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What is AEIS Singapore?

If you are a non-Singaporean and you’ve always dreamt of studying in Singapore, it is about time you learned about AEIS Singapore.

“What is AEIS Singapore?” You might ask. It is an admissions process for international students seeking admission to Singapore’s mainstream primary or secondary schools.

AEIS is an acronym for “Admissions Exercise for International Students,” usually held between February and September.

This article will take you through everything you need to know about AEIS Singapore to ensure you have a successful application.

Who is Eligible for AEIS?

AEIS Singapore is eligible for primary 2 to 4 and secondary 1 to 3 students. It does not accept students in primary 6 and secondary 4.

The AEIS admits children in Primary 2-5 whose ages range between 7 and 12+ years, and 12 and 16+ years for secondary students. The applicant shouldn’t be more than two years older than the age limit.

If your child is between 7 and 7+ years old, you should apply for the primary 2 or 3 test. On the other hand, the content being tested will be from primary 1. The possible outcome is that the government will place your child in primary 1 or 2, or your child’s admission will be unsuccessful if they fail.

If your child is between 8 and 8+ years old, you should apply for admissions in primary 2 or 3. The topics to be assessed will be from Primary 2. Here, the Singaporean government will either place your child in primary 1, 2, or 3, depending on whether your child passes the test.

If your child is between 9 and 9+ years old you should apply for primary 4 or 5 tests. The information tested here is from primary 3. If your child is successful, he or she will be placed in primary 3 or 4 if they pass the tests.

Parents to children between the ages of 10 and 10+ should apply for primary 4 or 5. However, the content tested here will be from the primary 4 levels. If your child passes the test, the government will admit them to primary 3, 4, or 5.

If your child is between 11 and 11+ years old, you should apply for tests at primary 4 or 5 levels. They should expect to get a primary 4 test level. If they pass the tests, the government will place them in primary 4 or 5.

If your child is between 12 and 12+ years old, you should apply for a primary 4 or 5 test level. The content they will test is from primary 4. If he or she does well in the exams, the government will place him or her in Primary 5.

In the case of secondary level, if your child is between the ages of 12 and 14+ years old, you should apply for the secondary 1 test. The questions will be from Primary 6. If they are successful in their trial, the Singaporean government will admit them to Secondary 1.

Parents to students between 13 and 15+ years of age should apply for tests at the secondary 2 levels. The content to be tested in this category is from secondary 1. If your child performs exemplary, they will be placed in Secondary 2.

Lastly, if your child is between 14 and 16+ years old, you should apply for the Secondary 3 test level. They will assess content from secondary 3, and your child will be placed in secondary 3 if they perform exceptionally well.

AEIS Singapore Syllabus

When applying for AEIS, you should expect your child to take tests in Mathematics and English. The math test gauges your child’s numerical prowess, whereas the English test checks their language and reasoning ability.

Their acceptance is solely based on their performance on the tests. If they pass, the Singapore Ministry of Education will inform you of the school your child will report to, the following academic year.

English in Primary 2 and 3

Tests have 34 multiple-choice questions, and the time allocated is one hour. There are six questions in the comprehension section and ten questions in the comprehension cloze. There are five questions to test vocabulary, five to test grammar, and eight to test spelling.

Math in Primary 2 and 3

The math test for the same level entails two parts. In part one, the applicant will have only 30 minutes to answer multiple-choice questions. In part two, they will answer short-formatted questions and show your workout. They will have one hour and twenty minutes to complete the task and will not be permitted to bring a calculator with them.

English in Primary 4 and 5

There are two components to the AEIS English test for Primary 4/5: Parts 1 and 2 of the application will take 2 hours to complete.

The first part is a writing format with two topics, including a picture. Applicants select one topic and compose a 100-word composition on it.

Part 2 includes 50 mandatory multiple-choice questions and a comprehension section with two ten-question passages. In addition, there are 12 questions in a comprehension cloze. Then 14 questions test your child’s vocabulary, and 14 others test their grammar skills.

Math in Primary 4 and 5

The test is divided into two sections. Part one takes 40 minutes and contains 36 multiple-choice questions. Part 2 takes 1 hour and 40 minutes with 16 short questions and 12 open-ended ones.

Secondary English

There are two sections here, and the applicant has 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete Parts 1 and 2. Part 1 is divided into three sections. Segment 1 has two topics, whereas segments 2 and 3 have four.

The applicant must choose a single topic for segment 1 and write a 200–300-word composition on it. In segment 2, the applicant must write a 250–350 words composition and a 300–400-word composition in segment 3.

The paper’s second section has 50 obligatory multiple-choice questions. 15 questions on comprehension and a comprehension cloze, ten questions on vocabulary, and ten more questions on grammar.

Secondary Math

Here, there are two parts. Parts one and two. Part one takes 30 minutes and has 34 questions. On the other hand, Part Two takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and contains 20 short-answer format questions and 10-15 open-ended questions. It would be preferable if the applicant displayed their workout in the specified area. Calculators are not allowed.

How to Apply

AEIS admits students every January and September. Therefore, the applicant should apply before the date of admission, depending on when they want to join

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Fill out and submit an online application
  1. Pay the fees with your preferred credit or debit card, or through PayNow or NETS.
  1. Email the required documents in PDF or JPG format to seab at [email protected] within one week. Ensure to use the applicant’s full name as it appears on their passport in the email subject line. Some of the documents you need to attach include:
  • The applicant’s birth certificate. If it’s in a foreign language, you’ll need to produce an appropriate English translation.
  • The applicant’s passport.

If the Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board (SEAB) approves the applicant’s application and payment by early September, you will get an email from them. They will include the following information in the email:

  • The AEIS proof of entry
  • Information about your child.
  • Index number
  • Timetable for testing
  • The location of the test
  • Do’s and don’ts, what to bring, and other instructions for applicants


Now that you know how AEIS Singapore functions, it’s time to make your dream a reality. If your child meets the requirements, check online to see when applications are being accepted and apply for his or her studies in Singapore.

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