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MOE releases range of indicative cut-off points for different types of secondary schools

January 12, 2021

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From 2021, students taking the PSLE will receive Achievement Levels (AL) of 1 to 8 for each of their four subjects, with their final score made up of the sum of these achievement levels.

By providing an indicative range of cut-off scores by school type, the ministry is hoping to better support and familiarise the first batch of students on the new PSLE scoring system, it said.

“Parents and students can then make use of this information when they go about making their secondary school choices, and we do strongly encourage them to also consider a wider, more holistic range of factors,” said Ms Melissa Khoo, deputy secretary (policy) at MOE.

The ministry said in a press release on Friday (Nov 6) that the indicative range for the cut-off points was generated based on students’ PSLE results and school choice patterns at the 2019 Secondary 1 posting exercise.

For Government and Government-aided schools, the indicative cut-off point range for Express (Integrated Programme) students is 7 to 9. Students will need to score between 8 to 22 points for the Express (O-Level) course, 22 to 25 points for the Normal (Academic) course and 26 to 30 points for the Normal (Technical) course.

At autonomous schools, the indicative cut-off point ranges for the Express (Integrated Programme) and Normal (Academic) courses are the same as Government and Government-aided schools. The range for the Express (O-Level) course is 8 to 16 points, while that for the Normal (Technical) course is 26 to 29 points. 

For independent schools, the indicative cut-off range for the Express (Integrated Programme) is 6 to 8 points, and 8 to 10 points for the Express (O-Level) course.

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