2022 PSLE Posting is finally over and Secondary One students have received their posting. Most are rejoicing and preparing for an exciting journey to secondary school. There are a handful, however, who are not rejoicing because they did not get into their dream school. If you are looking to appeal, or keen to find out more about the Secondary School Cut Off Points for 2023, do read on!
Cut Off Points for Top Twenty Schools in Singapore (IP and O’Levels)
Cut off Points 2023 for IP
Cut off Points for O’levels (Non-Aff)
Anglican High School
5(HCL Dist) -12 (HCL Pass) Points
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
Raffles Girls’ Secondary (IP)
Raffles Institution (IP)
Methodist Girls’ Sec
Nanyang Girls High School (SAP)
7 Dist in HCL
8 Merit in HCL
Hwa Chong Institution (SAP)
4 Dist in HCL
7 Merit in HCL
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ Sec (SAP)
4 Dist in HCL 7 Merit in HCL
5 Dist in HCL
8 Dist in HCL
Nan Hua High School (SAP)
National Junior College
Dunman High Sch
4-8 Dist in HCL
Catholic High Sch
Singapore Chinese Girls’ Sec
St Joseph’s Institution
River Valley High School(SAP)
4 Merit in HCL
9 Dist in HCL
Temasek Junior College
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Are you or your child in Secondary Three this year? If you are a parent, are you aware that there has been a syllabus change for O’Levels English when you are buying new assessment books for your children? Are your tutors trained in the requirements of the new syllabus?
Most of the assessment books that you see in the popular local bookstores are still based on the old syllabus. If you are taking O’levels next year in 2023, it is pertinent that you are equipping yourself with the right resources and hiring the best tutor for your child. Most resources available in the bookstores right now are still based on the old syllabus (EL 1128). A check by our staff at the local bookstores show that most of the assessment books are not updated to the new syllabus yet because changes take time.
What is the new EL syllabus and where can we can free resources for that?
In school, our teachers are teaching based on the new syllabus and if you have not caught up, subscribe and stay tuned to our youtube channel and blogs for a series of FREE resources for O’levels English O’levels New Syllabus 1184. You can also reach out to our team of MOE trained (current) or ex-MOE teachers and get 1 on 1 tuition with them. Whatsapp or email us today.
English Paper 1 Syllabus 1184- Situational Writing
To start off, we are looking at Paper 1: Situational Writing (Formal Letters/Email)
Situational Writing Notes for English O’levels New Syllabus 1184
Format: Letter Writing – Formal Email / Writing
Section B: Situational Writing (30 marks)
Requirements: Candidates must write 250–350 words on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual stimulus. Our focus for today is Email/ Letter Writing, specifically, formal letter writing. Students could be tasked to write a formal letter to a manager or a restaurant complaining for its shoddy service or complimenting a restaurant for impeccable service. Other scenarios include writing application letters for internship, applying for a course/programme or nominating someone for an award.
How to get a better score for Situational Writing?
Mind your tone!
You will never go far in Situational Writing if you don’t write with the correct tone and register. For formal letters, you should sound ‘business-like’ and official.
2. Start with a Good Hook /Introduction!
Examples of Introductions for Formal Letter:
How to greet and Introduce yourself
Dear Sir / Dear Madam
Dear Mr Leong (address the recipient by their last name / surname)
I am Simon Woo, a Secondary Three Student from Kangkong Secondary School. I am writing to apply for an internship at XXX.
How to end a formal letter / email
Thank you for your valuable time. Should you need to clarify any details, feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to the good news that my internship has been accepted.
Yours Faithfully (Yours faithfully’ should be used for emails or letters where the recipient is unknown, meaning you start the letter with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’.)
Yours Sincerely (should be used when you have the name of the recipient).
Study Notes for EL Syllabus 1184 Paper 1: Formal Letter Writing
Types of Formal Letter
How to write introductions
How to write conclusions
Writing a complaint letter
As a concerned member of the public, I am appalled to see that …
As a resident of West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC), I am writing to offer some feedback about …
I urge you to take immediate action and hope to hear from you soon.
2. To commend
I am writing this letter to nominate a student for the Excellent Character Award / MOE Caring Teacher Award 2023
I strongly believe that Mr Ouyong is a very deserving candidate. He often goes beyond the call of duty and does his utmost in nurturing the holistic development of their students.
