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 QET1 for Academic Year 2020/2021 is scheduled as follows:

1. Who may take QET 1?

  • Students residing in Singapore, e.g. Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • International students who have received the email circular to take QET1.
All other international students are to take QET2 in November 2020.

7 July 2020 (Tue):

  • Session 1 (reporting time: 9:00 am; test duration: 10:00 am to 11:45 am), or
  • Session 2 (reporting time: 1:00 pm; test duration: 2:00 pm to 3:45pm)

Please note that only up to 2,000 students are allowed to register for QET1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students will be informed of the session they are assigned to on Friday 3 July 2020. 

You must sit for the session assigned to you or you will not be allowed to take QET1.

2. QET will be conducted in digital format using Examplify.

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

  • register for and attend the compulsory briefing session.

To register for and attend the briefing session, student must

  • first complete Registration (Part One) to obtain their NUSNET ID and change the default password to a personal password two days before registering for the QET briefing session. 
    The Step-by-Step Guide on Registration is available here.
  • register for the briefing using their full names (as in passport/NRIC), along with their NUS email address.
  • register for the briefing session (the link is provided in section 3 below). Registration starts from 19 June to 28 June 2020.

For the briefing and the actual test, students are required to prepare:

  • a laptop for completing the paper using Examplify and
  • mobile phone for invigilation using Zoom video conferencing tool.

Please refer to the documents listed in Section 3 below for details.

An iPad should not be used for the taking the QET.

Your laptop and mobile phone should be fully charged or connected to a charging station, for the whole duration of the test.

3. 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.

Please pay attention to the following and complete them in sequence:

Register for your briefing session from 19 June to 28 June 2020 here.

After you have registered and before your briefing session, you must:

Note: Access to LumiNUS and the quiz will be given by 12 noon on the following day after you have registered for the briefing.

The briefing session will be conducted via Zoom. You will receive information on the Zoom briefing session upon successful registration. Please join the briefing session using your mobile phone.

The briefing slides should be downloaded onto your laptop as reference will be made to them during the briefing.


Assignment to QET1 Session 1 or Session 2

For QET1 conducted in July 2020, students who have registered for and attended the QET briefing will be automatically enrolled for the QET.

You will receive an email on Friday 3 July 2020 (by 5 pm) to inform you of:

  • the test session that you will be assigned to and
  • the Zoom meeting link and password to the session.

If you do not receive an email by Friday 3 July 2020, 5 pm, please write to

5. Sitting for QET test

Students must report to their assigned group in Zoom at the respective reporting time. The Zoom session will be locked half an hour after the reporting time, i.e. it will be locked 9.30 am and 1.30 pm.

Students will need to have their identification document with photo (e.g. Student Card, NRIC, Passport) for identity verification purpose before being allowed to sit for the test.

6.  Release of QET results  22 July 2020 (Wed). To be retrieved online here.
7. Step by step guide for system access

Online Registration for QET and Checking of Test Results
Please refer to paragraph 7 of the Guide on how to retrieve your QET results.

8. Frequently Asked Questions Check for answers to common queries here.

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)
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Internet-based (114 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

EL5101 Language in Society II – B and above, AND
EL6103 Language in Society III – B and above

EL5102 English for Academic Purposes (Critical Reading & Writing) – B Minus (B-) and above (for scores obtained in 2019 and before)
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade A or Level C2 (Council of Europe’s CEFR)
PTE Academic (Pearson English Language Test) Overall (62 and above) and
Writing (62 and above) and
Reading (62 and above)
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
  • 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