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Rejected and planning your appeal SMU, NTU, NUS or SUTD?

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* I’m working on an update on this post to provide more detailed information. If you’re looking to gauge your chances of applying for a course normally, I recommend reading this: So you have just gotten your A level results and trying this tool: University Admission Score Calculator.

If you’re reading this now, you probably have already been rejected by one of the local universities. Don’t worry though! There are still many things that you can do to increase your chances during the appeal stage (or even if you’ve already been rejected after appealing).

Background

I’m a male “A” Level student (from one of the lowest ranked JC) who was rejected by all 3 local universities for 3 years (That’s about (3 (normal applications) + 3 (appeals each year) ) x 3 years = 18 times!) before I finally decided to do things out of the norm and try my luck.

My A-Level grades were:
H2 Phy: C
H2 Math: B
H2 Econs: B

H1 GP: E
H1: Chem: S
PW: C

CCA: Just some club thing. No competitions or activities. Almost non-existant.

As you can notice, I failed my H1 chemistry which I was told was a huge deal breaker because it was vital to the computation of your UAS (University Admission Score).

I did retake my chemistry in my second year of service which was 2 years after I took my “A” levels and do well. Only managed to get a D which wasn’t as bad as finding out that you can only join your certificate if the subject is taken within a year of the previous one so in the end it was of no use to me. Just take note of this if reconsidering retaking any of your modules.

EDIT: Please note that by right only the H1 content-based subject, H1 Project Work (PW) and H1 Mother-Tongue Language (MTL) subject can be of a different sitting. Computation of your UAS will take into account grades for GP/KI and 3 H2 subjects attained at 1 sitting of the A-level examination.

How to appeal 

1. Do your research!

The most important thing to do before appealing is to do your research! This involves reading local forums such as Brightsparks or the Hardwarezone Degree Forums (More Active) so that you can gauge the competition each course faces, subject requirements,  rough UAS required to gain admittance and how many are likely to drop them for another course.

2. Appeal Normally 

After you have done sufficient research and  chosen a course that you wish to appeal, appeal through the school’s portals normally. Most of them require that you write essays and some like NTU just require you to write a short paragraph. For my NTU appeal, all I wrote was:

I would really like to be a part of NTU and as a creative, hardworking and dedicated student; I feel that I would be an asset to NTU. I would be glad to participate in an interview to better present myself and discuss how my talents can be of value.

Remember that they already have your grades so don’t waste your precious characters putting them in. I had no special talents but if you do, it would be wise to add it in. For universities that require essays, you can write personal statements to show your passion. I have included my own for the other universities in the attached zip file below. If you’re appealing to other courses and need more samples, click here.

3. Appeal with help from your Member of Parliament

Your constituency most likely has meet the people sessions fortnightly. Take this opportunity to meet with them and get them to assist you in writing an additional appeal to all four schools. Remember to bring everything you deem will be useful in writing your appeals such as your academic transcripts, letters of recommendation (any have) and personal statements (see attached zip file) if you’ve already written one.

Remember to come prepared. Have a clear goal of the courses you would like to appeal and how you would like to go about doing it for each of them. If you can draft the letters yourself, it’s better.

4. Individual letters of appeal

This may seem rather extreme but it’s something I feel may have helped me (and the rest who have tried it) the most. This step involves tediously searching through the school’s contact directory for head of departments, deans etc. who are directly linked to your course in some way and mailing them letters of appeal with your personal statement attached (see attached zip file).

Although some may consider just e-mailing these professors, I would strongly advice against it. Email’s are easily forgotten and ignored. Take the time (and money) to send personalized letters to them. An example of such an appeal letter would be (included in zip file):

Your Name
<<address>>

<<date>>

Associate Professor Chua
Division of Engineering Mechanics
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office: N3-xxx-xx
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798

Dear Associate Professor Chua,

I am writing this letter to appeal the outcome of my application to the School of Mechanical Engineering. Although I understand that my grades, XXX/X for Mathematics, Economics, Physics and Chemistry respectively may not be up to par with the with the rest of the students, I believe that I have the aptitude necessary to become successful. Should my application be reconsidered, I will do my best to meet and exceed the expectations required by the students attending your college.

