Poll Results: Which JC is the Best?

62 people have voted for the best JC in Singapore. (Poll is at: Which JC is the best in Singapore?

At top place is Nanyang Junior College 12.9% (8 votes), tied with Raffles Institution 12.9% (8 votes).

Visit the poll to see the full results! Some other interesting options voted are as follows:

Other Answer Votes
Definitely not SR 1

Also see: Which Secondary school is the best in Singapore.


8 JCs to merge (i.e. 4 JCs to close down)

The latest education news in Singapore is that 4 pairs of JCs to merge as student numbers shrink; 14 primary and 6 secondary schools also affected.

The effect on the primary and secondary schools is not that significant, due to the large number of primary and secondary schools. However, there are only around 20 JCs in Singapore, the effect is quite big for JCs.

8 JCs merging is just a nice way of saying 4 JCs to be shut down permanently. RIP Serangoon, Tampines, Innova and Jurong JCs.

The most affected would be O level students in the next 5 years. Yes, there is declining birthrate but that is gradual. So for the next 5 years, there is approximately the same number of students competing for 4 less JCs.

So by “Demand and Supply” logic, we have:
– similar demand for JCs (approx. same number of students in the next 5 years)
– lower supply of JCs (due to the 4 axed JCs)

By Economic Theory: If supply decreases and demand is unchanged, then it leads to a higher equilibrium price.

Hence the logical conclusion is that the “price” will rise, that is, cutoff points for JCs may become lower. To add on to that, the 4 axed JCs cater mainly to the 13-20 pointers. So students falling in that L1R5 range will be especially affected.

Also check out: Which JC is good?

Prelim vs A Level Results

Many students upon entering JC (Junior College) in Singapore are demoralised by their poor grades. Students used to scoring As in secondary schools may now be scoring D, E or even S (subpass), U (ungraded) in JCs.

However, prelim (or promo/block test) results are well known to be traditionally lower than the A level results.

Do speak to your teachers or seniors to get a feel of how to convert your prelim results to the predicted A level results.

A rule of thumb is that if you are in a top tier JC, scoring B’s or C’s in prelims is already commendable.


I used to be a Hwachong student. Don’t be alarmed by bad grades during block tests, promo exams or even prelims….the school tends to mark stricter. I never got an A in my other subjects (lit, math, history) except for economics (once), most of the time if you get a B or C it’s pretty commendable. But by A levels many will score As for subjects they used to get Bs or Cs in. I got all As

Another rule of thumb is the percentile is more important than the actual grade for internal school exams. Check your school’s distinction rate. For instance, if your school’s H2 Maths distinction rate is 60%, and you are above 60%, then even if you are getting a D you have a good chance of scoring a distinction in the actual A levels.

A final rule of thumb is that the prelim grades is usually two band grades below the A level grade. E.g. If you score a C in prelims, your predicted A level grade is B or A.

Quote: “It is useful as an indicator about your performance respective to other students, but not about your absolute performance. The top schools deflate your grades by maybe one or two grade bands? Not so sure about the rest.”

H2 Topical Package with Highly Condensed Summary

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The new product is the H2 Topical Package with Highly Condensed Summary.

Highly Condensed H2 Maths Notes, bundled with hundreds of Topical questions (arranged according to topic) for H2 Mathematics.

Topical questions have full solution.

Will be useful for students preparing for H2 Maths (A Levels / Prelims / Common Tests).

The list of topics ranges from Binomial, AP/GP, all the way to Statistics and Complex Numbers. Basically all topics in H2 Maths. The filelist can be seen in the screenshots above.

Suitable for both old and new syllabus (9740/9758).

Basically this package would be recommended for students in JC1 / Mid JC2 who are not taught all the topics yet, hence are unable to attempt full prelim papers.

For JC2 students already in the final months of JC, they can purchase the other package featuring prelim papers instead.

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.