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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. Hey! I was just called up for an interview for NTU Acc which I’d appealed to from NTU Math Sci. I’m really nervous as I know this is already a competitive course to enter on its own, not to say that I’m entering on an appeal. Any suggestions or tips on how to prepare for the interview? Will the ask about current affairs cos I really have no idea. I feel that Acc is more of my thing but I really don’t know how I can contribute to the school and stuff. And I was asked to take this written test before my interview. Any idea how’s that going to be like? It’s been real long ever since I last touched on writing… Really hope to hear from you soon! Thanks for reading! 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda!

      Really sorry for the late reply! I actually don’t know what the test is like. 🙁 Since you’ve already gone for it, why not post your experience here? Perhaps it’ll help someone who is applying for Accountancy next year. 😀

      – Zueet

  2. Hello! I just received rejection letter from NUS today for appeal 🙁 just 2 days after the appeal portal closed. Do you know of any way to re-appeal or is there really no more chance at all :/

    1. Hi Hera!

      You can consider sending a personal letter of appeal if you wish. I have samples at the bottom of this post (just above the author’s bio box).

      All the best Hera!

      – Zueet

  3. Hi Zueet!
    I scored a grade of CDE for H2 Math, H2 Chem and H2 Physic respectively and UBB for H1 GP, H1 econ and H1 PW respectively, and have appeal for both NTU(Mathematical Sciences) and NUS(Faculty of Science). Is there chances for me to enter either one of the courses? Also, I had participate in an sec sch alumni tuition on math, whether this will boost my chance in entering the course which is related to math?

    1. Hi Nica,

      Generally it is advisable to choose courses that are no more then 1 H2 grade away from the IGP. It seems that you’re about 5 H2 grades away from the current IGP so you may find it quite difficult to get into those courses. Have you considered other courses that are closer to your grades?

      – Zueet

  4. Hello Zueet!

    I’m an ABD/BCB — math econs chemistry h1geog gp pw respestively. I was rejected by NUS FASS but I have submitted an appeal. Do you personally think I stand a good chance?

    Thanks for replying ^^

    1. Hi Meryl,

      Sorry for the late reply! Your Chemistry and GP (especially this) might make it a little harder for you to get into FASS. Have you heard from NUS yet?

      – Zueet

  5. Hi Zueet! Thank you for this article! 🙂

    I have been rejected by NTU and SMU and have appealed through their online portals with the help of this article and I was thinking about sending individual letters of appeal. Can I have your email so that I can ask you for more advices regarding these appeals? Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Jasmine!

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

      – Zueet

    1. Hi OMG!

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

      – Zueet

  6. Hi Zueet, I am appealing to NUS online, and I would like you to give a feedback to the appeal I have drafted. So is it okay if I can have your email address?

    1. Hi Ann!

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

      – Zueet

  7. Hello Zueet,
    I am Yash here .I have done my UK A levels and have got 1 A* in math’s and 2 B’s in chemistry and physics .I recently got an email from NTU that I have been rejected. I am really tensed that will my admission be successful in NTU when I make an appeal. It has been a great help through your posts.
    Please tell me how do I go about writing an appeal. What exactly should I include in an appeal.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Yash!

      Really sorry for the late reply. Have you sent in your appeal already? If you haven not, please feel free to send it to me through email and I’ll vet it for you as soon as I can. 🙂

      – Zueet

  8. Hello Zueet!

    Could you drop me an email 🙂 I have some queries regarding appeal to NTU. Thanks a million!

    1. Hi Rach!

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

      – Zueet

  9. Hello Zueet,

    This is a really awesome site with lots of valuable inputs and suggestion, good job !
    Btw, other than focusing on a level and poly, any input or info to share for nus-hi who looking for non-math or science faulty, ie law and business from local-u ?

    1. Hi San er!

      Thank you so much for the compliments! I really appreciate it. Actually you’re the first NUS HI person who has contacted me. Perhaps you can be the first to share your experience with your application process.

      Just to confirm what I was told before, aren’t all NUS HI students offered direct admission to NUS Science as long as they pass their diploma?

      – Zueet

  10. Hey Zueet,

    Just discovered your website while researching on tips for appeal and I must say that your website has been really helpful! A big thank you for that!

    I actually received my rejection letters last week so I haven’t had sufficient time to prepare for an impressive personal statement (to be attached with the personal letter to the HOD), may I know if I may submit the latter after the appeal deadline (today, June 2nd)? I have already submitted my 50-word online appeal though.

