Students may choose to take this Preparatory Course for the purpose of admission into a government school in Singapore.
In Singapore, English is taught as a first language to all children from young. It is the main medium of instruction used in all lessons from pre-school to university. Before any foreign student is allowed to enter into any school or institution in Singapore, he or she has to sit and pass an entrance examination to assess his or her competency in the English Language and Mathematics.
English will be the focus in this Preparatory Course, both as a subject in itself and as a medium for learning other subjects. Besides knowing the education system and syllabus laid down by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, our experienced and qualified teachers are able to understand the difficulties students face and assist them in overcoming these problems. Students will be taught skills in reading and writing.
Our educators will teach the students according to the syllabus laid down by the Ministry of Education. Students will be taught formulae, mathematical terms and concepts, all of which will be done in English.
All students will be taught up to the academic level in preparation for the entrance examination they have signed up for.
Preparation for the Entrance Examination
As students need to attain the required standard in a given time, students have to complete numerous assignments as well as put in many hours of self study. Besides the personal coaching and guidance of our educators, we would appreciate if parents or guardians could be involved motivating the student.
The average teacher-student ratio is 1:4 to 9, to make learning effective. Students here are given quality attention by teachers due to the small group size.
To monitor the students’ progress, periodic tests will be given. A final mock test will be given before their test.
1) Course duration
Our full-time intensive Preparatory Course runs on weekdays (daily from Mondays to Fridays) from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.
Course intake is throughout the year.
Course intake for AEIS exam preparation (Jul – Sep)
Students will study English and Mathematics at a level preceding the level of entry they wish to enter. Eg. A student seeking entry into Secondary 1 will have to familiarise with Primary 6 syllabus. Please refer to the course synopsis here.
3) Course entry requirements
Courses offered are:
Preparatory Course for Admission into Government Schools (Secondary 1)
Age: 12 to 14+
Academic Level: Primary 6
English language requirement: A pass in Primary 6 English (in student’s respective school in his home country) or equivalent.
Preparatory Course for Admission into Government Schools (Secondary 2)
Age: 13 to 15+
Academic Level: Secondary 1
English language requirement: A pass in Secondary 1 English (in student’s respective school in his home country) or equivalent.
Preparatory Course for Admission into Government Schools (Secondary 3)
Age: 14 to 16+
Academic Level: Secondary 2
English language requirement: A pass in Secondary 2 English (in student’s respective school in his home country) or equivalent.
4) Examination and/or other assessment period
Internal Assessments: English and Mathematics Placement Tests (first day) and written tests and mock exams at the end of the course.
AEIS centralised tests will be held yearly in September/October and Supplementary AEIS in February/March. The actual dates will be announced by the Ministry of Education at www.moe.gov.sg.
PACT is held periodically and actual dates are listed on www.pact.sg.
5) Expected examination results release date
AEIS test results are released usually in December and Supplementary AEIS test results in April in the same year of the examination. PACT results are released within 1 month of test-taking.
Preparatory Course for Admission into Government Schools
*(Short tuition courses available-please call 63453147 to inquire)
|Course Fees in SGD
|Course Fee||1000 per month|
|Material Fee||250 (one time)|
|Medical Insurance||Refer to insurer|
|External Examination Fees are payable to the respective organizations:|
|Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) – AEIS Test Fee||672|
|Principals Academy Inc (PACT Test) Primary||200|
|Principals Academy Inc (PACT Test) Secondary||250|
|Visa Application Processing Fee (Payable to ICA)||30|
|Visa Application Service Fee (Student or Parent-Per Pax)||50|
|Exam Registration Service Fee||50|
|School Placement Service Fee||750 – 1500|
*Miscellaneous fee refers to any non-compulsory and non-standard fee which the students will pay only when necessary or applicable, when the need arises.
6) Course Completion
Students must attain a minimum of 90% attendance to complete the course.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I take the entrance examination for admission into a government school?
In general, it is compulsory for every student to take this examination. Getting into a government school in Singapore will eventually help you improve your English as well as provide you a holistic education. You will then have equal opportunities like all other Singaporeans in achieving a higher level of education.
2. Who should sit for the examination?
Anyone who wishes to study in a government school in Singapore has to take the examination. They have the option of entering a government school at Primary 2-5 or Secondary 1-3 level. The entry level depends on the student’s age, results scored during the examination and the number of vacancies available at a particular school. Students are required to register beforehand the education standard they wish to apply for and an assessment for that level will be administered for the examination.
3. How many subjects must I take during the examination for admission into a government school?
Students are usually required to do well in their Mathematics and English tests for the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) to enjoy the convenience of centralised testing and the offer of a school place if they are successful.
4. Why must I prepare before admission into a government school?
All subjects (except Mother Tongue) will be in English and students who do not speak English as their first language will need time to improve their English and get used to understanding the facts and concepts in the other subjects in English.
5. Who conducts this examination?
The Ministry of Education conducts the AEIS examination. PACT is conducted by the Principals Academy.
6. Which test should my child take?
The AEIS examination is usually held in September/October yearly. International students who miss the AEIS test in September/October and still wish to seek mainstream school admission may take the Supplementary AEIS examination in February/March. Students who are dependent pass holders or Singapore PR may use the PACT test result instead of sitting for a school placement test so that the school to consider the student’s application.
7. When must I register for the examination?
As there will be many candidates who are also taking this examination, it is advisable to register for the examination at least 2 months earlier.
8. Where is the examination held?
Details of the venue will be provided nearer the date of the examination.
9. How will I know my results?
Students taking AEIS/Supplementary AEIS exam will be informed of the school posting offer via email.
10. How do I register for this Course?
You can register for the Course by filling up the Course application form and signing a Student Contract.
Inspire Education Centre
50 EAST COAST ROAD, #02-144 ROXY SQUARE, SINGAPORE, 428769
Course Enquiry Hotline: (65) 6345-3147