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 2nd QET for Academic Year 2018/2019 is scheduled as follows:

2nd QET
Date: 23 November 2018 (Friday)
Time: 9 am to 10.45 am

Registration for the QET will open from 5 November to 15 November 2018. Students who do not register by 15 November 2018 will have to sit for the next QET in July 2019 (date to be confirmed).

  1. New Students - Please register via the Registration System.
    NOTE: The registration for QET is different from the completion of Registration (Part One). Please refer to the Step-by-Step guide below for instructions.
  2. Current Students - Please register via the NUS Student Information System.

Please print the confirmation page of your QET registration and bring it to the test.

Seat number & venues These will be published on 21 November 2018 (Wednesday) after 4.00 pm.
Please click the links to check the seat number and test venues after they are released:
  1. Seat no. & Venues
  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 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 Centre
  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. No student will be allowed to enter the test venue and take the test 30 minutes after the start of the test.

Students are to bring along an identification document with photo (e.g. Student Card, NRIC, Passport) to the test venue for identity verification purpose.

As proof of registration, please bring along a copy of the confirmation page of your QET registration.

Release of results: 26 December 2018 (Wednesday). To be retrieved via the Student Information System.
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 or 90721 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