PSLE Cut Off Points

The official document for PSLE Cut Off Point is the MOE PSLE Cut Off Point Booklet. Comprising of 200 pages, it contains all the official past year cut-off points for the various secondary schools for express and normal streams.

We showcase some of the PSLE Cut Off Points (for 2017 Sec 1) of various schools. Basically, Cut Off Points are unlikely to vary much throughout a period of 5 years, hence this list of cut-off points should be valid for at least 2018, 2019, 2020, until the new PSLE Scoring takes effect. Though, if your child is very close to the borderline cut-off point, it is wise to study the latest trend of cut-off points carefully.

The Cut Off Points List shown below are non-affiliation scores. If your child is affiliated, possibly a discount of 10 points or more are allowed. E.g. for Nanyang Girls’ High School, the non-affiliated cut-off is 264, but for affiliated students, 250 is sufficient to get in. Some schools have two tracks, IP track and O-level track, in which case the O-level track cut-off point (COP) is invariably lower than the IP track COP.

Tier 1 Schools are universally agreed “top schools” in Singapore, the “creme de la creme”. Due to their popularity, they usually have a very high PSLE cut-off. Do note that one should not choose a school solely by its cut-off point, school culture and the right fit is very important too.


Read our previous blogposts on how to choose schools not solely based on cut-off points:


Tier 1 Top Schools PSLE Cutoffs (250 and above)

  • NANYANG GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL: 264
  • RAFFLES GIRLS’ SCHOOL (SECONDARY): 261
  • RAFFLES INSTITUTION: 260
  • HWA CHONG INSTITUTION: 259
  • METHODIST GIRLS’ SCHOOL (SECONDARY): 255
  • CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: 252 (248 for O-level track)
  • VICTORIA SCHOOL: 252 (245 for O-level track)
  • ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT): 250
  • CEDAR GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL: 250

Tier 2 top schools are universally considered good schools too. Most of them are very established schools with a long history in Singapore, with a strong school culture. Some of them have specialized CCAs which they are strong in.

Tier 2 Top Schools PSLE Cutoffs (240 and above)

  • ST. ANDREW’S SECONDARY SCHOOL: 246
  • ST. JOSEPH’S INSTITUTION: 245
  • BUKIT PANJANG GOVT. HIGH SCHOOL: 245
  • NAN HUA HIGH SCHOOL: 243
  • NAN CHIAU HIGH SCHOOL: 241
  • CRESCENT GIRLS’ SCHOOL: 241
  • FAIRFIELD METHODIST SCHOOL (SECONDARY): 241
  • CHUNG CHENG HIGH SCHOOL (MAIN): 240
  • SWISS COTTAGE SECONDARY SCHOOL: 240

A very notable mention is top neighborhood schools. Neighborhood schools, as the name suggests, are close to densely populated towns with many HDBs. Hence, it can be immensely convenient for many people. Imagine walking to your school in 5-10 mins, the amount of time you save in 4 years can be staggering. It can be a nurturing environment, with much less of the competitiveness present in the Tier 1 top schools.

Top Neighborhood Schools PSLE Cutoffs (230 and above)

  • NGEE ANN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 237
  • COMMONWEALTH SECONDARY SCHOOL: 237
  • MARIS STELLA HIGH SCHOOL: 236
  • YISHUN TOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 235
  •  CHIJ ST. THERESA’S CONVENT: 234
  • XINMIN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 233
  • FUHUA SECONDARY SCHOOL: 232
  • TANJONG KATONG SECONDARY SCHOOL: 232
  • ZHONGHUA SECONDARY SCHOOL: 232
  • CHIJ ST. JOSEPH’S CONVENT: 231
  • KUO CHUAN PRESBYTERIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 231
  • PRESBYTERIAN HIGH SCHOOL: 231
  • RIVERSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL: 231
  • TEMASEK SECONDARY SCHOOL: 231

Interesting Phenomena: Chess CCA Schools are mostly Tier 1 or Tier 2 Top Schools or Top Neighborhood Schools

Something interesting I observed, all schools who list Chess/Chinese Chess/Weiqi CCA in the MOE Official PSLE Cut-off Book are mostly top schools, either Tier 1 or Tier 2 Top Schools, or else Top Neighborhood Schools. Note that some schools may have Chess CCA, but did not list it in their specialty in the MOE Official PSLE COP Book. Is it correlation or causation, i.e. does chess help to improve academic results, or are students with good academics naturally attracted to chess?

