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2023 PSLE cut-off points for secondary schools: What you need to know

2023 PSLE cut-off points for secondary schools: What you need to know

With the release of results, students and parents eagerly anticipate the next chapter: secondary school admissions. One crucial aspect of this process is figuring out the PSLE cut-off points, which play a vital role in determining students' eligibility for various secondary schools.

PSLE cut-off points for secondary schools

(Based on cut-off points for 2022)

Schools that offer IP

School Cut-off point
Raffles Institution 6
Raffles Girls School 6
Methodist Girls School 6
Nanyang Girls 7 (Distinction)
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School  7 (Merit)
Hwa Chong Institution  7 (Merit)
Anglo-Chinese School (IND) 7
National Junior College 7
Catholic High School 8 (Merit)
Dunman High School 8 (Merit)
Victoria School 8
Singapore Chinese Girls School 8
Cedar Girls Sec. School 8
St. Joseph's Institution  8
River Valley High School 9 (Merit)
Temasek Junior College 9
Schools that offer Express Stream
School Cut-off point
Singapore Chinese Girls' School 8
Methodist Girls' School 8
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School  8
Anglo-Chinese School (Ind.) 8
Catholic High School 9 (Merit)
Cedar Girls' Secondary School 9
Anderson Secondary School 10
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) 10
Fairfield Methodist School  10
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School 10

Understanding the PSLE cut-off point

What is the PSLE cut-off point?

The PSLE cut-off point refers to the minimum score a student needs to attain in order to gain admission to a specific secondary school. Each secondary school sets its own cut-off point, which serves as a benchmark for selection.

How is the PSLE cut-off point determined?

The PSLE cut-off point is determined by various factors, including the historical performance of students, the popularity of the school, and the number of available vacancies. It is a reflection of the overall demand and competition for admission to a particular school. While academic performance is a primary consideration, other criteria, such as co-curricular activities, may also influence the admission process.

Changes to the PSLE cut-off point for secondary schools in 2023

In 2023, significant changes were introduced to the PSLE scoring system and the secondary school admission process. The aim was to reduce the overemphasis on academic achievements and promote a more holistic approach to education.

Background information on the changes

Previously, students' PSLE scores were aggregated based on four subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, and Mother Tongue. The new scoring system adopts wider scoring bands, providing students with more flexibility and reducing the fine differentiation between scores. Additionally, students' achievements are now recognised through Achievement Levels (ALs) rather than T-scores. ALs range from AL1 to AL8, with AL1 being the highest attainable level. So, it's best to keep this information in mind when looking at the above cut-off point table.

Factors affecting the PSLE cut-off point

Several factors influence the PSLE cut-off point for secondary schools. Understanding these factors can help students and parents navigate the admission process more effectively.

Academic performance

Academic performance is the primary factor affecting the cut-off point. Schools typically set higher cut-off points for students with exceptional academic achievements. Therefore, it is essential for students to strive for academic excellence and perform well in their PSLE examinations.

School choices and popularity

The popularity of certain schools can significantly impact their cut-off points. Well-established and highly sought-after schools tend to have higher cut-off points due to the high demand for limited vacancies. It's crucial for students and parents to carefully consider their school choices based on their preferences and academic goals.

Cohort size and competition

The cohort size, which refers to the number of students applying for admission, also affects the cut-off point. In larger cohorts, competition for places can be more intense, leading to higher cut-off points. Conversely, smaller cohorts may have lower cut-off points as there are fewer students vying for limited spots.

Understanding the secondary school admission process

Navigating the secondary school admission process requires a clear understanding of the selection criteria and procedures involved.

Selection process and criteria

Secondary schools employ various selection criteria beyond the cut-off point. These criteria may include students' co-curricular activities, leadership qualities, and even performance in interviews or tests specific to certain schools. Students should familiarise themselves with the specific requirements of their desired schools.

Balloting and tie-breakers

In cases where the number of applicants exceeds the available vacancies, balloting may be conducted. Balloting involves a random selection process to allocate places fairly. Tie-breakers, such as citizenship or proximity to the school, may also come into play when determining admission for students with similar scores. Understanding these processes can help students and parents manage their expectations and make informed decisions.


  1. What is the minimum PSLE score required for admission?

    • The minimum PSLE score required for admission varies for each secondary school and is determined by the school's cut-off point.
  2. Are there any exceptions to the PSLE cut-off point?

    • In some cases, schools may consider exceptional circumstances or talents that warrant exceptions to the cut-off point. However, such cases are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Can students appeal if they miss the cut-off point?

    • Students who miss the cut-off point can choose to appeal to their desired school. The appeal process typically requires a strong case and supporting evidence.
  4. Are there any changes planned for the PSLE scoring system?

    • The recent changes to the PSLE scoring system were implemented in 2023. As of now, no further changes have been announced.

Read our article on Everything you need to know about Full-Subject Based Banding (FSBB) next.

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