Students in the undergraduate programmes who do not possess the necessary English language qualifications are required to sit for the Qualifying English Test (QET) set by the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC). The objectives of the QET are available at the CELC website.

The QET for Academic Year 2020/2021 is scheduled as follows:

1. QET - 1A

(for students residing in Singapore, e.g. Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents)

7 July 2020 (Tue), 9:30 am to 11:45am

 2.  QET - 1B

(for students not residing in Singapore, e.g. international students)

14 July 2020 (Tue), 9:30am to 11:45am

3. Important!

QET will be conducted in digital format.

As the QET will be conducted in digital format, students are required to:                 

  • register for and attend the compulsory briefing session, besides registering and sitting for the QET.

To register for and attend both the briefing session and the QET, student must

  • first complete Registration (Part One) to obtain their NUSNET ID and change the default password to a personal password two days before the registration date;
  • bring their own laptops* and charger to the briefing session AND the QET;
  • remember their NUSNET ID and personal password in order to login to the test systems.

* Laptop should be fully charged to last the whole test duration. Do not use iPad.

4. Registration for the Briefing Session

It is compulsory for students to attend at least one briefing session.

Students will NOT be allowed to sit for the QET if they are absent from the briefing session even if they have registered for the QET.

Register for your briefing session from 19 June 2020 here.

Before the briefing session, you may view the briefing slides here.


Registration for QET

Registration for QET 1A and 1B will open as follows:

  • 19 Jun 2020 (Fri) to 28 Jun 2020 (Sun)

Please register via the Education Records System.

Please refer to the Step by Step guide in point 9 below.

6. QET Seat number & venues

QET1A – This will be held in multiple venues on Kent Ridge campus. The venue and seat number for individual students will be released on 3 July 2020 (Fri), 4 pm.

QET1B – This will be held in Multi-purpose Hall 1 on Kent Ridge campus. The seat number for individual students will be released on 13 Jul 2020 (Mon), 6 pm.

Please click the links to check your seat number and test venue after the release date/time:

  1. Seat no. & Venues
  2. Campus map
7. Sitting for QET test

Students must report to their test venue at the reporting time. No student will be allowed to enter the test venue and take the test 1 hour after the start of the test reporting time.

In addition to what has been stated in point 3 above, students have to bring along an identification document with photo (e.g. Student Card, NRIC, Passport) to the test venue for identity verification purpose.

8. Release of QET results

22 July 2020 (Wed). To be retrieved online here.

9. Step by step guide for system access: Online Registration and Checking of Test Results

Please take note that a student can only sit for the QET once.

Exemption Criteria

Students will be exempted from sitting for the QET if they possess any of the following qualifications. Where there are two or more submissions of a student's attempt to meet the QET qualifying exemption criteria, the best grade will be accepted for the exemption.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level

General Paper ('AO' Level GP) - B4 and above or
General Paper (H1 Level GP) - C and above or
Knowledge Inquiry (KI) - D and above


General Paper ('AS' Level GP) - C and above


SAT scores obtained before March 2016
Critical Reading (750 and above) and
Writing (750 and above) and
Essay (10 and above)

SAT scores obtained from March 2016 onwards
Evidence-based Reading and Writing (770 and above) and
Essay (8 for EACH dimension: Reading, Analysis and Writing)*

* Essay component is compulsory for students to be considered for exemption from sitting for QET.

IELTS Overall (8 and above) and
Writing (8 and above) and
Reading (8 and above)
TOEFL Internet-based (114 and above) or
Paper-based (650 and above)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge - C (Satisfactory) and above
NCEA Achievement Standard 90720, 90721, 91472 or 91473 English at Level 3 - A (Achievement) and above
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science EL5102 English for Academic Purposes (Critical Reading & Writing)
- B Minus (B-) and above or
EL5101 Language in Society II - B and above, and EL6103 Language in Society III – B and above
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade A or Level C2 (Council of Europe’s CEFR)
In addition to the above, the following students are also exempted from sitting for the QET:
  • Students admitted to Medicine (except for Nursing), Dentistry and Law courses
  • Students admitted to Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM students will sit for a separate YSTCM Placement Test)
  • Students admitted to Yale-NUS College
  • Part-time students enrolled in Bachelor of Technology Programmes and Bachelor of Science (Real Estate)
  • Students who have completed the QET/EP course at NUS and who intend to
    • transfer to another Faculty or
    • pursue another UG degree after graduation or
    • defer their entry to the University or
    • withdraw from the University and apply for re-admission
  • Students from NTU and SMU who have passed the QET or an equivalent English Course transferring to NUS
  • Students who have graduated from a local University and enrolling in NUS for another UG degree