PSLE 2021 Scoring System: What Parents Need To Know

Understanding the PSLE Scoring System means you can better help and guide your child. 

Singapore is one of the few countries in the world to have a high-stakes examination at an early stage of their lives. Parents and children cringe at the mere thought of PSLE, which leads to parents hothousing their children as soon as they are able to speak and recognise basic words.

It was announced in April 2018 that there will be a revamp of the PSLE system. Students in Primary 1 as of 2019, will be the first batch to go through the new scoring bands of Achievement Level (AL) 1- AL8, which is similar to O and A levels.

 

AL

RAW MARK RANGE

1

≥90

2

85 – 89

3

80 – 84  

4

75 – 79

5

65 – 74

6

45 – 64

7

20 – 44

8

< 20

 

 

*Source: Ministry of Education

SUBJECT

 

English

AL3

Mother Tongue

AL2

Mathematics

AL1

Science

AL2

PSLE Score:

8

 

 

PLACEMENT OUTCOME

PSLE SCORE

Express

4 – 20

Express or Normal Academic

21 – 22

Normal Academic

23 – 24

Normal Academic or Technical

25

Normal Technical

26 – 30 (With AL7 or better in both EL and MA)



Sum of the T-scores of all four subjects tested.

T = 50 + 10

*Formula extracted from SEAB

Offers a wider scoring bands similar to O and A levels.

 

Total score will be based on the sum of the achievement level of each of the four subjects.

 

E.g. A pupil who has attained AL1 for each of the subject will have a PSLE score of 4, which is the best result possible.

*Refer to table for AL system.

 

Students need to pass their English and Math to be promoted to Secondary Level. (Grade C)

Students need to get at least AL7 or better in both English and Math to be promoted.

 

Two students that scored the same aggregate does not give anyone a priority in admission regardless of the order of their choices.

Tie-breaker system – ensure fairness for pupils who have the same PSLE scoring bands. 

 

Pupils who placed the school in a higher choice order will be given priority.

 

Computerised ballot gives everyone within the same band an equal chance of entering a secondary school of their choice. (Provided they fit the criteria.)

*Same PSLE score

*Citizenship status
*Same choice order

 

E.g. If two students have the same PSLE score and have chosen the same school, the one who put it as a first choice will get priority over the one who has listed it as a second choice.

 

Express: 188 and above

Normal Academic: 160-187

Normal Technical: 150 and below

Express –  a PSLE score of 22 or less.

Normal (Academic) – a score of 25 or less.

Normal (Technical) – a score of 30 or less.

 

Students need to pass their English and Math to be promoted to Secondary Level. (Grade C)

Students need to get at least AL7 or better in both English and Math to be promoted.

 

Two students that scored the same aggregate does not give anyone a priority in admission regardless of the order of their choices.

Tie-breaker system – ensure fairness for pupils who have the same PSLE scoring bands. 

 

Pupils who placed the school in a higher choice order will be given priority.

 

Computerised ballot gives everyone within the same band an equal chance of entering a secondary school of their choice. (Provided they fit the criteria.)

*Same PSLE score

*Citizenship status
*Same choice order

 

E.g. If two students have the same PSLE score and have chosen the same school, the one who put it as a first choice will get priority over the one who has listed it as a second choice.

 

Express: 188 and above

Normal Academic: 160-187

Normal Technical: 150 and below

Express –  a PSLE score of 22 or less.

Normal (Academic) – a score of 25 or less.

Normal (Technical) – a score of 30 or less.

 

There will always be different camps when it comes to national examination grading systems. But one thing is for sure, AKLC will always be your trusted academic partner.


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