    My current grade profile is as follows: BBD/A (H2 Lit Hist Econs / H1 Math) GP U PW B
    The GP grade is a major stumbling block in my uni applications as I’m applying for courses in the humanities and social sciences faculty, particularly English Lit. Do you know, by any chance, the possibility of an interview for an applicant like me? (If it is of any help at all, I can safely say that the GP grade is a completely inaccurate reflection of my English proficiency, I can substantiate this with previous GP grades and my O Level cert (A1 for Eng). I’m also due for an internship with SPH) NUS told me such “evidence” is unnecessary and will not be considered but I’m not sure about NTU, do advice.

    Thank you so much, hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    1. Hi xwd!

      You definitely should still submit your personal statement as soon as you can! (:

      I suppose since you have taken other language intensive modules, you can use it to say that your GP grade is not reflective of your ability to speak and write. It has worked once for someone else when he/she was interviewed. (: Also, your internship is unnecessary unless you have already done it or are in the process of doing it. ): Have you written your personal appeal yet? Maybe we can see how we can work it in a little sneakily. 😉

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet,

        Thanks for the prompt reply!

        I am currently in the process of writing my personal statement 🙂 Should be submitting it in a few days.
        Also, I mentioned about the internship as there was an English writing test (much like GP – included a summary and essay component alongside a close passage and a correct-the-errors segment) that the prospective interns were required to pass in order to be offered an opportunity of an interview. Is this worth mentioning as well?

        1. Hi XWD,

          I would personally not prioritize it unless it’s a globally recognized exam but if you really have additional characters to spare for your appeal and wont’t have to sacrifice anything else by putting it in then please do. 🙂

          All the best for your appeal xwd!

          – Zueet

  11. Hi,

    If I was to send my appeal letter to the head of faculty, do I send a personalized letter or via e-mail. If personalized letter, do I go to the school itself or send by mail?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Hui Yi!

      Please send them by snail mail! 🙂 Emails are too easily “forgotten” and “lost”.

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet,

        Thank you for taking your time out to help.

        As the appeal period is only a week, I am afraid that they will not receive in time.

  12. Hi Zueet,

    You mention about the interview part in your appeal. Do you still remember how they ask you in the interview and was it hard?

    Regards
    Annabel

    1. Hi Annabel!

      The NTU interview was easy! 🙂 Just a few basic questions about what you have been doing since school ended, your interests and hobbies. 🙂

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Venessa!

      If you need to be called for an interview, it’s likely to be before your appeal is successful (ie. before your appeal is successful). 🙂

      All the best Venessa!

      – Zueet

  13. Hi Zueet,

    I am currently appealing for NUS FASS and have asked my teacher to help me write a recommendation letter. I went to NUS appeal website but couldn’t find anywhere to let me attach my teacher’s letter. Do you know if I should ask my teacher to mail it to NUS or should I just put the recommendation letter in the section under reason for appeal in the website?

    Angeline

    1. Hi Angeline!

      To my knowledge, only SMU and SUTD allows you to attach documents with your appeal. I do believe that asking your teacher to email NUS or writing that you have a recommendation letter will not help (based on experience). They’re likely to just be ignored as they honestly do not have the time to find your application and attach your letter to it. 🙁

      Perhaps you can try attaching it with your personal appeal (if you’re writing one) instead?

      – Zueet

    1. Hi J!

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

      – Zueet

  14. Hi I am appealing for NUS FASS but I have to accept NTU offer before 2nd June. I read that you said u only received ur offer for NTU near the start of semester so does that mean I could switch to NUS if they give me an offer later although I have accepted the offer for NTU?

    1. Hi flyingmadhats!

      You definitely can accept the NTU offer first while waiting for a reply from NUS. If NUS offers you a place, you’ll be able to choose between NTU and NUS again. 🙂

      – Zueet

  15. Hi Zueet,

    It is heartening to see you taking efforts to respond to the those, whom have received rejection letter(s) from the universities like I did. I do have questions which I like to ask you regarding how best to appeal to NUS for the course of my choice. Could I send my questions to you via e-mail? Please drop me an e-mail at your earliest convenience. Thanks a lot for taking your time to read my comment!

