Okay, I realised a lot of people need help in applying for local university. I’ve received emails (surprise surprise. I wasn’t expecting any at all but I appreciate and welcome them with open arms. Really.) on what are the chances of getting in and blah blah blah. (You know the common questions. Really. So I suddenly got the inspiration to do a guide on it BASED ON MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE last year and all the guidances I have received from my lovely seniors from my Junior College. 

(Disclaimer: DO NOTE THAT THE WORD HERE IS LOCAL. I do not entertain enquires on overseas university because I NEVER APPLIED FOR THEM BEFORE. Same goes to SAT.) 


1. School Culture

So the first step before even filling those forms is to check out where you really want to go. NUS, NTU, SMU or SUTD? The cultures at these universities are pretty different so you do need to take note. The best way to “feel” is to go down for the open houses of these universities. Here is a list:

NUS: 15th March 2014, University Town
NTU: 8th March 2014, Nanyang Auditorium
SUTD: 8th and 9th March 2014 
SMU: 1st and 2nd March 2014 (OVER)
(The links to the webpages of each event is included too, for easy access.) 


2. Grades

On top of the cultures of the school, you need to see whether your grades are good enough to enrol into the courses and faculties of your choice. Firstly, you need to calculate your University Admission Score (UAS). How to do that? Go to the UAS Calculator/IGP score Calculator, input your scores and the Indicative Grade Profile (IGP) score of the faculty or course that you want to get in. It will show you what are your chances of getting in. (If you do not know what is IGP, you should really read up more. It is the grades that you will see on majority of the universities’ enrollment sites. It goes in this format “XXX/X” (X being a letter grade varying from A to U. ABCDESU. If you don’t even know that, maybe you are at the wrong page.) 

Do note that the IGP only serves as a guide. It is actually based on the competitiveness each year. And by studying the trends of the scores every year does help to gauge whether it will continue to drop or rise this year. (Maybe I can do that for the next post. Considering. If you want it, do comment below!) And here are the links to the IGPs of the universities. 

NUS IGP 2014
NTU IGP 2014
SMU IGP 2014

(SUTD doesn’t really have a IGP. So yea, just apply for it if you are interested. Or if any kind soul is willing to provide. :D) 

If you want to calculate manually, before I continue, please have a calculator with you first. And a pen. And a paper. 

Okay, let’s continue. 

So, for the UAS computation (with a total score of 90), you need to know the score translated from your letter grades. 

Here is the chart:

A 20 10
B 17.5 8.75
C 15 7.5
D 12.5 6.25
E 10 5
S 5 2.5
U 0 0

courtesy of Zueet

3 H2 Computation: 3 H2 + 1 H1 + PW + GP 
4 H2 Computation: Best 3 H2 score + H2 score divided by 2 (So if you get an A, it will translate to a score of 10.) + GP + PW.

(The computation can include MT grades, but need to rebase to the total of 90. So you add up all the scores as per normal, divide by 100 then multiply by 90.)

If you need a more detailed explanation, go and read this. I think it is easier to understand? Or if you have a very weird combination (with KI and other things), then I guess you will need this.

I got BBC/C with an A in PW, E in GP and A2 for HCL (which translate to an A too.) So my UAS score is a 72.5 without MT and 74.25 with MT. 

3. Application

So after the calculations and trying to find out which courses you can get in and whatever shit, you can start applying. But please remember to apply before the application deadline.

For the application stage, I’ll write another guide soon. Promise! Feel free to ask questions and drop emails! 😀



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