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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. Hey zueet! I have some questions to ask you regarding the order of choices when applying for local universities! Will really be thankful if you can drop me an email during your free time to help me clarify my doubt!

    Thanks!! 🙂

    1. Hi Lulz,

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

      – Zueet

  2. Hi zueet!

    Could I have your email address? 🙂
    I’m kinda confused over what to do and would love to be able to talk to you there 🙂

    Thanks!

    1. Hi FC,

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

      – Zueet

  3. Hi Zueet,

    Thank you so much for your selfless contributions towards helping those who did badly in their A levels. May I have your email as well so that I could consult you? Would deeply appreciate it.

    Regards,

    Gab.

    1. Hi Gab,

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

      – Zueet

  4. Hi Zueet!

    My grades are:

    H2 bio – B
    H2 chem – D
    H2 math – E
    H1 lit – C
    Gp – A
    Higher mother tongue – A
    So I believe my UAS is 68.something

    Is it feasible to apply to nus science or to courses with UAS around 73.something? as I hope to aim for duke nus as medicine is a lifelong dream. However I am also considering retaking. Is there any advice for those who plan to retake?

    1. Hi Elle!

      We usually recommend not choosing courses that are more then 2.5 points away from your current grade profile. 🙁

      – Zueet

  5. Hello Zueet,

    I got a BCC/C for my a levels. For Smu, what are the chances of me getting into business for first choice?. Or should I just put social Sci as first choice. Thn business as second but I’m afraid, this would make me end up w no place in Smu.

    1. Hi Dilemma!

      I’m guessing you’re already applied for SMU. Have you received your outcome yet? What were your choices? 🙂

      – Zueet

  6. Hey Zueet,

    I’m wondering, is it possible that I have spot in SMU social science, particularly sociology with CCD/BC and PW being an A? And if I were to appeal, how can I display my strengths and interest for such a course? x.x

    1. Hi Snail,

      I apologize for the late reply but your grades are a little far off from the 10th percentile. Perhaps it would be wiser for you to opt for other courses which your grades are much closer to. 🙂

      – Zueet

  7. Hello Zueet,
    I received my A Lvl results and it was quite bad,

    H1 GP: S
    H1 Project Work : B
    H1 Chinese :B
    H2 Chemistry : B
    H2 Maths :B
    H2 Economics : B
    H2 Physics : C

    I’m hoping to get into FASS/ NTU economics / even SMU social arts. May I know what are the chances and will appealing help cause of my GP grade.

    1. Hi YX!

      Those aren’t bad results at all. 🙂 Although your GP might pull you down quite a bit, you may be lucky to be called down for an interview to access your written and spoken skills. Though if you choose to try non arts related courses, you should stand a very strong chance in many courses! 🙂

      – Zueet

  8. Hi Zueet! I hope that you could drop me an email soon to discuss for solutions for my recent A’s result! Feeling lost here. 🙁

    1. Hi Queenie,

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi C,

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Rizal!

      I’ve dropped you an email. I have a few hundred to go through so it might take awhile before I get back to you.

      All the best for your application!

      – Zueet

  9. HI!

    My grades are below.

    H2 Chem: B
    H2 Econs and Math: C
    H1 Physics: C
    GP: B
    PW & MT: A

    I’m considering Maritime Studies in NTU. But I’m pretty worried that I won’t get in.
    I didn’t take H2 Phyiscs/Studied Biology for my Os. But I’m pretty interested in Mechanical Engineering and Bio Engineering. Would you recommend either?

    Please do drop me an email. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi perfect-x!

      I apologize for the very very very late reply. I’m guessing by now you would have applied for these courses. Don’t worry though, if you’ve only taken H1 physics, there is a special physics course for you to help you get up to speed. 🙂

      – Zueet

  10. Hi Zueet!

    I got BCC for my H2s, an S for my H1 and As for GP & PW- do you think I stand a chance for NUS FASS (even with an appeal)?

    1. Hi Angel,

      To be honest it might be tough for you to enter FASS especially with the grade profile constantly on the rise. There are many other courses that you have a solid chance of entering though. Is there anything else you might be interested in? 🙂

      – Zueet

  11. hi, my A level grades are

    H2 Maths: B
    H2 History: C
    H2 Econs: E
    H1 China Studies in Eng: C
    GP: B
    PW: B

    I wanted to pursue an Economics degree but looking at my results, my chances are pretty low for govt uni. So I’m thinking if i should take my chances and apply for NTU sociology or NTU History or NIE?

