AGE ELIGIBILITY

You need to know the age eligibility for the level that your child can apply for in AEIS and S-AEIS centralised test.

Primary School

There are 2 tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2/3 (P2 / P3) admission and another for Primary 4/5 (P4 / P5) admission. The test level you should sit for depends on your age, as shown in below table:

Age as at 1st January of the Year of Admission Appropriate Test Content Level Tested Possible Level / Outcome
7 to 7+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
8 to 8+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P3 or P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
9 to 9+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P4 or P3 or P2 or unsuccessful
10 to 10+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or P3 or unsuccessful
11 to 11+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or unsuccessful
12 to 12+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or unsuccessful

To help you to understand how the placement is done for successful applicants, for instance, applicants who are 9 to 9+ who sit for the P3 / P4 test may be placed to Primary 4, Primary 3, Primary 2, or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the tests and their age. MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

Secondary School

Applicants seeking admission to secondary schools can choose to sit for the Secondary 1, the Secondary 2 or the Secondary 3 test. The permissible age range is shown below:

Level Permissible Age Range (as at 1st January of the Year of Admission) Content Level Tested Possible Level / Outcome
Sec 1 12 to 14+ years old Pri 6 Sec 1 or unsuccessful
Sec 2 13 to 15+ years old Sec 1 Sec 2 or unsuccessful
Sec 3 14 to 16+ years old Sec 2 Sec 3 or unsuccessful

MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

TEST FORMAT

Applicants sitting for AEIS will be tested in English and Mathematics. The questions, set only in the English language, will determine the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Those who pass the test will be offered places in suitable schools, based on availability of school vacancies, their test performances and intended residential areas in Singapore.

USE OF OPTICAL ANSWER SHEET (OAS)

For multiple-choice questions, applicants are required to use a 2B pencil to shade the answers on the Optical Answer Sheet (OAS). The OAS will be issued to applicants together with the test papers. Click here for a sample of the OAS and instructions on the use of the OAS.

Primary 2/3 English Test

The AEIS Primary 2/3 English test comprises 34 Multiple-Choice Questions on Comprehension and Language Use. Applicants will be given 1 hour to complete. There will be:

  • Comprehension (two passages) – 6 items
  • Comprehension Cloze (two passages) – 10 items
  • Vocabulary – 5 items
  • Grammar – 5 items
  • Spelling – 8 items

Primary 2/3 Mathematics

The AEIS Primary 2/3 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 34 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 34 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

Primary 4/5 English

The AEIS Primary 4/5 English test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 2 hours to complete Part 1 and Part 2. The paper is taken in a single sitting.

Section Format
Part 1 Writing

Two topics are set, one of which comes with a picture. Applicants choose one topic and write a composition of at least 100 words on it.

Part 2

Comprehension and language use

50 compulsory multiple-choice questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) – 10 items
  • Comprehension cloze (based on two passages) – 12 items
  • Vocabulary – 14 items
  • Grammar – 14 items

Primary 4/5 Mathematics 

The AEIS Primary 4/5 Mathematics test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 40 minutes to complete Part 1, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 36 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 16 items
Open-ended questions 12 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution. For such questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

Secondary English

The AEIS Secondary English test comprises two parts. Applicants will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete Part 1 and Part 2. The paper is taken in a single sitting.

Section Format
Part 1 WritingTwo topics are set for Sec 1, and four topics are set for Sec 2 and Sec 3.

Applicants choose one topic and write a composition on it.

  • Applicants sitting for Sec 1 will write 200 – 300 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 2 will write 250 – 350 words.
  • Applicants sitting for Sec 3 will write 300 – 400 words.
Part 2 Comprehension and language use

50 compulsory multiple-choice questions

  • Comprehension (based on two passages) – 15 items
  • Comprehension cloze (based on two passages) – 15 items
  • Vocabulary – 10 items
  • Grammar – 10 items

Secondary Mathematics

The AEIS Secondary Mathematics test papers comprise two parts. Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1, and 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete Part 2. The use of calculators is not allowed.

Section Format Number of Items
Part 1 Multiple-choice questions 34 items
Part 2 Short-answer questions 20 items
Open-ended questions 10 to 15 items

For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution. For open-ended questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this site about AEIS and S-AEIS are obtained from from the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) website. We are not responsible for subsequent changes in schedule, regulations or policies that may be announced or implemented by the MOE from time to time, and for which we have not had sufficient time to update on our website.