PSLE changes in 2021

Young Parents (Singapore) - - The Right Start Issue -

Kids who en­tered Pri­mary 1 in 2016 will be the first batch af­fected by the PSLE changes, which are part of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s bid to move away from an over-em­pha­sis on grades. Here’s what you need to know:


Your kid’s scores will not be bench­marked against his peers.

Marks will be con­verted ac­cord­ing to the new scor­ing bands of Achieve­ment Level AL1 to AL8.


THE BET­TER Your kid needs to score at least 90 marks in all four sub­jects to give him the best PSLE score of four, which is sim­i­lar to the O-level sys­tem where the lower the score, the bet­ter.


SCHOOL MAT­TERS If two kids have the same PSLE score and have cho­sen the same school, the one who has put it down as a first choice will get pri­or­ity over the one who has listed it as a sec­ond choice. You can choose up to six schools.

EX­PRESS STREAM CUT-OFF Pupils will need to get a PSLE score of 22 or less to get into the Ex­press stream from 2021, in­stead of around 188 cur­rently.

They need 25 or less, for the Nor­mal (Aca­demic) stream, and 30 or less for the Nor­mal (Tech­ni­cal) stream.

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