PSLE changes in 2021
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:
NO MORE T-SCORE
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 LOWER THE SCORE,
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.
CHOICE OF SECONDARY
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.