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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. You can also buy research papers online cheap to get a good idea what sort of work you are expected to do once you are there.

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 Zueet,

    I am a year 1 student at a university and would like to draft an appeal letter (1500 characters) to transfer schools. I would like to hear your opinions regarding the contents if possible.

    Hope to hear from you!

  2. Hi zueet may I have your e-mail? I may have some enquiries regarding university admissions when my a levels results come out soon.

  3. Hi Zueet!

    i have some questions to ask you on university application.
    can I have your e-mail address to contact you?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Holiday!

      I’m sorry to hear that. 🙁 Don’t worry though, I’ll try my best to help you. 🙂 Before I can make any recommendations though, I need to know the courses that you’re aiming for, your grades and any other relevant information that you feel might be useful. 🙂

      – Zueet

  4. Dear Zueet, thank you for your article, it is really helpful. Can I send you an email regarding my appeal to NTU? I’ll really appreciate it if you can email me! Thank you!

  5. Hey Zueet,

    I know that you’re not familiar with international qualification, but do try all the best to help me okay? thanks you very much! or you have friends that holding an international qualification who are willing to help, do let me know okay?
    I’m currently holding an australian pre-u qualification and my atar is 85. However, the cut off atar scores for both NTU and NUS is 90 and above. My atar score was so close 🙁 i have a bad feeling that they will reject me right away. so i decided to plan for my appeal. As im applying for mechanical engineering in NTU and NUS AY2014/15, i still have a lot of time. I’m still in the application period, do you think i should send them my appeal letter together with my application fee?
    i have read the comments you commented earlier, you mentioned that the cut off for foreigners are ridiculously high. It is true?
    mind giving me your email address? i might need your help in writing the appeal letter, thanks!
    hope that you can get back to me as soon as possible, thank you in advance! 🙂
    good day, zueet!

    1. Hi Jay!

      You’re right. The requirements for foreign applicants have always been very demanding however, as I do not have much experience with foreign applications, it is difficult for me to gauge if those 5 points will actually make a significant difference. Also, I strongly recommend that you wait till (lets hope it does not come to this) you are rejected before you send in your appeal letter though I will help you with writing one now if you would like. 🙂

      I dropped you an email to the email address that you used post this comment. 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. okay then i shall pay the application fee first and i shall wait for the result! *cross finger*
        will NTU or NUS send me a letter or something to let me know whether my application is successful? and when will they notify us?
        i will ask for your help when im writing the appeal letter 🙂 ty

        1. Hi again Jay!

          Yes, they will send you a letter (or email in some cases) providing you with the outcome of you application though I’m not sure when foreigners will be notified of the outcome of their application. 🙁 You can always email them towards the start of the semester to check your application status though!

          And don’t worry! I hope it never comes to it, but if you need help drafting your appeal, feel free to let me know. I am more then happy to help. 🙂

          All the best Jay!

          – Zueet

  6. Hi there,

    I am a current student in a local polytechnic with a GPA of 2.78 with my 5 semesters so far. I am still doing my last semester, and there is a high chance that I cannot apply to UNI together with my last semester as the deadline for local U ends on 1 april if i am not wrong.
    However, I am really keen on entering SMU social science/taking up a schloarship from brightsparks.

    Do you think if i get recommendation letter from my intern workplace and course manager and my cca transcript, it’d actually contribute to the application?

    I know chances are slim, though. 🙁
    I am so upset with myself!! Sigh

    1. Hi greyskies!

      According to the SMU IGP, you need at least a GPA of 3.64. While there may be some wiggkle room for applicants who have a GPA lower then that, it seems that yours is quite far off. 🙁 It may be hard for you to get an interview with SMU (especially if you have an unrelated diploma).

      That being said however, I have seen a many rare cases (A level students) who have grades much much lower then the IGP get places in university with very solid appeals and testimonials. While chances may seem very slim, there’s really no harm trying!

      If there is anyway I can help you further (vetting your appeal letter etc.) please don’t hesitate to let me know! I’m more then happy to help whenever I can. 🙂

      All the best greyskies!

      – Zueet

  7. Hi, I have been rejected for MSc. Civil Engineering Programme by NUS. I think it is due to my poor university (NTU) result. However, I have sent in appeal letter and they want me to attend interview with professors. May I know how I can prepare for this interview and what kinds of questions they will ask?

    Please advise. Hope can get your reply asap as my interview is next week.

