GCE A Level Important Dates

Understanding GCE A-Level

  • You will face the third milestone in your academic journey at around 18 years old.
  • Scaling this national examination will get you entry into local, international universities or private institutions.

We are talking about the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination, commonly known as the GCE A-Level. Students appear for the GCE A-Level exams either in the second year of Junior College, the third year of Millennia Institution or the sixth year of Integrated Programme.


Junior College: It’s a two-year course. Students take the GCE A-Level in the second year of this course. As of now, JC offers Science and Arts stream in Singapore.

Millennia Institute: An alternative to Junior college, it is the only centralised institute in Singapore offering a three-year course. This means the students get an additional year to prepare for the GCE A-Level examination. Millennia Institute is the only public pre-university centre to offer Commerce

Integrated programme: This is a 6-year course. Students can take the GCE A-Level examination, International Baccalaureate Diploma or NUS High School Diploma in the last year of this course. Students who have opted for the Integrated Programme need not take the GCE O-Level examination in Secondary 4.

Private candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria can also register for this examination. The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) are the joint examining authorities for the GCE A-level examination.

Till 2001, Singapore’s GCE A-level examination was linked to the United Kingdom’s. However, in 2002, Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) delinked the examination from the UK to have better control over its management. Hence, the Singaporean A-level examination is different from the international A-level as the former’s syllabus is based on the MOE-designed school curriculum.

Students can opt for subjects at three levels of study – Higher 1 (H1), Higher 2 (H2) and for school candidates, Higher 3. Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Syllabus B subject is not an AO, A, H1 or H2-Level subject. Students who clear MTL Syllabus B subject are considered to have satisfied the requirement for admission into university. However, MTL Syllabus B marks are not considered while seeking university admission.

Importance of GCE A-level examination

The GCE A-Level examination is an important academic qualification that is universally recognized by top universities in the world. It’s also mandatory to clear this examination to seek entry into world-renowned local universities in Singapore like the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.

A Level 2022 Schedule

There are three deadlines for GCE A-Level examination: Registration, Examination and Result days. Students get ample time to register themselves for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level. This year’s registration closed on 3 April, 2022. The written examination will begin on 10 October this year.

For a detailed timetable, please click here.


Tentative Result date

As per the MOE website, the tentative dates for the results are between Friday, 17 February and Tuesday, 21 February 2023.

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