JC Cut Off Points 2023 - Junior College Rankings (Updated based on 2023 L1R5 aggregate)

Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College)

The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) is conducted in January every year following the release of the GCE O-Level results.

Eligible students can apply for admissions into Junior Colleges (JC), Millenia Institute (MI), polytechnics, and Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Rankings based on JC cut-off points

The rankings for each junior college is based on the cut-off point for each school.

For example, the 2023 range for Raffles Institution is 2-5. This means that the cut-off point for the school is 5.

The scores here are based on the 2023 JAE L1R5 aggregate for each school as released on MOE's website.

JC Cut off Points (Based on 2023 JAE L1R5 aggregate)

No.

School

Arts (Score Range)

Science (Score Range)

1
Raffles Institution (Junior College)

2-5

2-4

2
Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College)

2-5

2-4

3
Nanyang Junior College

4-6

2-5

4
Eunoia Junior College

2-8

2-6

5
Victoria Junior College

2-8

2-7

6
National Junior College

5-8

2-7

7
Anglo-Chinese Junior College

4-9

2-8

8
Dunman High School (Junior College)

4-9

2-8

9
River Valley High School (Junior College)

6-9

4-8

10
Temasek Junior College

7-9

3-8

11
St Andrews Junior College

3-10

3-9

12
Anderson Serangoon Junior College

6-11

4-10

13
Tampines Meridian Junior College

6-13

4-13

14
Catholic Junior College

4-14

3-13

15
Jurong Pioneer Junior College

5-17

5-14

16
Yishun Innova Junior College

11-19

6-20

IB Junior Colleges

There are 2 JCs that offer the IB Diploma Programme:

Junior College
IB Score Range
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Junior College)
2-5
St Joseph's Institution (Junior College)
2-7

Schools not participating in the Joint Admissions Exercise

There are 3 schools that do not participate in the JAE:

NUS High School Mathematics and Science - This school does not participate in DSA-JC or JAE for year 5 admission. Students are admitted through its school-based admission process for Year 1 and Year 3

School of the Arts, Singapore - This school only accepts students through Direct School Admission for junior colleges (DSA-JC)

Singapore Sports School - This school only accepts students through Direct School Admission for junior colleges (DSA-JC)

Admissions Criteria for JCs and MI

JCs and MI prepare students either for the GCE A-Level certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

Students must meet the specific subject requirements and L1R5 or L1R4 scores in order to be admitted into the 2-year A-Level or IB Diploma course in JCs, or the 3-year A-Level course in MI.

JC Admission Requirements

Students must meet both of these criteria for admission to JCs:

  • L1R5 score cannot be more than 20
  • Fulfill the specific subject grade prerequisites

Aggregate Score Computation for JC Courses

L1R5 gross aggregrate score = First Language (L1) + Relevant Subject 1 (R1) + R2 + R3 + R4 + R5

L1: English or Higher Mother Tongue Language

R1: Any 1 best-scoring subject from Humanities

R2: Any 1 best-scoring subject from Mathematics or Science

R3: Any 1 best-scoring subject from Humanities, Mathematics or Science

R4, R5: Any 2 best-scoring subjects except Religous Knowledge

The list of GCE O-Level subjects and categories are available here

Subjects that are not eligible for computation of aggregate score

These subjects cannot be used:

1. The score for Higher Mother Language and Mother Tongue Language cannot be used in the same  computation. For example, if you use Higher Chinese as the first language (L1), you cannot use Chinese for R1 to R5.

2. "Merit" and "Pass" grade for the Mother Tongue "B" Syllabus

Higher Mother Tongue Language: Higher Chinese, Higher Malay and Higher Tamil

Mother Tongue Language: Chinese, Malay and Tamil

Mother Tongue ‘B’ Syllabus: Chinese ‘B’, Malay ‘B’ and Tamil ‘B’

Grade prerequisites for specific subjects

Subject
Grade
English Language
1-6
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)
1-7
Any Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
MTL: Chinese, Malay, Tamil
MTL approved by MOE in lieu of an official MTL (MTL-in-lieu): Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Thai, Urdu
MTL or MTL-in-lieu: 1-7
Higher MTL: 1-8
‘B’ Syllabus: Merit or Pass

Bonus Points

Bonus points are deducted from your gross aggregate score to get the net aggregate score for posting to Junior Colleges

You can earn up to 4 bonus points through a combination of any of these categories:

Subject
Bonus Points
CCA grade: Excellent, A1, A2
2
CCA grade: Good, B3-C6
1
English and Higher Mother Tongue Language grade: A1-C6
2
Chinese or Malay (Special Programmes) or Bahasa Indonesia grade: A1-C6
2
Affiliated JC: Selected as your 1st choice or selected as your 1st and 2nd choice
2

Chinese, Malay, or Tamil Language Elective Programme

You can earn an additional 2 bonus points if you're chosen for the Chinese, Malay, or Tamil Language Elective programme.

Note that admission into these programmes requires you to take the corresponding subject and take its GCE A-Level exam.

You must stay enrolled in the programme while studying in JC (regardless of whether the bonus points were taken into consideration for posting). If not, you could face potential expulsion from the school.

Conditional admission

If you have taken the subject but did not obtain the minimum grade set out above, you are eligible for conditional admission if you meet one of these criteria:

  • L1R5 ≤ 15
  • L1R5 from 16-20 and grades of A1 or A2 in all the 5 relevant subjects

If you did not obtain the minimum required grade for an O-Level subject, you will need to retake the subject and obtain the required grade by the end of Year 1 in JC.

If you fail to do so, you will be transferred to Year 2 of a course in Millenia Institute (MI).

However, if you still haven't obtained the required grade by Year 2 of MI, you will have to leave the MI course.

If you received an "Absent" grade for the required O-Level subject, you are not eligible for conditional admission to a JC course.

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