Attached is my personal statement which outlines my desire to study at the School of Mechanical Engineering as well as my other accomplishments and interests that I feel may be of value to your faculty.

Realizing the limitations of a written page, I would welcome the opportunity to participate in a personal interview to answer any of your questions and to better present myself and my qualifications and how they can be of benefit as a student of the School of Mechanical Engineering. Should you need to contact me, I can be reached at 9xxxxxxx. 

I thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to a positive reply from you.

 Sincerely, 

<<signature>>
Your Name
Application Number: A00000000

5. If your appeal has already been rejected, RE-APPEAL!

This is for those whose appeals have already been rejected. Although I’ve not personally tried this, I have heard of a few cases of people who have re-appealed (by emailing the admissions department directly) and gotten places in courses such as NTU’s Business Administration. Usually these people have more supporting documents in their re-appeal such as testimonials from their polytechnic or JC tutors, current employers etc.

Please feel free to use the attached sample appeals for your reference. More information regarding its use has been included in the read me file in the zip. Here’s to wishing you all the best in your appeal!

Attached Files:
Appeal Tools – Zueet.com

– Contains sample appeals for NTU and NUS Engineering, SMU Information Systems and SUTD. There are also sample personal appeal letters to professors.

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867 thoughts on “Rejected and planning your appeal SMU, NTU, NUS or SUTD?

  1. Hi,

    M here. Is it possible I can get your email address?
    I got rejected by NTU today. Totally disappointed and sad. I couldn’t even get into ADM. Should I appeal to Chinese and how should I go about it? Your sample appeals are really very generic and all towards more to engin.
    Please reply via email.
    Thanks.

  2. Hi there Zueet!
    Thank you for your informative post and thank you for creating this page to help others in their appeals!

    I was lucky that i was in army and had 3 years to try to apply for NUS Fass, however i wasn’t fortunate to get into FASS even after 3 tries. My results is only 2 – 3 points away from the cut off last year. NUS’s appeal portal will be opening tomorrow, so can you please guide me on how to write my appeal letter?

    Cheers.
    ~ Wayne

    1. Hi Wayne!

      I apologize for the late reply. I’m guess by now you would have already drafted your appeal letter. If you have, perhaps you can send it to me and I can proof read it for you. 🙂

      – Zueet

  3. Hi Zueet!

    I’m not local but an international applicant. Applied to NUS & NTU. NUS has yet to reply but I got the reply from NTU pretty fast. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful, even after the appeal offer they given me. I was wondering whether I should email them personally to re-appeal?
    I sat for Edexcel London GCE A LEVELS scoring A*A*B (Math, Physics, Economics) Malaysian. Applying for Computing Science program, or any other engineering course. CCA: Ex-national junior basketball player. Basically a sports woman. Do you think I’d stand a chance? And I’m pretty lost on the content that I’m suppose to include into my reappeal email to the head of admissions.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi K!

      I’m really sorry but I’m not sure of the requirements for foreign applicants. 🙁

      If you wish to appeal however please do not only send an email but consider sending a physical letter as well. Emails are very easily “forgotten” and “lost”. (: For personal appeals, I normally recommend personal statements as they show your ability to write, your hobbies and talents as well as your passion.I have my personal sample which you can download in the post. There is also a link in the post where you can find many many other samples. 🙂

      All the best K!

      – Zueet

  4. Hi! May I ask for appealing to NTU and NUS where do I submit the recommendation letters! Thank you so much sorry for troubling you !

    1. Hi Y!

      You really call the school to confirm where you need to send them to. If you’re sending them on their own or without being asked to do so, it’s likely that NTU and NUS will ignore them. If you feel that they will really help with your application then please consider sending them together with your personal appeal letter or your MP appeal instead. (:

      All the best Y!

      – Zueet

      1. Thanks for replying! I plan to send personal appeal letter to appeal for FASS(MT-related) but I don’t know to send it to who. Do you know who I can send personal appeals to? Thanks

        1. Hi Y!

          What you can do is to visit the FASS website and look at the faculty/staff list. Start from the highest ranked and work your way downwards. 🙂 Sometimes they list the professor in charge of admissions, if it’s listed, remember to include him!

          All the best Y!

          – Zueet

  5. Hi! I would like to ask an advice for appeal. Currently im still waiting for the outcome. But they say i could appeal while waiting for my outcome. What do you think?