3. To invite guest for an event
On behalf of my CCA, I am honoured to invite you to the annual gathering dinner that will take place at the [Venue] on [Date, Timing].
It is my privilege to have you with us at this special occasion.
I sincerely hope that you will be able to grace us with your presence.
4. To apply for internship
I am writing to you regarding (internship opportunity title) that opened up recently/advertised on (website). I am drawn to this exciting opportunity as I am seeking a challenging but rewarding internship during my year end holidays.
I am most delighted to find that my academic
accomplishments meet the necessary requirements.
I sincerely hope that you will consider my application. Looking forward to your favourable reply. I can be contacted at (insert your hp/email).
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O’Levels and N’Levels Results 2022 – What should I do after N’Levels or O’levels? What are my options?
Today is D-Day where N’levels candidates both NT and NA will collect their results in school. With a new common national examination to be launched in 2027, a mere four to five years away, this year’s batch of over 13,000 students (both NT and NA) will be one of the last few batches taking the GCE N-Level.
How did this year’s N(A) students fare?
According to MOE, there are 9,000 students that took the N(A) course of which close to 79 per cent of them scored an aggregate score of 19 points or less in English Language, Mathematics and the best three other subjects (ELMAB3). This would allow them to progress to Secondary 5 N(A), as they have a score of 19 points or less. Students who choose to progress to Secondary 5 will take have to take the O’levels Syllabus within a year and they will have a choice of entering a Junior College (L1R5 below 20) or Polytechnic next year.
This blog post seeks to answer some of the many questions that will pop up after getting your O’levels or N’levels results; “Should I retake my O’levels?” “What can I do if I cannot make it to Sec 5?” “Should I choose to go to Secondary 5 if I am eligible?” “What is DPP programme?”
What are my options after N’Levels exams?
(1) Move on to Secondary 5
As mentioned earlier, those who obtain an aggregate of 19 points or lower in English, Mathematics and the best three subjects (ELMAB3), and at least a Grade 5 for all subjects used in the computation of the ELMAB3 to qualify for Secondary 5 N(A). But this means that you will need to go through the O’levels syllabus in just one year.
(2) Apply for Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)
If you scored a raw aggregate score of 19 points or less in ELMAB3, and met subject-specific entry requirements for their chosen course. This means that Secondary 4 N(A) students will be admitted directly into a 2-year Higher Nitec programme at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) without having to sit for the O-Level examinations or undergo a Nitec programme. How to apply? You can apply directly to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) based on a combination of your N-Level examinations results and your school’s preliminary examination results. Click here for more details. Under this scheme, you may first enrol in a 2-year Higher Nitec course at ITE. You will subsequently be assured of a place in a related polytechnic course, provided you achieve the qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) score in your 2-year Higher Nitec course. This means that you need to maintain your grade and no goofing around in ITE!
(3) Go on to Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) if you scored 12 points or lower for ELMAB3
This is the most direct route to polytechnic education open only to students who achieved 12 points or lower for ELMAB3. To compute the score, take English Language + Mathematics + Best 3 subjects (which also include one of the relevant subjects based on either Group 1 or Group 2 courses). Instead of continuing with your ‘O’ Level examinations in Secondary 5, you can join the poly of your choice as part of this programme to prepare yourself for your pre-selected diploma course. However, you need to still progress to Secondary 5 till end of Jan 2023 while you await for your posting. It is extremely important to note that eligibility to apply for PFP does not guarantee placement in the programme. Whether you will get a placement or not, depends on factors like competition based on merit and the availability of places. All the five polytechnics in Singapore will offer a total of 1,500 PFP places and applications will open in January 2023, on the day of the O-Level Examination results release. If you choose a highly popular course, you need to be aware of the competition. For more details, click here.
(4) Apply to take O’levels as a Private Candidate
For students who did not achieve their ideal grades for N’Levels but desire to take O’levels (but you cannot meet the criteria of going on to Sec 5 because you did not score 19 points). You can choose to take the O’levels as a private candidate at schools like MDIS and TMC Academy. Both schools provide Preparatory Courses for students. However, do be prepared to pay $7,000 to $15,000 plus for the programmes, depending on school and duration. For more information, click here for TMC O’levels Preparatory Course and MDIS