    1. Hi Jun!

      I’m really really sorry for the late reply. I was so busy with my exam preparations I completely forgot to reply to your comment. I really hope that your interview went well. Can you please share the type of questions asked by the professors? That way I can pass it on to someone else who needs it should the need arise. 🙂

      Really sorry for the late reply Jun!

      – Zueet

  8. Hi Zueet,

    I am actually a fresh graduate from Malaysia who wish to have my 4 months internship in Singapore. I sent my resume to a private SG company and got a opportunity to be interviewed. I’m feeling really grateful as I received their job offer. However, my Training Employment Pass (TEP) application is rejected by Ministry of Manpower. Then, my company appealed for me but the application is rejected again. The reason they gave was I’m from Malaysia Private University. I am so lost. What should i do?

    Thank you so much for your time.

    1. Hi Jing,

      To be honest, I really do not have much experience with immigration related matters. 🙁 Perhaps you may wish to make a post in the . Someone there with more experience might be able to assist you better.

      Hope this helps Jing!

      All the best for your internship!

      – Zueet

  9. Hey Zueet, please get back to me whenever you have the time.

    I’m in almost the exact predicament as you were with H2 Grades ACD (history,lit,econs) and H1 Grades ABE (GP,PW,MT) and unfortunately a U for my H1-contrasting: Physics. As you would know, I got rejected by all the local Unis as well. I’ve missed the application for re-taking my H1 physics this year so I intend to do so next year (during my 2nd year of NS-like yourself). Now that you say its impossible to combine certs that are more than year apart, what do you suggest I do? I REALLY can’t afford to let one mistake screw up my future and I’m absolutely clueless.

    Looking forward to hearing your response and advice.
    Satha

    1. Hi Satha,

      What me and many other applicants have done is to just fill up the better grade after retaking our paper. We’ve had the most luck with NTU though as they do not require you to specify the year each paper was taken. In fact, they don’t even require your H1 grades (though you still have to submit them in to show that you have met the minimum requirements).

      Success rate has been quite good so I really hope that you don’t give up and give it a shot. 🙂

      All the best with your application Satha!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi asd,

      Sorry for the late reply. I actually appealed after my first rejection thought it should not really matter. The best thing to do is to go as early as possible after your first rejection though it is still possible to go after your appeal fails. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      All the best for your application asd!

      – Zueet

  10. Hey Zueet,

    Thanks a lot for all your advice. I actually got into NUS ComEng. They accepted my appeal and called for an interview. I did pretty well during the interview and finally I got the offer package right in the postal box. Again, thank you. 🙂

    Regards,

    1. Hi aa!

      Sorry for the late reply! It’s awesome to hear that you’re currently studying in NTU! 🙂 Jia you and all the best for your first semester! 😀

      – Zueet

  11. Hi i’m from India having completed BTech in electronics & communication engineering with CGPA 8/10 and IELTS 7.0. I want to apply for MSc microelectronics at NUS for january 2014 intake. I contacted the admissions and they said GRE is not required for coursework based program. What chances for me to get selected ?? And how should a personal statement be like (similar to a “Statement Of Purpose”) ??

    1. Hi Anil Kumar!

      Unfortunately, I can’t assist you with this as I do not have much experience with Master’s application. You may wish to visit the following thread though! There are more experienced members there who will be able to better assist you. 🙂

      As for your personal statement, please visit the following site: there are many example there that you might wish to use as reference. 🙂

      All the best Anil! 🙂

      – Zueet

  12. Dear Zueet,

    I scored 3.38 in poly, and have more or less given up hope on the local universities. My mum however, insists that I try them out. Do you think I would have even a glimmer of chance to enter SMU biz or econs? People keep saying that SMU accepts students based on their interview. However, I am pretty sure they require a minimum GPA (3.72 and 3.70 respectively). In the same way, do you think it is possible/have you ever heard of exceptional cases where students were accepted into NTU/NUS courses despite scoring much lower than the stated score in the previous year’s representative grade profile?

    Also, what is your opinion on studying overseas VS studying SIM? Is it all the same once everyone enters the workforce?

    Thanks so much for starting this blog and taking time out to help everyone out Zueet! I cannot even begin to imagine how many people you’ve saved..