    1. Hi purplegirl!

      If you have yet to hear the outcome of your application, you should still continue to write your appeal. In fact most universities encourage you to do so to ensure that everyone is given a fair chance to appeal should you *touch wood* be rejected after the appeal window has been closed.

      All the best for your application purplegirl!

      – Zueet

  6. Hey zueet, I have a couple of questions regarding appeal to local unis. Could I drop you an email to ask for your advice? Thank you.

  7. Hi Zueet

    I applied to NTU physics/applied physics and engineering in early March despite the fact that I did badly for my A levels. I got CDD/D for H2 physics chem maths and H1 econs and GP C and PW B. I have been checking my application status and it always remains as application received. Also, I have personally appealed to NTU PAP with the help of an assistant professor during the open house and my first choice is physics. Is it recommended not to appeal through the website to engineering if the result’s not out yet and is it ok to also appeal privately by mail to engineering? Thank you!

    1. Hi k!

      If you have yet to hear from NTU at this point then you should proceed with your appeal. 🙂

      – Zueet

  8. Hi Zueet,
    May I have your e-mail? I have some questions and would be most grateful if you can help, thanks!!

  9. Hi, I’m intending to appeal to business to the various universities. Please could you drop me an email and I’ll furnish you with more details. Thank you very much!

  10. Hey, I just have short questions. I’m appealing for smu. Have already sent my online appeal but they have not gotten back to me yet. I was wandering whether i should send my letter of appeal to the dean as well? Will it sabotage my appeal process if I appeal to different people in the school?Thx again

    1. Hi Sam,

      To be honest I can’t say if it’ll actually sabotage your appeal process at all but I’ve never heard anything negative from anyone who has done it yet. 🙂

      – Zueet

  11. Yup, forgot to mention, I have actually sent an appeal letter to sutd before i came across ur blog, so can I resend again or do anything to improve my chance of getting in? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi CuriousBlogger,

      If you will not be making any changes to your appeal letter then it’s best that you don’t. Just give them a little more time to process your appeal. 🙂

      All the best CuriousBlogger!

      – Zueet

  12. hello, i left a comment a few days back and maybe you missed it? haha anyway, if you’re too busy to reply then I guess its okay 🙂

  13. Hi, I have just being rejected from SUTD and i really want to get in! I have checked the website and they said to appeal, email them with my full name, application ID and NRIC, but is that all, do i need to write anything else??? is yes what should i write? I have being rejected by four uni last year, i dont want to wait for another year again, pls HELPPP:(

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      SUTD is a pretty new university so it might have a fixed appeal process yet. If I still remember correctly, when I appealed a few years back, they actually requested for a written appeal. Perhaps you can double check if this is still necessary. It is very likely thought that they might just base your appeal on the personal statement/ essay that you had to submit during your application.

      Don’t worry about being rejected by SUTD though. They only have an intake of about 300 students which is less then the intake of most courses in the other three universities. 🙂

      Perhaps it would be better if you can provide me with more information about your grades and the courses that you have applied for in all four universities. 🙂

      All the best Charlotte!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi, really thank you for your reply. I got BCD/C for china studies in english, mathematics, Chemistry and Biology H1 respectively. I fail GP in 2011 and retook it in 2012 and got a C. I got a B for PW and A for Chinese. my cut off point is 68.75. I have just receive a reply for SUTD and they rejected my appeal:( I applied for civil engineering in NUS as my 7th choice and i intent to appeal for CE as I was rejected by NUS and I think I have the highest chance of getting into civil engineering, I applied for Sociology, information Engineering and Media, and Mechanical engineering in NTU, and social science, econs, BM, ISM and accountancy in SMU. Should I reappeal to SUTD again as i really want to get into sutd, or should I wait the result and apply for private uni at the same time. I really do not want to waste another year again. Please help and really thank you so much for your time:)

        1. Hi Charlotte,

          Sorry for the late reply. You’re only considering appealing to SUTD? Why not appeal to all three universities (it’s free!). I’m not really sure what SUTDs appeal policy is but there is really no harm trying. 🙂

          I do urge you to try and re appeal for NTU (if the portal hasn’t closed). I’ve received news from many others that they have gotten in with grades much much lower then yours. I believe that you should stand a decent chance. 🙂

          All the best Charlotte!

