Students can apply for direct admission to junior colleges (JC) and polytechnics, starting from tomorrow.
The JC application period varies across schools, with some starting tomorrow, May 19. Application to polytechnics starts from 8 July to 13 July.
Successful applicants can confirm places in a JC, institution or polytechnic prior to taking their GCE 'O' level examinations or equivalent assessments.
From this year, the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) will admit a small number of students talented in visual and performing arts to the Year 5 cohort of its Integrated Programme via the JC application exercise.
The direct admission exercises provide JCs, institutions and polytechnics with more flexibility to select students. For the JC admissions exercise, each JC or institution will admit students according to its own merit-based admission criteria (which include both academic and/or nonacademic criteria).
For the DPA Exercise, polytechnics will take into account students' abilities, talents and interests in the specific courses that they have applied for. Applicants will have to meet prevailing polytechnic admission
criteria, i.e., obtain a net ELR2B21 score of not more than 26 points for the GCE 'O' Level
examinations; and meet Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for the respective polytechnic course, which can be found on the polytechnics' websites.
Government and Government-aided JCs can admit up to 10 percent of their 2011 JC1 intake using school-based criteria. The three independent institutions offering pre-university programmes can admit up to 20 percent of their intake using school-based criteria. SOTA will admit a small number of its Year 5 students.
Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic - will each admit up to 2.5 percent of their Academic Year 2011 intake. There will also be a course-specific cap of 30 percent for each polytechnic course
If an applicant accepts an offer through the direct JC or polytechnic admissions exercise and is successfully posted to the institution, he will not be able to take part in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) subsequently.
Interested students should approach any of the participating institutions or visit their websites for more details regarding the selection exercises.