Advanced Placement Credits

 

The Advanced Placement (AP) test assesses the knowledge and ability of students and grants credits to those who do well so that they can be exempted from lower level modules and have the prerequisites to read higher level modules directly. This way, students can graduate in a shorter time.

The decision to award advanced placement credits (APCs) will be made by the departments after considering:

  1. student's GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent) qualification or polytechnic results; and
  2. student's performance in an interview and/or AP test set by the departments.

 

How APCs are Awarded - For Polytechnic Diploma Holders

Polytechnic Diploma holders may be granted advanced placement credits in relevant modules for up to a maximum of 40 modular credits (MCs) as follows:

For Matriculation Cohort before AY2015/2016,

  • *8 MCs from the University Level Requirements (one GEM and one Breadth module)
  • *12 MCs from Unrestricted Elective modules
  • Up to 20 MCs from Programme Requirements will be granted based on performance in placement tests set by the department offering the modules

 The granting of 20 MCs of APCs are automatic and not subject to performance in placement tests. The balance 20 MCs of APCs will depend solely on the student's performance in the AP tests, and not on the student's intended major.

For Matriculation Cohort AY2015/2016 and after,

  • *20 MCs from Unrestricted Elective modules
  • Up to 20 MCs from Programme Requirements will be granted based on performance in placement tests set by the department offering the modules

The granting of 20 MCs of APCs are automatic and not subject to performance in placement tests. The balance 20 MCs of APCs will depend solely on the student's performance in the AP tests, and not on the student's intended major.

 

How APCs are Awarded - For GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent) Qualifications

Students with GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent) qualifications who have obtained good grades may be granted up to 20 MCs of APCs from programme requirements based on performance in the AP tests set by the departments.

 

Eligibility for Advanced Placement

Freshmen admitted into the Faculty of Science and have obtained excellent overall GCE 'A' level (or equivalent) results and done very well in either the relevant subjects at GCE 'A' Level (or equivalent), or selected modules at Polytechnic Diploma level may apply for AP Test(s).

Please click here for the selection criteria.

Freshmen admitted into the Faculty of Engineering or School of Computing for the Double Degree Programme in Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, may apply to sit for the AP test(s) of the Science modules which will fulfill their foundation and major requirements.

Only freshmen who have applied and are shortlisted will be allowed to sit for the AP test(s).

 

Modules & Test Dates for AY2017/2018

Module Code Module Title Date Time Venue
LSM1401* Fundamentals of Biochemistry 22 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26
LSM1102 Molecular Genetics 22 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT26
CM1131 Physical Chemistry I 23 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26
 ST1131 ^ Introduction to Statistics 23 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT26
PC1142 Introduction to Thermodynamics and Optics 27 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26
PC1141 Introduction to Classical Mechanics 27 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT26
PC1431 Physics IE 27 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT25
PC1143 Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism 28 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26
PC1144 Introduction to Modern Physics 28 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT26
MA1102R Calculus 29 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT25
MA1101R Linear Algebra I 29 June 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM LT26
MA1505 Mathematics I 29 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26
CM1121 Organic Chemistry I 30 June 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LT26

 

 * LSM1401 is not meant for students intending to read the Life Sciences major/minor.

^ ST1131 is not meant for students intending to read the Life Sciences major as it precludes the module ST1232, which is a core module in the Life Sciences major.

 

Note for Engineering Students

The Faculty of Engineering is currently reviewing the set of AP test modules, which Engineering students (including those enrolled in GEP) can take from this year 2017.

For further updates, please refer to this website in early May 2017.

 

Module MA1100

Incoming students of the Faculty of Science who were medal winners in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) may apply to be considered for the APCs for MA1100 (Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics). If you have won a medal at the IMO within the last 5 years prior to the date of admission to the University, you are welcome to apply for the APCs using the application form here.

 

Application for Advanced Placement Credit Test

Application period is from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017.

For all applicants who are matriculating into NUS in the coming July, please click here for the application form.

For existing NUS High School (Year 6) students, please click here for the application form.

If you are successful in gaining admission to Faculty of Science and meet any of the stated criteria, please complete the application form and submit it together with:

  • clear copies of your GCE 'A' Level results slip (including project work / H3 subject results, if applicable), complete Polytechnic diploma results slip/transcript or NUS High School transcripts
  • payment of S$50 per module applied for. Please make a cheque payable to 'National University of Singapore' for the total fees incurred for the modules you are applying for to the address below, no later than 31 May 2017:

Outreach and Admissions Section
Dean's Office
Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore
Blk S16, Level 5
6 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117546
Attn: Mr Kurt Leng
 

Module Descriptions

(Note: There may be updates to the module description of MA1505. Please refer to this website in early May 2017 for further updates.)

 

Sample Test Papers

(Note: There may be updates to the sample test question paper for MA1505. Please refer to this website in early May 2017 for further updates.)

 

Note: Late applications will not be considered. Students are not allowed to apply to sit for the AP test(s) or apply for Advanced Placement Credits after matriculation. An exemption once granted is irreversible.

 

Notes on Calculators:

1) Programmable calculators refer to those that are able to store formulas or programs.

2) Calculators with remote communication function refer to those that are equipped with wireless communication capability.