          – Zueet

          1. Hi, Thanks for your reply. I will appeal to all 4 school and I have draft out an appeal for smu. Can you email me at removed to prevent you from getting spam to assess my smu appeal letter. Thank you so much!

          2. Hi Charlotte!

            Sorry for the late reply but I’ve been very busy recently. 🙁 I’ve dropped you an email!

            – Zueet

  14. hi zueet,

    did u see my posts posted on 16 May? i’m really looking forward to receive a reply! Please Please do reply! Thank you!

  15. Hi Zueet,

    I had recently been rejected by SMU law. I have some personal questions regarding how to appeal, especially specific to my case I was wondering if I could get your email? I was rejected 7 days ago (to be exact) and I don’t want to wait too long to appeal. I wasn’t offered the interview and SMU law requires it so I’m nervous that I am short of time.

  16. Hi Zueet,
    I did badly for my A levels. I have just received the rejection letter from NTU a few days ago. I would like to ask for your advice on how to write an appeal to NTU (50 words limit)? Can I have your email so that I can ask you some questions? Thanks.

  17. Hi Zueet, can I have your email address please?
    Have some urgent questions!
    Thank you so so so soooooooooooooooooo much!

  18. Hi Zueet,

    I have recently been shortlisted for NTU interview. I have never got into an interview before. How do I prepare for it?

    -Gareth

  19. Hi zueet! i am a science student who didnt do well in my sciences at all.i have DDE for my H2 chem, phy and math. but i have A and B for my geography and GP respectively. I desperately want to get into any uni, but into the arts faculty.I tried business, but im afraid to appeal because i dont think ill actually have a shot.A friend of mine knows someone who got exactly DDE for her A levels and got admission into NUS FASS.What is your opinion in this mater? i am going to appeal, and so far i have learnt to 1)send letters to the head of department, 2)send appeal by minister.Is there anythng else i should do? I have a background in public speaking and was in the GP excel programme and emcee in school always.So i was thinking i will focus on that..but i also want to clarify, i have to write a statement of my hobbies etc and send to the department head along wth the appeal issit? please do help me i am very confused right now..

    1. Hi Z,

      Your friend who got into FASS with DDE, did he/she have any special talents or skills? Perhaps a Team Singapore player or something? I’m really curious about this myself.

      Anyways, for your appeals, don’t forget to appeal through the school portals as well. And yes, I believe what you’re referring to is the personal statement that should accompany your appeal. You should visit http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/ for more samples to get a rough idea of what the layout should be like. 🙂

      All the best Z! Please let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll do my best to assist you. 🙂

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Wen,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  20. hey there..! my grades were acd/dd, took my a levels in 2011 (and also applied then and rejected by all 3 local unis). i’ve just been rejected by NUS this year again. still waiting for ntu and smu’s reply though. Could i drop you an email to ask for some advice? 🙂

    many thanks

    1. Hi P,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  21. Hi Zueet,

    I didnt do very well for Alevels, gotten BCC/BCE(UAS of 68.5). Just got rejected by NUS(Science and Real Estate) recently and havent got any reply from NTU till now, hence really worried.

    I’ve applied for Mathematical Sci and Minor in Finance, ADM, Bioengineering, Material Engineering and Phy/Applied Phy. Just want to ask, isit advisable for me to appeal to math sci and minor in finance and how high are my chances cus theres a friend of mine who got in with a UAS of 70(BBC,BBS) and how to go abt writing it since its only 50 words.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi liping!

      Sorry for the late reply!

      I’m assuming that you have met all the subject requirements for the course. If you have then you should stand a chance as well.:) As for your appeal, there isn’t much you are expected to write since it is only 50 words long. I actually have a sample attached at the bottom of the post. Perhaps you may be able to use that as reference.:)

      – Zueet.

  22. Hi Zueet,

    I need to get some personal advice from you for writing SMU appeal letter…
    Can I email you?

    Thanks in advance..

    1. Hi Daphne,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  23. Hi Zueet,

    Is is okay if i drop you an email?
    I already wrote appeal letter for SMU ( yet to submit )
    but need some advice and check grammer errors .

