Admission Exercise for International Students
AEIS: An Introduction
The Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS), administered by the Ministry of Education, is a centralised admissions exercise for prospective international students who desire to study at primary and secondary schools in Singapore. The AEIS centralised tests assess the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning power.
Prospective international students who do not hold a place in a local school and who want to seek admission into Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels are eligible to sit for AEIS.
Dates and Deadlines
AEIS is conducted around September or October each year for admissions in January of the following year.
AEIS consists of a centralised test in English and Mathematics that will evaluate the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and logical thinking abilities.
Primary P2/P3 English
The AEIS P2/P3 English test comprises of 34 Multiple-Choice Questions on Comprehension and Language Use, i.e., 6 questions on the Comprehension (based on two passages), 10 items on Comprehension Close (two passages), 5 items of Vocabulary, 5 items on Grammar and 8 items on Spelling.
Primary 2/3 Mathematics
The AEIS P2/P3 Mathematics test comprises of two parts- Multiple choice questions which consist of 34 items and Short-answer questions consisting of 34 questions.
- Duration: Part 1: 30 minutes and Part 2: hour and 20 minutes
Primary 4/5 English
The AEIS P4/P5 English test comprises two parts- Writing Section and Comprehension & Language Use. This paper is taken in a single-sitting.
- Writing Section: In this section, two topics are given. Applicants have to pick out one among the two given and write a composition of at least 100 words on it.
- Comprehension and Language Use: It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions based on comprehension, vocabulary and Grammar.
- Duration: 2 hours to complete Part 1 and Part 2.
Primary 4/5 Mathematics
The AEIS P4/P5 Mathematics test comprises two parts- Multiple-choice questions (36 questions) and Short-answer (16 questions) as well as open-ended questions (12 items).
- Duration: Part 1: 40 minutes and Part 2: 1 hour and 40 minutes
The AEIS Secondary English test comprises two parts- Writing Section and Comprehension and Language Use.
- Writing Section: Two topics for sec 1 and four topics for sec 2 and sec3 are given. Applicants have to choose one topic and write a composition on it. For Sec 1, the composition must be about 200-300 words, for Sec 2, 250-350 words and Sec 3, 300-400 words respectively.
- Comprehension and Language Use: It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions based on comprehension, comprehension cloze, vocabulary and Grammar.
- Duration: 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete Part 1 and Part 2.
The AEIS Secondary Mathematics test comprises two parts- Multiple-choice questions (34 questions) and Short-answer (20 questions) as well as open-ended questions (10-15 items).
- Duration: Part 1: 30 minutes and Part 2: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Registration and Fees
You can apply for AEIS online. Applicants must have a photocopy of the following supporting documents:
- Applicant: Birth Certificate, Data Page of Passport, Deed Poll (if any), Dependant’s Pass (if any), Immigration Exemption Order (if any) and Student’s Pass (if any)
- Applicant’s Parents: Data Page of Passport, Deed Poll (if any), Singapore NRIC (if any), Re-entry Permit (if any) and Employment Pass / Work Permit (if any)
The AEIS fee varies from year to year. Check the Ministry of Education official website for payment and other necessary details.
Fee: Payment Modes
- Online: Payment can be made by credit card/eNETS. After submission of credit card details online, you are to submit a Xerox of your supporting documents either by post/mail or in person.
- By Cheque/bank draft: Applicants may issue a cheque of Singapore-based banks or a bank draft drawn on a bank in Singapore. They should be made payable to “SINGAPORE EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENT BOARD”, and the cheque should be crossed. The applicant’s name, passport number and the test level for which the applicant is applying for must be written on the verso of the cheque / bank draft. You can then submit your payment together with a Xerox of your supporting documents either by mail or in person.
- Cash/NETS: You are to submit your payment by Cash/NETS and photocopies of your supporting documents in person.
By Mail Address:
Corporate Services Division
Centre for Assessment Training and Services (AEIS),
Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board,
298 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee,
In Person Address:
Customer Service Centre,
Ministry of Education,
1 North Buona Vista Drive,
Submit the above mentioned documents along with the payment within one week of on-line application. After submitting the documents, the applicant will receive an official notification, which will include an AEIS entry proof with applicant's index number and instructions for applicants.
Applicants can retrieve their posting results from the AEIS Internet System by logging into their account using their Passport No. /FIN and Date of Birth. Applicants who pass the AEIS centralized test are offered a place in a suitable school for the academic year commencing in January of the following year, chiefly based on available school vacancies, intended residential area and the applicant’s performance in the AEIS test.