There is limited information on the GEP Test Format on the official MOE website:

### IDENTIFICATION OF PUPILS FOR THE GEP

The entry point into the GEP is at Primary 4.

Pupils are identified for the GEP through a two-stage exercise in Primary 3.

Stage |
Month |
Participants |
Papers |
---|---|---|---|

Screening | August | Primary 3 pupils enrolled in government and government-aided schools | English Language
Mathematics |

Selection | October | Only shortlisted pupils will be invited to the Selection stage | English Language
Mathematics General Ability |

For the screening test, the duration for each paper is around **1.5 hours**.

For the selection test, there are traditionally two papers of **2.5 hours each**:

- Paper 1: English paper and a General Ability paper
- Paper 2: Maths paper and another General Ability paper

In August every year, the cohort of P3 students is invited to sit for a GEP screening test. The test is not compulsory but all children are encouraged to go for it. The test comprises an English and a Maths paper, about 1½ hours each.

Out of the cohort of approximately 50,000 kids, some 3,000 pupils (about 6%) are shortlisted for the GEP selection test.

The selection test takes place over two days in October, the first comprises an English paper and a General Ability paper, about 2½ hours in total. The second consists of a Maths paper and another General Ability paper, also about 2½ hours altogether.

Source: http://hedgehogcomms.blogspot.com/2008/09/gep-testing-and-kiasu-ism-at-its.html

## GEP Test Syllabus

Officially, the GEP Test can only test within the Primary 3 syllabus. (This is more relevant for Math than English. For English, it is more open-ended, they can test advanced GEP vocabulary like “cantankerous”.)

For example, technically they are not supposed to test “speed” questions since that is a Primary 5 topic. Similarly, they are not supposed to test area/perimeter of circle questions, or even area/perimeter of triangle questions.

Hence, the GEP Math Test Syllabus (according to the official Primary 3 syllabus) includes:

- Whole Numbers
- Fractions
- Money
- Measurement (Length, Mass, Volume)
- Time
- Area and Perimeter (rectangle/square)
- Angles (basic concepts of right angle, acute angle)
- Perpendicular & Parallel Lines (basic concepts)
- Bar graphs

The above topics may seem **deceptively easy**. However, even for a simple topic like fractions, it is possible to test a question like the GEP Screening Test Question Sample: The Tap Question, which may stump many secondary school students.

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