    1. Hi AzSet,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Fanny,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  24. Hi I would like some advice on writing appeal letters as well. Is it okay if I drop you an e-mail for advice? Thank you very much! 🙂

    1. Hi Serene,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Yangteng,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  25. Hi Zueet,

    Would you kindly drop me an email too? I need to enquire urgently regarding my appeal. Thank you soo much!:)

    1. Hi T,

      I apologize for getting back to you so late. Been really caught up with work recently. If you still need help, please feel free to respond to my email. 🙂

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi C!

      Sorry for the late reply! You can actually address them to both. The more the merrier. 🙂

      – Zueet

  26. hi zueet,

    my grades are BCD/C with an S for GP and B for PW 😡 I’ve not yet received any news nor interviews from the unis.do you think I can enter a local Uni? or should I just forget it and enroll myself in SIM? I’ve appealed for computer engineering in NTU. Do u think I have a chance of getting in?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi beezz!

      First off, I’m sorry for getting back to you so late. 🙁 Anyways, assuming that the IGP dies not rise again this year, you might stand a very tight chance of getting it. It might be the reason why you’re still on the waitlist as well.

      If you have still not heard back from NTU, please consider submitting your appeal as well! The portal is open to all those who have not heard from NTU as well to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of appealing. 🙂

      All the best beezz!

      =Zueet

  27. Hi zueet! I came across your website thru my friends recommendation and i must say u r really wonderful, all these help that u have been providing us! Thanks for answering all our queries!

    Anyway my grades are DDD/D for 3 H2 subjects (Bio, maths, chem) and H1 econs. PW B, GP C, H1 Chi E. My choices for NTU are listed in order as follows: env engine, civil engine, material science, com engine and lastly bio engine. I’m more enthusiastic abt the first 2, the rest okok. I did apply for NAA scheme but so far no reply, no calls. Is it possible for me to be called up for NAA interview during late may or june? Or by tat time nobody will be called up for NAA interview? Is env engine harder to get in than civil? Also to be honest how high/low r my chance of getting in?

    I’ve been rejected by both smu n nus n nus appeal application havent start yet, NTU appeal application start liao but i haven’t receive any letter from NTU. should i appeal online to ntu now? or should i wait till the last few days of the appeal period then i appeal if i still haven’t receive ntu letter by then as instructed by a NTU admissions officer? other than appeal online should i appeal to the professor by mail?

      1. Sorry for being so long winded><. i would also like to ask whether i stand a lower chance getting into civil n env engine cos i took H2 bio instaed of H2 physics? i only got O level pure physics.

        THanks n i'm looking forward to ur reply!!!

    1. Hi JS!

      Really sorry for the late reply. I’ve been really busy with my internship.

      I could be wrong but I believe that Env Eng requires at least AAA (or similar) to get in although you can consider appealing for common engineering and then you’ll get to choose between env, civil, mech and eee at the end of your first semester (allocation depends on you first sem GPA). Also, have you met all the requirements for the courses you have chosen? I think that physics is a requirement for both civil and env engineering. 🙁

      Although you’re likely to still be on the holding list, please consider going ahead with your appeal but I would advice you to avoid civil and env (especially this because of the CGPA requirements) because I think that you need physics though please confirm this. 🙂

      All the best for your application JS! Once again really sorry for the late reply!

      – Zueet

  28. hello 🙂 I was rejected from NUS FASS and offered another course instead. But i would really love to go fass and I’m planning to appeal soon. Actually, the reason I want to go FASS is that I want to take modules from sciology and economics and see which course I’m more inclined to. I have been offered a place in NTU economics as well. I would appreciate your help in giving me tips on how exactly to phrase my appeal so as to convince them since apparently my grades didn’t. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Fana!

      Really sorry for the late reply. Have you already written your appeal letter? If you have, then please feel free to email it to me and I’ll help you to proof read/modify it for you. 🙂

      All the best for your appeal Fana!

      – Zueet

  29. Hi Zueet! My grades are BCC/CCAA. I’ve been offered NTU Sociology, and was rejected from FASS recently. I applied through DA. I want to appeal to NUS FASS because I want to study Social Work. How should I go about writing the appeal? Thanks!