Chess CCA Schools and Their PSLE Cutoff Point

  1. ACS(I) (both International and Chinese Chess): 250 COP
  2. CHUNG CHENG HIGH SCHOOL (MAIN) (Chinese Chess): 240 COP
  3. CRESCENT GIRLS’ SCHOOL: 241 COP
  4. HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (Chinese Chess & Weiqi): 259
  5. METHODIST GIRLS’ SCHOOL (SECONDARY): 255
  6. NAN CHIAU HIGH SCHOOL (Chinese Chess & Mind Games): 241
  7. NAN HUA HIGH SCHOOL: 243
  8. NGEE ANN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 237
  9. PUNGGOL SECONDARY SCHOOL: 188
  10. RAFFLES INSTITUTION: 260
  11. TANJONG KATONG SECONDARY SCHOOL: 232
  12. VICTORIA SCHOOL: 252
  13. YISHUN TOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL: 235

Updates (2019 PSLE Cutoff Points)

Thanks to a helpful reader of our website, we provide the following corrections to reflect the updated 2019 PSLE COP:

Corrected:

ST. JOSEPH’S INSTITUTION : 250 (O level – 245)

https://www.sji.edu.sg/admission/o-level-n-integrated-programme/entry-into-secondary-1

TEMASEK JC: 250

https://www.temasekjc.moe.edu.sg/others/frequently-asked-questions-faqs

Based on the new update, St. Joseph’s Institution and Temasek JC can also be classified under Tier 1 Top Schools in Singapore.

Latest Secondary School Cut off Point (COP)

Something interesting in the latest Secondary School (based on PSLE results) Cut off Points (COP) is that MGS Cut-off points has risen sky high to 261, on par with RI and above HCI and RGS.

