International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Application Forms and Procedures

Inaccurate or false information or omission of material information will render your application invalid. NUS reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete or inaccurate. Students admitted on the basis of inaccurate or false information may be expelled.

The University sets aside up to 15% of university places for consideration of exceptional candidates for admission. For such students who do not met the cut-off points for the course applied to, the University will consider other factors besides academic grades. These students may be admitted on other bases, including demonstrated ability and interest, work experience, leadership, community service and exceptional talent, subject to a minimum level of academic competence.

The following are some samples of exceptional achievements that may be taken into consideration:

  1. Medal winner at the International Olympiads (Biology, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics)
  2. Winner in the National Science & Talent Search
  3. Represented Singapore in Arts and/or Sports
  4. Active participation in community service and volunteer programmes
  5. Work experience relevant to the course applied for (supporting document/s is/are required)
  6. Key leadership positions in community organisations, sports and athletic clubs, etc (outside school)

In addition, applicants may provide additional information on awards/honours.

Applicants who wish to be considered under this scheme must provide details under the 'Outstanding Achievements' section of the online application form. If you have indicated information under ‘Activity 1’, ‘Activity 2 and/or ‘Activity 3’ of this section, you are strongly encouraged to provide an elaboration of these activities at the ‘Essay’ portion of this section too. In addition, you may wish to discuss a special talent, a personal experience or an activity that you have been involved in that is of relevance to the course you are applying for at the university.

Applicants who wished to be considered under the Outstanding Achievements scheme for Medicine should apply under the Exceptional Individual Scheme by March 2018.

Exceptional Individual Scheme

The Exceptional Individual Scheme (EIS) was developed as a way of exercising discretionary criteria in admitting a small number of students to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Applications submitted through this route will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on the basis of exceptional talent and achievement in addition to academic results. For details and online application, please click here.

The redesigned SAT (offered from 1 March 2016) consists of 2 sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics), while the SAT (offered up to 29 Feb 2016) consists of 3 Sections (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics).
The minimum acceptable test scores are 600 for Critical Reading, 600 for Writing or 600 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 650 for Mathematics.

For the SAT, all sections have to be taken in one sitting. Combination of section scores from different sittings is not accepted.

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are content-based tests. 3 subject tests should be taken. The Mathematics Level 2 subject is compulsory while the two other subjects may be of your choice.

Applicants are required to submit 3 subject tests as follows:

  • Mathematics Level 2 ^
  • A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1)
  • A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1) 

For SAT Subject Tests, NUS accepts the score for 3 subjects that are taken within two sittings over 12 months. All other combinations or mixing of scores are not permitted. Please note that the previous test format (SAT I & II) and the new test format (SAT and SAT Subject Tests) cannot be combined. The validity of scores is five years, e.g. for applications closing on 21 February 2018, the validity period is from 21 February 2013 to 21 February 2018 (both dates inclusive).

The second and third subjects should be chosen based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for at NUS. For example, if you are applying for Chemical Engineering, you will need to choose Physics and Chemistry. If, however, you are applying for Business Administration, you may choose any subjects except Mathematics Level 1.

No minimum Subject Tests scores have been stipulated.

^ Mathematics Level 2 is a compulsory subject for all courses except for Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take Mathematics Level I in lieu of Mathematics Level 2.

For more information on SAT and SAT Subjects Tests, please visit
You may fax your scores directly to the University at (65) 6778 7570. Our institution code is 3720. The score reports must reach the NUS Office of Admissions by your application closing date, failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and withdrawn from consideration.

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