Admission Process

Entry requirements vary from institution to institution. As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions require students to meet a minimum standard of English. Generally, certification of competence in English is in the form of: 
• General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) 
• Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Besides English, different institutions and courses have different minimum requirements. Generally, for government, government-aided and independent schools, the general application procedures will be as follows: 

Step 1:Apply at school of choice

The parent/guardian submits the completed application form for school admission together with all the necessary original documents directly to a school of choice.

Step 2a: School conducts placement test and issues Letter of Acceptance School will conduct placement test for the applicant if there is a vacancy.

If applicant passes the placement test and the school accepts him/her, the school will issue a Letter of Acceptance. The Letter of Acceptance will indicate in-principle acceptance of the applicant to the school. The applicant can proceed to ICA to apply for a student's pass with this letter (see Step 3).
Acceptance to the school is subject to the applicant obtaining and returning with a student's pass from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) within 2 weeks from date of issue of the Letter of Acceptance.
Applicants who are holding a Dependant's Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) are not required to apply for a student's pass from ICA. He/She can be admitted by the school immediately upon passing the placement test (go to Step 5).

Step 2b:School issues Letter of Referral to ICA for clearance

Applicants with parents working in Singapore but not eligible for DP need to be referred to ICA before the school can conduct the placement test. School will fax a Letter of Referral to ICA.
ICA will follow up with the applicant directly on matters regarding immigration clearance and issue a letter of clearance to the applicant. The applicant can then approach the school for a placement test with this letter (refer to Step 2a).

Step 3:Apply student's pass at ICA

The Letter of Acceptance is valid for 2 weeks from date of issue. Upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance, the applicant should proceed to ICA immediately to apply for a student's pass. Applicant must produce the original Letter of Acceptance endorsed by the School to ICA.

Step 4: Return to school within 2 weeks with student's

The applicant must return to school with a valid student's pass within 2 weeks from the date of the Letter of Acceptance. The applicant will forfeit his/her admission to the school if he/she does not return within 2 weeks.

Step 5: Donation to the Education Fund

After the applicant has been successfully admitted to the school, the Ministry of Education will send a letter to him/her requesting for the biennial donation to the Education Fund, i.e $1,000 for every 2 years

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For other private, foreign system, international schools and universities, polytechnics or institute of technical education: 
1. Apply directly to the educational institutions accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. 
2. Some institutions or courses may require you to undergo an interview or placement test. Some schools may also require work experience. 
These requirements are usually stated in the course prospectus, brochures or websites of the institutions.