    1. Hi Desiree!

      Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon so please just try again! You never truly know you chances till you try. 🙂 And yes you are right! While normally you do need to meet (or be very close to) the IGP requirements, there have been many cases where people have still been in invited to interviews even without a special talent. So please try again! 🙂

      As for overseas universities vs SIM, there is honestly no difference. I have friends from both SIM and overseas universities and both groups seem to draw a similar starting pay. The only disadvantage that overseas/SIM graduates face come when they work for government owned/supported organisations so if you don’t plan for working for such organizations, you should be just fine. 🙂

      Please let me know if I have missed anything or if you have an more questions. 🙂

      All the best with your application!

      – Zueet

  13. Hi Zueet!
    I really wanted to get into SMU SoSS this year but got rejected. I’ve always been a passionate arts student. However, I don’t always do exceptionally well for major exams due to exam stress/fear/panic. Thus, I scored CCC/C GP C, PW A = 70 rank points which is 2.5 points away from SMU SoSS’s 10th percentile (last year’s IGP) so I tried but only managed to get called for an interview for SMU SIS during the application period. Turned that option down because I have to interest/passion at all.

    Coming from the arts stream, options are either competitive or rather limited for my scores.
    Despite the rejection, I am determined to try again next year because I do believe I have what it takes to be in SoSS. I am considering the option of studying for the SAT exam while waiting, to increase my chances (since GP was C).

    Do you think I’d stand a better chance in clinching an interview/gaining admission (SoSS) if I took and scored well in the SATs because SMU does take into account these scores. I would like to have insight on the usefulness of SAT scores for my application.

    Thanks for taking your time to read this, would appreciate your advice.

    Regards,
    Xin.

    1. Hi Xin!

      It great to hear that you’re following your passion instead of just taking your degree for the sake of it. 🙂 That being said, taking your SATs will definitely help if you score well and I urge you to consider taking it while waiting for next years application. There are also many SAT tuition centers that you may wish to enroll in should you feel that you need more guidance. 🙂

      I wish you all the best in your university application Xin! Jia you for your SATs!

      – Zueet

  14. Hi Zueet!

    My son has submitted his appeal letter to NTU Engineering 1st time and NTU rejected him. From forum we know a NS man 2nd time apply NTU has the same score as my son got into NTU Engineering; Does my son need to re-appeal NTU Engineering? Or apply NTU Engineering next year? Please advise! Thank you.

    1. Hi Ms Chua!

      It may be a little to send in appeals as school will be starting in about 2 weeks. Don’t worry though! He still have another two years to apply and from what I’ve witnessed personally, it gets easier to obtain admission as they approach the end of their service. 🙂

      Also, from what I’ve heard, your application is compared to other students who have taken their A levels in the same year as you. For example, if you the NS man has taken his A levels in 2008 and is applying in 2010, his results will still be compared with students who have applied for university in 2008. I can’t remember where I’ve read this but I’ll update this post as soon as I find the source though I do have a friend who deferred his studies to work in the same year as me in university now who has Cs and Bs who is currently in Environmental Engineering (a straight A course). This is perhaps one reason why the other NS man might have had an easier chance of getting in. (Though in all honesty, many times university applications just don’t seem to follow the meritocracy rule.).

      A few things that might boost his chances of getting a place though. NTU loves sportsmen and SMU prefers NS men who have held some sort of leadership position in the army (eg, Officers and Specialists).

      I hope that your son gains admission when he applies the following year. I wish him the very best in his studies. 🙂

      Please let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try my best to assist you. 🙂

      – Zueet

  15. Hi Zueet!

    I have submitted my re-appeal letter to NTU and I got rejected. In my re-appeal letter, i have already attached two letters of recommendation from my two companies which are relevant to the course i wish to enroll in! I got BCD for my H2 and i am really upset that I cant get into NTU. I have friend who got the same grades as me got into NTU; What should I do next? I really feel that I deserve a place in NTU. Please advise me!!!

    cheers,
    C

    1. Hi C!

      I’m sorry to hear about your rejection. I actually faced the same problem as you when I applied. What I did was ask the MP to help me find out why others were granted admission even though their grades were much lower then mind.

      In addition to that, I also wrote a personal appeal letter (attached in the blog post above). If you like, you may wish to write your own. I’ll be done with my internship this coming week and I’d be more then happy to help you vet yours if you feel that you need help. 🙂

      Also, if you’re in the army, don’t worry too much! You’ll still have another two more years to apply and it gets easier as you get closer to the end of your service especially if you hold some sort of leadership position (SMU likes officers and specialists).

