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So you have just gotten your A level results

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

Celebrate

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

 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
GP: C
PW: A
MTL: S

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

Rules

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)

Sheldon-Throw Papers

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?

Smack Head

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

 

6. APPLY!

Go

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!

    1. Hi Max,

      It might be a little hard since Comms at NTU been increasingly popular. Have you received the outcome of your results?

      – Zueet

  12. Hello Zueet, I got AAAC/AC (H2/H1). Do I stand a chance in getting admitted into NTU or SMU’s Accountancy and Business double degree programme or NTU’s Renaissance Engineering? Thank you

  13. I am interested in Biological Science in NTU. What are my chances of entering this course?

    H2 Biology: B
    H2 Chemistry: B
    H2 Economics: B
    H1 Math: B
    H1 PW: B
    GP: U

    Thanks! )

    1. Hi John!

      You should stand a chance though you will need to sit for an English module should you be given a place. 🙂

      – Zueet

  14. my son just get his A level result with AAA/A PW A GP D. what is his chance chance of getting into NTU Renaissance Engineering programme?

    1. Hi Jaime Lee,

      I’m not sure how competitive the Renaissance Engineering programme is but his grades should be enough for him to get an interview and hopefully that will be enough for him to get a place. 🙂

      – Zueet

  15. Hi,
    I did terribly for my A levels and i have no idea where to go. CDE/B for my maths phy and chem, s-GP and A-PW.
    My main interest lies in Econs and Business, but am also looking towards engineering.
    Glad if u can give me some advice 🙁

    1. Hi Peter!

      I would recommend staying away from Business and Econs. Even with Engineering your chances might be slim though. What did you apply for?

      – Zueet

  16. I forgot to mention earlier. My PW was A and I took Higher MT in o levels and got A2. If I am wrong i think my point is 67.5. But I am very scared because of GP and my poor H2 grades. I didn’t expect myself to end up in this situation even in my dreams given that I am coming from pretty good JC and good O levels. I really hope I can get into uni engineering :'(

    1. Hi Sumuki!

      Stay strong! 🙂 Things always have a way of working out for the best in the end. We’ll figure this out. 🙂

      – Zueet

  17. Hi Zueet!

    I did very badly for A levels. I got CCD(H2)/A(H1) and GP -S.
    I am very scared if I would get into university. I am applying for material engineering in NTU. The 10th percentile for material eng is CCD/C. Do u think i can get in?

    1. Hi Sumuki!

      I’m guessing that you’re already applied for it by now. You’re pretty borderline so you may or may not stand a chance depending on the competitiveness this year. Have you received your outcome yet? 🙂

      – Zueet

  18. HI ZUEET, you don’t have to post this comment but i just wanted to say i’ve sent you another 2 emails, well in gmail its a thread so i’m afraid they won’t “show up”. hope they are not lost or deleted…… sorry if i seem like i’m bugging you, i know you have tons of emails. i’m pretty anxious :(((

    1. Hi J!

      I apologize for making you wait! I was really really busy with finals the past few weeks. Slowly going through all comments/emails now. 🙂

      – Zueet

  19. Hi, with my grades AAB (H2) BBB (H1) 85 rank points, is there any point in even trying for medical at NUS this year?

    1. HI Esther,

      I’ll be very tough to enter but still worth trying if the other courses you’re considering are more or less guaranteed for you. 🙂

      – Zueet

  20. Hi Zueet, I’m considering renaissance engineering in nut but my grades were AAB(H2) BBB(H1). My rank points add up to 85. Do you know what’s the rank points required to get in that course and whether i should still give it a shot? (they only take in 50 student per year so it’s probably very competitive)

    1. Hi Esther!

      You’re right! That is a very very elite course but like I always say, it’s definitely worth just trying and putting it as one of your choices (I believe you have 12 choices anyway). 🙂

      All the best Esther! 🙂

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Kai!

      It really varies. 🙁 I got mine just a few weeks before school was due to start so don’t give up hope just yet! All the best Kai!

      – Zueet

  21. Hello! Really wanted to thank you for your efforts on answering all our questions in your honest opinions! (:
    My recent result is ACD for H2 econs, chemistry, math respectively & BBAA for H1 bio, GP, PW, chinese respectively (:
    Do you think it is safe for me to apply to NTU’s psychology with a second major in biological sciences (which is a new course this year and hence, i don’t know the IGP for it) as well as sociology as my second choice? Considering the fact that NTU’s IGP for psychology for 2013-2014 is BBC/B? and sociology’s IGP is BBC/C?

