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.
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.
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:
A net ELR2B2 score of 26 points or better for the GCE O-Level Examination; and
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:
|Offer and Acceptance Stage
| Withdrawal Stage
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.
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.
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.
Polytechnics can admit up to 12.5% of their total polytechnic intake via EAE.
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.
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.
Applications will open in late June to early July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:|