      All the best C! Please feel free to let me know if you need any more help. 🙂

      – Zueet

  16. Hi.
    I attained bcd/bbd (my gp grade is d)
    i tried applying, appealing and reappealing for smu soss, ntu sociology but was rejected.
    would you suggest that i apply for these courses again next year or just try other courses that are closer to my uas?

    1. btw, do you have any idea what kind of experience/work experience(specifically) would be helpful if i want to use it to gain admission through DA for business/economic courses?

      1. Hi X,

        Such work experience doesn’t help much to be honest. It’ll only help if you apply as a mature candidate (you need to be of a certain age and have a certain number of years experience in that industry).

        Hope this helps. 🙂

        – Zueet

    2. Hi X!

      It honestly depends on what your goals are. If you have strong interests in Social Sciences, then I highly recommend that you continue to try to apply for those courses.

      However, if your aim is just to get into a local university then it’ll definitely be wiser to choose a course that is closer to your grade profile. 🙂

      As usual, I urge you to choose a course that you have interest in instead of choosing one just to get into a local university. You really don’t want to end up doing something that you hate for the rest of your life. 🙁

      All the best with your decision X! 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Do you think it is advisable to apply for SMU Soss and NTU sociology again next year or just apply for SIM? i heard that the UAS will increase every year and im afraid that i wont be able to get into ntu sociology. 🙁

        Thank you so much for responding and advising. I really appreciate it alot.

        1. Hi X,

          Can I ask what your grades are?

          Also, if you can afford it, you may wish to start your studies at SIM first before reapplying from NTU/SMU next year. I actually know of two girls who have made the jump from SIM to SMU this year. One completed her SIM degree and the other one transferred over in her second year. 🙂

          – Zueet

  17. I’ve got into NTU EEE thanks to your post!!
    I was initially rejected from NTU.
    But with the help of your post, I wrote the main points for the online appeal and I got in!

    Thank you so much.
    This is really a great guide! (:

  18. Do you know if it’s hard to get into NTU’s Life Science ( Biomedicine and TCM) for international student? Thank you

    1. Hi Lin!

      Generally it’s very hard of international students to get into any course in our local universities. 🙁 If you provide me with more information about yourself I might be able to help you to gauge your chances better. 🙂

      All the best with your application Lin! 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Hi,

        My result did not turn out very well for my IB. However, I am retaking four subjects this Novemeber. Do they accept retakes ? :\

        1. Hi lin,

          I’m not very sure how the IB system works but if it’s anything like the A level system and you can combine certs or if you’re retaking the whole IB, then you really shouldn’t have a problem.

          Hope this helps lin!

          All the best for your IB! 🙂

          – Zueet

          1. Hi,
            Yes if im retaking four subjects, it will be in one certificate . So I hope it wouldnt be a problem :\

            Thank you for the reply!

  19. Hi
    I was posted to ntu eee and I heard that it is really hard to score well in this course as they have the largest number of china scholars. Are their modules really slightly harder than others and is it true that the average GPA score is only 2+ for most ntu Eee students now?
    I got a C and D for my phy and math in alevel. So would it be even harder for me to cope? I have a senior who scored A for physics in alevel but still struggle to reach a 3 for her GPA in ntu Eee.

    1. Hi Q!

      It is true to some extend! All Engineering courses are competitive in general but it really depends on you as an individual. I have a few friends in EEE who are doing just fine while others are struggling to survive (mainly cos they have just given up). If you’re willing to put in the effort to do your tutorials and to study for your exams, you should be able to cope just fine. 🙂

      Don’t worry about what other people tell you. Just try your best and you’ll do just fine. 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Hi
        So what course have you chosen after your first year?
        Is EEE avg really 2+? I’m in EEE too and I have D for both phy & math. I’m worried that I might not be up to par and might have to give up like the others you said.

        1. Hi Jal!

          I actual chose Mechanical Engineering as it was something that I had the most interest in. I’m currently in an early specialization program now though so I’ll be specializing in Mechatronics which as a little of electrical and computer engineering which makes everything a little more exciting I suppose. =X

          The EEE average really depends on who you ask actually. My friends who have completely given up tend to have GPAs around that range wile others who have continued to do their tutorials and study for their tests and exams have very healthy GPAs. Just don’t mix with the wrong crowd and you should be just fine. 🙂 Plus your first semester modules are solely to help you refresh your JC math and physics content so don’t worry about falling behind. 🙂

          All the best Jal! Study hard! 😀

          – Zueet

  20. Hi Zueet :),

    I got DDD/D with H2 bio instead of H2 physics. i got O level pure physics background and i met all the minimum criteria for NTU engineering courses. My application failed and my appeal for Civil Engineering failed for both NTU and NUS. Is it OK if i re-appeal to a different course that i appealed and applied for? I’m planning to re-appeal common engineering. I have strong interests in both Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering. To secure a spot in NTU engineering, in your opinion, which course should i re-appeal?

