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GCE A-Level 2024 Timetable

*All information is accurate as of 8 March 2024.

GCE A-Level 2024 Registration Period

There are key dates for the GCE A-Level examination: Registration, Examination and Result days. Students get ample time to register themselves for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level.

Registration for School Candidates

  • From 4 April 2024, Thursday to 17 April 2024, Wednesday

GCE A-Level 2024 Examination Dates

Here is the timetable for GCE A-Level Examination 2024. Dates may be subject to change.

Oral Examination

Subject Name Date
Mother Tongue Language (Mid-year) 4 July 2024, Thursday, PM
H1 Mother Tongue Language  Group A  
10 July 2024, Wednesday, PM
11 July 2024, Thursday - 12 July 2024, Friday, Full Days

 Group B 
15 July 2024, Monday, PM
16 July 2024, Tuesday - 17 July 2024, Wednesday, Full Days
Mother Tongue Language (Year-end) 25 September 2024, Wednesday, PM
Foreign Languages 23 September 2024, Monday - 25 September 2024, Wednesday, PM sessions only

Listening Comprehension Examination

Subject Name Date
H1 Mother Tongue Language 3 July 2024, Wednesday, PM
Mother Tongue Language (Mid-Year) 3 July 2024, Wednesday, PM
Mother Tongue Language (Year - End) 7 November, 2024, Thursday, AM

Written Examinations

Subject Name Date
H1 Mother Tongue Language (Mid-year) 27 May 2024, Monday, AM
Mother Tongue Language (Mid-year) 27 May 2024, Monday, AM
End of the Year Exam 28 October 2024, Monday.
4 November 2024, Monday - 24 October 2024, Thursday

Practical Examinations

Subject Date
Theatre Studies and Drama 8 July 2024, Monday - 15 July 2024, Monday
Computing 2 October 2024, Wednesday
Science 16 October 2024, Wednesday - 24 October 2024, Thursday

GCE A-Level 2024 Result Date

  • The 2024 results will be released tentatively between Friday, 21 February and Tuesday, 25 February 2025. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What is the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level?

The Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level is a national examination taken by students from Junior Colleges, centralised institutes who are taking A-level courses, as well as private candidates who have met the eligibility criteria to register. 

Q2: What are the subject combinations available for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level?

Students are required to take 3 compulsory subjects (Project work, Mother Tongue Language, and General Paper) and 4 Content Subjects of their choosing. Regardless of one's preferred subject combination, all students are required to choose a minimum of 3 H2 subjects and 1 H1 subject (inclusive of 1 contrasting subject). Students who can't decide may opt for the hybrid stream, which lets them take 2 Arts and 2 Science subjects, but with certain limitations and it's subject to the school's approval. Generally speaking, subject combinations fall under either the Science or Arts stream.

Popular Science Stream combinations:

  • PCME (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics)
  • BCME (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics)

Popular Arts Stream combinations:

  • HELM (History, Economics, Literature, Mathematics)
  • GELM (Geography, Economics, Literature, Mathematics)

Q3: What's the difference between an H1, H2, and H3 subject?

The 'H' stands for 'higher', which indicates the difficulty, commitment level, and demands of a subject. Most students take a combination of H1 and H2 subjects. H3 subjects are optional, and are often reserved for high-achieving students with a passion for the subject. All A-level subjects can be taken at any of the 3 levels.

H1: Less demanding study level. Fewer topics and less depth. Less weightage in rank point calculation.
H2: Where most core subjects are taken. Higher weightage in rank point calculation.
H3: Higher level for those keen to pursue research or deeper study into a subject. Not included in rank points.

Q4: When is the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level held?

The examination is held annually in November, with results released in February or March of the following year.

Q5: How is the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level graded?

The examination is graded on a scale from A to E, with A being the highest grade and E being the lowest. A grade of S (for "Satisfactory") is given to students who do not meet the minimum requirements for an E grade.

Q6: What are the minimum requirements for passing the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level?

To pass the examination, students must obtain a minimum of three H2 passes (at least one of which must be a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry), and one H1 pass.

Q7: Can students retake the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level?

Yes, students can retake the examination if they are not satisfied with their results. However, there are certain rules and restrictions regarding the number of times a student can retake the examination and the subjects they can retake.

Q8: How are university admissions affected by the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level results?

University admissions are primarily based on a student's Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level results, although other factors such as extracurricular activities, personal statements, and interviews may also be considered.

Q9: How do students apply for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level?

Students can apply for the examination through their schools or private candidates can apply online through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) website.

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