Come next year 2024, MOE will introduce Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) in over 100 mainstream schools in Singapore. This is good news for many as some would rejoice and recognise MOE’s ongoing efforts to encourage the joy of learning and develop multiple pathways that will be better suited to the varied strengths and interests of our students in Singapore.
How will Full SBB affect students, particularly Secondary Two students choosing their subjects?
First and foremost, with full implementation of SBB, there will no longer be separate Express, N(A), and N(T) streams, and students will be in mixed form classes where they can interact with peers of different strengths and interests. This means that if you meet the eligibility set by your school, you are able to take on a subject at a higher level.
According to MOE website, for Secondary Two students who are choosing their subjects for Upper Secondary can choose to take the subjects at a more demanding level provided they meet the set criteria (indicated by their school.) From 2024 onwards, Secondary 1 students will be able to offer subjects at three levels: G1/G2/G3 (G stands for General), mapped from today’s N(T), N(A) and Express standards respectively. Students can take a range of G1/G2/G3 subjects based on their abilities. There will no longer be NT, NA or Express stream.
This being said, does it mean that you should choose to do a subject at a higher level, simply because you are eligible? Also, should you choose to take A-Math or just be contented with E-Math? What are the differences?
For A-Math, you will learn Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, and Calculus which set the foundation for you to take on Math at A’Level. Besides conceptual understanding and skill proficiency explicated in the content strand, the development of process skills, namely, reasoning, communication and connections, thinking skills and heuristics, and applications and modelling are also emphasised.
What is Elementary Mathematics (E-Math)?
E-Mathematics O-Level Syllabus 4052 (2023) – SEAB
The syllabus is intended to provide students with fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills. The content is organised into three strands, namely, Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability. Besides conceptual understanding and skill proficiency explicated in the content strands, important mathematical processes such as reasoning, communication and application (including the use of models) are also emphasised and assessed.
What are the differences between E-Math and A-Math?
Other than the obvious fact that the content covered for the two subjects are different, A-Math which is an abbreviation for Advanced Math, is reputed to be a lot more systematic and straightforward than EM. The phrasing chosen in A-Math questions are often fixed and not very tricky. There are lesser question types simply because students can only choose A-Math at Upper Secondary so that have only two years to finish the syllabus. A-Math is more similar to JC-Math and will indeed prepare students more rigorously for JC.
The questions that come up in A-Math exams are repetitive and very similar to the ones students would have done in their daily practices. Most students who take A-Math would agree that as long as they memorise the needed Maths formulas (which we have included a list of 2023 O Level A Math Formula Sheet here), they stand a good chance of passing with flying colours.
On the flip side, EM requires more logic and out-of-the-box thinking. Even with practice, the questions that students encounter during exams can be differ from their practices enough to confuse them. There are also many variations of phrasing in EM questions and they all affect the answer. In addition to this, AM may have fewer questions but the time spent to do the workings and the accordance of marks to the workings differ greatly from E-Maths.
In E-Maths, there are shorter-ended questions with less emphasis placed on the workings. However, it is pertinent to note that for E-Math, marks still awarded for workings and students should not skip steps as they still will be penalised.
In a nutshell, taking A-Math definitely helps you to pave the foundation needed for Junior College, if you are thinking of joining Polytechnic after Secondary Four, you may not need to go down this “rabbit hole”, provided the course you choose does not need this requirement.
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For 2065 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH GCE ORDINARY LEVEL SYLLABUS, two papers of equal weightage both 50%, will be set (Papers 2065/01 and 2065/02). Candidates are expected to answer a total of four questions.
Paper 1: Prose and Unseen Poetry
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Details of Paper and Sections:
Prose [25%] • For each of the six set texts in this section, one passage based question and two essay questions will be set. • Candidates will answer one question [25%] based on one of the six set texts. • For every year of examination, one or two Singapore texts will be set.
Section B: Unseen Poetry [25%] • There are no set texts in this section. • There will be a choice of two unseen poems with one question set on each poem.
Candidates will answer one of the two questions [25%].
For every year of examination, one question will be set on a Singapore text.
Paper 2: Drama
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Candidates will read one text from any of the five set texts.
• For each of the five set texts, one passage-based question and two essay questions will be set. •
Candidates will answer one compulsory passage-based question and one essay question on the selected text. • Each question is 25% of the total weighting. • For every year of examination, one or two Singapore texts will be set.
‘O’ Level Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English) (Syllabus 2274/02) & ‘N’ Level Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English) (Syllabus 2177/02)
The prescribed text for Elective Literature as follows:
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As I gathered myself and try my best to hastened toward the door to greet my mother, the rampant thudding in my heart got louder. Unease slithered down my spine. My legs turned jelly. I could feel myself wobbling uncontrollably.
