A Level Results - Celebrate!

So you have just gotten your A level results

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1. Breathe a sigh of relief…or celebrate all together!


Yes, A-Level results are out.  So did you get what you expected? Did you do better? Or is it best not to ask? Whatever you’ve got, I’m sure you feel relieved knowing that the sleepless nights you’ve had the past few days are all in the past.

2. Calculate your ranking points (University Admission Score (UAS))…or let us do it for you.


 Counting your ranking points (UAS) is vital as it helps you to gauge the chances that you will be able to gain admission into a particular course. Each grade is assigned a particular number of points with the total giving you your ranking points. If you’re lazy, check out our handy tool that will automatically calculate your ranking points for you: A Level Ranking Points/UAS Calculator. Otherwise, you can check out the explanation below on how to calculate it on your own.

I’ll be taking the following grades to aid explanation:
H2 grades: A,B,C
H1 grade: D

To manually calculate your ranking points, take the grades for your best 3 H2 subjects (if you take more then 3), your H1 contrasting subject, GP and PW and match the grades in the table below to get their respective point value. If you don’t have a H1 subject, take your 4th best H2 grade as your H1 grade.

Grade H2 Equivalent H1 Equivalent
A 20 10
B 17.5 8.75
C 15 7.5
D 12.5 6.25
E 10 5
S 5 2.5
U 0 0

Total Ranking Points/UAS (without MTL) = H2 Grade Points + H1 Points + GP Points + PW Points = 20 + 17.5 + 15 + 6.25 + 7.5 + 10 = 76.25 points

To find your total ranking points with MTL, find your total points for your 3H2 grades, 1H1, GP, PW and MTL and then scale it down by 90%.

Total Ranking Points/UAS (without MTL) = 0.9 * (H2 Grade Points + H1 Points + GP Points + PW Points +MTL Points) = 0.9* (20 + 17.5 + 15 + 6.25 + 7.5 + 10 +2.5) = 70.875 points

Take the higher of the two as your UAS. This means that your ranking points/UAS is 76.25. This means that you should apply for courses with ranking points/UAS around 76.25 points or lower. In the next step, we’ll show you how to calculate ranking point range for safe application.

3. Basic Rules for applying


There are a few basic rules for choosing courses to optimize your chances of getting into university. These are:

For a safe application:
Your ranking points/UAS is at least 2.5 points above (i.e. 1 H2 grade) that of your chosen course’s UAS based on the IGP (we’ll get to the IGP later). This means that you *should* get in if you apply. In above scenario, this would mean choosing courses with a UAS less then 76.25 – 2.5 = 73.75 points.

For a borderline application:
Your ranking points/UAS is either 1.25 points above or below your chosen course IGP. Courses within this range could swing both ways depending on the demand and competitiveness of this years applications. However, if you’re passionate of a course within this range, it’s still likely to be worth trying. In this scenario, for a borderline application, courses you should consider range from 75 – 77.5 points.

For a dangerous application:
Your ranking points/UAS is 2.5 points lower then that of your chosen course’s ranking points/UAS based on the IGP. It’s likely that you won’t get in based on pure grades alone. In this case, if you really wish to apply, you should consider writing an appeal letter/personal statement or consider discretionary admission for NUS or NTU. In this scenario, you should refrain from applying for courses with ranking points/UAS greater then 76.25 + 2.5 = 78.75 points.

4. Check the Indicative Grade Profiles (IGP)

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The indicative grade profiles show the 10th and 90th percentiles grades of applicants offered places in the previous years. The grade profiles for the three universities can be found here: NUS/NTU/SMU. By calculating the ranking points/UAS of the courses you are interested in, you can gauge your chances of entering that course. It can be very time consuming to have to calculate the ranking points individually. We recommend using our automated tool to speed up the process: A Level Ranking Points/UAS Calculator. It’ll also recommend if you should apply for the course based on your grades.

Note: In the IGPs, grades C are assumed for GP and PW though actual requirements may be higher in certain courses.

So lets say I’m interested in applying for NTU Mechanical Engineering. According to the IGP, the 10th percentile is CCD/C.

Converting this to the equivalent ranking points/UAS gives: 15 + 15 + 15 + 12.5 + 7.5 +7.5 + 7.5 = 65 points.
*Remember that grades for GP and PW are assumed as C in the IGP. Again, I recommend using this: A Level Ranking Points/UAS Calculator to make your calculations. You should also note that for some courses, the assumed grades of C for GP and PW may not apply (eg. Medicine, Law etc.).

Based on the above scenario, the difference in the ranking points/UAS is 76.25 – 65 = 11.25 which is much greater then the recommended 2.5 buffer. This means that it is safe to apply!

5. But wait! Did you check the requirements?

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Just because you exceed the the grade requirements does not mean that you’ll gain admission for it. Most times, there are certain subject requirements that have to be met. Please check the school websites accordingly to see if you have met them for the courses that you are interested in: NUS/NTU/SMU/SUTD




Using the rules stated in step 3, you will now know your chances of getting into a particular course you’re interested in. Rank your choices wisely. Ensure that you place 1 or 2 safe choices in your application just in case there is a sudden surge in demand for one of your other choices that will cause these year’s requirements to increase.

If you’re still unsure of what courses to apply for, I recommend speaking to people who work in that industry. Most schools hold industrial/workplace visits. See if you can apply for one if you don’t know anyone working in the industry you’re considering. This will give you the opportunity to know what is in store for you after you degree should you choose to pursue that course. You may also wish to consider visiting open houses and taking to professors and fellow students. In this order. Schools will generally show you only the upsides only while students will likely make the course sound a lot more difficult then it actually is.

