Information On Assessment
Primary 1 & 2 Assessment
Since 2019, there has been no weighted assessments for P1 and P2 pupils. Schools have removed P1 Mid-Year Examination (MYE) and End-of-Year Examination (EYE), and P2 MYE since 2009. Building on these changes as part of PERI Holistic Assessment, schools have also removed P2 EYE in 2019. The school will use subject-specific learning outcomes (LO) and qualitative descriptors to report P1 and P2 pupils’ learning progress for all subjects at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. These will provide feedback to parents on the pupils’ progress and learning through the different modes of assessment completed by pupils. Detailed information of these unweighted assessment tasks will be provided at the beginning of each term. A holistic development profile (HDP) and portfolio will be given to parents of P1 and P2 pupils at the end of each semester.
The school recognises the importance of encouraging pupils to focus on growth and mastery so that we can focus on building pupils’ confidence and intrinsic motivation to learn at an early stage, particularly at lower primary levels. These changes build on efforts to inculcate joy of learning as it will allow for deepening of learning, holistic development and pupils’ self-discovery.
Primary 3 to 6 Assessment
In 2020, P3 pupils will have termly Review Tests in Term 2 and Term 3; and EYE in Term 4. There will be no MYE for P3 in Term 2. P4 and P5 pupils will have Review Tests in Term 1 and Term 3, and MYE and EYE in Semester 1 and Semester 2 respectively. P6 pupils will have their Review Test in Term 1, MYE in Term 2 and Preliminary Examination in Term 3. All Primary 6 pupils will sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) at the end of their primary education. Posting to secondary school is based only on the PSLE results.
Assessment and Weightages for 2020
Information about the assessments and weightage are as shown in the table below:-
|Level||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
No weighted assessment
No weighted assessment
|Level||NIL||T2 Review Test||T3 Review Test||End of Year Exam (EYE)|
|Level||T1 Review Test||Mid-Year Exam (MYE)||T3 Review Test||End of Year Exam (EYE)|
|Level||T1 Review Test||Mid-Year Exam (MYE)||Prelim||NIL|
RT – Review Test MYE – Mid-Year Examination EYE – End of Year Examination
PRELIM – Preliminary Examination
(For P3 and P4)
The mark range and description for each achievement band in English Language, Mother Tongue, Mathematics and Science are given below.
|Mark Range||Achievement Band||Brief Description|
|85 and above||1||Is very good in the subject|
|70 – 84||2||Is good in the subject|
|50 – 69||3||Has adequate grasp of the subject|
|Below 50||4||Has not met the minimum requirements for the subject|
In line with the PSLE new scoring system, students with similar scores will be grouped into the same Achievement Level (AL). There will be 8 ALs and each AL will span a range of raw marks, as given in the table below. Starting from the 2020 P5 cohort, schools will present school-based examination results of P5 and P6 students in ALs. This will help familiarise students and parents with the new AL scoring system
|Achievement Level (AL)||Mark range|
|2||85 – 89|
|3||80 – 84|
|4||75 – 79|
|5||65 – 74|
|6||45 – 64|
|7||20 – 44|
The mark range and description for each grade in English Language, Mother Tongue, Mathematics and Science at Standard and Foundation levels are given below.
(For Standard subjects)
|Mark Range||Grade||Brief Description|
|91 and above||A*||Has very good understanding of the subject|
|75 – 90||A||Has good understanding of the subject|
|60 – 74||B|
|50 – 59||C||Has adequate understanding of the subject|
|35 – 49||D||Has fair understanding of the subject|
|20 – 34||E||Has elementary understanding of the subject|
|Below 20||U (Ungraded)||Has not met the requirement of the minimum grade|
For Higher Mother Tongue, the grades and mark range are as follows:
Distinction (more than 80) Merit (65-79) Pass (50-64) Ungraded (less than 50)
(For Foundation subjects)
|Mark Range||Grade||Brief Description|
|85 – 100||G1||Is very good in the subject at the foundation level|
|70 – 84||G2||Is good in the subject at the foundation level|
|50 – 69||G3||Has an adequate grasp of the subject at the foundation level|
|30 – 49||G4||Has an elementary grasp of the subject at the foundation level|
|Below 30||GU||Has not met the requirements at the foundation level for the minimum grade|
The grade descriptions for other subjects for P3 to P6 are listed below:
|Subject||Grade A||Grade B||Grade C|
|Art and Craft (AC)||Is able to respond very well to artwork and express ideas very confidently.
Is able to create good artwork independently.
|Is able to respond well to artwork and express ideas confidently.
Is able to create good artwork with some guidance.
|Is able to respond fairly well to artwork and express ideas with some encouragement.
Is able to create good artwork with close guidance.
|Music (MU)||Is able to perform and create music independently.
Is able to respond very well to music and confidently show appreciation of music.
Has very good understanding of musical elements and concepts.
|Is able to perform and create music with some guidance.
Is able to respond well to music and show appreciation of music.
Has good understanding of musical elements and concepts.
|Is able to perform and create music with close guidance.
Is able to respond fairly well to music and show appreciation of music with some encouragement.
Has put in effort to understand musical elements and concepts.
|Physical Education (PE)||Is physically very fit and good in a variety of PE activities; participates actively and enjoys team activities.||Is physically fit and competent in PE activities; participates and enjoys team activities.||Is able to cope with PE activities; participates with some interest.|
|Social Studies (SS)||Has very good knowledge and skills in the subject and consistently demonstrates positive attitudes towards self, community and nation.||Has adequate knowledge and skills in the subject and often demonstrates positive attitudes towards self, community and nation.||Has some knowledge and skills in the subject and sometimes demonstrates positive attitudes towards self, community and nation.|
Rules and Regulations for Examinations
The following rules and regulations will apply for all school-based examinations (including all holistic assessments) conducted for pupils.
- Candidates must be properly attired in school uniform during the conduct of the examination.
Stationery and Equipment
- Bring all necessary materials for the examinations which include pens, 2B pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners and mathematical instruments required for the examination. No borrowing of stationery is allowed during the examination.
- Only approved dictionaries and calculators (P5 & P6 only) can be brought into the examination rooms specified for the respective papers. The approved dictionary or calculator must bear the school stamp.
- Mobile phones and other electronic devices that are capable of storing and displaying visual/audio information are strictly not allowed in the examination room.
- Latecomers will report to the General Office before they are taken to the examination rooms. No extra time will be given. Special consideration for pupils will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Any form of verbal or non-verbal communication with other candidates in the examination rooms will be deemed as cheating. Candidates should not bring in unauthorised materials or gadgets into the rooms. If they are found to have them in the examination rooms, it will be considered as an offence.
- Cheating is a serious offence and candidates will be penalised if they are caught cheating or attempting to cheat.
- Only Medical Certificates are accepted for absence from examination.
- There will be no make-up examination for absentees for all school-based examinations.
- Marks will not be awarded for absentees without valid documents.