    In your post you stated we can send re-appeals to the admissions department. How about sending it to the professors also, would it help? Also could you send me your email address so that once i have completed my re-appeal letter, you can vet it for me? At this stage with my grades do you think i should also send my re-appeal to NUS? Thank you so much! 🙂

    1. Hi JS!

      There should be no issues if you plan on appealing for a course that is different from what you initially applied for (especially in your case since you wish to go for common engineering). If you have interest in both civil and environmental engineering, then I highly recommend that you appeal for common engineering first as it’ll give you more time to decide on your path plus you’ll have a better chance of getting into environmental engineering if your first semester GPA results are good. 🙂

      As for sending personal appeals, I actually meant sending them to professors instead (in particular the dean). The re-appeal to the admissions department is actually something that your MP will do. 🙂

      I’ve dropped you an email as well!

      All the best JS!

      – Zueet

  21. Hey I was rejected from NUS and NTU. My appeals were subsequently unsuccessful as well. Should I reappeal? Will they even consider my reappeal?

    1. Hi ly!

      It really depends on the course that you’re appealing for and how far away your grades are from the current intake. More importantly, you never know what your chances truly are till you try!

      All the best ly!

      – Zueet

  22. Hey Zueet,
    I have been rejected by both NTU and NUS and have send in my appeals to both the universities. At this stage would they consider a testimonial from my teacher? I have some exceptional extra curricular activities do you think I stand a chance for admission?Usually are appeals successful?

    Thanks,

    Chang

    1. Hi Chang!

      If you’re appealing through the website, I don’t think they accept anything but a short written appeal (1000 characters (or maybe words) for NUS and 50 words for NTU). You may wish to state your achievements for your extra curricular activities then. 🙂

      If you’re taking about personal appeals then feel free to include it with your personal appeal!

      As for the outcome of appeals, they have usually been quite favorable though it really depends on the course that you’re appealing for and the competition. As I always say, just try because you never know till you do! 🙂

      If decide to appeal and need me to help you vet it, then please feel free to email it to me and I’ll try my best to help you. 🙂

      – Zueet

  23. Hello Zueet

    Do you think it is advisable to re-appeal to 2 courses as the 2 courses are under the college of engineering, eg. EEE engine and MAE engine?

    Thanks,
    Oliver

    1. Hi Oliver!

      It really depends, is that where you interests lie? Also what are you grades?

      If you’re still lost and deciding between Engineering programs, perhaps you can consider appealing for common engineering instead. Perhaps after the first semester you’ll be able to better decide the path you want to take. 🙂

      – Zueet

  24. Hi thanks for taking the time out to answer everyone’s questions! 🙂

    Anyway I have been rejected by all three unis and my appeals to NTU Sociology and NUS FASS has been rejected. My A level results are BED for my H2 Econs Bio Chem and all Bs for my H1 GP and Math, PW was an A. I think my UAS is around 67.5. Is it still possible to re-appeal via individual letters of appeal by post? Or is it really unlikely for the appeal to succeed and I should just go to a private university? Thanks!

    1. Hi A!

      The worse thing is life is living with regret. If you have the time and if you’re willing to put in the effort, you should definitely try! In fact, just a few days ago someone notified me that he got into one of the NTU programs after he submitted his personal appeal. 🙂

      Go for it! You never know till you try!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Ivan!

      I’m not sure if my reply is too late. If you still need me to help you vet through your appeal, then please feel free to email it to me. 🙂

      – Zueet

  25. Hey zueet I’m intending to appeal to smu information system management and I hope you can help me. please drop me an email. really appreciate your help!

  26. Hello zueet ,
    I recently appealed for civil engineering to NTU ,but got rejected .
    I did not send any personal letters,what do you suggest should i send personal letters . but to whom ? please zueet reply soon.thank you .and please provide your email-id .

    1. Hi Yash!

      Sorry for the late reply! If you haven’t sent your appeal letters yet then please start with the ntu’s civil engineering faculty list. Start from the Dean of CEE and work your way down. 🙂

      All the best Yash!

