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Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School S1-S3

Introduction to Secondary School
Secondary schools in Singapore fall under three categories: government-funded, government-aided or independent. Students attend four or five years of secondary education under the Special, Express or Normal Course. The Special and Express Courses prepare students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Ordinary’ (GCE ‘O’) Level examination in four years. Students in the Normal Course can opt for the Academic or Technical stream, both of which prepare students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Normal’ (GCE ‘N’) Level examination after four years of study and upon satisfactory completion, the GCE ‘O’ Level examination in the fifth year.

Secondary education curriculum includes English, the Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities. At Secondary 3, students can opt for electives of their choice, depending on whether they are in the Arts, Science, Commerce or Technical stream.

Singapore’s secondary school curriculum is recognized worldwide for its ability to develop students with critical thinking and intellectual skills. Foreign students are accepted at secondary schools subject to availability of vacancies. The Singapore educational system has been acknowledged by international education bodies as being one of top quality.

If there are places, foreign students can enroll at local secondary schools.

This preparatory course is for 12-16 years old local/international students who wish to enroll in Singapore government secondary schools. Teachers will teach students in small groups in preparation for secondary school’s entry test. The subjects offered are English and Mathematics.

Lesson Time
Morning 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. English or Mathematics (Monday to Friday, 5 times a week)
Afternoon 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mathematics or English (Monday to Friday, 5 times a week)

Course Duration (Full-time)
There are two semesters per year: Semester 1: January to June (6 months), Semester 2: July to December (6 months). Students are adviced to enroll in the whole course for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. At the end of each semester, students are required to take the Semestral Examination and the School will issue the Semestral Examination results to the students.

Our Teachers
We have senior teachers who are dedicated and responsible. Our teachers who are experienced in their teaching subject are also very amicable and caring.

Teacher/Student Ratio
The optimum teacher-student ratio stipulated for the courses is capped at 1:23.

Course Material
Course materials include class notes, MOE-approved text books, slide presentation, educational media.

Course Outline
Students, based on the government schools admission criteria, are prepared accordingly to the level of admission to government school. Our teachers will follow the syllabus as approved by the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE), and provide guidance to our students.

The Courses available are as follows:

Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Secondary 1) English / Maths
Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Secondary 2) English / Maths
Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Secondary 3) English / Maths

For more information about secondary school English & Mathematics module syllabus , please visit

Entry/Enrollment Requirements

Student will need to sit for our School’s Placement Test and be placed into the relevant course based on the results of their placement test.

Students will also need to observe the age ranges criteria as determined by the MOE.

The following age ranges are for new international students seeking admission and former international students seeking re-admission into government schools.


Level Academic level Language proficiency Admissible Age Range (as at 1st January of Year of Admission)
Secondary 1 Primary 5 or equivalent Primary 5 English or equivalent 12 to 14+
Secondary 2 Primary 6 or equivalent Primary 6 English or equivalent 13 to 15+
Secondary 3 Secondary 1 or equivalent Secondary 1 English or equivalent 14 to 16+

International students who will be studying for a period of more than 3 months will need to apply for a STUDENT PASS.

For further details, please visit Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Course Commencement and End Date
All Full Time courses commence on the 2nd of January and End on 31 December of every year. Students may join classes at any time in the year as long as they agree to the School’s terms and conditions.

Manner of Assessment

  • The assessment scheme for modules in the School’s courses is standardised as follows:
    Class Test/Project / Assignment / Homework/ Attendance Written examination
    40% 60%
  • The class test/ project/ assignment/ homework/ attendance component may have sub-components if deemed appropriate by the teacher. These multiple assessments collectively help teaching staff to reliably establish the abilities and competencies of students.
  • Borderline fail cases will be reviewed appropriately. The student may justify his or her failure with the group of teachers concerned. Final decision will be made by Examination Board.
  • Attendance Requirement
    A list of students who meet the requirements for a School award will be compiled at the end of each course. For a student to receive this award, besides meeting the course requirements for graduation, fees must be paid in full and the student must have a minimum overall attendance of 75% (or 90% for international students) for the entire course.
  • Appeal Procedure
    Students who have not passed their modules may submit an appeal for review of results using our school’s Results Appeal Form through the Administrative Manager stating their reasons. This appeal must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the exam results, together with payment of the required fee.
  • The School works within the following timeline for processing and releasing the final exam results and appeal results. a) Release of final exam results – within 4 weeks after completion of the final paper of the examination b) Release of appeal results – within 4 weeks from the official date of release of the exam results (or 3 weeks from the close of the appeal period)
  • A student whose appeal is unsuccessful may apply to the School to take a re-test with payment of a re-test fee. This application must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the appeal results. If the student fails the re-test, he must either repeat the module or take a new module in order to accumulate the required number of passed modules for graduation.
  • A student who chooses not to appeal may apply to the School to take a re-test, with payment of a re-test fee, within 1 week of the release of the exam results.

Course Completion Criteria and Award

During the course, our school will award a certificate of commendation to student who has achieved >70% score in 2 consecutive monthly assessments and has at least 90% attendance.

Upon successful course completion, Nanyang Language and Business School will issue certificate of attendance. The students will then sit for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS), an entrance examination organised by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), in hope to gain admission to government main-stream schools at the beginning of the following academic year.