Recent Graduates Shared Their O Level Experiences (and More!)

We invited our most recent graduates to share with our graduating students their experiences preparing for their Malay Language O Level Examinations experiences. This sharing was part of the motivation segment that we conducted on the last day of our Intensive Mother Tongue Programme and has become a tradition that we have maintained for several years now. Following the sharing was the prize-giving ceremony that we have discussed extensively here to end our programme on a high.

The selected students whom we had invited scored distinctions for their Malay Language O Level Examinations and represented both the Secondary 4 Express and 5 Normal Academic streams. Their sharing was meant to inspire our graduating students to work hard specifically for Malay Language and generally for other subjects in the O Level Examinations, In addition, they had the opportunity to learn first-hand experiences from those who ‘have been there and done that’. This was facilitated by the Q&A session where our students could ask these graduates any questions at all.

From our experiences thus far, the questions our students put forth did not necessarily centre around Malay Language and other subjects alone but touched on a range of other topics like EAE application and interview, life in polytechnic and BGR. It was amazing to see our students being comfortable discussing openly and learn from their seniors (under our close watch of course, where we jumped in when we felt it was important to enlighten any possible misinformation *smile).

We conducted the session via Google Meet this year because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, the session was still as engaging as when we did it face to face in the previous years. This year we had Adibah, Asyiqin, Nadhirah and Adam. They had been generous and also volunteered to share in our Pelajar Cemerlang Series sharing on this website. We have seen a lot of benefits from holding this sharing and we encourage you to consider having it during your yearly Intensive Mother Tongue Programme for your graduating students. All the best!

The Polytechnic-Junior College Conundrum

The polytechnic-junior college conundrum has been addressed quite extensively in the Internet to advise students what institution to choose for their post -secondary education. However, the misunderstanding among students and educators alike with regards to the Early Admission Exercise (EAE) into Polytechnic and the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) applications has given this conundrum a new lease of life. At the heart of this unfortunate misunderstanding is this question:

Can I still apply for a place in a junior college via the JAE despite already securing a course in a polytechnic via the EAE application?

When we refer to the polytechnic EAE website here, it states the following:

Withdrawal

13. If I have accepted a Poly EAE offer but subsequently decide that I prefer taking part in JAE, what can I do?

Should you wish to withdraw your acceptance of the Poly EAE offer, you must submit your withdrawal online via the Poly EAE online portal no later than 16 October 2020. Students who have accepted a Poly EAE offer but do not withdraw by the deadline will be deemed to have confirmed their acceptance and will not be eligible to participate in the JAE and other polytechnic admissions exercises.

From the above statements, students and educators alike can be excused for thinking that students who are offered a polytechnic course via the EAE application can only participate in the JAE if they have withdraw this EAE polytechnic course by 16 October 2020. However, we need to be alert that the polytechnic EAE website can only speak on the behalf of matters pertaining to application into polytechnic and definitely not on matters pertaining to application into other education institutions.

This is evident when we refer to the JAE 2020 booklet (page 1) that reads below. Do note that the JAE 2020 Booklet is a publication from the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore that has jurisdiction over all applications into government-funded post-secondary education institutions (junior colleges, Millennia Institute, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Educations).

Eligibility to Participate

2.1 The following groups of students are eligible to participate in the JAE:

2.1.1 All Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents (SC/SPR) with valid GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results. However, any SC/SPR who was previously admitted to a JC, MI, Polytechnic, ITE1 should not apply for an institution in the same category through the JAE.

What does this mean? 
Students cannot apply for another course in a polytechnic via the JAE if they have not withdrawal their EAE polytechnic course by 16 October 2020 but they can still apply for any courses in JC, MI and ITE via the JAE.

So students can still keep their EAE polytechnic course beyond 16 October and consider applying for a place in a junior college via the JAE should they receive a favourable results in the O Level Examinations. They do not have to rush in making this decision.

Good luck!

Preparing Graduating Students for the EAE Application

The Early Admission Exercise (EAE) into polytechnic will soon open for our graduating students who will be sitting for their O Level Examinations this year. As we are all aware, the EAE is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnics based on their aptitudes and interests prior to receiving their O Level Examinations results

While there are students who have made up their minds, many more are still unsure of what polytechnic courses to apply for. We help our graduating students ease the conundrum in two ways. First, we assist our students to think about what career they are passionate about in an oral activity based on the topic Menggapai Impian found in the Jauhari textbook for Secondary 2. This oral activity is a series of oral exercises we organise to help our graduating students build their oral competency to better prepare for the O Level Oral Examinations. Thus, this activity also helps achieve one of our students’ academic objectives.

This is the worksheet for the oral activity. We have received exemplary oral presentations from many students. We would have shared the best oral presentation in an audio file here had it not been that we are concerned our students may not feel comfortable with us sharing something that are personal to them. As we know, many students do not share openly about their ambitions.

Secondly, we help our graduating students work towards a successful EAE application with submitting an impressive EAE write-up that stands out. For this, we share a collection of EAE write-ups that we have collected over the years helping students write and polish up their EAE write-ups. The samples are good resources for graduating students to think about what everyday experiences they can creatively include in their write-ups. Aside that, they can take away some know-hows how to present their main info ‘jump into the eyes’ of the reviewers and not get buried because of poor organisation. The collection of EAE write-ups can be found here.

Writing an Impressive EAE Write-up

Working towards a successful EAE application begins with submitting an impressive EAE write-up that stands out. The challenge is how to write one?

Below are a collection of write-ups we have collected over the years helping students write and polish up their EAE write-ups. The samples are a good resource for graduating students to think about what everyday experiences they can creatively include in their write-ups. Aside that, they can take away some know-hows how to present their main info ‘jump into the eyes’ of the reviewers and not get buried because of poor organisation.