    1. Hi C!

      My personal advice is to check out the sample appeal statements at http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/ and use the samples there to help you write one that is 1000 characters long (I think that is NUS’s limit). It’ll be wise to place more focus on any social work that you are currently doing and the lessons that you may have learnt from them. 🙂

      All the best C! Sorry for the late reply!

      – Zueet

  30. Hi Zueet,

    I have applied for first choice NIE, second was Chinese but up till now there is still no news from ntu at all.. My grades are very bad CCE/E DA for CEM/GSC.. Do you think I have a chance if i appeal??
    Also I heard from my friends that nursing is quite easy to get in, can I still appeal to it even though it is not in my choice and didnt attended any interviews. :/

    1. Hi XX!

      If you haven’t heard from NTU it’s likely that you’re still on the waiting list! Don’t give up yet. 🙂

      As for appeals, applicants are usually adviced to choose courses that are no more than 2.5 points away from the IGP. It seems however that you’re a little lower then that but don’t dispair, there have been many recent cases of people getting in with grades much lower than the IGP. So keep trying!

      For nursing, please do not apply for it just because it has a lower requirement. It is a course that really requires a lot of passion and dedication. 🙂 Additionally you will not be able to appeal for it as you have not gone through all the tests/interviews. A strict requirement by NUS.

      And sorry for the late reply! Been caught up with school. 🙁

      All the best XX!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet,

        Thanks for helping despite your busy schedule! Just called up NTU they said it is still processing.. but for NIE they said they didnt receive my application even though I received the auto generated email stating that my application have been received but they will be looking into it. Hope everything can turnout fine!

        Just one more thing, do you have any suggestion for what can I do next if the very bad case happen? SIM(but its expensive) or poly or private?? I am really lost. 🙁

        Thanks again

        1. Hi XX!

          Sorry for the late reply XX! Don’t loose faith yet! 🙂

          If there is a course in SIM that is similar to the one that you plan to take at NTU, then I would highly recommend that you go for that instead. As long as you don’t have any specific plans to work for any government owned organizations you’ll be at no disadvantage. 🙂 Although going to poly is an option that you can consider, it’ll end up costing you a lot of time in the long run (3 years + 4 year degree). Some polys also have courses that only A level applicants can apply for. You may wish to consider those as well if you’re interested in going back to poly. 🙂

          All the best for your application XX! Please don’t loose faith yet!

          -Zueet

          1. Hi Zueet,

            Thanks for the encouragements!

            Can I ask for your email as well? Might need your help in the appeal. Thanks

    1. Hi Zan,

      I’ve dropped you an email.

      Sorry for the late reply! Been caught up with school the past few days!

      – Zueet

  31. Hi, I have been accepted into NTU. But the course i am offered is not my first choice. Hence i am planning to appeal for my first choice. The problem here is that my first choice is kind of unrelated to my diploma. Nonetheless, i still want to appeal just in case i am lucky enough to get in :D. Even if odds are against you, it does not hurt to try right. That’s what i am doing.so I would like seek your help in improving my appeal letter. Since i am appealing for the irrelevant course, what should i write in my letter? What are the areas that i need to empathize when writing the appeal letter? Thanks

    1. Hi there!

      Can I ask what course you’re appealing for and what diploma you’re currently taking?

      Also when you say appeal letter, are you referring to personal appeals or the 50 word appeal? 🙂

      Sorry for the late reply! Been caught up with school the past few days!

      All the best for your appeal naungei!

      – Zueet

  32. Hi zueet! I came across your website by chance and found that its really useful! Thanks for answering all our queries!

    Anyway, my grades were ABC/D for H2 maths, econs, chem and H1 bio respectively. I got B for both GP and PW. Now, I have received admission letters from all 3 unis but am at a dilemma of which course to go to. 🙁 NUS offers me FASS while SMU offers me business. I’m not considering NTU that offers me mass comm.

    Though I am still clueless about what I would like to do next time, I would like to do some maths related stuff but isnt it a pity to appeal for other courses when I have been accepted into the two more popular courses of both uni? I would be doing econs if I go to NUS FASS. I am considering appealing to NTU business and NUS FoS to do maths but I cant make up my mind.

    Can you tell me what are the job prospects for NUS FASS and SMU biz courses and the respective school culture?

    Pls drop me a mail too. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Petals!

