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PSLE Cut off point for Secondary 2022 -2023 IP, Express, Normal

PSLE Cut off Point ( COP )  for 2022 is out.

This year's cohort will use this new PSLE scoring system for the second year. We compared the 2022 results vs the 2021 result that was provided by MOE based on the modelling of T-scores for 2021. You can use this to infer the COP for 2023. 

If the results of previous scores are considered, minor points adjustments are possible. Thus use this guide with this consideration.

For the latest COP for secondary school 2023/24, refer to this post.


Click on photo for latest COP 2023/2024

Do confirm with MOE Schoolfinder on individual school scores for verification.



Points to note


The second year will be based on the new scoring system implemented in 2021. 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. 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, NT will be as follow.


The indicative range of COP, each separate score differs 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 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 a school cannot be as frivolous as it was in the past, where you can 'try your luck' for a 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.


This information on this marketing material is intended for general information purposes only. While reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information contained herein is not untrue or misleading at the time of dissemination, The writer makes no representation of its accuracy or completeness. This information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Please refer to official sources to check for individual accuracies.

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