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Your Guide to Registering for the MOE AEIS Examination in Singapore

If you are looking to find information about Singapore local public school admission for foreign or International students, this guide will help you.

12 Things You Should Know About Local Public School Admission in Singapore

  1. What is AEIS?
  2. Who conducts the AEIS?
  3. Who should take the AEIS?
  4. What is the age range for primary school admission?
  5. What is the age range for secondary school admission?
  6. What subjects are tested during the examination for AEIS for admission to a government school?
  7. Which test should my child take? AEIS or S-AEIS?
  8. When must I register for the AEIS?
  9. Where is the AEIS examination held?
  10. When is the AEIS results released?
  11. Why should my child join a preparatory course to prepare for the AEIS test?
  12. How much is primary, secondary, pre-university/junior college school fees in Singapore?

1) What is AEIS?

The Admissions Exercise for International Students ( 
AEIS ) is a centralised admissions exercise conducted by MOE around September each year for international students who wish to join our mainstream primary and secondary schools in January of the following year.

2) Who conducts the AEIS?

The Ministry of Education conducts the AEIS examination.

3) Who should take the AEIS?

International students (dependent pass, long-term visit pass holders and students without any student visas) who wishes to study in a government school in Singapore has to take the examination.

4) What is the age range for primary school admission?

The entry-level depends on the student’s age, results scored during the examination and the number of vacancies available at a particular school. Students are required to register beforehand the education standard they wish to apply for and an assessment for that level will be administered for the examination.

Admission to Local Public School (Primary 2/3)

    • Age: 7 to 8+
    • Academic Level tested: Primary 1 and 2

Admission to Local Public School (Primary 4/5)

    • Age: 9 to 9+
    • Academic Level tested: Primary 3
    • Age: 10 to 12+
    • Academic Level tested: Primary 4
    • Note: Entry into Primary 5 level for age 12 to 12+ is not available for S-AEIS

5) What is the age range for secondary school admission?

The entry-level depends on the student’s age, results scored during the examination and the number of vacancies available at a particular school. Students are required to register beforehand the education standard they wish to apply for and an assessment for that level will be administered for the examination.

Admission to Local Public Schools (Secondary 1)

  • Age: 12 to 14+
  • Academic Level tested: Primary 6

Admission to Local Public Schools (Secondary 2)

  • Age: 13 to 15+
  • Academic Level tested: Secondary 1

Admission to Local Public Schools (Secondary 3)

  • Age: 14 to 16+
  • Academic Level tested: Secondary 2
  • Note: Entry into Secondary 3 level for age 16 to 16+ is not available for S-AEIS

6) What subjects are tested during the examination for AEIS for admission to a government school?

Students are usually required to do well in their Mathematics and English tests for the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) to enjoy the convenience of centralized testing and the offer of a school place if they are successful.

7) Which test should my child take? AEIS or S-AEIS?

The AEIS examination is usually held in September yearly. International students who miss the AEIS test in September and still wish to seek mainstream school admission may take the Supplementary AEIS (S-AEIS) examination in February.

8) When must I register for the AEIS?

As there will be many candidates who are also taking this examination, it is advisable to register for the examination at least 2 months earlier in July (for AEIS) and Jan (for S-AEIS).

9) Where is the AEIS examination held?

Details of the venue will be provided in the entry proof emailed to you nearer the date of the examination.

10) When is the AEIS results released?

The results are usually released in mid to late December for AEIS and in mid April for S-AEIS. Students taking AEIS/Supplementary AEIS exam will be informed of the school posting offer via email or they can check online on the MOE website.

11) Why should I join a preparatory course to prepare for the AEIS test?

All subjects tested will be in English and students who do not speak English as their first language will need time to improve their English and get used to understanding the facts and concepts in the other subjects in English. A preparatory course will help students familiarise with the syllabus requirements and examination formats that they will encounter during the AEIS exam.

12) How much is primary, secondary, pre-university/junior college school fees in Singapore?

Local Singapore Public School Fees in 2019

Primary school fees range from $428 (ASEAN) to $663 (Non-ASEAN) per month.
Secondary school fees range from $680 (ASEAN) to $1,120 (Non-ASEAN) per month.
Pre-university/Junior College school fees range from $1,007 (ASEAN) to $1,627 (Non-ASEAN) per month.

Please visit this link for the updated school fees
https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/international-students/general-info#monthly-school-fees

About this Guide
This guide is written by 
Inspire Education Centre for foreign students or International students who wish to enrol or study in local public government schools in Singapore. Inspire Education Centre is an established preparatory school for intensive AEIS centralised entrance examination (since 2007). Preparatory courses are available for students who wish to retake or sit for the AEIS / SPERS examinations for entry into local government schools for primary school and secondary school. Check out our AEIS preparatory course here

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