    I really do appreciate your honest opinions btw, thank you!

    1. Hi Mel!

      I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I’m guessing you have already applied for those courses and hopefully you’ve already gotten some positive news. 🙂 Did you get in?

      – Zueet

  22. Hi! I got BDD/B for my H2 subjects and my contrasting H1 subject. I got C for GP. What arey chances of doing sociology in NUS/NTU or SMU? Esp NtU since the grade requirements are lower arts courses.

    1. Hi Virgo_28,

      I’m guessing by now you would have already applied for these courses, have you received your outcome yet? 🙂

      – Zueet

        1. Hi Virgo_28,

          It’s likely you’re still being considered for the course. Your grades are a little off the IGP but if you’re really passionate about the courses you mentioned, then you should just appeal. 🙂

          – Zueet

          1. Actually SMU,NTU and NUS have rejected me. Im just gonna appeal and see how things turn out. Thx for your help.

  23. Hi, my Alevel rank points are really low at 59. I really dont know where to go because i am not interested to engineering. Could you email me Instead?

    1. Hi S,

      I need to know your subject combination and individual grades before I can advice you. I’ll drop you an email but I have a few hundred emails to go through so it might be awhile before I can get back to you. 🙁

      – Zueet

  24. Hi Zueet I got CCD/B (chem, bio, math, h1 econs). id still like to do arts-related courses and psychology. do you think it’s still possible to apply for discretionary admissions?

    1. Hi Ivan!

      Sorry for the late reply! Anyone can apply through discretionary admissions (DA). There is no restriction on the type of course or people that can apply for it. However, in most cases, they only consider applicants with very strong co-curricular activities (national standard kind).

      Is there any particular talent you have that you wish to apply with? (:

      – Zueet

    1. Hi Geekay!

      I apologize for the late reply but I’ve just dropped you an email. Please give me some time to get back to you after your reply. I’ve got a few hundred emails to get through. 🙂

      All the best for your application Geekay!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi! i just got my a level results
        Physics (H2): b
        Chemistry (H2): B
        Math (H2): B
        Economics (H1): B
        GP: D
        PW: A
        and i was wondering if i stand a chance for chem engineering in either one of the uni

        1. Hi denzzz,

          It might be hard for you to get a place in Chemical Engineering in both unis though I’d still recommend trying if you have safe choices and sufficient choices to spare. 🙂

          – Zueet

  25. Hi! I got my A level results and it is as follows: ABD/AAB (H2/H1)
    My H2s are Econs, Geography and Math. H1s are Physics, GP and PW respectively.
    I just wanna ask what the chances are for entering NUS, SMU and NTU’s economics course? (Particularly for SMU and NTU, because they mentioned they want a good grade in math, which I do not think I have…)

    Also, does rank points matter more than the IGP shown on the websites of these universities? Because if I just look at the IGP for NUS’s FASS, which is ABB/C, (compared to my (ABD/A) I might have lesser chances than when I compare my rank points (78.75) to the required 77.5. So I am kind of worried.

    Sorry for the long questions and pls help me answer them! Thanks in advance. 🙂

    1. Hi ECL,

      You might stand a chance for economics in NTU and SMU though I’m not sure how badly your Math grades will pull you down. I think you stand a decent chance so I urge you to apply for it. 🙂 As for FASS, it really depends on the competition this year. If the competition does not increase much this year, you might stand a decent chance of getting in it as well. 🙂

      Good luck ECL! I wish you all the best! 🙂

      – Zueet

  26. It is safe to apply for NUS architecture with
    Physics (H2): C
    Chemistry (H2): B
    Math (H2): B
    Economics (H2): B
    GP: D
    PW: A?
    Thanks.

  27. hello! I am just wondering after looking at the application form for NTU! (: i was planning to head down to the open house to enquire about this! but hopefully, you are able to answer me prior to that! May i know why does NTU only require us to enter our scores for our H2 subjects and not H1 subjects? but will H1 subjects still play a part in influencing whether we get into the course or not?

