The Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply and receive conditional offers for admission to the polytechnics based on their aptitudes and interests, prior to receiving their final grades. It gives the polytechnics greater flexibility to select and admit students on criteria other than their academic grades, thus allowing a wider range of talents to be recognised.
As part of EAE, the Early Admissions Exercise (For ITE Students) [EAE(I)] has been introduced to cater to final-year students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) who wish to apply for polytechnic admission based on their sustained interests and demonstrated aptitudes relevant to the course, apart from their Nitec / Higher Nitec Grade Point Average (GPA).
The five polytechnics (Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic) can each admit up to 12.5% of their Academic Year (AY) intake through EAE, and up to 10% of their intake of ITE graduates for the AY through EAE(I). There is a 50% course-level cap on students entering the polytechnic through these exercises for around a third of all polytechnic courses, where interests and aptitude in the field are particularly important, e.g. early childhood education, design and media. There is a course-level cap of 30% for all other courses. This is to ensure that students admitted through their academic grades will continue to have access to all polytechnic courses.
EAE and EAE(I) applications commence in June/July every year, for admission into polytechnics in the following year. For the AY2017 polytechnic intake only, EAE(I) applications will commence in January 2017.
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