Now that you have made your choices, apply! All the best!

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125 thoughts on “So you have just gotten your A level results

  1. Hello Zueet, not sure if you’re still active here. I did my A’ Levels in 2011, attained CCD/CCE, got rejected for my first 2 years of application, unfortunately didn’t apply for 2014 due to me being overseas on course. Can you advise me on my chances if I were to apply to courses like Engineering or Physics for NTU in 2015?

    I do have quite a strong sports history, and a very strong current leadership profile, would that do me some good for Discretionary Admission?

    1. Hi Teddy!

      There’s definitely a chance so don’t give up trying! 🙂 If you’re willing to read through the other comments on this post, you’ll find a lot of other candidates who have much lower scores then you who have gotten admission as well. Might just be the motivation you need. 🙂

      You can try for Discretionary Admission though they’re usually looking for people who have represented Singapore in sports and stuff. Definitely worth a try nonetheless. 🙂

      Please feel free to let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

      – Zueet

  2. Hey zueet, I’ve been accepted into NTU’s ddp of TCM and biomedical sciences, NUS’s FoS, but I can’t seem to make up my mind of which uni should I accept as I’m fairly interested in both courses.. Even after I’ve been to the tea sessions of both schools, I don’t think I get a full picture of what the courses are like.. Which course do u think have greater career prospects???

    1. Hi Wendy!

      That’s a tough one. If you’re not that keen on TCM, then definitely NUS’s FoS has better prospects. 🙂 If you’re really interested in TCM, then NTU is the way to go. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      – Zueet

    2. Hi Wendy! I am also interested in applying for the TCM course in NTU. May I know what is your A-level scores so that I can gauge my performance? Thank you very much! You are going to help me a great deal!

  3. Hi, my grades are DDD/C with B in GP and PW. Got rejected by both NTU and NUS arts faculty, and I was wondering if I should appeal to get into their arts faculty or try to appeal to material science instead… Any advice?

    1. Hi WH,

      The lower end of FASS IGP is ABB/C which is quite far off your grades. I’d highly recommend appealing for something else that is much much closer to your current grades.

      Hope this helps. 🙂

      – Zueet

  4. I have been failing GP and have a weak language foundation despite getting a B3 for O lvl. I come from a rather prestigious school. I have the confident to get A for Math and Chem and already A for Hmt. If touch wood I get S for GP, will i be able to get in Chemical engineering

    1. Hi Worry soul!

      You haven’t taken your A levels yet? Don’t worry yet! You still have a long way to go but don’t worry too much about your GP yet! For most courses however, you’ll probably just have to an extra GP module and come down for an interview. 🙂

      – Zueet

  5. Hi Zueet, I just wanna know if it is possible to just appeal into engineering first (so that i can secure a spot in NTU) and then later try to transfer to Economics once i enter NTU? Cause i actually wanna major in econs but my UAS is 7 points away so ya :(( And i dont know how to craft appeal letter and etc. Do drop me an email when you are free to reply. Thank you so much!!!!

    1. Hi Annabelle!

      Yes you can apply for a course transfer after your first semester/first year but please note that it will depend on a lot of factors such as your GPA. 🙁

      – Zueet

  6. Hi Zueet

    I applied for materials science. I got a borderline of 65 UAS without mother tongue. Actually almost all my friends got an offer from unis already but I haven’t gotten any. Is there any more chance now. Is it time to appeal already? I know NTU appeal starts tmr.

    1. Hi Worried!

      Yes, please go ahead and submit your appeal even if you haven’t received you outcome yet!

      All the best Worried! 🙂

      – Zueet

  7. Hi Zueet!

    I have been reading some of your posts regarding university application, however, i still need some advice in the appeal process for university. If you don’t mind, can you provide me with your email address? 🙂

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Sarah!

      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

  8. Hi, my results are ABB/BBC. What are my chances to get to nus business? I alrdy got accepted into ntu business but i wanna have more options. Is nus biz btr than ntu?

    1. Hi Tan!

      Congrats on getting into NTU Biz! I don’t know if NUS is better but you should head down for the tea sessions or open house to learn from the students/professors (though it’ll be biased) on the differences between the two courses. 🙂

      – Zueet

  9. Hi if I am lacking 1.25 points away from 80 points for ntu business and 2.5 points away from chem and biomolecular engineering is there a chance to get in either of these courses?

    1. Hi R!

      It’s hard to say with business as it’s a really competitive course. You might have a chance with CBE though. 🙂 Have you received your outcome yet?

      – Zueet

  10. hi z
    Being worried (which leads to googling around) and chanced upon your blog. Just received my A level results recently and my results are as follows:

    H2 History – A
    H2 Literature in English – B
    H2 Economics – B

    H1 Mathematics – D
    H1 General Paper – B
    H1 Project Work – B

    What are my chances of actually being accepted into NUS FASS/ NTU Communications? Because of my subject combination there aren’t many courses open for consideration.. >.<

    1. Hi Pikachu!

      You’re pretty borderline for FASS and slightly above the IGP for NTU Comms so it might go both ways with both. Have you received the outcome yet?

      – Zueet

  11. Hey, really thankful for your website 🙂 Anyway my A level results was ACC/AADA, with the subjects being H2 Geography, Literauture and Econs/ GP, PW, Math, MT…

    The course im interested in is Communications in NTU which has an IGP of ABC/C. (GP B to be considered)
    Do you think i stand a decent chance? Thank you!