Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)

By | June 7, 2016

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) 2016

1. The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnic based on their aptitudes and interests prior to taking their GCE O-Level Examinations. It gives the polytechnics greater flexibility to select students on criteria other than the GCE O-Level Examination results.

2. The five polytechnics (Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic) can each admit up to 12.5% of their Academic Year intake through EAE. There is also a 50% course-level cap on students entering the polytechnic under the EAE for around a third of all polytechnic courses, and a course-level cap of 30% for all other courses. This is to ensure that students admitted through the GCE O-Level Examination route will continue to have access to all polytechnic courses.

3. EAE applications commence in June/July every year, for admission into polytechnics in the following year.

Eligibility Criteria:

a. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level Examination in the year of the EAE; and

b. International Students enrolled in Government, Government-aided and Independent Schools during the year of the application, and who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level Examination in the year of the EAE.

Student Selection:

a. In selecting students, the polytechnics will take into account their abilities, strengths and interests in the specific courses that they have applied for. Students with other outstanding talents and achievements, such as in sports, arts, leadership, entrepreneurship and community service, may also be considered.

b. The polytechnics have the discretion to determine how they assess applicants’ interests, strengths and aptitudes. The modes of assessment may include portfolios and interviews. Each individual polytechnic course will set its own respective selection criteria. More information on the polytechnics, the courses they offer and their selection criteria can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

c. While interest in a field of study is important, to better assure that students admitted through EAE are able to cope with the rigours of a polytechnic education, applicants will have to meet the prevailing polytechnic admission criteria, which are as follows:

i.

A net ELR2B2 score of 26 points or better for the GCE O-Level Examination; and

ii.

Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for their respective polytechnic courses. The MER for each polytechnic course can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

Students who have secured a place in a polytechnic by accepting an EAE offer will not be eligible to take part in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or other polytechnic admissions exercises.

1. EAE for polytechnic admission in 2017 will commence on 22-Jun-2016 14:00. Students can apply for EAE online at this portal under APPLICATION.

2. The four stages of EAE are:

Period Process
22-Jun-2016 14:00
to
29-Jun-2016 16:00
Application Stage

  • Students apply for EAE at this portal under APPLICATION.
04-Jul-2016
to
16-Aug-2016
Selection Stage

  • Polytechnics shortlist and contact selected EAE applicants for interviews.

 

23-Aug-2016 14:00
to
26-Aug-2016 15:00
Offer and Acceptance Stage

  • EAE applicants can view offer status online at this portal under APPLICATION. Successful applicants are to accept or reject offers online. A non-response will be deemed as a rejection of the EAE offer.
  • Students who accept their EAE offer during this stage are guaranteed a place in the polytechnic course, as long as they are able to meet the admissions criteria stated under Entry Requirements.
  • Students who accept EAE offers should not concurrently accept offers from a Junior College (JC) via the Direct Schools Admissions – Junior College (DSA-JC) Exercise. They should cancel either of their offers before the end of the Offer and Acceptance Stage.
27-Aug-2016 00:00
to
07-Oct-2016 17:00
Withdrawal Stage

  • If students would like to withdraw from EAE 2017 to participate in JAE 2017, they must submit their withdrawal online at this portal under APPLICATION before 07-Oct-2016 by 5 pm.
  • Students who accept an EAE offer but do not withdraw by the deadline will be deemed to have confirmed their acceptance and will not be eligible to participate in JAE.

3. Students who accept an EAE offer will not be eligible to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) upon the release of the GCE O-Level Examination results. These students will be informed of the enrolment into their offered courses by the respective polytechnics during the polytechnic enrolment period.

4. Students who are interested in a JC pathway and wish to gain direct admission to a JC can participate in the DSA-JC Exercise, which is conducted at around the same period as EAE. However, each student is only allowed to accept one offer to a single JC or polytechnic course. If students are found to have accepted offers from both the EAE and DSA-JC Exercise, they will be disqualified from both the EAE and the DSA-JC Exercise unless they cancel either of their offers before the end of the Offer and Acceptance Stage.

General

1. What is the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)?

EAE is an admissions exercise that allows students to apply and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnic based on their aptitudes and interests before taking their GCE O-Level examinations. It allows the polytechnics greater flexibility in selecting students on a broader measure of criteria other than academic grades, thus allowing a wider range of talents to be recognised.

2. Who can take part in EAE?

EAE will be available to the following:

  • Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR) who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of EAE;
  • International Students enrolled in government, government-aided and Independent Schools during the year of EAE application, and who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of EAE.

3. How many places are set aside for EAE?

Polytechnics can admit up to 12.5% of their total polytechnic intake via EAE.

4. If I am really keen on a polytechnic education in a specific field, why do I still need to take the GCE O-Level examinations? Why do I still need to meet academic criteria?

While interest in a field of study is important, having the requisite academic foundation helps to assure you will be able to cope with the rigour of a polytechnic education and benefit from it. It is for this reason that students seeking admission to the polytechnics are required to meet the following admissions criteria:

(a) A net ELR2B2 aggregate score of 26 points or better for the GCE O-Level examinations; and
(b) Minimum entry requirements (MER) for their respective diploma courses. The MER for each polytechnic course can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

5. What happens if I do not meet the admissions criteria?

If you do not meet the admissions criteria, your conditional offer will be revoked. You will be able to apply for admission to a polytechnic through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using your GCE O-Level examination results.

Application

6. When will I be able to apply through EAE?

Applications will open in late June to early July.

