EAE for O-Level and ITE Students

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) FAQs

What is EAE?

The Polytechnic Early Admissions Exercise (Poly EAE) is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnics prior to receiving their final grades. It allows the polytechnics greater flexibility to select and admit students based on their aptitudes and interests, apart from academic grades, thus allowing a wider range of talents to be recognised.

Who can apply?

  1. O-Level Students
    • Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR) who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in 2020; or
    • International Students enrolled in government, government-aided and Independent Schools and have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in 2020.

  2. ITE Students
  3. Final-year ITE students who have completed their
    • NITEC course in June or December 2020 or
    • Higher NITEC course in September 2020 or March 2021


  4. Working Adults
  5. Working adults who are Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR) with at least two years of relevant work experience. 

When will the application take place this year?

 Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) AY2021 Intake
S/NActivityITE StudentsO-Level StudentsWorking Adults
1Application Stage11 Jun (Thu) - 17 Jun (Wed)25 Jun (Thu) - 1 Jul (Wed)8 Jun (Mon) - 5 Jul (Sun)
2Selection Stage6 Jul (Mon) - 1 Sep (Tue)6 Jul (Mon) - 1 Sep (Tue)6 Jul (Mon) - 1 Sep (Tue)
3Offer & Acceptance Stage7 Sep (Mon) 1400h - 10 Sep (Thu) 2359h7 Sep (Mon) 1400h - 10 Sep (Thu) 2359h7 Sep (Mon) 1400h - 16 Oct (Fri) 2359h
4Withdrawal Stage11 Sep (Fri) - 16 Oct (Fri) 2359h 11 Sep (Fri) - 16 Oct (Fri) 2359h 


Are all the courses in SP offered under EAE?

Yes, SP offers all its courses under EAE. 

What is the EAE application process?

  1. Application Stage
  2. Interested students can apply via the EAE portal. Applicants will be asked to complete your personal particulars and submit a 600-character write-up to explain your passion and aptitude for the courses that you are applying for. Each applicant can select up to three courses of interest.

    For the working adults, please also include details of your relevant working experience (job scope, number of years of experiences and work achievements, etc) in the short write-up.


  3. Selection Stage
    • Selection will be based on demonstration/evidence of interest and aptitude for applied learning. Applicants may be invited for aptitude test and/or interviews to demonstrate their aptitude and interest for a specific course.
    • Applicants are encouraged to prepare supporting documents such as portfolio of works, testimonials on past leadership, participation in competitions, relevant programmes during the interview to support their application.
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  4. Offer & Acceptance Stage
  5. Offers will be made to successful applicants. EAE applicants may view and accept offers on the online application system within the stipulated period. A non-response will be deemed as a rejection of the offer. A student who accepts his EAE offer during this stage will be given a conditional offer and guaranteed a place in the polytechnic course, as long as he meets the admissions criteria.

    To cope with the rigour of polytechnic education, applicants will have to meet the prevailing polytechnic admissions criteria to confirm their conditional offers:

    Admissions criteria for O-Level students:

    You have to meet the following admissions criteria:

    • Meet the minimum entry requirements (MERs) for the offered course. The MERs for each course can be found here; and
    • Obtain a net ELR2B2 aggregate score of 26 points or better for the O-level exams


    Admissions criteria for ITE students:

    You have to meet the following admissions criteria:

    • Higher NITEC qualification – final net GPA of 2.0 or above (including CCA bonus points)
    • NITEC qualification – final net GPA of 3.5 or above (including CCA bonus points)


    Note: Students who have secured a place in the polytechnic by accepting and confirming the EAE offer will not be eligible to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE) or other polytechnic admissions exercises. A student who accepts an EAE offer cannot concurrently accept an offer from a JC via the DSA-JC exercise. Students who accept both offers will be disqualified from both exercises, unless they reject one of the offers before the end of the Acceptance Stage.


  6. Withdrawal Stage
  7. Should students wish to withdraw their acceptance, they must submit their withdrawal online via the EAE portal. Students who have accepted an EAE offer but do not withdraw by the stipulated deadline will not be able to switch courses within or across polytechnics once their offers are confirmed upon release of their final examinations results.

Will the order of choices as listed determine whether a student gets a particular course?

The applicant is encouraged to select and rank the polytechnic courses based on their choice of preference.  If you are found suitable for more than one course, you will only be offered 1 course based on the order of your course choice.

When will I know if I am accepted for EAE?

Applicants may check their application outcome via the EAE portal during the “Offer & Acceptance” stage. They will receive notification of the release of the posting results via email. Successful applicants must decide if they wish to accept the offer.

What if I was not offered a course during the EAE application?

