Courses Offered
in Secondary Schools

Pupils taking the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be streamed to one of the following secondary courses based on their results. This flowchart seeks to help you understand the main differences between them.

PSLE Results
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Special
Stream

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Express
Stream

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Normal
Stream

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Higher MT
will take
English
+ Higher MT
+ Others

for top 10%
of PSLE pupils

Higher MT
MT
to take
English
+ Higher MT
+ Others

for top
11 - 20%
of PSLE pupils

with
A in English
+ A* in MT
or distinction in Higher MT

will take
English
+ MT
+ Others

Academic
Technical
will take
English
+ MT
+ Academic subjects
will take
English
+ Basic MT
+ Technical subjects

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will sit for GCE "O"
at the end of 4th year

will sit for GCE "N"
at the end of 4th year


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Qualify
to enter 5th yr
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will sit for
GCE "O"
at the end
of 5th year

Do not qualify
to enter 5th yr
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proceed to
ITE
Note: Pupils in the top 10 % of the PSLE cohort who are good in languages and are also very good in their other subjects may be offered a third language: German, French, Japanese or Malay Elective, subject to the availability of places.



MOE Links:
FAQ on Secondary Education Incentives for Taking Higher MT
Websites of Schools & Institutions Ranking of Sec Schools & JCs

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