“What did the doctor tell them? Is it finally over?” I thought to myself grimly. As the door swung open, a draft of air hits my face, the air was warm and with a tincture of bleach. I have been trapped in this hospital ward for weeks yet the acrid smell of the hospital never fails to assault my senses. I looked with anticipation at my mother’s weary face, hoping that she will give me some answers that I’ve longed for.
“Can I leave now?”
“Carin, hang in there. The doctor has not told us the results yet.” my mother whispered as she stroked my cheeks gently, wiping away my tears.
“This is not fair!” I whimpered as I ran my hand over the rough paint on the hospital wall. I could feel my insides squirm in a way they haven’t done before. I absolutely hate this place. This cold, unfeeling and upsetting place.
“How long more must we wait?” I begged for an answer in a soft voice.
My mother bit her lips in an attempt to stop them from quivering. I could feel her body press in, soft and warm as she enveloped me in a hug so tight, it was as if she was worried it would be for the last time.
“Just a few more days, sweetheart. The doctor said we can go home today but we have to come back in three days for the results” she answered tenderly, pointing at the doctor’s letter with a date circled in red ink and a note scribbled ‘White Blood Cell Count Results.”
“I cannot do this anymore, Mummy! Please let me stop all these tests!” I screamed inconsolably, my energy depleting along with my tears.
The day finally came and we headed back to the dreaded hospital waiting room again. Everything was the same. The rooms, the outfits, the pain. Nothing felt different and I was losing sight of when, if ever, this nightmarish ordeal would ever end.
“Carin Tan Xiyue” I heard the nurse called my name and I nearly jumped out of my seat.
“He’s ready to see you now,” the nurse announced as she opened the door, motioning for my mother and I to enter. I dragged my feet into the doctor’s room reluctantly, moving to sit opposite the doctor, a man in his late forties with heavy brown-rimmed glasses that kept sliding down from his nose.
“I have good news for you Carin. Your wait is finally over . That was your last chemotherapy session,” the doctor cheerfully declared. Your cancer cells have been destroyed.”
As he uttered these words, I could not believe my ears. Tears of relief rolled down my cheeks. I thought to myself, “Of the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” I am so glad that this long wait is finally over.
English O’Levels 1184: How to answer Oral Planned Response Question
In this new syllabus for GCE O Level English Language Paper 4, students have to present their ideas and opinions fluently and effectively to engage the listener through Planned Response. 10 out of 15 marks are allocated to delivery. Some common questions that students have would be “How then do you structure a planned response so that it can be easily understood?” Read on for our useful template to structure your planned response.
PART 1 – PLANNED RESPONSE ORAL SPECIMEN QUESTION 2023
You will watch a video which shows people watching a lion dance performance.
As you watch the video, think about how you will respond to the following prompt.
Prompt: Would attending such an event appeal to you? Why or why not?
This is a typical planned response question during Oral Examinations. On the day of your oral, you will be given ten minutes to view a video. The audio of the video is inconsequential. You should focus on the theme of the video. Candidates are expected to plan and deliver a response to a 1 minute video clip and accompanying prompt presented on a computer screen.
How to approach the planned response question?
Step 1: Brainstorm on possible questions while watching the video. You can consider using 5Ws and 1H method.
Step 2: Pay attention to the prompt and work your answer around it. You should have two PEEL paragraphs as part of your response, drawing reference to the video when apt. You are expected to use your own personal stories or other facts to support your opinion.
Step 3: Consider using this template in setting up your PEEL response
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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
Primary 1 (P1) Registration Exercise for Phase 1 started on 29 June 2022 and will close today 30 June 2022. As you should know by now, MOE has made some significant changes to this year’s registration, namely increasing vacancies in Phase 2C from 20 to 40 places in each primary school and merging Phase 2A. This means a total of 60 places (after including 20 places in set aside in Phase 2B for clan and parent volunteers) reserved places will be set aside in all schools at the start of the P1 Registration Exercise. In addition to these reserved places, one-third of any remaining vacancies at the end of Phase 2A will be allocated to Phase 2B, and two-thirds to Phase 2C. This will definitely shake things up for Primary 1 Registration this year!
Phase 1 is for those who have an older sibling at the school. Children who register under this phase are guaranteed a place at their school of choice. The pertinent question comes to mind for parents after the end of Phase 1 Registration would be “How many slots are left in popular primary schools after Phase 1?”
We take a look at the registration slots left in top ten popular primary schools in Singapore. Read on to find out:
Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is a rite of passage for all students from mainstream primary schools in Singapore. It is an annual national examination that is taken by candidates at the end of their final year of primary school education.
Each year, our team of tutors helps anxious parents prepare their children for PSLE. Mark these dates down and contact us to get a tutor today! For those of you who are planning the well-deserved break after PSLE, you will be glad to know that we have included the PSLE Marking dates for 2022. Read on!
See below for important PSLE Examination Dates, you can also check out MOE website for the schedule.