      – Zueet

  27. Hi Zueet

    Thank you so much. Looking through all the course IGP, I think I will have to proceed with my plan B – retake my A level again. Will work and pray hard to get better result. Thanks alot.

    1. Hi Eliz,

      All the best with your decision! If you need help with anything else please feel free to let me know. 🙂

      – Zueet

        1. Hi Eliz,

          I don’t know of any good home tutors but you may wish to try Complete Tuition Centre. I think they have quite a few branches in Singapore so you should be able to find one near you. They have a really good crash course during the school holidays that recaps everything that you need to know for your exams. 🙂

          I highly recommend it. 🙂

          – Zueet

  28. Hey,
    I just saw your website. I am wishing to appeal to NTU, the deadline for American High School Diploma is June 23, however I do not receive my AP results till July 7th, I did recieve some international awards such as Presidential awards (USA) and the ECIS award (UK) which I think ywould positively impact my application, and I want them to know this. Should i wait for my AP results and then reappeal with all the information, just through email, since the online appeal will be closed after today?

    I look forward to your reply… I have about 4 hours to appeal online if I will!!
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Chads!

      Hope this reaches you in time! If the portal is closing then please proceed with your appeal first! Once you have gotten your AP results, just email NTU and have them update your application to reflect your results. 🙂

      I’d recommend that you email them after submitting your appeal to let them know our situation. They’re likely to tell you the same thing but it’ll be good to have a “case” registered with them. 🙂

      All the best Chads!

      – Zueet

      1. Hey, thanks a lot, I sent them an email saying that, lets see what they say. Can you send me your email address, so I can show you my appeal. I also wanted to ask you since I am an international student, will sending the 50 word appeal be sufficient or supporting documents would be neccesary. (if so what kind of documents?)

        1. Hi Chads,

          I’ve dropped you an email as requested. 🙂

          As for the appeal, the 50 words on should be sufficient. They’ll normally request for supporting documents such as your transcripts etc only should they require it. 🙂

          – Zueet

  29. Hi
    The 2nd window for the ntu admission has closed and I didn’t get the course that I appealed for. Is it still possible for me to write in a letter to appeal for another course? Or they wouldn’t accept any appeal anymore?

    1. Hi J!

      Is this the first time you are appealing for this intake? If it is, then you have the right to appeal even though the portal has closed. Email the admissions department and let them know what has happened. They’ll ask you to email them your 50 word appeal. Don’t worry. 🙂

      All the best J!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi
        I sent my appeal in and they did consider my this appeal:) though it was rejected, I did do what I can. Thanks loads for the reply and assurance!

        1. Hi Q,

          Really sorry to hear that. 🙁 Glad to hear that you tried though! Hopefully you’ll have more luck in your application next year if you’re planning to re-apply. 🙂 Have you considered sending in your own personal appeal? I’ve been getting a lot of good news from people who have done so over these past few days. 🙂

          – Zueet

  30. Hey!
    I’m from India too. I sent my appeal for NTU and got rejected by NUS too recently. Though I scored very well in my boards (our exams) It seems both universities weren’t interested. So having given up hope, the only glimmer of hope seems to be SMU as I got shortlisted for the interview which was on 31 May. But it seems it’s taking too much time. I have no clue what to do.

    1. Hi Arvinf!

      I’m sorry to hear about your rejection but it is really hard for foreigners to gain admission into our local universities even with very good grades. Congrats on getting an interview at SMU though! 🙂

      Have you called in/logged in to check the status of your application?

      – Zueet

  31. Hi Zueet, i’ve been rejected by NTU psychology, and im planning to appeal, but when i clicked the link to appeal, it turned out that im limited with a 50-word reason of appeal, what do you think i should include in my letter of appeal then? :/

    1. Hi Rebecca12,

      For NTU’s appeal, they don’t really expect much. I actually have a sample towards the bottom of my post that you can use as reference. Once you’re done with drafting your appeal, feel free to send it to me and I’ll help you look through it and assist you in modifying it should there be a need to. 🙂

      All the best Rebecca12!

      – Zueet

  32. Hey my appeal failed. Do you think i should reappeal by sending personal letters to the school’s professors? or that i should have already sent them together with the online – 50 words – appeal back then? can sending personal letters this late still feasible?

