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ADMISSIONS EXERCISE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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ABOUT AEIS

What is aeis

The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is a centralised admissions exercise conducted by MOE around September or October each year for international students who wish to join our mainstream primary and secondary schools in January of the following year.


The AEIS consists of a centralised test on English and Mathematics that will assess the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Admission is not guaranteed, and is subject to the applicant’s performance in the test. If successful, placement will depend on available vacancies and the applicant’s declared residential area in Singapore.


International students seeking admission to our mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction and are strongly encouraged to prepare before sitting for the AEIS test. They should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabuses of the level preceding the one they are applying for.


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The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is a centralised admissions exercise conducted by MOE around September or October each year for international students. This Admissions Exercise for International Students is for those who wish to join our mainstream primary and secondary schools in January of the following year.


Conducted by the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) around September or October each year, the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is a centralised admissions exercise for international students who wish to join the Singapore mainstream primary and secondary schools in January of the following academic year.


The AEIS consists of a centralised test on English and Mathematics that will assess the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Admission is not guaranteed, and is subject to the applicant’s performance in the test. If successful, placement of applicant will depend on available vacancies and the applicant’s declared residential area in Singapore.


International students will be tested on English and Mathematics during the centralised AEIS test to assess the student's English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Taking AEIS test does not guarantee students any admission. Admission is subject to the applicant's performance in the test. For students who are successful, school placement will depend on available vacancies and the declared Singapore residential area of the student.


International students seeking admission to our mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction. Therefore students are strongly encouraged to prepare before sitting for the AEIS test. Students should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the level preceding the one they are applying for.


English is the primary medium of instruction in the Singapore mainstream schools, otherwise known as public schools. Hence, to prepare for the AEIS test, international students should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the preceding level that they plan to apply for during registration.

Who is aeis for

International students [non-Singapore Citizens (SC) or non-Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)] who do not have a place in our mainstream schools and who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year are eligible to take part in the AEIS


International students seeking admission to our mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction and are strongly encouraged to prepare before sitting for the AEIS test. They should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabuses of the level preceding the one they are applying for.


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International students [non-Singapore Citizens (SC) or non-Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR)] who do not have a place in our mainstream schools.  International students who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year are eligible to take part in the AEIS


International students who are non-Singapore Citizens (SC) or non-Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) who do not have a place in any Singapore mainstream schools and were not offered a place by successful AEIS test are eligible to take part in the AEIS. International students may apply for the AEIS test to seek admission into Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 levels in January of the following academic year.


International students seeking admission to our mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction.  International students are strongly encouraged to prepare before sitting for the AEIS test. International students should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the level preceding the one they are applying for.


English is the primary medium of instruction in the Singapore mainstream schools, otherwise known as the public schools. Hence, to prepare for the AEIS test, international students should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi for the preceding level that they intend to apply for during AEIS registration.

WhEN IS AEIS

Date of AEIS
Test
Level Application Period
22 Sep 2020 Sec 1 15 Jul – 28 Aug 2020
23 Sep 2020 Sec 3 15 Jul – 28 Aug 2020
24 Sep 2020

Sec 2

Pri 4 – 5

15 Jul – 28 Aug 2020
25 Sep 2020 Pri 2 – 3 15 Jul – 28 Aug 2020

How to apply

The fees for the AEIS are non-refundable. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider if they are available to sit for the test before applying. Applicants should read the sections on eligibility criteria and application process before applying online.


AFIYA EDIT

The fees for the AEIS are non-refundable.  Prior to applying online:

The applicant(s) is strongly encouraged to read and review the information on eligibility criteria and application process before applying online.


IMPORTANT NOTE:

The AEIS is for international students who do not have a place in our mainstream schools and who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year.


International students who were formerly studying in our mainstream schools and who now wish to seek re-admission should approach MOE Customer Service Centre for assistance.


AFIYA EDIT

The AEIS is for international students who do not have a place in our mainstream schools. These international students who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year should apply.


International students who do not have a place in the Singapore mainstream schools and wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year may apply.


International students who were formerly studying in our mainstream schools and who now wish to seek re-admission should approach MOE Customer Service Centre for assistance.


International students who were formerly studying in Singapore mainstream schools and who now wish to seek re-admission should approach the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) by phone calls during the Covid-19 period for assistance first.

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eligibility criteria


International students who do not have a place in our mainstream schools and who wish to seek admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 are eligible to take part in the AEIS.

PrIMARY LEVEL

There are two tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2 / 3 admission and another for Primary 4 / 5 admission. Applicants should sit for the primary test appropriate for their age cohorts. The test level is shown below:


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There are two tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2 / 3 admission and another for Primary 4 / 5 admission. Applicants should sit for the primary test appropriate for their age cohorts. The test level is shown below:

Age as at 1st Jan of the Year of Admission Test to Apply For Content Tested Possible Outcome
7 to 7+ Pri 2 / 3 Pri 1 Pri 2 or Pri 1 or unsuccessful
8 to 8+ Pri 2 / 3 Pri 2 Pri 3 or Pri 2 or Pri 1 or unsuccessful
9 to 9+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 3 Pri 4 or Pri 3 or Pri 2 or unsuccessful
10 to 10+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or Pri 4 or Pri 3 or unsuccessful
11 to 11+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or Pri 4 or unsuccessful
12 to 12+ Pri 4 / 5 Pri 4 Pri 5 or unsuccessful

For instance, applicants who are 8 to 8+ and who sit for the Primary 2 / 3 test may be placed to Primary 3, Primary 2, Primary 1 or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the test and their age. 


