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O' Level

After 4 or 5 years of secondary education, students take the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination, otherwise known as GCE ‘O’ Level Examination. The University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE), and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) are the joint examining authorities for this national exam. The GCE ‘O’ Level covers English Language, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, and other subjects that the student covers over their four or five years of study in their respective secondary school.

The ‘O’ Level exam formats and syllabus are summarised below:

English (1128)
Paper Component Marks Weightage
1 Writing
(Editing, situational & continous writing)
70 35%
2 Comprehension
(Visual text, narrative/recount, and summary writing)
50 35%
3 Listening Comperhension 30 10%
4 Oral Communication
(Reading aloud & spoken interaction)
30 20%
Total   180 100%

Mathematics (4048)
Paper Component Marks Weightage
1 25 short answer questions 80 50%
2 10 to 11 questions of varying marks and lengths.
Last question will test on application of mathematics to real-world scenerios
100 50%
Total   180 100%

Chinese (1160)
Paper Component Marks Weightage
1 作文
实用文 — 看图作文电子邮件
作文 — 记叙文、议论文和说明文
60 30%
2 语文理解与运用
(综合填空, 阅读理解一, 阅读理解二)
70 35%
3 口试与听力
(朗读短文, 会话)

70 35%
Total   200 100%

A more detailed outline of the exam formats and syllabus for the above subjects and the Sciences can be found at Singapore Examinations Assessment Board.

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