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1. If I failed my 'O' Level English, can I apply for admission to Ngee Ann Polytechnic?


With effective from 2016, conditional admission is no longer offered. Applicants must have met the respective course requirements at before applying.

2. Will the order of listing down by choices affect my chances of going into a particular course?

Selection is based first on merit, followed by choice order. This means that an applicant with better aggregate will be considered for admission first even if he/she has indicated the course lower in his/her choice list (e.g. 12th Choice) than someone else (e.g. 1st Choice) with a worst aggregate.

The only exception is the Nursing courses. For Ngee Ann choices, applicants who indicate our Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) as their first choice will be given priority consideration subject to vacancies and meeting eligibility requirements. For example, an applicant with 18 points who opts for Nursing courses as his/her first-choice course will be considered first, before another applicant with 16 points who opts for the course as his/her second or subsequent choice. Selection for applicants who indicate the nursing courses as their second or subsequent choice will be based on merit, followed by choice order.

3. If the number of applicants is high for a particular course, will the Polytechnic increase the intake?

Whether the Polytechnic increases its number of places depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is Singapore's projected manpower needs.

4. Is there an age limit for admission?

No, there is no age limit. Applicants aged 21 years and above may apply under the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE).

5. If I am currently in national service or wish to work first, can I apply?

If you are currently in national service and are offered admission, a place will be reserved for you until you complete your national service (ORD). This is applicable to those admitted to a polytechnic for the first time. Places are not reserved for those who wish to work first.

6. To apply, can I combine the results from more than 1 sitting?

Yes, holders of Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ & ‘A’ level qualifications may apply with combined examination results of not more than 2 sittings. The 2 sittings can be from any year, and do not need to be consecutive.

7. Can I transfer to another course?

In general, once you are enrolled in a course, you are not allowed to transfer to another course in the Polytechnic unless there are very strong reasons for needing to do so, such as medical reasons. These are assessed on a case-by-case basis and administered at the discretion of the Polytechnic.

8. Does Ngee Ann Polytechnic provide any language courses to students before admission?

Currently, language classes in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Business Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia are open only to students of the Polytechnic. We do not conduct preparatory English classes for students before their admission. Students must first meet the entry requirements for English before they are considered for courses in the Polytechnic.

9. What are the documents required for application?

The documents are certified true photocopies of the applicant's identification document and examination results.

10. Can I use my CCA points to apply for admission to the Polytechnics?

Yes, you can. In fact, recognition for CCA achievements was introduced in 1998.

Under the CCA bonus point system, eligible GCE 'O' Level or Higher NITEC / NITEC applicants who have done well in CCA in their secondary schools / ITE will receive bonus points when being considered for admission to the JCs and Polytechnics.

GCE ‘O’ Level applicants who have obtained grade A (A1 or A2) in CCA will receive 2 bonus points while those with grade B or C (B3, B4, C5 or C6) will receive 1 bonus point. ITE applicants who have obtained CCA grade of A, B or C will receive bonus point of 0.2, 0.15 and 0.1 respectively.

All applicants will first have their bonus points, if any, deducted from their raw ELR2B2 aggregate / GPA score, before they are ranked. Each applicant's choice of course will then be considered. CCA CANNOT BE USED TO REPLACE ANOTHER SUBJECT.

Example( 'O' Level ) ELR2B2 Aggregate (Raw) 20 Points
CCA Grade A2
2 Bonus Points
ELR2B2 Aggregate 18 Points
Score used in the ranking will be the net aggregate of 18 points.

Form A for ‘O’ Level holders will show the student's raw aggregate and CCA grade. The net aggregate will not be shown in Form A. It is calculated only during the application stage.

Example ( ITE ) NITEC GPA (Raw) 3.5
CCA Grade A
0.2 Bonus Points
NITEC GPA (Net) 3.7
Score used in the ranking will be the net GPA of 3.7


11. What is Form A?  What if I did not receive Form A for JAE application?

All students currently studying in secondary schools and are eligible for JAE will receive Form A which is required for application to courses under the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).  Form A contains the examination results, with the course codes for all the courses that the student is eligible to apply.

If you are eligible to apply for courses in the JAE but did not receive your Form A, please contact the Ministry of Education (MOE) Customer Service Centre

12. What is the selection criteria for students with past 'O' Level results? Is it the same as the current 'O' Level students?

Yes, it is the same, provided they had not previously accepted a course in any of the polytechnics.

13. Do I stand a good chance for admission if my aggregate just met the cut-off-point for a specific Polytechnic course based on the previous year's JAE?

Admission is based on competitive academic performance and subject to the vacancies available in the year of admission. For applicants of JAE, although you can use the previous year's cut-off point as a general guide of the aggregate score required for each course, do note that fluctuations are possible from year to year.

14. How do I amend the choices in the JAE application that I have previously submitted?

You may amend the choices by re-submitting the JAE application via JAE-Internet System

Amendment of choices can only be made ONCE during the registration period and a charge of S$10 will be levied. You are thus advised to consider carefully your options before submitting your Form A online.