    1. Hi Kel!

      I apologize for the very very late reply. It really depends what you’re aiming for. If you’re looking just to enter a local university, then perhaps you should consider those courses that you mentioned (the application fee is just $10 anyway). However, if you’re really passionate about Economics, then perhaps you should consider going the private route and learning something you really enjoy.

      All the best with your application Kel!

      – Zueet

        1. Hi Stephanie!

          I’ve dropped you an email as requested. 🙂

          I have many to go through so please give me some time to get back to you. I promise I’ll reply to everyone as soon as I can!

          – Zueet

  12. Hi Zueet,may I have your email? Would like to have your advice for my recent A level examination results. thanks! 🙂

  13. Hi Zueet,

    May i have your email please? i would like to ask for your advice on writing a PS for sutd’s application and how do i go about planning for alternative routes.

  14. Hi Zueet, my results are as such:
    GP – D
    MT – B
    PW – A
    H2s – BBC
    H1 Geog B

    Do you think with such results, I stand a chance to enter NUS FASS? I’m not very sure because my GP grade isn’t very good.

    1. Hi Noel Wong!

      It might be a bit hard for you to get a place in NUS FASS but I definitely recommend you still try. 🙂

      – Zueet

  15. Hi Zueet! Do I have a chance of entering social science in NUS or SMU with h2 BCD, h1 C, pw A, gp B? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi avery!

      I’m sorry but your grades are really quite far off the requirements to enter NUS’s FASS. You might however stand a chance at SMU’s Social Sciences course with your UAS being only 1.25 points lower then that of the 10th percentile IGP. It really depends on the competitiveness of this years cohort but it’s definately worth trying. 🙂

      I hope this helps avery! 🙂

      – Zueet

  16. hi Zueet,

    Here’s Clarence. I didn’t do as well as I expected for A levels. Obtaining a DDDC BD which is a tad off from my expected of BBBC. However, im rly interested in NTU comms. Im thinking of writing an appeal letter with the help of my employees. And i noticed that the IGp for the course has dropped. Do I still stand a good chance or should I go for other courses such as sociology where the IGp is lower? But Im rly interested in Comms and I would like to work in that industry.

    1. Hi Clarence,

      I’m sorry but your grades are much too far off the 10th percentile IGP requirements for both NTU Communication Studies and Sociology. Even with a strong appeal letter from your employer, I doubt your chances will increase much. 🙁

      I hope this helps Clarence.

      – Zueet

      1. Hi!
        Then that means to say I most likely do not have any chance for a local uni? i took arts combination btw.

        1. Hi Clarence,

          I’m afraid that based on your subject combination, it’s quite hard to find a course that is close to your grade profile. 🙁 The closest is perhaps NTU History. If you had taken some sciences, I might have been able to recommend some courses that are closer to your grades.

          – Zueet

        1. Hi Haylie,

          I wouldn’t recommend retaking your As unless you’re in NS and have time to spare. That added one year is in most cases, not honest to be worth it. 🙁

          You might stand a chance though. You’re slightly under the IGP so it really depends on the competitiveness for this years applications. Have you heard back from NTU yet?

          – Zueet

  17. Hi! I got B C C / D and B for PW and D for GP. Do I have a high chance in applying for Mathematical Sciences or Bioengineering in NTU?

    1. Hi KG,

      It could go both ways for for both courses as you’ve just hit the 10th percentile requirements them though I do feel that you do have a decent chance of getting into either. 🙂

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂

      – Zueet

  18. hi zueet,

    i just received my A level results and i did really badly.
    may i have your email? i would rly appreciate your advice.

    thanks!

  19. Hi Zueet, with the release of A level results yesterday I find that my results are pretty shit (pardon the language) : DED/BEA, and I’m really at a lost as to what to do now 🙁 Do you have any advice or suggestions as to where I can go from here? (>.<)

    1. Hi LWY,

      It seems that your results are pretty far off the 10th percentile requirements for most courses. 🙁 Whatever the case, I still recommend that you apply anyway and try for courses that are closest to your grade such as NTU’s CBC or Physics/Applied Physics. The application fees are cheap and you never really know your chances until you try. 🙂

      Best of luck LWY! 🙂

      – Zueet

  20. hi zueet, rly thankful to find this website! can you please drop me a mail. i have some queries about my a levels result, its not that good! need help , thank you so much.

  21. Hi Zueet!
    I am thinking of applying to either NUS FASS or NTU psychology, however I haven’t done well for As. I got a BDD/B
    B for bio, D for math and chem. The H1 B for econs, as well as an A for PW and B for GP. Do you think it’s plausible to apply for the courses? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Mandy!