    1. Hi Mel,

      From what I know they do they it into account even though they don’t ask for them straight off the site. When I went for my interview a few years back, they had my H1 grades on file so perhaps they got it from MOE or they keyed it in when I sent in my supporting documents. Please ask though and and get back to us. 🙂

      – Zueet

  28. Hi zueet, I scored AAC/AA and A for HCL so my UAS is 85.5/90 Im appealing for my C grade because my teachers think mine is a strong case as all along my percentile for that subject was above 75 (i am from a top 5 JC); but since appeal results wont be coming in anytime soon; I need your advice as to my odds in applying for law in both SMU and NUS.. Any advice? 🙁 I felt my world crashing down because I was so sure I would get straight A’s 🙁

    1. Hi Bethany,

      I’m very sorry to hear that. ): It’s hard for me to advice you on this as it’s very difficult to gauge the chances of entering the popular courses like law and medicine in university. I urge you to move forward with your application for the two law schools. Should your grade change, just email the school with your supporting documents and they’ll update it for you. 🙂

      I wish you the very best Bethany. 🙂

      – Zueet

      1. Thanks for the reply and your honest advice! I went ahead and applied for SMU law first fingers crossed I’ll be granted an interview >_<

        On a side note, I was wondering if you've ever heard of appeal cases being successful? Since J2 my percentile has been 75 and above with a consistent B grade I have no idea how I downgraded because I did not slack off and worked even harder :'(

        Hopefully the appeal pushes up my grade.. Thanks again and God bless you!!

        1. Hi Bethany!

          I apologize for the late reply! Hope everything went well for you and that you’ll be starting as a law undergrad this coming August! 😀

          – Zueet

  29. Hi Zueet, my A level results are CCD/EDA, math, chem, phys, econs, gp, pw respectively, is there a chance to enter a local uni in singapore? I’m a singaporean citizen btw. I wish to enroll into either ntu/nie or ntu mathematical science, is it possible? I’m not sure how I’m going to appeal into ntu though

    1. Hi Thea!

      You might stand a chance for mathematical sciences but it largely depends on the demand for the course this year. 🙂

      – Zueet

  30. Hi Zueet, I have a UAS of 76.25. (ABC/BBD) Considering NUS FASS (Econs and Sociology/Pol Sci as possible majors after Y1, preferably) and NTU for Mass-Comm/Econs as a back-up plan. Would I be disadvantaged if I scored a D for my GP? And any personal take on how could I go about “boosting” my chances for FASS, considering that I am short of a few points off the IGP?

    1. Hi Winona!

      I’m afraid for NUS FASS, NTU Communication Studies and Economics, you will be since they specifically state that “A good grade in General Paper” is required. However, I still urge you to consider applying. If you are a borderline case, they will call you down for an interview to access your communication skills. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      – Zueet

      1. Oh I see. Do you happen to know if we’re guaranteed a full refund if we apply for retaking as a Private Candidate but are offered a place in a local university before the deadline for withdrawal?

        1. Hi Winona!

          Yes, if you’re opt to retake your A levels but end up getting a place in university, you can apply for a full refund of your university fees! 🙂

          From SEAB Website:
          “Candidates may apply for a full refund (less subjects which the candidates have sat for) of the examination fees if they subsequently gain admission to tertiary institutions. All letters of withdrawal from the examination must reach SEAB by 30 June. Letters of withdrawal must be accompanied by supporting letters of acceptance issued by tertiary institutions. Withdrawal and refund requests that reach SEAB after 30 June will not be accepted.”

          – Zueet

  31. Hello. My University Admission Score is 75.375 (including MT), 75 (excluding MT). What are the chances of me getting into Biological Sciences in NTU or the Science faculty in NUS? Thank you very much and have a nice day. 🙂

    1. Hi Nathan,

      It’s hard to say since your grades are borderline with the 10th percentile. It’s definitely worth trying but it could go both ways defending on the competitiveness of the cohort applying for this course this year. 🙂

      All the best Nathan! 🙂

      – Zueet

  32. Hey zueet, what if i exceed the ranking point required for the course after taking into account mother tongue? Do they actually take mother tongue into the computation of ranking point if i scored an A for it?

    1. Hi David,

      To calculate the effects of MTL, find your ranking points/UAS with your 3H2 grades, H1 grade, PW, GP and MTL and scale it down by 90%. I’ve updated the guide and calculator to reflect this change. 🙂

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      – Zueet

  33. Hello~ thank you so much for all these helpful information. I’m really interested in engineering courses, and I hope you would drop me an email. 🙂 I’ve many questions to ask about engineering~~ THANK YOU SOOO MUCH~

    1. Hi XB,

      I dropped you an email as requested! 🙂 Hope I’m able to convince you to become and engineer as well! 😉

