Polys expecting more early admissions students

22 Jun 2016

The Straits Times, 22 Jun 2016 - Article mentioned that the polytechnics are expecting more students to apply via the new Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). The EAE which will replace the Direct Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (DPA) and the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise, allows students to receive a conditional offer for admission to a diploma course even before sitting the O-level exams. The new EAE can also admit up to 12.5 per cent of the intake. The mode of assessment under the EAE can vary and may include interviews, portfolio submissions and aptitude tests. Polytechnics may consider achievements such as awards, roles assumed in and out of school, work attachments and involvement in relevant projects. At SP, students applying for the music and audio technology diploma course are required to go for auditions where they will have to display musical proficiency. Applicants for SP's applied drama and psychology diploma must also undergo a drama workshop. Article also mentioned that for TP’s informatics and information technology courses, the selection panel assesses applicants during interviews on their knowledge of how IT is applied in areas like healthcare. RP’s registrar opined on how the new EAE could help students discover their passion and interests. Similar story was reported in myPaper.

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