      To be honest, your grades are really quite far off the 10th percentile of the IGP for both courses. I wouldn’t recommend that you apply for them if you have maxed out your choices in your application. 🙁

      Hope this helps Mandy!

      – Zueet

      1. Thanks so much for your reply zueet!
        But is that to mean that both unis will not consider my application at all? Cos I’m really interested in the course. 🙁

        1. Hi Mandy!

          It’s not to say that they won’t consider your application it’s just that your chances of getting into those courses are quite slim. 🙁 I hope you still tried though!

          – Zueet

  22. Hi Zueet! Currently I have a strong interest in NUS Business, which is AAA/B. But my grades are as follows
    H2 phy A H2 math A H2 chem C H1 econs C H1 GP C PW B. What are my chances of appealing to business? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Lee,

      To be honest, it’ll be quite hard for you to get a place in NUS business. You might have a chance at SMU business though. 🙂

      Best of luck with your application!

      – Zueet

  23. Hi Zueet.

    I have been reading your post and it is really informative! Thanks so much for the effort in doing this.

    So like many others, I didn’t exactly get good results for my A levels, heck I think it doesn’t even qualify as bad, it’s worse than bad. I What I would like to know is, other than SIM business courses such as UOL, will I have any chance at all to get into a local University business course? Would really appreciate it if you could drop me a mail.

    I also took that SAT if that actually makes a difference in consideration for our local universities.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Hi MSz!

      You didn’t state your grades so it’s really difficult for me to help you judge your chances. If you’re a little shy, perhaps you should consider using this tool that helps you gauge your chances of entering a university course based on your grades. Overall, if your grades are far off from the BBB/B requirements of SMU, chances are that you won’t qualify for any of the business courses in the local universities. 🙁

      Hope this helps. Best of luck with your application!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet.

        I posted here a few days back, but without my grades. Well here they are.

        I got D/E/S for my H2, and B/B/C for my H1. My total ranking points is an abyssal 52.5. Do I have any chances of making it into a local university?

        I took the SAT awhile back as well if that helps. I scored a 2080. If you don’t mind, could you please drop me an email so that we may converse a little more? Much appreciated!

        1. Hi MSz,

          To be honest, you do no meet the minimum requirements needed to apply for local university. I’m not sure how high your SATs are but if they aren’t, perhaps you should consider taking a private degree instead.

          Hope this helps MSz.

          – Zueet

  24. Hi zueet,

    Need your help desperately. Can I apply to any non-physics courses in NTU with these grades?
    H2 bio: C
    H2 chem: C
    H2 math: D
    H2 econs 😀
    H1 gp: D
    H1 mt: A
    H1 pw: B
    I’m interested in marintime studies and economics but I doubt I can get in as the cut off point is BBB/C. Is there any other non physic related courses in ntu that is worth a shot for me?
    Feeling kinda lost right now

    1. Hi Yitshern!

      Have you considered Materials Engineering (I think a majority of this is Chemistry related. Please check!) or Chemical and Biological Chemistry? 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Hi zueet,
        My h1 econs got a B, sorry for the typo. Anw i applied for both materials engineering and Chemical and Biological Chemistry, I really hope the chances of me getting into either of these courses are high.

  25. Hi, I am so thankful that I found your website! I feel there is simply not enough resources out there to assist all the lost souls like me. Do you mind dropping me an email too? 🙂 I just got my results as well and I need some advice as well.

        1. Hi Nat!

          I apologize for the late reply but I’ve dropped you an email. I’ve got a few hundred to go through so please be patient if I take awhile to get back to you. I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

          – Zueet

  26. Hey,

    I’m really thankful for this website. Helps me a lot with dealing with those whirlpool of emotions running in my head. Kinda a little lost to be honest.

    I scored B for every subject (H2 BCME, GP and PW) except for Econs which I scored C. Frankly, the results kinda shocked me because while I’m not exactly expecting straight As, I never thought I would score even a single A in a major exam like A Levels.

    May I ask if it would be difficult for me to enter FASS or SMU Business? I’m also considering to apply for NTU Accountancy/Business using discretionary admissions since I have done quite a bit of community work and have done relevant work internships. What is the likelihood, in your honest opinion, of me getting into the courses which I’ve mentioned above? (My teacher also said that she’ll help me write a recommendation for my NTU applications).

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Worried Anxiety!

