JC Cut Off Points

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/little-change-in-junior-college-entry-scores-this-year

Despite the latest O-level results being the best in decades, there was little change in the minimum entry requirements for most junior colleges this year.

Students (future batches) thinking of which JC to enter should read this book by Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

In it he discusses whether it is better to be a big fish in a small pond or small fish in big pond at early stage of life. Also read: http://news.bitofnews.com/malcom-gladwells-mindblowing-theory-on-why-its-better-to-be-a-big-fish-in-a-small-pond/. This is very true, as entering an elite JC can be quite demoralizing, not to mention not a good fit as the lectures progress too fast, leading to students requiring either tuition or very intensive self-revision at home. The final result may be that the student may do better in ‘A’ levels in a mid-tier JC than in the elite JC’s like RI or HCI.

Hence, students and parents who are undecided and asking the question “Should I go to X JC” should read the above book. If you decide to go to the elite JCs, do not be demoralised if you are not at the top of the cohort. In fact, even if you are in the bottom half of the cohort, you do still have a good chance in doing well in the ‘A’ levels. It is all about the mindset, which is discussed in the above excellent book. The bottomline is that it may not be the best idea to enter the JC with the “lowest” cut-off point, some decision may be required.

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