    • Re-entry Permit (if any)
    • Work Pass (if any)

Test Fees

The AEIS fee is S$672.00 (inclusive of GST).

School Offer

Applicants who pass the AEIS centralised test would be offered a place in a suitable school for the academic year starting in January of the following year, primarily based on available school vacancies and the applicant’s performance in the AEIS test. School offer will take into account applicants’ intended residential area. There will be no school choice and no release of test results under AEIS. School transfer requests will not be entertained, as the school offer will take applicants’ performance and intended residential area into consideration. Therefore, indicate your intended residential area carefully. Admission is not guaranteed as the offer of a school place is dependent on the availability of vacancies and applicants’ test performance, All the applicants, including those who are unsuccessful, will be able to view the outcomes of their school offer online on the following dates (tentative):

Level School Offer / Notification Date
Primary levels 14 Dec 2015
Secondary 1 24 Dec 2015
Secondary 2–3 14 Dec 2015

Successful AEIS applicants should prepare themselves in advance for a new school environment where English is the language of classroom instruction, and to familiarise themselves with the relevant curriculum for their level. AEIS seeks to ensure that international students admitted to our mainstream schools are able to cope with the requirements of the Singapore curriculum. As such, applicants need to pass the AEIS to be eligible for school admission. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply to take the next AEIS or S-AEIS at the same or higher level, subject to them meeting the permissible age-ranges for the level. Alternatively, they may wish to consider education in other school systems. The AEIS outcome is final. MOE will not accept any appeal requests from unsuccessful applicants.

Reporting to school

All successful applicants are to report to their offered schools during the following periods. If they are unable to, they should contact the schools to make alternative arrangements.

Level Reporting and registration period
Primary levels 15 Dec 2015 to 29 Dec 2015
Secondary 1 28 Dec 2015 to 11 Jan 2016
Secondary 2–3 15 Dec 2015 to 29 Dec 2015

Applicants who do not report to the offered schools within the periods stated above may have their places offered to other applicants.

Student’s Pass

Successful applicants holding a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) do not need to apply for a Student’s Pass (STP). Their admission can be confirmed immediately upon reporting to the offered schools. Successful applicants without a DP or IEO should note that admission is subject to them obtaining a STP. They are advised to apply for their STP with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as soon as possible after reporting to school so that they can start school at the earliest possible date upon receipt of the STP.

How to prepare for AEIS?

English is the medium of instruction in Singapore. International students seeking admission to schools in Singapore should prepare themselves well before sitting for the AEIS tests. There are specialised AEIS Preparatory Courses to help students prepare. You should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the level preceding the one you are applying for. Example: If you are applying for Secondary 2, prepare for the English and Math papers for Secondary 1. AEIS Advisor Contact AEIS Advisor on AEIS Preparatory Course and how to prepare for AEIS test…

What happens if you fail the test?

All students unsuccessful in their attempts at AEIS or S-AEIS can apply to re-sit for the tests again. Alternatively, students can choose to seek admission to private or international schools in the meantime. AEIS Advisor Contact AEIS Advisor if your child failed AEIS and you are unsure what the best course of action to take…

Admission to Primary 1

It is possible for students to gain direct entry to Primary 1. No AEIS test is required. You may read up more on how to gain admission to Primary One here…

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