Who Can Apply

  • Students who will be sitting for the O-Level examinations this year.
  • International Students enrolled in government, government-aided and Independent Schools who have registered to sit for the O-Level examinations this year.

How to Apply

What We're Looking For

  • Evidence of ability, talent, interests and intent for a poly education
  • Portfolio of achievements, awards and work samples related to the course applied for
  • Recommendation letters from mentors or former employers

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview and/ or sit for an aptitude test.

TP reserves the right to accept students based on the above selection criteria as well as any other criteria deemed appropriate.


Students admitted via EAE will still have to meet the following admission criteria:
• Obtain a net ELR2B2 score of not more than 26 points for the Singapore-Cambridge O Level examinations; and
• Meet the Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for their respective polytechnic courses.
• Fulfil medical requirements of the respective polytechnic courses

What Courses You Can Apply For


Tips for EAE Application

  • Write about your interest and talent in the areas related to the course you are applying for
  • Elaborate on your participation in activities (CCA), achievements and leadership qualities
  • Provide examples of how you have learned more about your area of interest through activities such as workshops, school projects or competitions

Bring your portfolio including the following:
  • Achievement awards and work examples
  • For Design courses, a portfolio of work to show at the interview is required
  • Portfolio of work other than those done in school is highly encouraged

Download our informative EAE Guide to help you with your application!

Check out what life is like in TP

Passion Brought Them Here

TP graduates Farzanah, Jason and Solomon are excelling in very different fields. But they do have one thing in common – all secured their places in TP before even sitting for their O-Level exams! Their TP experience gave them the best opportunities to live their passion.

Nur Fatimah Farzanah

Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Farzanah recently received the coveted NUS Global Merit Scholarship for her outstanding performance in the Life Sciences programme at NUS. Not bad for a girl who started out in TP with a love for science and animals.

In spite of some people advising her against the poly route, she was certain that this was what she wanted to do.

“I believe that you will be more motivated in your studies when the subjects match your interests,” she said.

Immersed in what she loved, Farzanah flourished in TP. In fact, it was her six-month internship at KK Hospital, where she did paediatric research and studies on the effects of tumours that inspired her to pursue her current course of study. Today, she is determined to become a research scientist and make a difference in people’s lives.

What a response to the naysayers who were against her going to poly!


Jason Yong

Diploma in Communication Design

Jason Yong literally went the distance to pursue his passion for design. He knew that the two-hour bus ride from his Jurong West home to TP was a small sacrifice to make, in return for what he would gain from TP’s Communication Design course.

“In TP, I got to pursue my passion every day – and I will continue to do so until I get to do it for real as a career,” said Jason.

Despite his busy school schedule, Jason never turned down the opportunity to work on design projects for external clients. For Levi’s Singapore, he painted a life-sized mural at its flagship store in ION Orchard; and for the Singapore Prison Services, he created designs for the Yellow Ribbon campaign. This up and coming designer also secured an internship at acclaimed creative agency, Kinetic Singapore, where he was mentored by advertising guru and President’s Award winner, Pann Lim.

With such talent, it won’t be long before the creative industry welcomes another titan in their ranks!


Solomon Tan

Diploma in Game Design & Development

Playing educational computer games was how a young Solomon Tan overcame his reading difficulties. What started out as a coping mechanism blossomed into a passion to create similar games and help those like him.

Solomon’s desire led him to TP where he thrived. Surrounded by lecturers and peers who shared his passion, he created a range of interesting computer games and participated in a number of IT competitions. His TP experience also gave him an important life skill – confidence. In fact, Solomon was so confident in his abilities that he opted to pursue an internship at game company, Daylight Studios, which required him to clear a programmer’s test meant for university graduates. He aced it and successfully secured the internship.

“All I want to do is tell stories through my games, animation and special effects,” he said.

Solomon graduated from TP in May 2018. He will continue to hone his skills at DigiPen Singapore, one of the world’s leading educational institutions for game design.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

EAE for O-Level students is an admissions exercise that allows graduating O-Level students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnic based on their aptitudes and interests before taking their GCE O-Level examinations. It allows the polytechnics greater flexibility to select students based on broader measures of merit, beyond just academic grades.

EAE will be available to the following:

  • Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR) who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of EAE;
  • International Students enrolled in government, government-aided and Independent Schools during the year of EAE application, and who have registered to sit for the GCE O-Level examinations in the year of EAE.

Polytechnics can admit up to 15% of their total polytechnic intake via EAE.

While interest in a field of study is important, having the requisite academic foundation helps to assure you will be able to cope with the rigour of a polytechnic education and benefit from it. It is for this reason that students seeking admission to the polytechnics are required to meet the following admissions criteria:

  • a) A net ELR2B2 aggregate score of 26 points or better for the GCE O-Level examinations; and
  • b) Minimum entry requirements (MER) for their respective diploma courses. The MER for each polytechnic course can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

If you do not meet the admissions criteria, your conditional offer will be revoked. You will be able to apply for admission to a polytechnic through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using your GCE O-Level examination results.

Applications for EAE for O-Level students will open in June 2018.

EAE focuses on students who have strong aptitude and interest in a field related to the diploma course they are applying for. Students with outstanding achievements, such as in sports, arts, leadership, entrepreneurship and community service may also be considered.

Polytechnics will have the discretion to determine their modes of assessment, such as portfolios, interviews and aptitude tests, where relevant and appropriate. Polytechnics may also consider participation in relevant CCAs, Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs), Applied Learning Programmes (ALP) and Applied Subjects, as well as participation in activities such as work attachments and sustained involvement in projects that are related to the course students are applying for.

No. Once you have accepted your conditional offer and met the admissions criteria for the polytechnic course after the release of your final results, your EAE offer will be automatically confirmed and you will not be able to switch courses within or across polytechnics. You will not be eligible to take part in JAE or any other polytechnic admissions exercises. Students are expected to honour the commitment to their choice of polytechnic and the course under EAE.

EAE is targeted at students who are interested in a particular course in the polytechnics, and admission is based on the student’s suitability for that course. If you are still discovering and/or developing your strengths and interests related to specific polytechnic courses, you can apply for a course through the Joint Admissions Exercise after receiving your GCE O-Level examination results.

Yes, you can participate in both EAE and the DSA-JC Exercise. However, you should only accept either a polytechnic or junior college offer. Students who accept both offers will be disqualified from both exercises, unless they reject one of the offers before the end of the Acceptance Stage.
Should you wish to withdraw your acceptance of the EAE offer, you must submit your withdrawal online via the EAE for O-Level students portal. Students who have accepted a EAE offer but do not withdraw by the deadline will be deemed to have confirmed their acceptance and will not be eligible to participate in JAE and other polytechnic admissions exercises.

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