How To Calculate Your O Level Score

Different institutions will require different calculations of your O Level scores, so we have split them into Junior College (JC), Millennial Institution (MI), Polytechnic, and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) for you. 

Institutions requirements

JC: L1R5 (1 Language, 5 Relevant subjects)

L1: English or Higher Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
At least one R5: Mathematics or Science
At least one R5: Humanities/Higher Art/Higher Music/Special Programmes/Bahasa Indonesia
The other three R5: 

(without repetition)

  • Humanities
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Malay (Special Programme)
  • Chinese (Special Programme)
  • Bahasa Indonesia
In addition

  • There should be no repeat in HMTL and MTL (if you used HMTL Malay in your L1, MTL Malay cannot be used as one of your R5). 
  • Your L1R5 must not exceed 20.
  • You must meet the grade requirements for specific subjects.
    • English: Grade 1 – 6
    • Elementary or Additional Mathematics: Grade 1 – 7
    • Any 1 Mother Tongue Language (MTL): Grade 1 – 7

MI: L1R4 (1 Language, 4 Relevant subjects)

L1: English or Higher Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
At least two R4: Mathematics/Science/Humanities/Higher Art/Higher Music/Special Programmes/Bahasa Indonesia
The other two R4:  Any 2 GCE O-Level subjects except Religious Knowledge
In addition

  • There should be no repeat in HMTL and MTL (if you used HMTL Malay in your L1, MTL Malay cannot be used as one of your R4). 
  • Your L1R5 must not exceed 20.
  • You must meet the grade requirements for specific subjects.
    • English: Grade 1 – 6
    • Elementary or Additional Mathematics: Grade 1 – 7
    • Any 1 Mother Tongue Language (MTL): Grade 1 – 7

Polytechnic: ELR2B2 net aggregate score (ELR2B2 = English Language + 2 Relevant Subjects + 2 Best Subjects – bonus points)

ELR2B2 Must not exceed 26 for all courses except for Diploma in Nursing (ELR2B2 must not exceed 28)
In addition

  • You have to meet the minimum entry requirements of the course that you are applying for. Find the entry requirements here

ITE

  • You must have sat for at least 5 O-Level subjects over a maximum of 2 years.
  • You have to meet the minimum entry requirements of the course that you are applying for. Find the entry requirements here

 

Calculating L1R5/L1R4/ELR2B2 together with Bonus Points

You can get a maximum of 4 bonus points from a combination of any of these achievements:

Type of bonus points Bonus Points
CCA grade: Excellent, A1 or A2 for admission to all institutions 2
CCA grade: Good, or from B3 to C6 for admission to all institutions 1
English and Higher Mother Tongue Language grade: A1 to C6 for admission to JC or MI 2
Chinese or Malay Special Programmes or Bahasa Indonesia grade: A1 to C6 for admission to JC or MI 2
Selection of your affiliated JC as your 1st or 1st and 2nd choices (refer to here for the affiliation list) 2

 

You can get an additional 2 bonus points if you are selected for the Chinese, Malay or Tamil Language Elective Programme offered in some JCs. 

Calculation = Each component score (e.g. A1 = 1, A2 = 2, B3 = 3 etc.) added together – Bonus Points

Cut-off-point varies for each institution yearly, and so you can only refer to the previous year’s COP for a gauge on which schools you should apply for!