      – Zueet

  34. Hi Zueet,

    Thanks for your advice on my previous post!:) I have some qns that still need clarifications! Is it impossible to apply for any scholarships successfully using my above A level results? 🙁 Because ive looked through all the scholarship providers, most stated clearly that having good/excellent A level results is one of the prerequisites. Using my Alevel results, i dont think that i would stand any chance to be accepted to getting any scholarship.(not to even think of getting in to the course i want). im really very confused about what other alternatives i have. i hope that u can give me some advice on that. Thanks loads!:)

    Joy

    1. Hi Joy!

      Perhaps at this point applying for scholarship at this point may not be in your best interest. There will be many scholarship/financial aid opportunities that will be made known to you after you have been offered a place in any of the universities. Additionally, if you’re worried that your results may come into the way of being offered a scholarship, you can always wait until you’re done with your first semester and use your GPA as a means of application. If it’s high enough, NUS/NTU/SMU will offer you their own scholarship – bond free. 🙂

      I hope this helps Joy. 🙂 All the best for your applications!

      – Zueet

      1. Hi Zueet,
        Thanks loads again for the quick reply! Oh i didnt know that i can still apply for sholarship/financial after i got a place in uni! Btw,is my higher mother tongue being taken into consideration in the uas? If yes,then how much is my uas inclusive of hmt? I scored B3 for my hmt!:)

        1. Hi Joy,

          I’m really not sure how higher mother tongue affects the UAS. From what I heard, it only comes into play for certain courses. I’ll try to ask around and see if I can get back to you with anything more concrete. 🙂 I’ll update you as soon as I can. 🙂

          – Zueet

          1. Hi Joy,

            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

  35. Hi Zueet, I just received my alevel result and it was quite badly done. My grades are BCD/BD where I obtain b for h2 math, c for h2 Econ, d for h2 physics, d for gp and b for h1 chem. I am wondering if you could recommend any course that I can apply in ntu or nus that I may have a relatively high chance of entering( maybe engi or sci school). May I have ur email address as well as I would like to seek some advice from you as I am feeling quite lost right now.

    1. Hi Rachel!

      Based on your grades, perhaps the best option for you is to try for NTU’s Physics/Applied Physics, Chemical and Biological Chemistry or lower tier engineering courses. For NUS, only Nursing comes close to your grades though you may also want to try for courses around the BCC range. 🙂 For SMU, Information Systems would be your closest option.

      Hope this helps! All the best for your applications Rachel!

      – Zueet

  36. Hi Zueet! I got CDD/ABD (in the order H2s: Geography, Econs and Math || H1s: PW, GP and Chemistry). I would really like to get into a local uni (either SMU/NTU/NUS), but I’m not really sure whether I can do so with such grades. What do you think my chances are like? Also, I was just wondering whether with such grades, should I consider re-taking my A Levels, apply to the 3 unis or apply to a private uni instead. Hope you can advice me via email and thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hi Y,

      Have you considered NTU’s CBC, Physics/Applied Physics or one of the engineering courses at NTU? They’re all around if not slightly lower then your current UAS (65 points). 🙂

      I really can’t help you decide if you should retake your A levels or if you should apply to a private university that’s really a decision you’ll have make on your own. If your end game plan is just to get into a local university or if you’re interested in the above suggested courses, then perhaps you should just apply. If you’re against the courses that you might end up with, then perhaps retaking your As or applying to a private university where you can take a course that appeals to you more would be a better choice. 🙂

      If you really can’t decide now, or feel that you might regret not trying at all, then just apply anyway. The application fees are really low plus it’ll buy you more time to think about what you really want to do.

      I hope this helps you with your decision. 🙂

      – Zueet

  37. Hi Zueet…
    I’ve just received my A levels a few days ago and it is AAA/ABB. Can you rate my chances of getting into courses like medicine and dentistry…?

    1. Hi Pringles!

      I really wish I could help you with this but with such courses, it’s hard to predict. I highly recommend that you just apply and see if they call you for an interview. 🙂

      All the best Pringles! I hope you get in! 🙂

      – Zueet

  38. Hi Zueet,
    I didn’t do very well for A’s, and I’m hoping you could give me some advice. I got BBE/ABB with a UAS of 72.5 but I really want to get into NUS’s FASS which has a IGP of 77.5 for 2012/2013. I’d like to major in English, and my A was for GP. My previous GP grades are decent and I’m currently an intern at SPH. Do you think these factors could potentially help me? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Jen,

      It’s really hard to say. 🙁 The cut off for FASS is really high and I suspect that competition will be even higher this year. There is really no harm trying though especially since it is something that you are really really passionate about. Perhaps if you can get a really solid recommendation letter from someone high up at SPH or include some sample articles? You never really know your chances till you try right? 🙂

      I wish you all the best Jen! I hope you get in. 🙂

      – Zueet

  39. Hi, i’d prefer if you could email me. i scored H2 BDE/ H1 BBA. that makes 69.75 rkpts if i count mother tongue. seems absolutely hopeless, i have nowhere to go and i just don’t know what to do now. i want to go into a local uni though. any suggestions or advice? :,(

  40. Hi Zueet,
    I just received my alevels results and i failed my gp. what are my chances of entering uni? my grades are AAC/C gp-s pw-A. I heard that the courses i can choose is very limited. Do you know what are the courses that might have a higher chance of getting in?