    1. Hi Smon,

      Normally I recommend sending in personal letters of appeal before your appeal has been rejected. There is no harm trying though. There have been a small number of people in the past who have still managed to get admission into the university after this stage through their appeal letters. 🙂

      All the best Smon! Let me know if you need any help in drafting your personal appeal. 🙂

      – Zueet

  33. Hi Zueet!

    Its so sweet of you to be helping everyone out with their appeals! I am currently in quite a spot. My appeal to NBS has recently been rejected and i am thinking of sending in my reappeal! I heard that NBS has a full intake of 1230 already but i would like to still give it a try! But the problem is that i dont know who to send my reappeals to, do i send them to the deans in charge of admission or the highest ranked dean in NBS? And do i need to send to the NTU admission office as well?

    And are reappeals more likely to be successful with more testimonials etc?

    Please do drop me an email, thank you so much! 🙂

    1. Hi XHC!

      I actually heard that the intake was full during the first round of admissions but a few people I know have actually still managed to get places. What I normally recommend is to buy a stamp booklet and then start from the Dean of Admissions (if any). From there work your way down starting from the Dean all the way until you have emptied that little stamp booklet of yours. 🙂

      Also, try not to send out generic letters. Instead personalize them by addressing each professor by their actual names instead of just “Dear Sir/Madam”. I can’t guarantee if more testimonials will help but there is usually no harm including them in if you feel that they will help your appeal. 🙂

      All the best XHC!

      – Zueet

  34. Hi Zueet. I have make a very wrong decision in my university admission regarding the ranking of my selected courses and right now no unis are accepting me at this moment. I would really appreciate if you could drop me an email to hear about my situation. please help me! 🙁

  35. Hi Zueet,
    I have so many questions to ask you, may I have your email please? Your response will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!!

  36. Hi Zueet, I just got rejected email from the physics department.
    I have already sent in personal appeal letter but still got rejected, very depressed…What should I do now??
    Sorry for the trouble.

    1. Hi Daphne,

      I’m really sorry to hear about your rejection. Have you considered meeting your MP to file and appeal? If you plan on doing so, please remember the following:

      1. Your IC along (if you are under 21 your parents have to be present)
      2. Your transcripts/testimonials (they will make copies for you)
      3. A personal statement (optional but advisable – approximately one page long about your passion for your course, your 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!

      All the best for your re-appeal Daphne!

      – Zueet

  37. Hi Zueet
    check with you, if i got H2/H1 EDD/A (Chem, Econ & Math / Chinese, PW & Bio A GP C), what is the chance of appeal and get into NTU – Econs or Psychology.

    1. Hi Eliz,

      Generally it is advisable to choose a course that is no more then one H2 grade away from the current IGP. Both these courses require about a B average. 🙁 Are there any other courses that you are interested in?

      – Zueet

  38. hi zueet, i seriously need help right now. i’m a poly grad with GPA 3.64, hoping to get into local uni for social sciences. got rejected by 3 local uni, & appealed all, nus just rejected me too. ntu sociology had not replied me but i doubt they will accepted me since they had not called me for an interview. right now, hoping to draft a letter to smu for soss cutoff is 3.61. any help will be much appreciated

    1. Hi k21!

      If you’ve already written your appeal letter, please feel free to email it to me and I’ll help you to vet it. 🙂

      – Zueet

  39. Hello Zueet!
    Great post!
    Iam from India and have got a great result.My only problem is that while applying I wasnot looking at Singapore(NTU,NUS) as a major college choice for me and was quite dumb with my prefrences.Like in my NUS course choices I have in order Architecture,BBA,and then engineering.In NTU I had BBA,and then engineering.As a result I was rejected :P(from NTU).My NUS result is not out yet.Now I have decided that I want to do engineering.
    So i was just wondering what I should do in order to make the institute aware about the course I actually want so they can think of me as a not so confused person.In a appeal there is hardly any place to say all that.Do you think writing a letter to them is a good idea?
    Please reply when you can,
    Thank you!
    You really have helped so many people with their admissions!
    Regards,
    Sonali

    1. Hi Sonali!

      Actually they will look at all your choices one by one when you apply. For example, if you don’t hit the requirements for BBA, they will consider you for your next course and so on. I’m sure that you didn’t make the wrong choices it’s just that the cut off for foreigners are ridiculously high.

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet!
        Thanks SOO much for replying!
        It would be much appreciated if you drop me an email as I needed some help with my NTU appeal.
        Thanks!!

  40. Hi Zueet,

    I have received an email saying that I am accepted in NTU Chinese after going for an interview in May. However, I still did not received the letter (not sure whether I am accepted or rejected) by post yet. Recently, I called NTU to check the status of my application and they said my application is processing. I have already sent in all my supporting documents for NAA. Do I stand a chance of getting into NTU Chinese? I am actually quite worried since I still can’t log on to the Joint A|cceptance Portal.