  16. Hi Zueet

    Firstly, thanks for providing this valuable resource and answering everyone’s questions, sorry for adding to your load.
    This is really late, I know. I received my offer from NUS while I was in Taiwan, got back on last Sat. I really wanted to get into NUS Law, but was offered NUS accountancy + master of science in management and a NUS undergrad scholarship. Still I have qualms about accountancy because I don’t quite fancy sitting for forty years balancing numbers…
    I was also offered SMU Law, but have qualms because of prestige/employer perception as it is not yet as established as NUS, plus the fees are high.
    I’ve written the 1000 character appeal, not too sure about the personal appeal as it is kind of late and we were warned about not doing so as it will slow the the process. Please advise on this. I am grateful to you for reading this.

    1. Hi Chanel!

      As I’ve mention to others, personal appeals does not guarantee anything though many who have tried have received very good outcomes besides even if it slows down the process, what’s waiting another 1/2 days for an outcome?

      – Zueet

  17. Hi Zueet,

    Thank you for such informative posts! Though I’m quite late, I would like to submit an appeal to NTU, may I ask for your kind advice through email? Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Hope!

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

      – Zueet

  18. Hi Zueet,

    Thank you for this awesome site! I have just been rejected by NTU and would like to appeal. However, I still have some considerations and was hoping you could help. Looking forward to your reply! 🙂

  19. Hi Zueet,

    Good day. I have grades of :BCE/C in 2012 “A”. Got rejected by all the 3 local Us 🙁 Currently, I am trying to appeal for a place in NUS project facilities management which requires BBC/C. GP: D. Do you think I stand a chance in this? Or do you recommend other choices? (I am not eligible for engineering since I do not hold even the “O” physics background). Appreciate your advise! 🙂

    On top of that, does appealing through snail mail to NUS professor directly works (?) since the so called official way to appeal is by means of the online portal on NUS website 🙁
    Do you think its safer to submit through a snail mail as well as online both tgt? 🙂

    Really appreciate your time spent to read this mail.
    Looking forward to your prompt reply and have fun with your internship! 🙂

    Best Regards,
    LT

    1. Hi LT!

      Are there courses closer to your grade profile that you can choose? Generally it is advisable to choose courses that are no more then 1 H2 grade away from the IGP. 🙂 As for personal appeals, I have heard very good outcomes form it. 🙂

      Also, please send your appeal through both snail mail and online! 🙂

      – Zueet

  20. Hi Zueet,

    I just came across your website. I have just received my rejection letter from SMU, NUS and NTU. I intend to send my appeal to all 3 of the universities, but I plan to focus on appealing for English for NTU.

    At the same time I’m rather worried because of my GPA which is 3.43. I’m also planning to send in another re-appeal should it fail, but I would like to place in additional documents other than those that you have mentioned.

    Would greatly appreciate if you could advice me through email. =]

  21. Hi Zueet,

    I am reapplying to local U again. Went to NUS fass for 2 months but withdraw as i seriously hate reading. Did not done enough research on how intensive the reading is i. I was a poly student with engineering background. I have reapply to NTU engineering but till now received no news. Do you think i should appeal now or wait for the outcome? I have no idea how to write my appeal as i am a repeat local uni applicant. In this interim period i have completed a uni maths preparatory programme and had managed to pass so i do have amplitude for engineering. Maybe u could PM on how to write my appeal.

    Thanks!!

  22. Hi, I have just made a plan B for myself. can i apply for private uni, mdis bachelors of arts in mass comm, then go work, then apply MBA in nus, in the end i can still go to nus, is this possible. Provided I get a very good result in my degree.thanks alot!

    1. Hi Charlotte!

      This should be possible but as per NUS requirements:

      Good Undergraduate Degree – Applicants must have a strong academic record in any undergraduate field from a reputable academic institution. You might wish to check with them if the cert by MDIS is recognized by them.

      – Zueet

  23. Hello Zueet,

    Really appreciate this helpful platform that you’ve started (:
    Made me feel kind of hopeful haha (:

    I’ve some questions regarding my appeal though. Hope you can drop me an email? Thank you so much! Would really appreciate it alot!

  24. Hi,zueet, thank you for this awesome platform.

    i was rejected by all three unis. now i am thinking of appealing for ntu eee.

    My grade are as follow: 4H2: ABC/D,PW: B,GP:U(which i think is the most troublesome part)

    I have submitted my appeals and i intend to write personal letters and E-mails to NTU admission staff.

    How will you rate my chance?pretty anxious now…

    Thank you so much for helping!

