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PSLE Cut Off Points for Secondary Schools 2022 intake IP, Express, Normal ( Base on 2021 intake)

PSLE written exams will be coming up at the end of the month.

The latest list for 2022-2023 is found here.

As you may know, this year's COP will be changed from the usual Cut Off Point (COP). It will be replaced by a new scoring system for the 2022 intake. This list will compare the difference between the 2020 COP and the respective COP base on the new scoring system for reference.

COP for secondary schools 

COP for Integrated Schools

Points to note


A new scoring system will be implemented for this year's PSLE cohort. P6 students taking the exam will receive Achievement levels of 1 to 8 for each of their 4 subjects. The overall score will be the sum of these achievement levels. Unlike the old PSLE system, the lower the score, the better. For example, the lowest possible score one could get is 4.

The scoring system is as follows.

Source: MOE

For Foundation level subjects, the scoring will be weighted for an equivalent standard level AL.

Indicative, the placement of Express, NA, and NT will be as follow.


Indicative range of COP each separate scores differ for Government & Government aided schools, autonomous schools and Independent Schools.

Government Aided Schools

Express (IP)  7-9

Express (O Level) 8-22

Normal Academic  21-25

Normal Tech 26-30

Autonomous Schools

Express (IP)  7-9

Express (O Level) 8-15

Normal Academic  21-24

Normal Tech 26-30

Independent School

Express (IP) 6-8

Express ( O- Level 8-10

SAP School / Higher Mother Tongue Language (HTML) requirement

It is noteworthy that SAP schools also have additional HCL scoring attached to the points.

HCL Grading as follows

D= Distinction

M = Merit

P = Pass

The HCL grades of the first and last student admitted into SAP schools are reflected in parenthesis. If the first or last student did not take or pass HCL, no HCL grades would be shown. 

E.g. 10 (P) and 11 (D)

The student with 10 (P) will have priority over 11 (D)


1- An Overall PSLE score of 8 or better


2 An overall PSLE score of 9-14 and attain

AL1 or AL2 in MTL or Distinction / Merit in HMTL


Next year, the ranking of the school will play an important part. With the the lower difference in scoring, this would mean more competition for the same school. For students with similar scores, the one that ranked the school higher on their choices will be considered over the other.

Choosing school cannot be as frivolous as it was in the past, where you can 'try your luck' for higher COP school as your first choice.


Given the tight range of scores, balloting may be possible for slots in Secondary Schools. Unlike Previous PSLE T-scores with decimal points to determine the placement, it is impossible to distinguish students with the same number of points under the AL scoring system. Thus balloting may be necessary for this case.


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