The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) caters to students with strong aptitude and interest in course-specific areas as well as those with exceptional talents in other areas such as leadership, sports and community service.

Let your passion take you to the course that you want.

Take the direct route to an excellent education now.

Apply through Temasek Polytechnic’s EAE.

Our Students

Hear what our six students have to say on securing a place at TP before their O’s

Veterinary Technology student Madeline Lim discusses her passion and dedication for animals, and how she was able to showcase her skills in and outside the classroom.
Business student Eugene speaks to us on how travelling overseas inspired him to take up the Hospitality & Tourism Management course.
Communication Design student Jin Jie shares with us how his doodling habits from his younger days flourished into his love for design.

As a child, Kuok How would wonder how these huge planes would jet into the air; now he is fulfilling his dream to become a licensed aircraft engineer through the Aerospace Engineering course.
Psychology student Genevieve displays great interest in learning more about Crime and Investigation, particularly decoding behaviours.
Game Design & Development student Rayner is a video game maestro who is passionate about learning the behind-the-scenes of putting a video game together.


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How to Apply?

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents students who have registered to sit for the O-Level examinations in the year of the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). International Students enrolled in government, government-aided and Independent Schools who have registered to sit for the O-Level examinations in the year of EAE can also apply.

At TP, you can choose from a range of our industry driven and economy relevant courses. Check out the different TP courses and their Minimum Entry Requirements (MER).


  • 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
  • School results which meet the minimum entry requirements (MER) for the course applied for
  • Aptitude tests and interviews

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview and/ or sit for a 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

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
  • Show your aptitude for applied learning that is related to the diploma

  • Bring your portfolio including the following:
    • Latest school examination results
    • 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

EAE Application Process

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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