    1. Hi Creste!

      You should actually stand a decent chance if you’re appealing for non language intensive modules! Though you will be required to take an English module which you will have to pass. 🙂

      – Zueet

  25. hey zueet!
    thank you for ur website to help ppl like us! anw i got CCD/C and i got rejected by all 3 universities, including nus nursing. I hv alr went for the nursing interview though. Do you think it is wise to appeal to all 3 or jus appeal to my 3rd choice for ntu sociology? my 1st and 2nd are nie and i heard that nie and ntu operates separtely, isit true? i alr gotten my rejection letter frm ntu but doesnt mean rejected by nie right?

    hope to receive ur email too regarding how i shld appeal to nursing agn despited being interviewed alr or i shld appeal to my 2nd choice fass instead.

    Thanks!!

  26. Hi Zueet,

    Your website has helped me so much! I think I’ve found your email and I have dropped you a mail. I really do hope you can reply me soon regarding my appeal. Cross fingers! Thanks in advance

  27. Hi Zueet,

    I was rejected by both NUS and NTU. My grades are ACC/C for Maths, econs, chem and bio respectively. I’m planning to appeal for NTU. Can you please give me some advice about which course I should appeal and what should I write in 50-word paragraph? Really really appreciate your help 🙂

    1. Hi Zk,

      I believe my reply will come a little too late and you’ve probably already submitted your appeal. 🙁 Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with!

      – Zueet

  28. Hi! I am being rejected for the 2nd time trying to get into NUS Computing(IS). I believe my GPA of 3.82 and coming from a relevant diploma in Electronic & Computer Engineering in NP is decent. Sadly to say, I didn’t fare very well for my Os and got L1R4 of 23 and getting a B3 for my Emath which does not meet the prerequisite of at least an A2 to enter the course did not help either.

    I had already submitted an appeal to NUS. Any other advice would greatly help.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Hui Xiong!

      Sorry for the late reply! Are you a foreigner? Also I believe that there is a module you can take in poly that overrides the math requirements. Have you taken that?

      – Zueet

        1. Hi Hui Xiong!

          That’s really shocking! It could be that you did not meet the math requirements but with such high GPA, I’m surprised that you didn’t manage to get in. I really recommend that you meet your MP and get him to help you appeal. I really don’t see why you shouldn’t get a place.

          – Zueet

  29. Hi Zueet,
    My grades are BBD/E, PW B, but my gp is U. Is there any possibility for me to appeal local universities? I have already appeal for NTU EEE course and ISI in SMU. Personally, i prefer SMU more, but i am not sure whether there is chance for me to enter? Since the grade for SMU SIS are BCC/C.
    Thank you!! I am really worry! :(((

    1. Hi Vivian!

      Don’t worry too much about your GP if you’re appealing for courses that are not writing intensive. It’s likely that you’ll be called for an interview though and if you do get in, you’ll have to take an pass an English module. 🙂

      – Zueet

  30. Hi Zueet,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips on appealing,it has helped me a lot in drafting my appeal letter. I’ve recently read on brightsparks that you helped someone write a personal statement for NTU’s CBC and if u don’t mind can i have a copy of that appeal sent to my email please. Thank you 😀

  31. Hi Zueet,
    I have emailed you (not sure if your email is right though…) regarding how to appeal to the universities (like what to write in the 1000 words,etc.), hope you can help! 🙂

    Thanks!!
    Regards,
    ST

  32. Hi Zueet,
    I have some questions to ask you about. I’m in ns right now, going on a trip to Taiwan soon for training and will only be back by 16 June. I’ve already got into ntu applied phy(2nd choice), however I’m reconsidering if I really want to pursue it.

    1) So do I go ahead and accept the offer (since the deadline is by 2nd june) or do I appeal online first (deadline also ending on 2 June)?

    2) And if my online appeal is rejected, can I email them personally again?

    3) Also, my first choice is to try and get into aerospace engineering (I’ve gotten ABB for H2) if it isn’t possible, I might try to get into other engineering courses instead of applied phy. Then do I appeal again by emailing them personally or?

    4) If I didn’t apply for NUS can I appeal to them?

    Thank you so much for your help once again, greatly appreciated! 🙂

    1. Hi James!

      1. My advice is to accept the offer first and then go ahead with your appeal. That way even if you are unable to get a place for your first choice, you would still have secured a place in the university. 🙂

      2. By right you can’t but there’s no harm trying to re-appeal I suppose. 🙂 I’d personally recommend sending physical letters though. Emails are usually too easily “forgotten” and “lost” especially when you consider how many they must receive a day.

