The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is a centralised admissions exercise conducted by MOE around September or October each year for new international students who wish to join our mainstream primary and secondary schools in January of the following year.

AEIS consists of a centralised test on English and Mathematics that will assess the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. Applicants who pass the test will be offered a place in a suitable school, based on availability of school vacancies, their test performance and declared intended residential area in Singapore.

International students seeking admission to mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction and are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves before sitting for the AEIS tests. They should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabuses of the level preceding the one they are applying for.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who is AEIS for

    New international students who do not have a place in a local school and who wish to seek admission into Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in January of the following academic year are eligible to take part in AEIS.

  • When is AEIS Conducted

    The 2016 AEIS was conducted on 21, 22 and 23 Sep 2016 and registration opened on 05 Jul 2016.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    There are 2 tests for Primary level: one test for Primary 2 / 3 (P2 / P3) admission and another for Primary 4 / 5 (P4 / P5) admission. Applicants should sit for the primary test appropriate for their age cohorts. The appropriate test level is shown below:

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    Age as at 1st January of the Year of Admission Appropriate Test Content Level Tested Possible Level / Outcome
    7 to 7+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
    8 to 8+ P2 / P3 P1 / P2 P3 or P2 or P1 or unsuccessful
    9 to 9+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P4 or P3 or P2 or unsuccessful
    10 to 10+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or P3 or unsuccessful
    11 to 11+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or P4 or unsuccessful
    12 to 12+ P4 / P5 P3 / P4 P5 or unsuccessful

    For instance, applicants who are 8 to 8+ who sit for the P2 / P3 test may be placed to Primary 3, Primary 2, Primary 1, or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the tests and their age. Applicants who are 10 to 10+ who sit for the P4 / P5 test may be placed to Primary 5, Primary 4 or Primary 3, or be found unsuccessful, depending on their performance in the tests and their age.

    MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for AEIS through EduOne, applicants are required to submit the required documents through email to info@eduone.edu.sg.

    Documents required

    Applicants are required to have a scanned copy of the following supporting documents:

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    Applicant Applicant’s Parents
    Birth Certificate
    Data Page of Passport
    Deed Poll (if any)
    Dependant’s Pass (if any)
    Immigration Exemption Order (if any)
    Student’s Pass (if any)
    Data Page of Passport
    Deed Poll (if any)
    Singapore NRIC (if any)
    Re-entry Permit (if any)
    Employment Pass / Work Permit (if any)

    Fees payable and Submission of Supporting Documents

    The AEIS fee is S$672.00 (inclusive of GST). This fee is strictly non-refundable. Any requests for a refund will not be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider their availability for the test before applying.

  • Application Process

    Application for 2016 AEIS

    Please read the rest of this page before proceeding with the application. International students can apply from 5 July 2016 onwards to take part in AEIS and sit for the centralised test appropriate for their age cohorts. Registration for the test date will close when all available places for that test date are taken up. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to register early, make payment and submit the required supporting documents within one week of their application.

    Key Events & Dates for 2016 AEIS

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    Date Event
    5 July - 19 Aug 2016 Online Application for 2016 AEIS test
    By 14 Sept 2016 Receive Entry Proof for AEIS test
    21 Sept 2016 Conduct of AEIS test (for Primary Levels 2 - 3)
    22 Sept 20156 Conduct of AEIS test (for Primary Levels 4 - 5)
    23 Sept 2016 Conduct of AEIS test (for Secondary Levels 1 - 3)
    14 Dec 2016 Release of school offers – Primary and Sec 2/Sec 3 levels
    15 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016 International students to report to school – Primary and Sec 2/3
    23 Dec 2016 Release of School Offers – Sec 1
    27 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 International students to report to school – Sec 1
  • Test Format

    P2/3 English (Click to Change)

    The AEIS P2/P3 English test comprises 34 Multiple-Choice Questions on Comprehension and Language Use.
    Applicants will be given 1 hour to complete.
            Comprehension (based on two passages) - 6 items
            Comprehension Cloze (based on two passages) - 10 items
            Vocabulary - 5 items
            Grammar - 5 items
            Spelling - 8 items

    P2/3 Math (Click to Change)

    The AEIS P2/P3 Mathematics test comprises two parts.
    Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete Part 2.
    The use of calculators is not allowed.

    Paper Contents Duration
    Part 1 Multiple-choice Questions - 34 items 30 minutes
    Part 2 Short-answer Questions - 34 items 1 hour and 20 minutes

    For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

    P4/5 English (Click to Change)

    The AEIS P4/P5 English test comprises two parts.
    Applicants will be given 2 hours to complete Part 1 and Part 2.
    The paper is taken in a single sitting.

    Paper Contents
    Part 1 Writing
         Two topics are set.
         Applicants choose one topic and write a composition of at least 100 words on it.
    Part 2 Comprehension and Language Use
         50 Compulsory Multiple-Choice Questions
            - Comprehension (based on two passages) - 10 items
            - Comprehension Cloze (based on two passages) - 12 items
            - Vocabulary - 14 items
            - Grammar - 14 items

    P4/5 Math (Click to Change)

    The AEIS P4/P5 Mathematics test comprises two parts.
    Applicants will be given 40 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete Part 2.
    The use of calculators is not allowed.

    Paper Contents Duration
    Part 1 Multiple-choice Questions - 36 items 40 minutes
    Part 2 Short-answer Questions - 16 items
    Open-ended Questions - 12 items
    1 hour and 40 minutes

    For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

    Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution as compared to short-answer questions. For open-ended questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

    Secondary English (Click to Change)

    The AEIS Secondary English test comprises two parts.
    Applicants will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete Part 1 and Part 2.
    The paper is taken in a single sitting.

    Paper Contents
    Part 1 Writing
    Two topics are set for Sec 1, and four topics are set for Sec 2 and Sec 3.
            Applicants choose one topic and write a composition on it.
            Applicants sitting for Sec 1 will write 200 - 300 words.
            Applicants sitting for Sec 2 will write 250 - 350 words.
            Applicants sitting for Sec 3 will write 300 - 400 words.
    Part 2 Comprehension and Language Use
         50 Compulsory Multiple-Choice Questions
            - Comprehension (based on two passages) - 15 items
            - Comprehension Cloze (based on two passages) - 15 items
            - Vocabulary - 10 items
            - Grammar - 10 items

    Secondary Math (Click to Change)

    The AEIS Secondary Mathematics test comprises two parts.
    Applicants will be given 30 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete Part 2.
    The use of calculators is not allowed.

    Paper Contents Duration
    Part 1 Multiple-choice Questions - 34 items 30 minutes
    Part 2 Short-answer Questions - 20 items
    Open-ended Questions - 10 to 15 items
    1 hour and 45 minutes

    For short-answer questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

    Open-ended questions generally require longer and/or more complex method of solution as compared to short-answer questions. For open-ended questions, applicants have to show the method of solution (working steps) clearly and write the answer in the space provided.

  • Test Result

    AEIS test result will not be released. Students will be posted to schools based on their performance in the test and available school vacancies. There will be no school choice, and requests for school transfers will not be entertained.


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