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.
ITE students who are in their final year of study of their Nitec and Higher Nitec courses.
|Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents with 2 years or more relevant working experience and who meet the minimum entry requirements of the courses that they are applying for.|
THE EAE APPLICATION PROCESS
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:
For students sitting for the Singapore-Cambridge O Level examinations: obtain a net ELR2B2 score of not more than 26 points, and meet the Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for their respective polytechnic courses.
or final year ITE students: final net GPA of 2.0 or better for Higher Nitec qualification, or final net GPA of 3.5 or better for Nitec qualification.
Fulfil medical requirements of the respective polytechnic courses
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 (could be those done in or out of school)
For Design courses, a portfolio of work examples is required at the interview
|Temasek Polytechnic Scholarship|
|Temasek Polytechnic Engineering Scholarship|
|Temasek Polytechnic - Polytechnic Foundation Programme Scholarship|
|Co-Curricular Activities Scholarships|
|Co-Curricular Activities Awards|
TP students like Yi Zong, Marcus and Kyara 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.
I was a triple science student in secondary school and I especially loved Chemistry and Physics. TP’s Chemical Engineering course appealed to me because it has elements of my two favourite subjects. It immediately became my first choice for EAE.
How did your interview go?
First, I had to prepare a portfolio to bring along to the interview. I included the testimonials from my teachers as well as certificates of the various science competitions and events I participated in. I went through a group interview and one of the first questions posed was why we picked this course. For my part, I elaborated on my experiences in secondary school and constantly expressed my desire and enthusiasm to join Chemical Engineering. It worked out well because two weeks later, I got my acceptance email!
What’s the ultimate dream?
I’ve always been fascinated with how products are made, and how materials interact with one another. My aspiration, at the moment, is to pursue a career in material science research at A*STAR. TP’s Chemical Engineering course is my stepping stone to help make my dream a reality.
DIPLOMA IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
TP SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCE
“Make a strong impression with your application write-up. I went through a number of drafts before I was finally satisfied that I had conveyed, as much as possible, that my interests and passion match TP’s chemical engineering course.”
When I first heard about EAE through a close friend of mine, I went “WOW!” and asked myself, why not? I already knew what I wanted to do and EAE was a golden opportunity to secure early admission to the course that I already had my eye on that would help me pursue my passion for food.
Can you share your EAE experience?
Before the interview, I had to go through a food-related aptitude test, such as identifying various ingredients, separating an egg yolk from the whites and my skill in folding a napkin, which I perfectly nailed due to my previous work experience in a restaurant. At my interview, I shared with the lecturers how my grandma’s cooking was the spark that ignited my lifelong love of food and my dreams of opening a café one day. Overall, I think mine went really well because I tapped on my F&B work experience, which I believe is crucial to have for this course.
What have you discovered about yourself in TP, so far?
I’ve been in TP for about a year and somewhere along the line, I learned that I had developed the ability to lead. I feel that my course mates respect the decisions I make and trust in my capabilities to always make good choices.
DIPLOMA IN CULINARY & CATERING MANAGEMENT
TP SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
“Don’t make stuff up when answering interview questions. The interviewers will have follow-up questions to test your knowledge and you do not want to get stuck and trip up.”
How did your passion start?
I grew up in a family inspired by art – my mom does pottery and my aunt is an artist based in Sabah. I’ve always been encouraged to express myself through art and I believed that this course would help me in my journey to become a full-fledged designer.
How did you prepare for EAE?
For design courses, preparing your portfolio is one of the most important things that you have to do – and I had no clue how to even begin. Luckily I had help from my mom and together we curated about 20 art-related materials I had done throughout my life. She even found pictures that I took of passionfruit flowers when I was nine! I also included my finger-painting works, my art exam materials, amongst others. Also, the night before the interview, my entire family played the roles of the interviewing panel, throwing out all sorts of questions, which helped me refine and communicate my answers better. Thanks to them, I was extremely well prepared.
What are the advantages of doing what you love?
Something that really surprised me here in TP, is people telling me how smart I am. Trust me, that’s a first! My coursemates are always asking how is it that I’m able to pick up stuff so fast. I guess if you’re doing what you love, it just comes naturally.
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATION DESIGN
TP SCHOOL OF DESIGN
“Confidence is key. Start strong in your application and persevere through the interviews and selection period. Having a solid belief in yourself and in your work is empowering.”
How did your passion start?
When I was younger, I loved playing online games where you become a surgeon and conduct operations although I got squeamish when I saw real blood. So it was great when I grew up and realised that I could still pursue my passion and join the medical sector as a Biomedical Engineer.
I was so sure of what I wanted to do, that I filled up all my three EAE choices with Biomedical Engineering, in the polys that offered the course. For my application write-up, I tapped on my real-life experience of having a family member who was sick, and how I would use the skills I would learn from the course to create a medical device to aid the healing process. It got me two interview call-ups but TP was always my top choice because of two reasons. First, I believe the course curriculum offered here is really good and will prepare me well to enter the industry that I want to be in; and second, I just love the atmosphere and vibe in TP!
What’s the advantage of EAE?
That I already knew what I would be pursuing after my O’s, before I had even sat for it. My successful EAE@TP application helped provide me with more time to start preparing myself for poly life and enter the course of my dreams.
DIPLOMA IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
TP SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
“There are terms that sound the same so it pays to be knowledgeable. For example, I was asked whether I knew the difference between biomedical engineering, biomedical science and bioengineering – and I did!”
Why Psychology Studies?
Throughout secondary school, I was very active in social work – planning for events, such as carnivals and fairs, for the less privileged communities. This exposure was a big reason behind my interest in psychology.
How was your EAE experience?
During the aptitude test, on top of questions on the course structure and whether I understood the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist, I was also given a research article and had to point out its flaws and try to correct them. Two weeks later, I came to TP for the interview, and unlike other courses’ EAE interviews, which were conducted in a group setting, mine was a one-on-one experience. For about an hour, I was asked about my secondary school life, CCA activities and academic results. I was also asked some questions that I think have no right or wrong answers but were designed to see how well I was able to respond to various situations.
What’s the advantage of EAE?
Securing a place via EAE gave me the motivation to do my very best for the O-Level exams. Technically, I only had to meet the course’s minimum entry requirements but I was determined to achieve a good score to prove that I deserved my spot and didn’ t take it for granted.
DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES
TP SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
“Head over to the TP website to prepare for your upcoming aptitude test and interview. It has all the information you need on your course and much more!”
Why Game Design & Development?
Believe it or not, my brother told me about EAE, back when it was known as the Direct Polytechnic Admissions (DPA) when I was in primary six. And, when I discovered this course, my heart was set on securing a place because it combined two of my biggest passions – drawing and playing games.
What did you put in your portfolio?
I prepared samples of my past artworks, which included drawings as well as a few digital pieces that I had prepared for my O-Level art exam. I believe the latter gave me an edge over the other interviewees as the lecturers mentioned that they preferred digital pieces over the traditional ones. I also came up with a detailed game concept, including a storyline, character animation and background and scenery designs. However, I was so engrossed in my drawings that it slipped my mind to include the game mechanics, which is an explanation of how the game is played. So if you’re applying for this course, don’t forget to include one, I think it’s pretty important!
What are the advantages of doing what you love?
I want to develop an indie game with my friends. I think there’s nothing better than collaborating with like-minded people who share your vision to create a really cool and interesting game.
DIPLOMA IN GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
TP SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS & IT
“Don’t just research the course you’re applying for, but find out as much as you can about its related industry too. This will demonstrate your passion and commitment to the interviewers.”