      First off, congrats on getting into such popular courses! 🙂

      I know how it feels like to not know what you want to do. As a JC student, we’ve had a mostly set path for our studies and it can be quite daunting to suddenly have to decide on something that determines your future. For me, I had no interest in anything but I knew that I wanted to go to university to learn something that I felt would be useful and at that time Engineering seemed like the best option because I’d be able to learn something useful.

      You mentioned that you want to study something that has maths in it – “How much maths” exactly would you like? If you wouldn’t mind having a mostly written focus content with some maths now and then then FASS and SMU business will do that for you. If you’re looking for “heavy” maths content, then you might want to look at Engineering, Science and Maths.

      I really don’t wish to influence your decision at this point as I feel that it is one that you should make on your own. (I’ll definitely be biased towards Engineering as it is now something that I enjoy). Take some time to think about what you would like to do in life or what you would like to learn that you find the most interesting. Job prospects are usually quite good for all the courses you have mentioned so don’t worry too much about it. 🙂 School cultures are the same as well MUG MUG MUG.

      When you’ve decided on a course and need my help to appeal, please drop me an email (I’ve sent you one) and I’ll try to help if I can. 🙂

      All the best with your decision!

      – Zueet

  33. Hi Zueet!

    Is it true that we are only allowed to appeal to one university? I saw it on some forums that we are only allowed one appeal :X

    Thanks!

    1. Hi L!

      You can appeal for all three universities! You can only appeal for one course per university though. 🙂

      Sorry for the late reply and all the best L!

      – Zueet

  34. Hi Zueet!

    My A level grades weren’t good, CCD/BBA, GP’s B. I went for an interview and written test for NTU sociology last week. However, I have yet to receive any news from NTU. I heard that HSS tea party is this Saturday. I called the office of admissions and there is no mail posted out for me. Does that mean that I am likely to be rejected? My choices for NTU were sociology, public policy and comm studies.

    I was also rejected by NUS for FASS recently. I applied through discretionary and had mailed testimonials for leadership and personal qualities. I am not sure if I should appeal since I do not have any additional academic or non-academic achievements to substantiate.

    Any advice?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi J!

      Don’t worry too much about the tea party. They’re primarily catered for students who have been offered places early. I wasn’t invited to the tea party either 🙁 but I was still offered a place after it! 🙂 So don’t give up! Getting an interview means that you’re already 50% there. 🙂 Plus your interview was just last week so it may still be a little too early to tell. 🙁 Just be patient! I’m sure you’ll hear something from them soon!

      My advice is just appeal. It’s free anyways. Plus you don’t have to talk about any additional academic or non-academic achievements if you don’t have any. Take a look at the ones that I have (see attached files at boom of post). They are all very general. Perhaps you can consider writing something like that also. 🙂 If you like, I can assist you in proof reading your appeal once you’re done. 🙂

      You may also wish to appeal for NTU’s sociology (portal opens today) even though you have yet to receive the outcome of your application. (I’m not saying you’ll be rejected but this is usually recommended by NTU to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at appealing).

      All the best J!

  35. Hello! I checked my JAE earlier today and saw that I was accepted into Materials Engineering (NTU). As happy as I was to finally have gotten a course, I don’t think this course is right for me. It’s my 4th choice and I was to appeal for my second choice, Computer Science. However, I’m not too sure how to write an appeal. Could you give me some pointers? Thanks a million! 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley!

      First off congrats on being offered course! 🙂

      Try to keep it short and sweet! Don’t waste characters mentioning your grades, saying “Dear/Madam” or even “Thank you”. If you have talents, skills etc that you may not have mentioned initially, this is the best time to include it if you like. Otherwise a very general appeal like the one I used below for NTU’s Engineering program should be just fine. 🙂

      “I would really like to be a part of NTU and as a creative, hardworking and dedicated student; I feel that I would be an asset to NTU. I would be glad to participate in an interview to better present myself and discuss how my talents can be of value.”

      If you’re done with your appeal and would like me to proof read it for you, please feel free to drop me an email or reply to this comment. 🙂 I’ll be more than happy to help you.

      All the best Ashley!

  36. Hi Zueet,

    It’s amazing reading all these posts especially you are such a wonderful and helpful people in comforting as well as offering your advice to those students who are currently going thr’ the tougher phase of their life.

