Registration for Qualifying English Test (QET)

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 and format of the test are available at the CELC website.

The 1st QET for Academic Year 2015/2016 is scheduled as follows:

1st QET



15 July 2015


9.30 am to 11.15 am


All students sitting for the 1st QET have to register their attendance from 1 to 7 July 2015 here. Students who do not register by 7 July 2015 will have to sit for the next QET in November 2015 (date to be confirmed). Please also read the Step-by-Step Guide at the bottom of this table on details pertaining to system access.

Seat no. & Venues:

The seat number and test venues will be released on 13 July 2015 after 3.00 pm.
Please click the links to check the seat number and test venues after they are released:

  1. Seat numbers & venue
  2. Campus map

Information for new students enrolled in July before the start of the academic year:

Please note that you need your Student ID to check for your examination venue and seat number.

If you have printed the confirmation page after you have completed the online QET registration, you can find your Student ID (e.g., A1234567X) under ‘ID' on the confirmation page.

If you have not printed the confirmation page, you can check your Student ID by following the steps below :

  1. Go to the 'Registration (Part One) for New Students' and log in using one of the methods:
    1. Application Number and Password/PIN
    2. Registration ID and Password
  2. Go to the Main Menu (at the left hand side) > Self Service folder > select Student Center
  3. Under ‘Personal Information' > click on the ‘Demographic Data' link > your Student ID appears under ‘ID'.

Sitting for the test:

Students must report to the test venue in time for the start of the test. Students will not be allowed admission to take the test 30 minutes after the start of the test.

Students sitting for the QET are required to bring along an identification document with their photo attached (e.g. Student Card, NRIC, passport) to the examination venue.

Release of results:

29 July 2015. To be retrieved via myISIS.

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
    General Paper (H1 Level GP) - C and above
    Knowledge Inquiry (KI) - D and above
  • International-Cambridge
    General Paper (‘AS' Level GP) - C and above
  • SAT
    Critical Reading & Writing each (750 and above) and Essay (10 and above)
    Overall (8 and above) and Writing & Reading each (8 and above)
    115 and above (internet-based), or 280 and above (computer-based), or 650 and above (paper-based)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Theory of Knowledge - C (Satisfactory) and above
  • NCEA Achievement Standard 90720 or 90721
    English at Level 3 Minimum rating of A (Achievement) has been attained
  • NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
    EL5102 English for Academic Purposes (Critical Reading & Writing) - B- and above
    EL5101 – Language in Society II and EL6103 – Language in Society III - B and above in both

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 transferring to another Faculty, or applying to pursue another UG degree after graduation
  • 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