15. What is the difference between JAE and JPSAE?

The JAE is the main admission exercise for fresh O-level graduates applying to join JCs/MI, ITE and polytechnics. Admission under the JAE is based purely on the ELR2B2 ‘O’-level aggregate score (which refers to the aggregate score of English Language, 2 relevant subjects (for the course applied) and 2 other best subjects) of the students. Under the JPSAE, the polytechnics will consider applicants who have special aptitude and talents, based on the polytechnics’ own, independent JPSAE criterion. The polytechnics will consider applicants who demonstrate a strong passion or aptitude through work attachments, sustained involvement in projects, and outstanding performance in competitions like the Maths / Science Olympiad. The polytechnics will also consider applicants who possess exceptional talents in areas such as leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports and arts. An applicant can concurrently apply via both the JAE and JPSAE.

16. How will JPSAE benefit students?

Students with special talents and aptitude can apply for and gain admission into polytechnic courses based on their talents rather than purely on their Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results.

17. Who can apply under JPSAE?

The JPSAE will be open to applicants who have sat for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination and have never applied for polytechnic places before.

18. What is the JPSAE's definition of special talent and the selection criteria for admission adopted by the polytechnics?

Students who are considered for admission under JPSAE include:

1) Those who demonstrate outstanding intellectual abilities or strong passion/aptitude either through:

- work attachments; or
- sustained involvement in projects; or
- outstanding performance in competitions like the international Olympiads; or
- other relevant activities and involvements 

2) Those who possess exceptional talent in areas such as leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports and arts.

For both categories, applicants will be assessed based on the following indicators:

1) Portfolio of awards or achievements;
2) Performance at selection audition/trial; and/or
3) Performance at selection interview; and/or
4) Recommendations from school principals or relevant organisations.

19. How would an applicant with talents other than those specified be considered?

Such applications received will be treated on a case-by-case basis by the polytechnics.

20. Is the 5% cap for admission under the JPSAE course-specific?

No. The cap is not course-specific. The 5% intake of special talents applies to all courses as a way of giving recognition to students who have special aptitude and talents. Each polytechnic will have the discretion to distribute the places among their courses.

21. What is the process like for JPSAE?

Upon the release of the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results, both the JAE and JPSAE applications will open for 5 calendar days. There will be separate processing of the JAE and JPSAE applications. Applicants will be informed of the JAE posting result by MOE and JPSAE offer by polytechnics. Applicants who are offered courses under both the JAE and JPSAE can decide to accept one of the 2 offers. For acceptance of postings to polytechnics under the JAE or JPSAE, students are to enrol in the chosen course during the common enrolment period for the JAE/JPSAE postings set by the polytechnics. Once the common enrolment period closes, all unaccepted offers will lapse and the places freed up will be offered to applicants on the polytechnics’ waiting lists.

22. Can applicants apply to both the JAE and JPSAE? If yes, how many offers would successful applicants receive?

Yes, applicants can concurrently apply via the JAE and JPSAE if they wish to be considered for admission based on criteria other than O-level results. Successful applicants will receive a maximum of 2 offers, i.e. a JAE posting and a JPSAE offer, at the same time. However, the applicant can only enrol into one course.

23. Can JPSAE applicants apply to all 5 polytechnics at the same time?

JPSAE applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 courses within a single polytechnic or a single course at 3 different polytechnics or any other combination using the JPSAE online portal.

24. Will it cost more to apply through both JAE and JPSAE?

No. Students only need to pay the application fee for the JAE. There will not be a separate application fee for JPSAE.

25. What are some examples of courses that are open to JPSAE applicants?

All courses will be open to JPSAE applicants. Information on courses is available on the polytechnics' websites.

26. Can an applicant make amendments to his/her choices after submission of the JPSAE application?

Yes. Applicants are allowed to make on-line amendments as long as it is within the duration of the JPSAE application exercise.

27. Can multiple JPSAE applications be made?

No. Applicants are only allowed to submit 1 JPSAE application.

28. Can an applicant apply for the same course under both JAE and JPSAE?

Yes. Applicants can submit an application for the same course under both JAE and JPSAE. However, if the applicant is successful under both exercises, only 1 offer will be made for that same course to the applicant.

29. How will applicants be notified of the results of their JPSAE applications?

Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail. They can also check the results of their posting by logging on to the JPSAE portal .

30. Which admission exercise should I apply under if I am a final-year ITE student waiting for my final semester's results?

You may apply under the Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE).

31. I am a final-year ITE student waiting for my final semester results, but I'm liable for national service, can I still apply to the Polytechnics?

Only those who are able to join the polytechnic immediately after completion of their ITE course should apply. You may wish to check with MINDEF if you are able to start your tertiary education or if you need to complete your National Service first.

32. How can I re-apply to the Polytechnics if I am not successful for admission based on the past 3 semesters of my ITE results?

If you are not successful in your application for admission through this year's exercise, you can apply in the following year using your final ITE results through the Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise ( JPAE ).

33. Being a final-year ITE student who is waiting for my final-semestral results, will I be in time to start the polytechnic course in the same year that I finish my ITE education?

We will contact the successful applicants and advise them on the collection of their enrolment package and registration. As the ITE results are released just before the start of the polytechnics' academic term, the enrolment process is completed within the few days to enable the students to start the polytechnic course. It is therefore important for you to provide updated contact information (such as telephone number and email address) to enable us to contact you promptly.

34. Which admission exercise should I apply under if I am a Singaporean with international qualifications e.g. IGCSE?

You can apply under the DAE (Direct Admissions Exercise) for students with international qualifications.


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