    1. Hi Hope,

      Even though you failed GP, you can still get a place in many good courses where “a good pass” in GP is not listed as a specific subject requirement (i.e. writing intensive modules). 🙂 You’ll just be required to sit for an additional “English” module in university during your first year. As long as you pass that, you’ll be fine. 🙂

      As for your chances, consider a few modules in the IGP and use this tool to help you automatically gauge your chances. 🙂

      Best of luck Hope! (:

      – Zueet

  41. Hi i just received my results and i got a B in Maths, C in bio And D in chem. A in h1 econs and B in gp. Do you think i still have a chance in getting into a science or fass course in nus? Or do i stand a better chance going to those at ntu and smu?
    Will they look at the overall grades or at the individual grades for choosing students into the courses?

    1. Hi Arini!

      To be honest, you might find it difficult to apply to NUS Sci & FASS as well as the courses at SMU. 🙁 They usually check to see if you meet the subject requirements and then look at your overall grades before making offers. Are there any science bases courses such as NTU’s CBC or engineering courses that you’re interested in?

      – Zueet

  42. Hi! If I’m currently having a rank point of 70.88 inclusive HMT, is it advisable for me to try for SMU social sci? Thanks!

    1. Hi geekay,

      For SMU, you’re allowed to put all (if not almost all) the courses offered during application. 🙂 You’re about 1H2 grade away but there is really no harm trying!

      Best of luck geekay! All the best! 🙂

      – Zueet

  43. Hi Zueet,
    I just received my alevels results today and i feel that i really did very badly such that it seems that i cant enter any courses in ntu(my desired uni)! My grades are CCD/DAD. H2 Chem and maths-C,bio-D, h1econs -D,pw and last is gp. I really want to go into faculty of science(biomedsci and tcm) which requires an igp of BBC/B. Im considering whether i should just apply for poly and get a diploma for healthsci which theybare offering to the alvls grads or should i try my luck and apply for the course i want? Can u give me some advice? Thanks!;)

    1. Hi Joy!

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re unsatisfied with your results. 🙁 You should however, still consider applying for the local universities. The application fees are really cheap and well, you really won’t know till you try. 🙂

      Have you considered taking Chemical and Biological Chemistry instead? The 10th percentile scores much closer to your grades (about 1H2 and 1H1 grade difference) so you might stand a chance. You may also stand a chance with one of the other engineering courses as well. If you’re looking for one chemistry related, then perhaps Materials Engineering might interest you. Plus it has the same UAS as your grades. 🙂

      I hope this helps. 🙂

      – Zueet

    2. Hey joy, not sure if its too late for you to see this. I applied for an NYP healthsci diploma last year as well. My grades were only DDD/C. I got accepted to radiation therapy, my first choice. Its not a bad course, its a ‘3+1’, meaning you still get a degree after 4 years like the rest of your peers. I accepted it but I got into NTU EEE in the end so I had to turn the offer down. This is just an FYI if you’re afraid you can’t get into NTU, you should apply to NYP as a backup. Last but not least, you can try applying for the engineering courses, the IGP really dropped. I got in but it was through appeals as well, because my grades suck.

  44. Hi Zueet, I have UAS of 75. I know I didn’t meet the UAS for all local business schools, are there some ways I can do to boost my chance to gain entry into these schools besides having good CCA record, testimonials and appeal letters?

    1. Hi Alexandra,

      It depends on the university you’re applying for. For example, I was told that SMU likes candidates who demonstrate strong leadership roles. If you hold a leadership post in you CCA then perhaps this might come to an advantage. Sports at a National Level, certain academic achievements such as a medal winner at the Olympiads and a history of volunteerism will also help. 🙂

      – Zueet

        1. Hi Alexandra,

          All the universities have not listed requirements for specific courses but usually discretionary admission is offered to students who are talented in sports or those who have won medals at a national level.

          Hope this helps!

          – Zueet

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