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.
The next available test, S-AEIS 2016 will be conducted on 24 and 25 Feb 2016 and registration opens on 4 Jan 2016. Please register for the test on MOE’s website. We will update the registration link here when MOE makes it available on 4 Jan 2016.
|Conduct of S-AEIS Test Dates||Level||Registration Period|
|25 Feb 2016||Secondary 1–2||4 Jan – 28 Jan 2016|
|24 Feb 2016||Primary 2–4||4 Jan – 28 Jan 2016|
S-AEIS Test Timetable:
|Date||Level||Start Time||Duration||Start Time||Duration|
|24 Feb 2016 (Wed)||P2 / P3||09:00||1 hr 50 min||14:30||1 hr|
|P4||09:00||2 hr 20 min||14:30||2 hr|
|25 Feb 2016 (Thu)||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|
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.
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.
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)||
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.
|Part 2 (Comprehension and Language Use)||50 Compulsory Multiple-Choice Questions
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.
|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|
|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:
- 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)
The AEIS fee is S$672.00 (inclusive of GST).
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.
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. 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. Contact AEIS Advisor if your child failed AEIS and you are unsure what the best course of action to take…
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