How difficult is it really for an expat kid to get into a local school via the AEIS Exams?
Many expat parents have the idea that getting into a local school is extremely difficult.
In this article, we will address the concern that getting into a local school is extremely difficult for an expat kid.
First, let’s understand the requirements to get into a local school.
Every year, Singapore has two major examinations held for expat kids to enter local schools. It’s called
AEIS Exams- Admissions Exercise for International Students which is typically held in September every year.
S-AEIS Exams – Supplementary Admissions Exercise for International Students which is typically held in February every year.
Students who pass the AEIS exams in that year, will be given their school allocation placements by that same year end, and they will start school in the given local school by the next year.
On the other hand, students who pass the S-AEIS exams held in February, will get their placements in Apr to May and join their local schools in May of that same year, right before the first semester ends.
For the AEIS exams and S-AEIS exams, students are required to sign up for their respective age appropriate examinations about a month or so prior to the actual exam.
The content usually tested is the preceding year’s content syllabus and the subjects being tested are only English and Mathematics.
For primary school however, there have been some recent updates where, students will need to sit for the English exam via the Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ) test.
For secondary school students, the admissions remain the same, they will sit for both English and Math at the exam itself.
The results will be out in 1 to 2 months, and successful students will be notified to attend their allocated schools accordingly.
So the million dollar question is, “Are the AEIS exams so difficult?”
Our answer to that is that it is not difficult, with one disclaimer. The kid must have the right preparations prior to the exam. Not only must he have covered the content syllabus but also he must be prepared mentally to perform under exam conditions.
Having sent dozens of expat kids to local schools over the years, we can assure you that with the right amount of preparation, it is definitely possible.
There is however, usually a lot to cover prior to the exams, depending on the starting point of the kid in terms of his current Mathematics and English proficiencies.
It may be difficult or overwhelming at least for a start for the kid to juggle both international school demands while also preparing for the AEIS or S-AEIS examinations.
The solution is in finding a sustainable pace to work with in the months preceding the exam. This is a very critical and key part of ensuring that we do not overwork and overwhelm the kid.
That is why at Raffles Edulab, we have a customised programme for our kids that is finetuned according to the respective kid’s abilities.
Raffles Edulab offers both a part time and full time AEIS exams preparation programme.
The part time programme runs 3 lessons a week, 2 hours per session, while the full time programme runs 6 lessons a week, 2 hours per session.
During these sessions, our teachers will continuously assess and prepare and fine-tune a scheduled timeline for the kid’s progress in the months to come.
This ensures a sustainable pace of progress that is not too overwhelming, and neither is it too lacking in speed.
This fine-tuning allows us to ensure ample time is set aside to complete the full required syllabus while also ensuring that we have a month’s worth of examination preparations to prepare the kid for the exam.
This exam preparations phase is highly crucial to ensure the kid is well–prepared mentally to perform under the exam conditions of the AEIS exams or S-AEIS exams.
With all these in place, we have sent dozens of kids to local primary and secondary schools in Singapore and are confident that your child will be in good hands with us for their AEIS exams or S-AEIS exams preparations.
To conclude, with the right amount and quality of preparations, it is not difficult for an expat kid to enter a local school in Singapore.