‘O’ Level students may apply for polytechnic admissions through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their ‘O’ Level results while the Higher Nitec and Nitec students may apply via the ITE Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE).  

Can I switch courses after I have successfully obtained an offer?

No. Once you have accepted your offer, you will not be able to switch courses within or across polytechnics. Applicants are expected to honour the commitment to their choice of polytechnic and the course under Poly EAE. 

How will an applicant’s work experience be assessed and considered relevant for the course?

Applicants’ work experience will be assessed holistically to consider the relevance of their demonstrated competencies and skills for their courses of interest. Applicants will need to submit their employment records together with their application, as well as employer recommendations where available. 

More FAQs can be found at www.polytechnic.edu.sg.

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School of Architecture & the Built Environment (ABE)

  1. What is the EAE interview like? Is there a dress code?
  2. Majority of our interviews are individual interviews with the exception of the Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management which is a group interview. For the interview, you may wear your school uniform or smart casual outfits.


  3. How can I better prepare for my interview?
  4. You might want to think about the following questions that your interviewers might ask:

    • Why did you choose this Diploma?
    • What do you know about this Diploma?
    • What do you know about this industry or its career path?
    • Related experiences, eg. Related competitions, internship, participate in related workshops
    • Share with us a challenging situation? Name one challenge you faced, whether at school, CCA or during a part-time job. How did you overcome that?
    • What are your strength and weaknesses? Use 3 words to describe yourself

    It is important to be yourself at the interviews! The interviewers want to know you better in order to assess your experiences, passion, interest and suitability for the course of your indicated choice. There are no right or wrong answers.

    Most importantly, be sure to research on the industry and course! And of course, be punctual for your interview.


  5. What should I include in my write-up?
  6. Your write-up should be about yourself. Some things to include are:

    • Why do you have an interest in this diploma?
    • What are your aspirations? Which aspects of the course do you like and why?
    • To demonstrate genuine interest and passion for the diploma course you are applying for. 


  7. What if I don’t have a portfolio?
  8. It’s never too late to start! Your portfolio does not need to consist of many items, we’re looking for quality over quantity! Just a few good ones to showcase relevant content of the course you are interested in and to represent your style.


  9. Do I need to have a Built Environment, Humanities, Media & Design background?
  10. For some diplomas, the fundamentals of specific subjects are important. For example, Mathematics and Sciences, especially Physics, is extremely important for the Diploma in Civil Engineering.

School of Business (SB)

  1. What does the School of Business (SB) look for in EAE applications?
  2. The School of Business is looking for potential students who can show evidence of interest and aptitude for applied learning and are particularly interested in business.

  3. Are there character traits you look out for in a potential SB student?
  4. It will be good for potential SB students to have confidence in yourself and be able to express your thoughts while participating in group activities. A demonstration of care and concern for your fellow students is also encouraged.

  5. What do we need to prepare for the Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF) interview?
  6. You should be prepared to demonstrate that you are an individual who can adopt a critical and flexible viewpoint and can analyse issues from a variety of perspectives.


  7. What do I need to prepare if I want to apply for the Diploma in Accountancy (DAC) through EAE?
  8. You should be prepared to show evidence that you are someone who is capable of learning technical skills, has critical thinking skills and possesses strong ethical values.   


School of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLS)

  1. What kind of aptitude tests will I expect when I apply for the courses under CLS via EAE?
  2. Aptitude tests are designed to systematically assess your ability to perform general tasks related to the diploma programme, as well as your ability to make sound judgement in varying situations. Depending on the diploma, it might comprise of written tests and/or hands-on activities.


  3. I am interested in the Diploma in Optometry. What does SP look out for if I apply via EAE? 
  4. In general, applicants who demonstrate passion, aptitude, good communication skills and general understanding of life as an optometrist will stand a good chance of getting selected.


  5. What are the interviewers looking for, in terms of character?
  6. A good place to start is the SP CORE Values: Self-discipline, Personal Integrity, Care and Concern, Openness, Responsibility and Excellence. In addition, having a growth mindset, entrepreneurial vigour and versatility are valuable.



School of Computing (SoC)

  1. What should I do if I am interested in IT in general but I am unsure of my specific areas of passion and strengths?
  2. Remember that the EAE is based on your flair and specific talents that you have in a particular IT area. 

    If your skill falls in the general area of IT such as coding application, web development or mobile apps, then the Diploma in Information Technology would be a better choice. On the other hand, if you have savvy hacking skills and knowledge of defending networks, the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management would be a better choice. If you are interested in creating AI-enabled applications such as Siri or Google Assistance, you may consider the Diploma in Applied AI & Analytics.

