The School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans—Secondary (SPERS or SPERS-Sec) exercise is a centralised posting exercise conducted around September or October each year for the convenience of Returning Singaporeans who wish to join Secondary 1, 2 or 3 at the beginning of the next academic year. Registration for SPERS-Sec opens in July each year.

SPERS-Sec is for Returning Singaporean (Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident) children who have lived and studied overseas and do not have a place in a local school (including places reserved under the Leave of Absence Scheme or otherwise).

Applicants will indicate a maximum of six school choices in their online school option forms, in order of their preference. The choices must be based on the list of eligible schools provided to them.

Applicants will be posted to secondary schools based on their performance in the SPERS-Sec tests, their school choices, and available vacancies. If an applicant is not successfully posted to any schools of choice, the applicant will be assigned a place in a secondary school with vacancies near their home.

The SPERS courses at EduOne will cover both two subjects tested: English and Mathematics.
To uphold the quality, our SPERS preparation lessons are all conducted in one-to-one private lessons.
Total duration of the courses are 100 to 150 hours. Usually students will sign up for 100 hours first. Our teachers will advise near the end of the 100 hours whether more time is needed.

Generally, the better the student performs, more school choices will be given by MOE.
Please click here to find a sample from one of our students.

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EduOne continues to have achieved 100% passing rate the 2018 SPERS exams.
On average, students have received 133 schools in their list (The better you score, the longer the list).
All students have top schools in their list, like Cedar Girl's Secondary School, National Junior College (IP), Victoria School, St Joseph's Institution (IP), Anglo-Chinese School (IP), Anglo-Chinese School (O level), Anderson Secondary School, etc.

The 2019 SPERS-Sec will be conducted late September/ early october and application will open in July 2019.

The SPERS-Sec Preparation Course is now open for registration.
Please kindly call +65-96710333 to find out more details.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who is SPERS-Sec for

    SPERS-Sec is for Returning Singaporean (Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident) children who have lived and studied overseas and do not have a place in a local school (including places reserved under the Leave of Absence Scheme or otherwise).

  • When is SPERS-Sec conducted

    The SPERS tests are conducted in around September or October in each year and registration opens in July of the same year.

    The 2017 SPERS-Sec was conducted on 20 Sep 2017 and registration period is 4 Jan - 31 Aug 2017.

  • Age Requirement
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  • How to Apply

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

    Documents required

    NRIC or Passport of the student.

    Fees payable and Submission of Supporting Documents

    Singapore Citizens: S$12
    Singapore Permanent Residents S$140

  • Application Process
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  • Test Format

    English

    The 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

    Math

    The 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

    Test result will be released through email. Student will receive a list of schools that they are eligible to apply for. However, having the school in the list does not guarantee successful enrolment into the school. Schools usually need to have vacancies in order to accept new students.


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