      3. You can’t keep jumping courses unfortunately. Since you’re in NS, I would recommend that you secure a place somewhere first then keep trying for Aerospace for the next two years. Perhaps get a place in Mechanical Engineering then keep trying for Aerospace for the next two years. 🙂

      4. You can’t. 🙁

      All the best James!

      – Zueet

  33. Hi Zueet!
    1.I wonder if i can still appeal to smu without anything new to update…
    2.(Actually, I’ve got rejected after interview..:( )
    so will it be ok if i ask smu for interview again?
    3.And can i appeal to other majors which are less competitive rather than to my first choice?
    I really need your help

    1. Hi OMG!

      I’m not sure if this reply will come too late but YES you can reply without having anything new to update! If you’ve been previously interviewed by SMU it means that you have a decent chance of getting in so please please try again! 🙂

      Also, you can appeal to any course of your choice unless they have specific restrictions. These are usually included on the first page during your appeal process (if any).

      All the best OMG!

      – Zueet

  34. Hi Zueet,

    I got rejected by NUS and would like to appeal to NUS Science. Could you advise me on how to paragraph my appeal letter by dropping me an email? Your help would be much appreciated! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi JAS,

      I’m sure this reply is too late for me to help you but I’ve dropped you an email anyway. Let me know if you still need help with anything else. 🙂

      – Zueet

  35. Hi Z

    I still haven’t get my letter yet. I planning to appeal mechanical engineering which i have chosen for my first choice. By the way, i am a poly student with a diploma in Aerospace and have a low gpa of 3.47. I also have a certificate of mathematics in engineering. May i know if i have still got chance?

    1. Hi Tom,

      Sorry for the late reply but you should stand a chance of getting in since you’re likely to still be onb the waitlist and since your GPA is rather close to the cut off.

      All the best Tom!
      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet

        Thanks for replying btw… Just got the letter not long ago… Sadly got into second choice… Trying to appeal…

        Thanks again!

  36. Hi Zueet,
    can i really submit a physical letter appeal together with my testimonials from 2 doctors whom i worked with at my part time clinical job and testimonials from the MP and JC civics tutor? What are my chances that the uni admin will actually consider it? please drop me an email ASAP! Thanks a million! (:

    1. Hi keeping the faith!

      Sorry for the late reply. To be honest, I doubt that the admissions department will actually take the time to find your application and somehow attach it to your application. Perhaps you can consider a personal letter with your testimonial attached? Perhaps then if he reads your testimonial and is interested in you, he can pull up your application and look into it.

      To my knowledge, I think only SMU and SUTD allows you to upload documents with your appeal.

      All the best keeping the faith!

      – Zueet

  37. Hi Zueet,

    Thankyou for setting up such a great platform. Would you mind dropping me an email? I have some questions for appeals. Your response would be greatly appreciated. (:

  38. hi sorry to bother you.
    I got rejected by NTU and I would like to appeal for Maritime.
    May I know my chance of appeal success? 🙁
    My GPA is 3.98 (but i don’t have ‘O’ level result and I am not local) and I receive Gold Medal Award.
    I thought I could get into Maritime, but its so sad and shocked for me to received reject letter.
    Can u suggest me for my appeal letter? Thank you very much.

    1. Hi GLTOME,

      I really don’t know what the requirements are for foreigners. 🙁

      Is the course that you are applying for relevant to your current diploma?

      – Zueet

        1. Hi GLTOME,

          I’m really sorry for replying to you so late and I believe that the appeal portal has already closed. 🙁 If I can assist you in drafting your personal letter or if you have any other questions, please let me know!

          Once again, I’m really sorry and all the best.

          – Zueet

    1. Hi Gareth,

      I have yet to hear of an assessment test for NTU Physics. I highly recommend that you ask this at the . If someone else has taken it, they’ll be able to better assist you with your preparation. 🙂

      All the best Gareth!

      – Zueet

  39. Hi Zueet,
    I have receive my rejection from NTU just ytd, I have write up my appeal for NTU and am writing for NUS now, however I am confuse as to what course I should appeal to. One that is closer to my grade or one that I’m more interested in but the grades are pretty far off and definitely high in demand?
    I have also emailed you my 50 words appeal for NTU and am waiting for you reply 🙂 Hope to hear from you soon!

