Taking the early admission route to polytechnic

On deciding whether the JC or poly route is more suitable, Nanyang Polytechnic principal Jeanne Liew's advice to parents is to consider whether their child has a particular area of interest, or learns better by applying skills. She says: "If your ans
On deciding whether the JC or poly route is more suitable, Nanyang Polytechnic principal Jeanne Liew's advice to parents is to consider whether their child has a particular area of interest, or learns better by applying skills. She says: "If your answer is yes, your child is likely to be more suited for a polytechnic education. Polytechnic courses are skills-based and industry-oriented."PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC

The Early Admission Exercise, which allows students to apply for a polytechnic place before they sit the O levels, begins on June 21. Under the scheme, a student's aptitude and interests are taken into account for admission into a course. Senior Education Correspondent Sandra Davie and Nanyang Polytechnic principal Jeanne Liew answer students' and parents' queries.

Sandra While interest in a field of study is important, having the requisite academic foundation helps to ensure that you will be able to cope with the rigour of a polytechnic education. You are required to attain a net ELR2B2 aggregate score of 26 points or better for the O-level examinations. ELR2B2 refers to English Language (EL), two relevant subjects (R2) and two other best subjects (B2).

You will also have to meet the minimum entry requirements for the respective diploma courses. The information on minimum entry requirements can be found on the polytechnics' websites.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Taking the early admission route to polytechnic'. Print Edition | Subscribe