      Thank you for your compliments, I really appreciate it. 🙂

      You’re really borderline for both courses so it may go both ways depending on the competitiveness this year. I do feel however that might it might be more difficult to gain admission into FASS. The requirements for FASS have really been increasing quite a bit over the last few years. 🙁 You might stand a chance with SMU Business though. 🙂

      As for NTU, it’s always worth trying but admissions through discretionary admission are usually considered only for applicants who are outstanding in sports or those who poses award-winning talents. It is always worth trying though. 🙂

      Hope this helps! Best of luck for your applications! 🙂

      – Zueet

  27. Hey zueet!
    My As results are
    GP D
    Economics B
    Chemistry C
    Math D
    Bio H1 C
    PW A
    I want to apply for SMU or NTU (accountancy or economics) or NTU busines. Can u give me advices if I should apply for them and which to apply?
    And I was thinking of applying for discretionary admission with 3 leadership roles in my JC. Do u think it the chances are high? And how should I go about doing it?
    Really hope to get some help here as I’m really quite lost 🙁

    Thanks

    1. Hi Kana,

      I would highly recommend that you not apply for any of the courses you have listed above as your score is much too far from the IGP. 🙁 Perhaps you may consider other courses that are much closer to your grades that is close to business/economics?

      It’s hard to gauge your chance with a discretionary admission as I don’t know what exactly your leadership roles are but to be honest, unless you are outstanding in sports, entrepreneurs or having award-winning talents it’s unlikely that they will help much. 🙁

      I hope this helps. 🙁

      – Zueet

  28. My results came out. Really really bad. Never expected it to be this bad. H1 GP- B, H1 MA – B, MT – A, PW – A, h2s DEE . Do I actually have anywhere to go except private universitites? Thanks for helping I’m really at a loss now.

    1. Hi G!

      I’m really sorry to hear about your results. 🙁

      Are you fixed on applying for any particular course? If you’re not, you might stand a chance for one of the lower tier courses such as Physics/Applied Physics (you’re about 1 H2 grade away), Chemical and Biological Chemistry or perhaps one of the Engineering courses (assuming you meet the subject requirements – what are your H2 subjects?).

      Your chances might be low but the application fees are very low and definitely worth a shot. 🙂 Life is too short to live with regrets and you definitely don’t want to regret not trying. 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Omg that’s really bad. I have no science all humanities. I was thinking of applying to smu social science, cause I’ve heard about how smu takes into account about how your interview fared, provided they grant me an interview in the first place… do you think I stand a chance? I’m also considering retaking but that may not work out for humanities since I do not have a tutor to guide me, unlike in sciences where there are definite correct answers. Please help thanks a lot!

        1. Hi G,

          Have you considered applying for a place at one of the private universities instead? If you’re keen on retaking, I can recommend a really good tuition center for you. That way you can get guidance at least once a week. You can also ask your ex tutors for help. I’m sure they’ll still be willing to guide you along should you choose to retake. 🙂

          – Zueet

          1. Sorry to ask again but are you saying I should not even try for smu? Private uni is really my last resort… do you mind dropping me an email about the tuition centre? Thanks a lot for helping me 🙂

  29. Hi, I had taken my results today and I had S for my H2 Maths, should I still apply for university? I have plans of re-taking. What would you suggest? Feel free to drop me an email.

    1. Hi Ange,

      I’m really sorry to hear that. How did you fair for your other subjects?

      I’ve dropped you an email as requested. Perhaps we can carry on our discussion there. 🙂

      – Zueet

  30. Hello! Can I ask if I got grades of
    Gp:b
    H2 econs:d
    H2 math:c
    H2 chem:c
    H1 phy: d
    H1 pw : b
    Is it ok if I wna apply to nus’s science?
    If not if I wna appeal in, are my chances high?

    1. Hi Tanny,

      Your UAS: 66.25
      IGP UAS: 73.75
      Difference: -7.5

      I would highly recommend not applying for NUS science as you’re about 3 H2 grades away from meeting the 10th percentile of the IGP. Additionally, you have not done well in your sciences so it may be difficult to argue that sciences are one of your strengths. Were you planning on applying through the discretionary admission? If so, what are your skills/talents?

      If you’re fixed on applying for NUS science only through the use of a personal appeal letter, I’ll be more then happy to help you vet your appeal when you’re done with it. 🙂

      – Zueet

    1. Hi NAG2!

      That depends, is there any course that you’re eying now? 🙂 Also, what’s your PW grade?

