Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools (Secondary 1)

The course is designed to prepare international students for admissions into the Singapore Government Secondary schools. Students seeking admission to Singapore mainstream secondary schools are required to sit for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) or S(Supplementary)-AEIS examinations conducted by the Singapore Ministry of Education around September/October and Supplementary AEIS(S-AEIS) examinations conducted in February every year. Students who are successful in the AEIS or S-AEIS exam will be admitted by the Ministry of Education to a government school.

Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools (Secondary 1)

Key facts

  • Duration: 6 months (Normal), 3 months (Intensive) 
  • Intake dates: March and August (Normal), June and November (Intensive) 
  • Delivery Mode:
    • Live Online
    • Blended 
  • Fees: SGD $9,083.33 (Normal), SGD $5,500.46 (Intensive) 

Course Aims:

International students who wish to enter secondary schools in Singapore are required to sit and pass centralised entrance examinations conducted by the Ministry of Education. And the course aim is to help students pass either of the examination (Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) or S(Supplementary)-AEIS examinations) to help them to admit to Singapore government school.

Major Learning outcomes:

Be able to handle secondary level English and Mathematics in a local school.

Preparation for AEIS examination, as well as syllabuses in Mathematics and English to prepare students for the new academic year, after completing the course, students will sit for the AEIS or S-AEIS examination to enter Government schools.

These are the courses conducted for the Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools:


We emphasize English in our preparatory course, both as a subject in itself and as a medium for learning other subjects. The teachers will also help students understand mathematical or scientific concepts which are expressed in English.

The English module is based on the Ministry of Education English Syllabus. Emphasis will be given to the components tested in the English AEIS test. Skills in reading, writing, vocabulary acquisition, and grammar knowledge will be emphasized and taught throughout the course. Speaking and listening skills will also be fostered through a variety of texts, media, and teaching strategies.


The teachers ensure that students are familiar with mathematical terms in English apart from learning mathematical skills. Our teachers will help every student master the skill of answering mathematics questions in English, rather than in his native language.

The Mathematics module is based on the Ministry of Education Mathematics Syllabus. Emphasis will be given to the components tested in the Mathematics AEIS test. Conceptual knowledge, problem-solving heuristics, reasoning skills, and procedural skills will be emphasized and taught throughout the course. Students will learn to solve both routine and non-routine problems.

The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) exam is a centralized admissions exercise conducted by the MOE. It will be conducted around the corner of September or October each year for international students.

International students [non-Singapore citizens or non-permanent residents] who do not have a place in the mainstream schools and wish to seek admission to Secondary 1 in January of the following academic year.

S-AEIS stands for Supplementary Admissions Exercise for International Students who are unable to make it for AEIS (Admissions Exercise for International Students) in September or October.

International students currently not studying in mainstream schools and who wish to seek admission to Secondary 1 are eligible to take part in the S-AEIS.

The general learning objectives and syllabus contents for each level are as detailed in the lesson plans for each level.

Secondary 1 English

The Secondary AEIS syllabus English test has two parts and applicants have 2 hours and 10 minutes to do Part 1 and 2. This paper is done in one sitting. Part 1 segment is writing with 2 topics and 4 topics for segments 2 and 3. applicants get to pick a single topic then write a 200-300 words composition on it.

Part 1: writing

Two topics are set for the Secondary 1 test

Students have to choose 1 topic and write a composition on it:

• 200 to 300 words for Sec 1 test.

Part 2: Comprehension and language use. 50 compulsory multiple-choice questions comprising:

• Comprehension based on 2 passages (15 items)

• Comprehension cloze based on 2 passages (15 items)

• Vocabulary (10 items)

• Grammar (10 items)

Secondary 1 Mathematics

The Secondary AEIS Mathematics test contains 2 parts. The applicants are given 30 minutes for completing Part 1, and an hour 45 minutes for completing Part 2. Calculators are not allowed in the exam room.

Part 1 of the AEIS syllabus test contains 34 questions with multiple-choice format questions and part 2 has 20 questions with short answer format questions.

Additionally, there are open-ended questions 10-15. applicants should clearly show the working steps for short-answer questions and place the answer in a given space.

The syllabus of this level is as follows:

I. Number and Algebra

i. Fractions (four operations)

ii. Percentage

iii. Ratio

iv. Distance, Time and Speed

v. Algebra

II. Measurement and Geometry

i. Area & Circumference of Circle

ii. Volume of cube & cuboid

iii. Special quadrilaterals

iv. Net

IV. Statistics

i. Pie Charts



6 months (Students attend lessons 6 hours per day plus directed / independent study from Monday to Friday)

No. of subject 2
Learning hours

Mathematics: 180 contact hours (30 hours per month *6 months = 180 hours)

English: 420 contact hours (70 hours per month *6 months = 420 hours)

Total learning hours: 180+420 = 600 hours

30 students: 1 teacher

Levels with more than thirty students will be divided into two classes.

This programme is offered to international students.

Course title Age as of 1st Jan of the year of admission Content level test Possible outcomes Current academic level
AEIS Preparatory Programme (Secondary 1) 12-14+ years old Primary 6
  • Secondary 1
  • Unsuccessful
Completed Year 6 or its equivalent in their respective home countries

b) Placement Test

After applying, students are required to take an English and Mathematics Diagnostic Test. Students will be advised to the appropriate level depending on their score achieved.

c) Minimum Language Requirement

Students must pass English Year 6 in their home countries.

d) Minimum Age

12 years old or above as of 1st Jan of the year of admission

Students are given regular homework and assessment exercises that match the MOE School Curriculum. The assignment including grammar exercises, cloze exercises, reading comprehension, composition, all kinds of mathematic problems. In addition to assigned homework, students will be required to do a number of hours of self-study on daily basis.

A test will be conducted every 4 weeks to allow tutors to monitor student’s progression. In keeping with our policy of involving parents and guardians, we will be sending patents and guardians quarterly detailed course reports.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an in-house certificate within one month from the last day of the course.

Your performance grading will be as follows:

Grade Percentage
Distinction (80-100) 80-100%
Credit (65-79) 65-79%
Pass (50-64) 50-64%
Fail (0-49) 0-49%
Absent Fail (Absent) Absent

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Contact a programme advisor by calling
+65 6580 7700


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