    If you are passionate about general IT but undecided about which IT course to take, you may consider the Common Infocomm Technology Programme (CITP). In CITP, you will spend a semester studying IT and the landscape. After finding out more about a particular area, you get to specialise by choosing one out of the three full0-time courses offered.  


  3. What is your advice if I have no experience or participated in many relatable events to the course that I would like to pursue?
  4. One of the important criteria in EAE is admission based on the talent and flair that you have and not just simply interest. You need to start building a portfolio to show both your interest and flair in the area that you wish to pursue. 

    You can build your portfolio by participating in related events and competitions, working on related projects, learning-related skills on your own such as online courses.



  5. Will there be tests or quizzes before I am shortlisted for the interview?
  6. You are required to submit a comprehension portfolio write-up. The write-up should focus on your experience relevant to the course you are applying to. For more information, please visit the school EAE site: https://www.sp.edu.sg/soc/events/eae



SP Engineering

  1. What do I need to include in my portfolio if I am interested in applying for the courses under the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering?
  2. Some portfolio examples you may include are Young Engineer Awards (YEA), Advanced Elective Module (AEM) Certificate in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics), awards received from participating in STEM-related competitions (e.g. Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC), RoboCup SG Open), evidence of being an active member of STEM-related CCA (e.g. Robotics Club, Infocomm club) or other significant contributions in STEM projects.

    You may also include certificates, testimonials or photos that show your participation in related competitions and programmes to showcase your interest.


  3. Are the aptitude tests the same for all the courses?
  4. For the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, the aptitude test includes questions on logical thinking, Mathematics, and relevant topics on the specific course which the applicant applied for.

    For the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE), applicants are required to complete an online quiz on aviation-related areas.


  5. What if I do not have a portfolio? Will I be at a disadvantage?
  6. You can still explain the rationale behind your choice of courses, and show the results of the relevant subjects as evidence.

  7. Does SP provide additional mathematics lessons for the ITE students who are entering via EAE? If yes, is it applicable for specific courses or all the engineering courses?
  8. Yes, SP offers Bridging Mathematics modules for the ITE students who are in their first year of studies in SP. It is designed to be fully integrated with the Engineering Mathematics module. The focus is to equip students with fundamental mathematical skills.



Media, Arts & Design School (MAD)

  1. What is DMAD?
  2. The Diploma in Media, Arts & Design (DMAD) is a new diploma launched by SP in response to the evolving needs of the Arts, Design & Media (ADM) sector. It trains students in one core discipline and gives students the choice of developing other complementary skillsets in the ADM areas. This prepares students to be competent, adaptable and to thrive in a constantly changing environment.


  3. What is the reason for merging your previous diplomas into one diploma?
  4. As the industry landscape shifts with emerging technologies, disruptions and consolidations, many jobs can no longer operate in silo. There is a growing need for a broad-based curriculum that equips students not just with a deep domain specialisation, but also with other supporting skillsets that are required for their careers.

    DMAD allows students to go beyond their domain areas by further exposing and equipping students with a broad range of complementary skillsets to meet the demands of the Arts, Design & Media industry and support them in their future careers.


  5. What is the EAE process for DMAD?
  6. The EAE process for DMAD consists of two stages. In the first stage, applicants will be required to sit for an online assessment. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to the second stage.

    The second stage involves an interview with a panel of lecturers. The interview panel will be looking to get to know the applicant better and to assess their passion in their selected area. Applicants are encouraged to showcase their portfolio related to their area of passion during the interview. In light of COVID-19, these interviews will be conducted online.

  7. I have prepared my EAE portfolio to apply for a diploma that you previously offered. Will my EAE portfolio still be considered if I'm applying for DMAD through EAE?

    Yes. Applicants are strongly encouraged to showcase their portfolio related to their area of passion during the interview.

    The specialisations offered in DMAD are mapped to the previous eight diplomas offered by the Media, Arts & Design School and EAE applicants should indicate which specialisation they have an aptitude for.


Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

  1. Are the aptitude tests the same for all the courses in SMA?
  2. No, they are not the same. For all of the courses offered by the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), the aptitude test consists of MCQ questions on the maritime industry in Singapore and information related to the specific course which you are applying for. If you do well in the aptitude test, you will be shortlisted for an interview.


  3. What do I need to include in my portfolio?
  4. You may include a collection of maritime-related articles, interesting pictures or fun facts of the maritime industry that you collated to demonstrate your interest and awareness of the course.


  5. Who will the interviewers be?
  6. A panel of SMA lecturers will conduct the interviews.

  7. What do the interviewers look out for?
  8. They will be looking at your passion and assess your suitability for the course as well as your ability to communicate effectively and think on your feet. Additionally, you should have good analytical skills and a confident demeanour. Lastly, it is important to have awareness of the course and the industry you are getting into. 



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