      – Zueet

      1. Thank you so much for replying!I got B for PW. My ranking points is 63.47. Im interested in teaching. Are the chances of me getting into NIE slim. :'(

        1. Hi NAG2,

          It’s hard to say. While your grades seem to be a little off the IGP requirements, NIE does seem to call down for interviews candidates with quite a range of grade profiles. If you’re really keen to apply for NIE, I highly recommend you just give it ago. They might call you down for an interview. 🙂

          – Zueet

          1. Hi NAG2,

            That’s a decision that you really have to make on your own. If you’re satisfied with your current options, then perhaps you need not consider retaking. However, if you’re not interested in the courses that you can apply for, then perhaps you might want to keep that option open if you’re comfortable with it. 🙂

            – Zueet

  31. Hello Zueet!
    A levels results have been released and (as expected) I didn’t fare well… ): I’m kinda lost now and your post is really helpful. 🙂 But I’m curious about how SUTD admission works given that they have yet to release their IGP. Can you shed any light on that? Also, can I have your email? >.<
    Thanks for the advice!

    1. Hi Kai,

      Being a relatively new university with no stable intake size or proper campus, SUTD cannot afford to release an IGP. Their admission process is similar to other universities though except that you have to write an additional essay and you can attach videos and stuff to you application. Application is free so please give it a go if you’re interested. You have absolutely nothing to loose from it. 🙂

      And oh yes, I’ve dropped you an email! 🙂

      – Zueet

  32. Hi Zueet! I’m so glad to find out this webpage!
    In short, I am an applicant from Malaysia , holding Unified Examination Certificate(UEC) which is barely similar to A-LVL or certificate in institute of SG.
    I have received an ‘unsucessfull apply’ from NTU, so I do appeal through normal portal.
    In the other hand, I’m quite confident that I have achieved upper-good results among the others uec applicant,
    moreover, I did hand over my relevant certificate ( Malaysia National Chemistry quiz -awarded Distiction)to NTU ADMIN.
    I wonder why there were some of my friends who had only scored less-satisfied result , had received thier offer letter. Oh, it ‘s worth to mention that he is PR of singapore.

    My results for UEC IS:
    A1 FOR advanced mathematics 2; Chemistry
    A2 FOR English; Biology; Advanced mathematics 1
    B3 FOR Physics
    B4 FOR Chinese and Malay.

    This is my choices:
    1st Choice: ACCOUNTANCY & BUSINESS
    2nd Choice: MARITIME STUDIES WITH A SECOND MAJOR IN BUSINESS
    3rd Choice: MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES WITH A MINOR IN FINANCE
    4th Choice: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING & ECONOMICS
    5th Choice: PSYCHOLOGY

    Utill now, I still had not received reply from NTU ADM, they just informed me that I will get my appeal result at early march.
    I think I really need some chat with you, may I? Would you mind to let me get your personal email 🙂
    words are powerless to express my gratitute, I really appreciate your kind regards.

    1. Hi Briken,

      I’m really sorry but I’m not very experienced with international applicants. Without an indicative grade profile (or similar), it’ll be hard for me to accurate access your chances. I’ll still drop you an email though. If you’re keen, I might be able to direct you to someone else or another site with more experienced international applicants. 🙂

      – Zueet

  33. Hi there, I would like to ask if it is possible to get into NUS FASS with 68 rank points? My grades were CDC/B for my main 4 (H2 Econs, Math, Physics, and H1 GP) and DA (H1 Chem and H1 PW).

    1. Hi HZ,

      Based on your grades, your UAS is 67.5 points whereas the IGP requirement is 77.5 points which gives a difference of -10 points. That’s about 4 H2 grades away. 🙁 In addition, the cut off for FASS has been increasing quite sharply each year. It’s likely that it will rise again this year.

      I strongly recommend that you do not apply for FASS.

      Hope this helps.

      – Zueet

  34. Hello Zueet,

    I just want to say that your post has been of great help for me.
    But I do not know how to approach my appeal for my uni application.

    I took my A’s in 2011 and when the result came out on the following year, I did not appeal my application because I was particularly affected by my results and Army wasn’t really helping my cause at all.

    So now after 2 years when I’m out of NS, i decide it’s the best time and opportunity to appeal to get into the course that I want.

    My grades are CDD/BEB (C=Chem, D=Phy & Maths, B=PW & GP, E=Econs) and the course that I am appealing to is NTU Psychology, which is BBC/B according to the 2013 IGP.

    I already have a backup plan, which is to go to SIM-UOW to study a 3 year degree( which has honours if I do well enough, then i can pursue the 4th year in Australia). But I would love to try to appeal into NTU first.

