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Admission Guide for ‘O’ Level Holders

Joint Admissions Exercise

The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level holders to apply for courses offered by Junior Colleges, the Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

For Who

You qualify for the JAE, if you are a/an:

  • Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) with Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level results from any year.
  • International student studying in a Government School, Government-Aided School, or an Independent School in Singapore (excluding private schools) with valid 2017 Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results.

Note: Applicants under the JAE must not have been enrolled at any of the local polytechnics before.

Application Process

You can apply online through the Joint Admissions Exercise Internet System (JAE-IS). Current 'O' Level holders who are eligible to participate in the JAE require the JAE PIN to access JAE-IS. The JAE PIN is stated in Form A, which you will receive from your secondary school or by post (for private candidates) on the day of release of the 'O' Level results.

Applicants with previous years' 'O' Level results, who are eligible to participate in the JAE, will require a SingPass to access the JAE-IS. You are required to submit a request for the system to generate a list of eligible courses, which you will receive 6 hours later, before submitting an application.

Understanding Form A

Here’s a quick guide to interpreting your Form A.

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Making the most of your 12 choices!

In your JAE application, you are given 12 choices. Here are some tips on how you can maximise your choices.

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Important Dates

The 2017 Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results will be released on 12 January 2018. You may submit your application for courses under JAE through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) over a period of 6 calendar days starting from 12 January 2018, 3pm, and ending on 17 January 2018, 4pm.

The outcome of your JAE application will be released via the JAE-IS or SMS (if you provided your mobile number in your application) in the first week of February 2018.

Upon receiving the JAE posting results, if you wish to appeal for a transfer to another polytechnic course, you may do so by submitting an online appeal via the JAE Appeal Exercise for polytechnic courses. You do not need to submit a separate appeal to the individual polytechnics.

Direct admissions exercise

If you have Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level qualifications but cannot participate in the JAE, you can apply through our application portal via the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE).

Admission is based on academic merit and subject to available vacancies of our diploma courses.

Applicants may be shortlisted for an interview if they obtain a net ELR2B2 aggregate score of 26 points or better and do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the diploma course. In the interview, applicants will be assessed for admission based on their interest and aptitudes.

Find Out More

If you need more information about the DAE, please visit our DAE website.
To find more about other admissions exercises, visit