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Many of you are already thinking seriously about taking up a particular poly course next year. Trust us when we say you have to plan for it from now. Here are three things you need to start thinking about to make sure you clinch a place in the TP course of your dreams.
1. Minimum Entry Requirements (MER)
Many of you are already thinking seriously about taking up a particular poly course next year. Trust us when we say you have to plan for it from now. Here are three things you need to start thinking about to make sure you clinch a place in the TP course of your dreams.

English Language: C6
Mathematics (E or A): C6
Any three other subjects: C6

2. Cut-off Points (COP)
Once you meet the MER and can apply, find out the COPs of the courses you’re interested in. The COP is the nett aggregate score of the last student posted to the course. For example, the COP for the Aerospace Engineering course at TP in 2011 was 13. That means that the last student who secured a place in the course in 2011 had a nett aggregate score (after deducting bonus points) of 13.

However, you must understand that the COP could change each year as it is largely a reflection of how popular a course is in the last Joint Admissions Exercise. So the best thing to do is to take the COP as a rough guide.

It’s useful to keep in mind the COP but obviously, you’ll need to consider other factors such as interest and aptitude. Our advice is, when you have the application form in front of you, list the courses you’re most passionate about first, followed by the ones you feel you have a good chance of getting into. Do check the MERs and COPs of all of TP’s courses on our website at www.tp.edu.sg.

3. Aggregate Computation
How then is your aggregate computed? How do you get that magical number that will get you into the course of your dream?

ELR2B2 is what you need to know. It’ll actually be computed for you when you collect your results but you still need to know what it means to help you plan from now.

ELR2B2 = English Language (EL) + 2 Relevant Subjects (R2) + 2 Best Subjects (B2)

So you’ll need to score well for English Language, and make sure you know what the relevant subjects are for the courses you’re interested in (check the MER). For poly courses, one Math subject is required. So make sure you score a good grade there as well.

In the meantime, all the best for the O level exams! We certainly hope to see you at TP, in your dream course, next year.