    Please give me some advice! Thank you!

    1. Hi Kai Li!

      First off congrats on getting into NTU! Don’t worry too much about all the nitty gretty stuff. As long as you have an official email from NTU stating that you have gotten a spot, you’re in!

      If you still have problems logging in to the JAE portal, just drop an email to NTU and let them know that you want to accept the offer but can’t do so through the portal. I’m sure that they’ll handle it for you.

      Once again congrats!

      – Zueet

  41. Hello Zueet,
    I am appealing to NUS tomorrow.Would you mind dropping me an email? I have some questions for appeals. Your response would be highly appreciated.I hope you see this post soon (:

  42. Hi Zueet!
    Your blog is amazing! I was hoping you could help me with my predicament. I am from India and had applied for engineering at NTU. My board exam marks were good enough for me to top my school. I also enjoyed a post as the school captain and hosted a number of programmes for the school. I was extremely disappointed to read that my application hasn’t been successful and I really want to write an appeal. Can you please help me?

    1. Hi Aleshi!

      I really don;t have much experience with foreign applicants but I’ll try my best to help. I’d highly recommend posting on though. You might be able to get better advice (and a faster response) from a foreigner who has applied for NTU before.

      – Zueet

  43. Hi Zueet,

    I was lucky enough to stumble upon your site.

    I just got rejected for NTU today. I’m still waiting for my NUS results, but the chances are really low.

    Can you please help me write an appeal to NTU? I applied for Materials Engineering. It would mean the world to me if you would help.

    Hoping to hear from you soon,
    Amal.

    1. Hi Amal!

      have you already drafted your appeal? If you have then please email it to you and I’ll help you vet it as soon as I can. 🙂

      – Zueet

  44. Hi Zueet!
    I’m totally dejected with my rejection letter 🙁 I wish to pursue Mechanical Engg at NTU.Please,can u give me tips about what i could include in my appeal?
    And,can i hav ur email id? i hav a few queries.

  45. Hi Zueet,

    I’ve read your page at least thrice throughout this nervous period of admissions exercises because it’s so helpful and it’s really nice to know that you’d tediously reply all the comments. I also took your advice in my appeal procedure and am currently waiting for the result 🙂

    Anyway, I scored a decent BBB/C A for GP and B for PW in the recent A level sitting and managed to land myself a place in SMU Business, which I’m happy in. However, I’ve appealed to NUS Biz as well (because it rejected me and offered FASS instead) because I honestly love campus life and would like my University life to be the kind that NUS offers.

    What do you think are my chances of successfully appealing into NUS? I had an internship experience with a brokerage firm that wrote me a letter of recommendation, and I have had several key leadership roles that will probably help in my appeal result.

    Because camps are very important to me to kickstart my Uni experience and I feel it will be a waste if I wait it out, hence matriculate later and then forgo the camps I could have gone in SMU (if say I get rejected by NUS)…

    Seems like a very long-winded post, hahaha do you think I should give myself an ultimatum? Like if they don’t accept by this week then I should go ahead and matriculate?

    Thank you once again,
    A

    1. Hi A,

      I’m sure that by now you would have already decided what you want to do. Actually you can always accept SMU first while waiting for NUS to reply with your appeal result (you will forgo your seat in FASS though!) and then head to the SMU camp first.:)

      Camps aren’t really that important if you’re generally a very friendly person though it’ll definitely help you build a good network of people that you can reply on for the next four years of university. 🙂

      I know that this reply will come a little too late so I hope that you’ve already gotten a place in NUS business (or at least made a bunch of friends in SMU business camp!).

      – Zueet

  46. Hi Zueet,

    Thank you so much for this awesome post! However I do have some questions I would like to ask you. It is already 8 days past the appeal deadline and I did appeal, but I’m wondering if its still okay to mail my personal statement and personalised letters now?

    Also, I would like to ask if there is a word limit for the personal statement? I’m currently appealing for NTU Economics and I’m afraid that I’d be rambling too much about my love for Economics!

    I read on the NTU website that if we appeal for the subject that we are rejected for, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to get in? Is that true? :/

    I’m so sorry for asking so many questions. Do you mind emailing me your reply?

    Apologies and thank you once again!

    1. Hi Felicia!

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

      – Zueet

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