Tip #1: Decode Form A
Soon, you will get three important things:
1. Your results slip,
2. The JAE booklet (it’s a thick grey book), and
3. Form A (a sample is below).
Your education journey is about to really level up, and you’ve got choices in front of you, and decisions to make.
Confused? Lost? We’re here to help.
First up, let’s decode Form A.
It can look a bit intimidating at first…
Don’t worry: Let’s break it down into easy steps.
To be eligible for polytechnic admission, you need to score a net ELR2B2 aggregate of 26 points or less (after deducting CCA bonus point) and meet the minimum entry requirements (MERs) of the specific course. Your Form A will list all the courses that you are eligible for.
At the polys, we’re looking at your ELR2B2 aggregate score. This is made up of your English Language + Relevant 2 + Best 2 subjects.
On Form A, under Your Aggregate Score, there are ELR2B2-A, ELR2B2-B, ELR2B2-C, and ELR2B2-D. These are also known as ‘course groups’ and you will see different aggregate scores depending on the entry requirements of these course groups.
What courses go under what groups?
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Now, you’re probably wondering how your CCA can help you.
Take a look at this table to see how many bonus points you have.
|CCA Grades||CCA Bonus Points|
Excellent (A1 – A2)
|Good (B3 – C6)||1 point|
So, now take your ELR2B2 and subtract your CCA bonus points.
This is your final net ELR2B2 aggregate score.
Use this to gauge where you stand against the net ELR2B2 range.
Tip #2: Net ELR2B2 range
Just because you are eligible for a course (it appears in your Form A), does not mean you'll automatically get in.
Look at the net ELR2B2 range. Below is a snapshot of what you will see in the JAE booklet:
Range of the Net ELR2B2
|Minimum Entry Requirements|
|Common ICT Programme||C36||ELR2B2-C||4 to 15||Subject grades
a) English Language: 1-7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1-6
c) Any other two subjects: 1-6
Notice the figures in red? This shows you the net ELR2B2 aggregate scores of the highest and lowest ranked students who were admitted. This may give you an idea of how competitive the course is. Do take note that the information on the previous year's ranges is only meant to be a guide.
To illustrate the net ELR2B2 range, here's an example:
Marcus' ELR2B2-C is 13. He received a 'Good' for his CCA grade.
So, his net ELR2B2-C is 13 - 1 = 12.
He is interested in the Common ICT Programe at either Poly A or Poly B. The net ELR2B2 range:
- Poly A: 4 to 15
- Poly B: 5 to 12
Marcus should compare his score with the net ELR2B2 range of the two courses. It will help him understand what the competition is like. With a wider range of net ELR2B2, he thinks that he has a better chance of getting in the course.
TL;DR: A wider range means a bigger variety of students and it may not be too competitive.
Check out the 2020 net ELR2B2 range of NYP’s diplomas.
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Tip #3: It sounds like a lot, but use all your 12 choices
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