Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School – Secondary 1 (Full time)

Provided by Coleman College

Course introduction


The Preparatory Course is designed to prepare international students to sit for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) Test to gain admission into a Government Primary or Secondary Schools. The AEIS Test is conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.  The AEIS Test involves a centralized test on English and Mathematics and is held in September/ October of each year. International students who are successful in the AEIS Test will be assigned by Ministry of Education to join a Singapore Government School in January of the following year.
The Primary education in Singapore is a 6-year program which students will sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) at the end of Primary 6.  Successful students will progress to do the Secondary education.
International students who missed or failed the AEIS Test conducted in Sep/Oct may sit for the Supplementary Admission Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS) Test in February / March of the following year. From 2013 onwards, the S-AEIS Test will not cater for Primary 5 and Secondary 3 levels.
Applicants who have taken part in AEIS Test previously and were unsuccessful may apply to take AEIS Test again at the same or higher level, subject to MOE Terms and Conditions.
For updated and accurate information on MOE, please visit their website at

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The Preparatory Course is designed to prepare international students to sit for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) Test for admission into Singapore Government Primary and Secondary Schools

Area of Studies

The course consists of 2 (two) subjects taught accordingly to MOE syllabus:

  • English
  • Mathematics

Synopsis for Secondary 1 
The Secondary 1 English class is in line with the latest syllabus laid down by the Ministry of Education (MOE).  The Secondary 1 class prepares international students for the AEIS/SAEIS exam covering the Primary 6 English syllabus.  Upon passing the Secondary 1 exam, students are placed in Secondary 1 Singapore government schools.  At the end of the programme, students would have built a strong foundation in English, which is of the same level as Singapore government school secondary 1, thus, ensuring that students will be able to fit in their new learning environment. They will be able to communicate effectively in English as a result of their development in the following areas:
Receptive skills:  Students will be able to listen, read and view critically and with accuracy, understanding functional texts from print to non-print sources.
Productive skills:  Students will be able to speak, write and present in internationally acceptable English (Standard English) that is grammatical, fluent, mutually intelligible and appropriate for different purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures.
Knowledge about Language:  Students will be able to understand and use internationally acceptable English (Standard English) grammar and vocabulary accurately and appropriately as well as understand how speakers/writers put words together and use language to communicate meaning and achieve impact.  Learning grammar and vocabulary in explicit, engaging and meaningful ways are incorporated into the programme.


Synopsis for Secondary 1
Students attending this class will be exposed to MOE Primary 6 mathematical syllabus preparing them for Secondary 1 AEIS/SAEIS exam. Upon passing the exam, they will be posted to Secondary 1 mainstream schools.  The topics covered are:
Algebra – interpreting simple algebraic statements, simplifying algebraic expressions & solving word problems involving algebraic expressions.
Fractions – concept of fraction as division, four operations of fractions, solving word problems involving the four operations & solving word problems involving the four operations.
Decimals – four operations of decimals & solving word problems involving 4 operations.
Ratio – expressing one quantity as a fraction of another, finding how many times one quantity is as large as another given their ratio & finding the whole/one part when a whole is divided into parts in a given ratio solving word problems involving 2 pairs of ratio.

Entry Requirements

Age: 12 – 14 years old
Academic: At least Primary 4 or equivalent
English Proficiency: At least Primary 4 proficiency in English or equivalent

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The course duration is 6 months of institutional training – Full-time
Maximum allowable period to complete the course is subject to MOE Regulation

Fees & Funding

Course Fee

Payment Mode

  • Installment plan available