    What I’m worried about is that I have no idea what to include in my personal statement or my appeal letter.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Cheers,
    Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel,

      To be honest, your grades are quite a bit off from the requirements to enter NTU Psychology. Your current UAS is 62.5 while the requirements are 73.75 which is a difference of 11.25 points. That’s almost 5 H2 grades away. ): In addition, you do not meet the minimum requirements for the course due to your Math grades.

      While I applaud you for sticking to a course that you have passion for, if your ultimate plan is just to get into NTU, I’d recommend that you consider other courses much closer to your UAS. Perhaps taking a minor in Psychology instead. However, if your only goal is to study psychology and nothing else, then please stick with it and I’ll do my best to help you with your appeal. Let me try to be clear, I’m not stopping you from doing either but I need to know what your final intentions are before I can give you better advice. If you haven’t thought it through, sleep on it for awhile. You still have a lot of time before applications open – There’s no rush 🙂

      For your personal statement, the first think that I’d recommend is for you to read though a few sample psychology personal statements. This will give you a feel on how you should proceed and include. Talk about your strengths and passion and how they relate to the course/university you’re applying for. I’ll guide you along more as we proceed with editing your drafts. 🙂

      As for your appeal letter, try to keep it short and sweet. It’s purpose is to just state your intention and to act as a cover letter to your personal statement. One key point though, try to address your recipient by their names. It takes a lot more time and effort especially when sending it to multiple recipients but the results will be worth it! No one likes receiving a generic “Dear Sir/Madam” letter. Oh! And try not to email them. Emails are often “lost” and forgotten.

      I hope this helps. 🙂

      – Zueet

  35. Hello Zueet! Firstly this website is awesome just as you are, giving students hope and help in one of their darkess moment. I am an a level student who is getting my results on 3rd March. I have a bad feeling that I would not be doing well for my As especially my maths. And i am enlisting on the 10th of March. After getting my a levels results i may not have a lot of of time to address the issues i may need to face. Is there anything i can do at the moment so that i will be more prepared if i get bad results? Do drop me an email thank you!

    1. Hi John,

      Thank you so much for your compliments! I really appreciate it. 🙂

      John, having been in your position before, I can understand how much what I’m about to see is much easier said that done. It human nature to doubt and question our abilities but you’d be be amazed at just how often things seem to work out.

      I’ve dropped you an email if you wish to chat in private.

      Stay strong.

      – Zueet

  36. Hey zueet the A level results are gonna be released real soon and im pretty sure I screwed up. Can I have your email in case I have any enquiries? Thanks a lot! 🙂

  37. HI Zueet,
    I am a graduate from SP from the class of 2013. I’ve submitted my application to NTU. Actually, I was rejected by NTU last year, did not appeal though. This year, I am planning to appeal if I failed in my application since NTU and SUTD are my only two choices. I’ve heard some people saying there are some courses which are likely to take the students in than others. Is that true? And do I have a fair chance to be selected if I appeal? My gpa is 3.645 and I have gold in CCA.

    Oh forget to mention the course I would to take is EEE in NTU.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Hal,

      You’re right, the intake for each course is very different with engineering courses having one of the biggest intakes (especially EEE). While I do not have much experience with poly candidates, it seems like your GPA lies quite a fair bit above the 10th percentile IGP. If your diploma is related to EEE, I don’t think you should have a problem getting a place (especially after the appeal stage when more slots are freed up).

      Did you apply for a course related to your diploma last semester? Have you met all the requirements to gain admission into EEE?

      – Zueet

  38. Hi zueet! May I have ur email? I need help applying scholarship, especially the personal essay part. I really sucks in writing that part. Any tips to teach me how to secure a scholarship?(Although I dont have not done much activities I can showcase)

    1. Hi noq!

      I’m really sorry but I do not have much experience with international application. I highly recommend you visit hardwarezone forums. The have an academic thread with foreigners who may be able to better assist you based on their own experience. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      – Zueet

  39. hello zueet!

    i would like to check with you if approaching of MPs should be done before or after the result have come out? on top of that, i would like to know how can the MP help us in getting into the University of our choice. hope to hear from you soon. bless you. 🙂

    1. Hi Ryan,

      I recommend that you approach your MP for an appeal after you’ve been rejected from the course you’ve applied for. You appeal with the MP will allow you to attach more supporting documents as well as get the schools to re-look into your case. It may just be what you need to get a place in the course you’re appealing for.

      Hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to let me know.

      – Zueet

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