Nanyang Girls’ High School IP SAP (girls) – 264
Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) IB (girls) – 261
Raffles Institution IP (boys) – 261
Hwa Chong Institution IP SAP (boys) – 260
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) IP (girls) – 260
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School IP SAP (girls) – 258
Dunman High School IP SAP (co-ed) – 258
National Junior College IP (co-ed) – 258
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) IB (boys) – 256
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School IP (girls) – 254
Victoria School IP (boys) – 254
Catholic High School IP SAP (boys) – 253
River Valley High School IP SAP (co-ed) – 253
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School IP (girls) – 253
St. Joseph’s Institution IB (boys) – 253
Temasek Junior College IP (co-ed) – 253
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School O-levels SAP (girls) – 253
Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) O-levels (girls) – 253
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School O-levels (girls) – 252
Catholic High School O-levels SAP (boys) – 251
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) O-levels (boys) – 250
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School – O-levels (girls) – 250
Victoria School – O-levels (boys) – 248
Anderson Secondary School (co-ed) – 247
Bukit Panjang Govt. High School (co-ed) – 247
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) (girls) – 247
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) (girls) – 247
St. Joseph’s Institution O-levels (boys) – 246
Nan Hua High School SAP (co-ed) – 245
St. Andrew’s Secondary School (boys) – 245
St. Margaret’s Secondary School (girls) – 244
Crescent Girls’ School (girls) – 243
Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) (co-ed) – 243
Nan Chiau High School SAP (co-ed) – 243
Swiss Cottage Secondary School (co-ed) – 241
Anglican High School SAP (co-ed) – 240
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) (boys) – 239
Chung Cheng High School (Main) SAP (co-ed) – 239
Commonwealth Secondary School (co-ed) – 239
Ngee Ann Secondary School (co-ed) – 238
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) (co-ed) – 237
Yishun Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 237
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (girls) – 236
Xinmin Secondary School (co-ed) – 236
CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent (girls) – 235
Maris Stella High School SAP (boys) – 235
Fuhua Secondary School (co-ed) – 234
Zhonghua Secondary School (co-ed) – 234
Clementi Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 233
Presbyterian High School (co-ed) – 233
Tanjong Katong Secondary School (co-ed) – 233
Kranji Secondary School (co-ed) – 232
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (co-ed) – 232
Riverside Secondary School (co-ed) – 232
St. Patrick’s School (boys) – 232
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent (girls) – 231
Dunman Secondary School (co-ed) – 231
Holy Innocents’ High School (co-ed) – 229
St. Hilda’s Secondary School (co-ed) – 229
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (co-ed) – 227
Bowen Secondary School (co-ed) – 225
Evergreen Secondary School (co-ed) – 225
Gan Eng Seng School (co-ed) – 225
Jurong Secondary School (co-ed) – 225
Edgefield Secondary School (co-ed) – 224
St. Gabriel’s Secondary School (boys) – 224
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) (co-ed) – 223
Bukit Batok Secondary School (co-ed) – 222
CHIJ Katong Convent (girls) – 222
Hua Yi Secondary School (co-ed) – 222
Hai Sing Catholic School (co-ed) – 221
Pasir Ris Secondary School (co-ed) – 221
West Spring Secondary School (co-ed) – 221
Mayflower Secondary School (co-ed) – 220
St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (girls) – 219
Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School (co-ed) – 218
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School (co-ed) – 216
Pei Hwa Secondary School (co-ed) – 216
Queensway Secondary School (co-ed) – 216
Woodlands Ring Secondary School (co-ed) – 215
Beatty Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
Bedok View Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
Peirce Secondary School (co-ed) – 214
Deyi Secondary School (co-ed) – 210
Yuan Ching Secondary School (co-ed) – 210
Zhenghua Secondary School (co-ed) – 210
Compassvale Secondary School (co-ed) – 209
Hillgrove Secondary School (co-ed) – 208
North Vista Secondary School (co-ed) – 207
Bedok South Secondary School (co-ed) – 206
Orchid Park Secondary School (co-ed) – 204
Woodgrove Secondary School (co-ed) – 204
Bukit View Secondary School (co-ed) – 203
Coral Secondary School (co-ed) – 203
Greendale Secondary School (co-ed) – 203
New Town Secondary School (co-ed) – 202
Yishun Secondary School (co-ed) – 201
Chong Boon Secondary School (co-ed) – 200
Jurongville Secondary School (co-ed) – 200
Kent Ridge Secondary School (co-ed) – 200
Westwood Secondary School (co-ed) – 200
Christ Church Secondary School (co-ed) – 199
Guangyang Secondary School (co-ed) – 197
Admiralty Secondary School (co-ed) – 196
Manjusri Secondary School (co-ed) – 196
Tampines Secondary School (co-ed) – 196
Greenridge Secondary School (co-ed) – 195
Greenview Secondary School (co-ed) – 195
Canberra Secondary School (co-ed) – 194
Punggol Secondary School (co-ed) – 194
Bishan Park Secondary School (co-ed) – 193
Jurong West Secondary School (co-ed) – 192
Juying Secondary School (co-ed) – 192
Seng Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 191
Damai Secondary School (co-ed) – 190
Junyuan Secondary School (co-ed) – 190
Ping Yi Secondary School (co-ed) – 190
Bedok Green Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Montfort Secondary School (boys) – 189
Naval Base Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Northland Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Queenstown Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Regent Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Yuhua Secondary School (co-ed) – 189
Assumption English School (co-ed) – 188
Bartley Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Bendemeer Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Boon Lay Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Broadrick Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Bukit Merah Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Changkat Changi Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Dunearn Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
East Spring Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
East View Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Fajar Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Fuchun Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Hong Kah Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Hougang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Loyang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Marsiling Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Northbrooks Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Outram Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Peicai Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Sembawang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Serangoon Garden Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Serangoon Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Shuqun Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Springfield Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Tanglin Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Whitley Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Woodlands Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Yusof Ishak Secondary School (co-ed) – 188
Yuying Secondary School (co-ed) – 188

Source: http://sgtalk.org/mybb/Thread-Secondary-School-Ranking-based-on-PSLE-Cutoff-Point

(Dated 2017)

Do double check from the official MOE PSLE Cutoff point list: https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/admissions/secondary-one-posting/2017-files/sec-1-posting—english.pdf

Also, do read this article on how to choose secondary schools based on the latest PSLE Cut off Points (COP) and other factors: More to secondary schools than cut-off point: Minister Heng.