7. What attributes will be considered under EAE? How will I be assessed for admission through this exercise?

EAE focuses on students who have strong aptitude and interest in a field related to the diploma course they are applying for. Students with outstanding achievements, such as in sports, arts, leadership, entrepreneurship and community service may also be considered.

Polytechnics will have the discretion to determine their modes of assessment, such as portfolios, interviews and aptitude tests, where relevant and appropriate. Polytechnics may also consider participation in relevant CCAs, Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs), Applied Learning Programmes (ALP) and Applied Subjects, as well as participation in activities such as work attachments and sustained involvement in projects that are related to the course students are applying for.

8. Can I switch courses after the release of the GCE O-Level examination results?

No. Once you have accepted your EAE offer and met the admissions criteria for the polytechnic course, you will not be able to switch courses within or across polytechnics.

EAE is targeted at students who are interested in a particular course in the polytechnics, and admission is based on the student’s suitability for that course. If you are still discovering and/or developing your strengths and interests related to specific polytechnic courses, you can apply for a course through the JAE after receiving your GCE O-Level examination results.

9. Can I apply through EAE and the Direct Schools Admission – Junior College (DSA-JC) Exercise concurrently?

Yes, you can participate in both EAE and the DSA-JC Exercise. However, you should only accept either a polytechnic or junior college offer. Students who accept both offers will be disqualified from both exercises, unless they cancel one of the offers before the end of the Acceptance Stage.

Withdrawal

10. If I have accepted an EAE offer, can I still withdraw my acceptance so that I can participate in JAE? If so, what must I do?

Yes. Should you wish to withdraw your acceptance, you must submit your withdrawal online via the EAE portal no later than 7 October 2016, 5pm. Students who have accepted an EAE offer but do not withdraw by the deadline will be deemed to have confirmed their acceptance and will not be eligible to participate in JAE and other polytechnic admissions exercises.

Course-Level Allowances

11. What are the courses that have a higher course-level allowance of 50% for aptitude-based admissions? Why and how were these courses selected?

The full list of courses with a higher course-level allowance of 50% for aptitude-based admissions can be found [here]. These courses have been given a higher allowance as interest and strengths in the field are particularly important, e.g. in early childhood education, design and media.

12. Why not expand the course-level allowance for these courses to 100%?

Keeping the course-level intake allowance at 50% preserves a viable pathway into these specific diploma courses for other students who do not apply through aptitude-based admissions, whether it is because they have yet to discover or develop specific interests, or are undecided on the diploma course that they wish to apply for.

13. What about other courses that do not have a 50% allowance?

Course-level allowance for all other polytechnic diploma courses will remain at 30%.

Polytechnic Courses with Raised Course-Level Allowances
The following courses have course-level intake allowances of 50% for aptitude-based admissions:
S/N Course Name Polytechnic
Applied Sciences
1. Baking & Culinary Science TP
Built Environment
2. Architecture SP
3. Landscape Architecture SP
Business & Management
4. Arts Business Management NP
5. Communications & Media Management TP
6. Culinary & Catering Management TP
7. Food & Beverage Business NYP
8. Mass Media Management NYP
9. Outdoor and Adventure Learning RP
10. Restaurant and Culinary Operations RP
11. Sport & Wellness Management NYP
12. Sports and Leisure Management RP
13. Sports Coaching RP
Health Sciences
14. Health Sciences (Nursing) NP
15. Nursing NYP
16. Social Sciences (Social Work) NYP
17. Sports and Exercise Sciences RP
Humanities
18. Applied Drama and Psychology SP
19. Child Psychology & Early Education NP
20. Creative Writing for Television and New Media SP
21. Early Childhood Education NP
22. Early Childhood Studies TP
Design & Media
23. 3D Interactive Media Technology TP
24. Advertising & Public Relations NP
25. Animation NYP
26. Animation & 3D Arts NP
27. Apparel Design & Merchandising TP
28. Arts and Theatre Management RP
29. Chinese Media & Communication NP
30. Communication Design TP
31. Design for User Experience RP
32. Digital Animation SP
33. Digital Film & Television TP
34. Digital Game Art & Design NYP
35. Environment Design TP
36. Experience and Product Design SP
37. Film, Sound & Video NP
38. Game Design RP
39. Games Design and Development SP
40. Industrial Design NYP
41. Interaction Design NYP
42. Interactive and Digital Media RP
43. Interior Architecture & Design TP
44. Interior Design SP
45. Mass Communication NP
46. Mass Communication RP
47. Media and Communication SP
48. Media Production and Design RP
49. Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design NYP
50. Product & Industrial Design TP
51. Product Design & Innovation NP
52. Sonic Arts RP
53. Space & Interior Design NYP
54. Visual Communication NYP
55. Visual Communication and Media Design SP
56. Visual Effects NP
57. Visual Effects and Motion Graphics SP
Information & Digital Technologies
58. Cyber & Digital Security TP
59. Cyber Security & Forensics NYP
60. Digital Forensics TP
61. Digital Visual Effects NYP
62. Game Design & Development TP
63. Game Development & Technology NYP
64. Infocomm Security Management RP
65. Infocomm Security Management SP
66. Information Security & Forensics NP
67. Information Technology NP
68. Information Technology NYP
69. Information Technology RP
70. Information Technology TP
71. Information Technology SP
72. Mobile Software Development RP
73. Multimedia & Animation NP
74. Music and Audio Technology SP
75. Network Systems & Security NP

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