Other High School Qualifications

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Requirement
Applicants who have completed the high school final examination
Applicants who will be completing the high school final examination after application closing date
Minimum to apply
High School Graduation Certificate and transcript

A good pass certificate
Most recent High School exam results prior to High School graduation

Expected to have a good pass certificate by end July 2018
1) ACT with Writing / SAT
and
2) SAT Subject Tests
Advanced Placement
Optional
Optional
English Requirement
Not required
Not required
University Entrance Examinations
Not required
Not required
Course Eligibility
Eligible for all courses
Application Closing Date
28 February 2018
Notes

You are required to submit your latest high school results, an explanation of your high school grading system as well as either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests by the application closing date.

Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT.

For more information on ACT, SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests, click here.


Students presenting the following qualifications as well as qualifications not listed here should apply under 'Other High School Qualifications':

  • Bangladeshi HSC
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
  • Filipino High School
  • Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato
  • Mathayom 6 (Thai High School)
  • Myanmar High School
  • Pakistani Intermediate
  • Sri Lanka 'A' Levels
  • Taiwan Senior High School
  • West Africa 'A' Levels

  • Senior Middle 3 students (from PRC) who are not writing the Gao Kao examination should also apply under 'Other High School Qualifications'.

Outstanding Achievements

While academic merit plays a key role in deciding the outcome of your application, we also consider exceptional achievements in co-curricular activities and competitions.  You must have attained a very high level of achievement or leadership positions in activities. Examples of such achievements include International Science Olympiad medals, top national awards, national team sportsmen and exceptional rank in top university entrance examinations (e.g. IIT/AIEEE rankings, etc).

Participation in activities and achievements at intra school, house or class level (e.g. best student, most courteous, science/arts/cultural projects, etc) do not, usually, have a strong bearing on the outcome of your application.


Choice of courses

All applicants are allowed a maximum of 8 choices in your application.
Please list them according to your preference.
The order of the choices does not increase or decrease your chances in any of the courses. However, you should order your choices accordingly to your preference, as you will be admitted to the highest ranked course that you have qualified for.


Application outcome

The outcome of your application for admission will be released between May to July.


Appeals

The decision on your application was made after careful consideration by the Admissions Selection Committee on the basis of your academic and non-academic records and the keen competition for limited vacancies.

An appeal for admission should be submitted only if you have additional information regarding your academic and non-academic achievements that was not presented in your earlier application.

You should submit an online appeal from late May to early June 2018 via Online Application Status Facility (OASF). Please do not submit multiple appeals to various departments in the university. Mass emailing to multiple parties within NUS outside the appeal protocol will result only in slowing down the appeal process. The NUS Office of Admissions makes the final decision on all appeals.


Verification of Documents

Successfully admitted applicants will be called upon for verification of their submitted documents when school terms starts.

When applicants arrive in Singapore for enrolment into NUS, they must bring along original copies of their identification, high school results, secondary school results and other material documents which they have earlier submitted in support of their application.

For applicants who are required to submit their TOEFL, IELTS and/ or SAT scores, internet printout results of TOEFL, IELTS and SAT scores may first be sent to our office to support your application. Once they have received their actual results, they are required to submit a copy of the original results to the Office of Admissions once it is available.

The University reserves the right to expel students who fail to turn up for the verification of documents or failing to provide the required documents.


ACT with Writing, SAT and SAT Subject Tests Requirements

There are different requirements for different high school qualifications presented to the university. For certain high school qualifications, applicants are required to submit either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests scores. Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT. For the list of acceptable high school qualifications and their requirements, please click here.

ACT with Writing

The ACT consists of 5 sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing Test (Optional). The minimum acceptable composite score for consideration by NUS is 29; with writing component score of 24. For applicants who are submitting ACT in lieu of SAT, the writing component is compulsory.

For the ACT, all sections (inclusive of writing) have to be taken in one sitting. Combination of section scores from different sittings is not accepted.

The validity of ACT scores is five years, e.g. for applications closing on 1 March 2018, the validity period is from 1 March 2013 to 1 March 2018 (both dates inclusive).

For more information on ACT, please visit http://www.act.org/

Our institution code is 5286. You may submit your ACT scores directly to the University or through ACT. 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.

SAT (Previously termed Reasoning Test)

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 the Critical Reading Section, 600 for the Writing Section, and 650 for the Mathematics Section.

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 Subjects Test 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 1 March 2018, the validity period is from 1 March 2013 to 1 March 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. The minimum acceptable Subject Tests scores are 650 for each subject.

Applicants who wish to apply for Law or the double degree programme of Economics and Law are not required to present IELTS and/or TOEFL if they are presenting SAT and SAT Subject Tests as their basis for admission.

Please note that IELTS/TOEFL will not be required if applicants wish to apply for Law or Law-related Double Degree Programmes if they are presenting SAT and SAT Subject Tests as their basis for admission.

^ Mathematics Level 2 is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take any subject combination for the SAT Subject Tests.

For more information on SAT and SAT Subject Tests, please visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.

You may fax your scores to the University at (65) 6778 7570. Our institution code is 3720. The score reports must reach the Office of Admissions by your application closing date failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and withdrawn from consideration.

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