    As a parent, my heart goes to those kids, don’t give up. Having saying that, My kid does faces this thorny issue as well. He was shortlisted and went for both interview and practical session for dentistry. However, he was not offered this course but Pharm instead. As a parent, may I know what is the chance if we appeal? Would visiting MP help in this case? His grade is AAA/B C for GP and A for PW.

    Next, care to share with us your email address. Thank you very much.

    Anxious Parents

    1. Hi Glen!

      I apologize for the late reply. Thank your or your compliment I really appreciate it. 🙂

      To be honest, it may be quite hard for your child to enter Dentistry because of its strict requirements and very very small intake size (53 students only(Vs the 300 for courses like Medicine)! 🙁 ) which is a shame considering that your child has done relatively well for his A levels. You should however not give up and still consider appealing since he/she has already gone through the interview and practical sessions (a strict requirements for dentistry appeals). Which could actually could work in your favor since we won’t be facing any additional competition from people who never placed it as one of their choices in the first place. Additionally, you stand to lose nothing else by appealing. Someone might have dropped dentistry for medicine or to study overseas and your son/daughter might just be the next one on the wait list. 🙂

      Visiting the MP might also help as it ensures that the school re-looks into your application (they have to send you and the MP a reply) plus it gives you the added bonus of being to attach additional documents such as testimonials or personal statements that might increase his chances that you might not be able to do otherwise. If you’re planning to do this, please check the dates for the “Meet the People” sessions in your GRC as soon as you can as it usually only occurs once every fortnight. Please also try to bring a long the following:

      1. Your child’s IC along with your own (if he/she is under 21 you have to be present)
      2. Your child’s transcripts/testimonials (they will make copies for you)
      3. A personal statement (optional but advisable – approximately one page long about his passion for dentistry, his hobbies and CCA)
      4. Your own appeal letter – They will write one for you but it is usually done by volunteers who are not very good in English so bringing your own that they can use as a template is advisable. 🙂 (The MP is just there to sign the letter for you. He doesn’t actually write it himself or sit there and listen to you.)

      Also try and come as early as possible! Long queues start to form even an hour before the actually session!

      The last piece of advice I can give if your child is serving NS is to hold some sort of leadership position. I have been told that universities such as SMU tend prefer male applicants who have held leadership roles during their National Service. This may help your son as well.

      Please let me know if there’s anything that I have missed out or if there is anything else that I can help you with. I really wish your child all the best for his appeal and look forward to getting a generous discount from him the next time I have to visit the dentist. 😉 Should you need to reach me, you can email me at share [at] zueet [dot] com.

      All the best!

      – Zueet

  37. Hi Zueet!
    For my A levels I’ve gotten ABBD/CC however I’ve gotten a U for my gp. I’ve gotten into my second choice(ntu applied Phy) but I’m having second thoughts about it. However I’m in ns now, and I need to go to Taiwan this Sunday and will only be back on the 16 June. Since the dateline to accept the ntu offer is 2nd June, does that mean that I can accept the offer first and appeal later? Becaise i fear that if i dont accept now I might then be pushed to next year’s batch and I’ll have less priorty in getting into courses i want to. And what are my chances of getting into aerospace engineering or material science engineering? Thank you for your patience to answering my doubts!

    1. Hi Ray!

      You should accept your current offer and then proceed to appeal. 🙂 If your appeal for the other course is successful, it will automatically override your current offer. 🙂

      You should have a very very decent chance for getting into materials engineering. 🙂

      All the best Ray!

      – Zueet

  38. thank you so much for answering my queries at such a fast speed! I appreciate it!

    I am actually in my last year of applying so it’s i have to say pretty risky for me. plus my H1 GP and PW grades aren’t actually well. It’s E and B respectively. I really want to go NUS is because of the cost of education as compared to the other unis which is definitely a deal-breaker for me. Despite that, i know that if i were to appeal to a course that is closer to my igp, i think i will suffer to a certain degree.

    Mind if you could drop me a email also? I have some other questions to ask you too! Thank you very much once again for taking the time to answer all out qns!

    1. Hi icp!

      Actually both NTU and NUS have very similar fees. It’s only SMU that is significantly higher. 🙂

      I have dropped you can email though! 🙂

      – Zueet

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