  40. HELLO!!!
    I was wondering if I want to send an individual appeal letter, who do I send it to? I am trying to apply for NTU ADM! Do drop me an email!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING!:D

  41. Hi Zueet!
    I specially switched on the computer to comment because this page is too laggy for my tablet and phone! Anyway I would like to ask a few questions, hope you dont mind!

    1) I am very keen in doing psychology. However my grades are really terrible and i am a retainee. Here are my grades –
    PW A, HCL A, H1 ECONS C, GP B, H2 BIO D, H2 CHEM E, H2 MATHS A
    What do you think my chances are for NTU NUS and SMU? I was rejected by all 3 straightaway and wasnt even offered any interview or test, perhaps due to my retainee black record. I did very badly for prelims too, almost all Us. I tried my best already but this was really the best I can do.
    I am thinking of appealing to engineering after hearing that people with UAS of ~65 got in, but I really dont feel like going for a course i dont have any slight interest in!

    2) Is it possible to appeal if i did not even go for the interview the first time round? I know for NUS med we are not allowed to appeal for it if we werent offered an interview during the first window.

    3) Where did you obtain the email contacts of the relevant professors? However on the appeal/application pages, it was written that we should not send in applications elsewhere other than the admissions office, if not it would slow down the process. So is sending personalized letters still recommended?

    4) Are we allowed to re-appeal if the appeal is already rejected? I thought we could only appeal once.

    So sorry for the utterly long comment, I’ve pretty much lost hope in getting into a government school already. Checked out uniSIM and realized they only accept students who are 21 and above and holding a fulltime job or have 2 years job experience??

    Would appreciate it if you could drop me an email reply because it is really hard to get on this laggy page.
    I really really thank you for setting up this page and answering questions, it really helps a lot and gives me some hope.

    Hope to hear from you soon x

    1. Hi Despaired!

      I’m really sorry about the site being laggy on mobile devices. I’ll look into it and re-optimize my mobile site as soon as I find the time. 🙂

      1) I am very keen in doing psychology. However my grades are really terrible and i am a retainee. Here are my grades –
      PW A, HCL A, H1 ECONS C, GP B, H2 BIO D, H2 CHEM E, H2 MATHS A
      What do you think my chances are for NTU NUS and SMU? I was rejected by all 3 straightaway and wasnt even offered any interview or test, perhaps due to my retainee black record. I did very badly for prelims too, almost all Us. I tried my best already but this was really the best I can do.
      I am thinking of appealing to engineering after hearing that people with UAS of ~65 got in, but I really dont feel like going for a course i dont have any slight interest in!

      Don’ worry about being a retainee. I have met many others in the part and have not heard of it affecting their application in any way. 🙂 It’s good to see that you aren’t considering lower tier courses just because you have a higher chance in getting them. At the end of the day, I honestly believe that it does not matter where your cert comes from. For non-government owned companies, you’ll be paid the same as local graduates and have the same opportunities to progress. Plus if you like what you’re doing, you’ll naturally be good at it. 🙂

      2) Is it possible to appeal if i did not even go for the interview the first time round? I know for NUS med we are not allowed to appeal for it if we werent offered an interview during the first window.

      As long as the course you are appealing for is not listed as those that are restricted, you can appeal for it. 🙂 You may view the list of restricted courses here: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/local/appeals/AYA-appeal.html

      3) Where did you obtain the email contacts of the relevant professors? However on the appeal/application pages, it was written that we should not send in applications elsewhere other than the admissions office, if not it would slow down the process. So is sending personalized letters still recommended?

      Most schools place the list of their staff and their individual school’s website. Here’s an example of the NTU MAE’s staff faculty list: http://www.mae.ntu.edu.sg/AboutMAE/Faculty%20And%20Staff%20Directory/Pages/Home.aspx You can find the names and office addresses of the staff there. Alternatively you can search for them through the main staff directory. 🙂

      4) Are we allowed to re-appeal if the appeal is already rejected? I thought we could only appeal once.

      For the online official appeal, you’re only allowed to appeal ones. The other methods listed here are not official so they do not guarantee anything though there have been cases of people getting offers/interviews after doing it. 🙂

      So sorry for the utterly long comment, I’ve pretty much lost hope in getting into a government school already. Checked out uniSIM and realized they only accept students who are 21 and above and holding a fulltime job or have 2 years job experience??

      You can actually ignore this requirement. SIM usually does not enforce this (not that I have heard of anyone being rejected for this anyways). 🙂

      – Zueet

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