2021 will be the first year that the new Achievement Levels scoring system will be used for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
To give parents an idea of each individual secondary school's range and cutoff score, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has released indicative PSLE score ranges for each secondary school.
The indicative score ranges are based on the 2020 Primary 6 cohort's results, and represent the scores of the first and last student who would have been admitted into each secondary school under the new scoring system.
For example, the indicative PSLE score range for Methodist Girls' School's Integrated Programme is 4-6. This means that the cut-off point for the school is 6.
The scores here are based on the indicative score ranges for each school as released on MOE's website.
The HCL grades of the first and last student admitted to SAP schools are shown in parenthesis.
D = Distinction
M = Merit
P = Pass
No HCL grades will be shown if the first or last student did not take of pass HCL
*While the last posted student had a PSLE score better than 30, the school still had vacancies after S1 posting.
Therefore, its cut-off point is reflected as 30 as it could have admitted a S1-eligible student with PSLE score of 30.
The PSLE T-score will be replaced with Achievement Levels (ALs), which offer wider scoring bands.
Every PSLE subject will be scored using 8 ALs from AL1 to AL8, with 1 being the best.
The PSLE Score will be the sum of the scores for the four subjects, and will range from 4 to 32, with 4 being the best total score possible.
Here's an example of how the student's PSLE score will be calculated:
The new PSLE scoring system will result in more students having the same PSLE score. This also means that there will be less differentiation amongst schools based on their cut-off points.
For the first time, choice order of schools will be used as a tie-breaker when students have the same PSLE scores.
The tie-breaker system is only used when there are two or more students with the same PSLE score applying for the last available places in a school.
Secondary 1 Posting Tie-Breakers (in order of priority)
To be eligible for posting to SAP schools, students will need to obtain the following:
When students with the same PSLE score apply for places in the same SAP school, those with better HCL grades will be given priority.
This applies before the tie-breakers for Secondary 1 posting.
In the new AL scoring system, Foundation level subjects will be graded from AL A to AL C.
Similar to the ALs for Standard level subject, the ALs for Foundation Level subjects will reflect a students level of achievement instead of their performance relative to peers.
The determine a student's PSLE score for the purposes of Secondary 1 posting, Foundation Level AL A to AL C will be mapped to AL 6 to AL 8 of Standard level subjects.
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