Applicants who are 10 to 10+ who sit for the Primary 4 / 5 test may be placed to Primary 5, Primary 4 or Primary 3 or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the test and their age.


MOE does not recommend international students to be overage by more than two years above the age appropriate for that level.

SECONDARY LEVEL

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 Jan of the Year of Admission) Content Tested Possible 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 international students to be overage by more than two years above the age appropriate for that level.

aPPLICATION PROCESS


International students can apply from 15 July 2020 onwards to take part in the AEIS and sit for the centralised test appropriate for their age cohorts. Application for each level will close when all available places for that level are taken up. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to apply early, make payment and e-mail the required supporting documents to SEAB_AS@seab.gov.sg within one week of the online application.

how to apply for aeis

For more information on the AEIS application, please read the sections below before you proceed to complete the AEIS Online Application form. Applicants must use a valid e-mail address in the application.


In the event that you are unable to access the AEIS application page, you may try again at a later time.

Fees payable

The AEIS fee is S$672.00 (inclusive of GST). This fee is strictly non-refundable. Any requests for a refund will not be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider their availability for the test before applying.

SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents (clear and legible in PDF or JPEG):

  • Applicant's birth certificate (if birth certificate is in other languages, submit an accurate English translated copy) and
  • Applicant's passport with validity of at least 6 months

After completing the AEIS application online and making payment, applicants are to e-mail the supporting documents to SEAB_AS@seab.gov.sg within one week of online application. Please indicate the applicant's name (as per passport) in the subject title.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Applicants who have taken part in the AEIS or S-AEIS and were offered a school place will not be able to apply online for the AEIS or S-AEIS.

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Test Format

PRIMARY 2/3 ENGLISH


The AEIS Primary 2/3 English test comprises 34 multiple-choice questions on comprehension and language use. Applicants will be given 1 hour to complete.


Comprehension and language use


34 compulsory multiple-choice questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) - 6 items
  • Comprehension cloze (based on two passages) - 10 items
  • Vocabulary - 5 items
  • Grammar - 5 items
  • Spelling - 8 items

PRIMARY 2 MATHEMATICS


The AEIS Primary 2 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 25 minutes to complete Part 1 and 40 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 29 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 17 items

For short-answer questions, applicants will have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.


PRIMARY 3 MATHEMATICS


The AEIS Primary 3 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 25 minutes to complete Part 1 and 40 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 29 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 17 items

For short-answer questions, applicants will have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.


PRIMARY 4/5 ENGLISH


The AEIS Primary 4/5 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.

Section Format
Part 1 Writing

Two topics are set, one of which comes with a picture. Applicants choose one topic and write a composition of at least 100 words on it.

Part 2

Comprehension and language use

50 compulsory multiple-choice questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) - 10 items
  • Comprehension cloze (based on two passages) - 12 items
  • Vocabulary - 14 items
  • Grammar - 14 items

PRIMARY 4 MATHEMATICS


The AEIS Primary 4 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 35 minutes to complete Part 1, and 50 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 30 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 8 items
Open-ended questions 6 items

For short-answer questions, applicants will 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 as compared to short-answer questions. For open-ended questions, applicants will have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.


PRIMARY 5 MATHEMATICS


The AEIS Primary 5 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 35 minutes to complete Part 1, and 50 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 30 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 8 items
Open-ended questions 6 items

For short-answer questions, applicants will 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 as compared to short-answer questions. For open-ended questions, applicants will have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.


SECONDARY ENGLISH


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.

Section Format
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.

  • Applicants sitting for Sec 1 will write 200 - 300 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 2 will write 250 - 350 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 3 will write 300 - 400 words.
Part 2

Comprehension and language use

50 compulsory multiple-choice questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) - 15 items
  • Comprehension cloze (based on two passages) - 15 items
  • Vocabulary - 10 items
  • Grammar - 10 items

SECONDARY MATHEMATICS


The AEIS Secondary Mathematics test comprises 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.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 34 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 20 items
Open-ended questions 10 to 15 items

For short-answer questions, applicants will 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 as compared to short-answer questions. For open-ended questions, applicants will have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

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AEIS Primary Teacher for English & Math 

With more than 15 years helping international students to apply to study in Singapore, Teacher Josse is well-versed on how to prepare these students confidently for school admission tests.


Additionally, she takes responsible care of selected young international students who live in her family home.

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AEIS Primary & Secondary Teacher for English & Math

A former senior government school teacher with more than 20 years' experience teaching both government and private schools.

As Teacher Joseph understands what the examiners are looking out for during the AEIS test, he provides helpful tips and guidance to students to confidently tackle questions during AEIS tests. 

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An NUS graduate, Teacher Lim has 10 years' of experience teaching Primary & Secondary Mathematics.


Teacher Lim is currently teaching AEIS Math at a local private primary & secondary school in Singapore. He taught AEIS Math at Dimensions International College previously.


 

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She teaches English to both Singapore local students and international students studying in international schools. She teaches English to international students preparing for the AEIS test too.

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