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Criteria for Promotion

Promotion to Secondary 2 and 3

To ensure a pass and be promoted, a student in the Express Stream must obtain 50% or more in English Language and a pass percentage in the average of all subjects. A student in the Normal Stream must obtain 50% or more in English Language and two other subjects.

Promotion to Secondary 4 and 5

To be promoted to Secondary 4, a student in the Express Stream must secure a minimum Grade 6 in at least 3 subjects including English Language. A student in the Normal Stream must obtain a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and two other subjects to be promoted to Secondary 4 and 5.

Promotion Criteria at a glance

For more details, please refer to the following tables:

Express Course
Level Criteria for Promotion Pass Failed
1E Pass EL and a pass percentage in the average for all subjects Promoted to 2E Transferred to 2N(A)
2E Pass EL and a pass percentage in the average for all subjects Promoted to 3E Transferred to 3N(A)
3E Grade 6 or better in EL and 2 other subject Promoted to 4E
Retained in 3E
(Below maximum age) /  Transferred to 4N(A)
(at or above maximum age)
Failed EL but obtained Grade 6 or better in 5 subjects Advanced to 4E -

Normal (Academic) Course
Level Criteria for Promotion Pass Failed
1N(A)
Grade 5 or better in
    1. EL & 2 other subjects or
    2. 4 subjects
  • Promoted to 2N(A)
  • Promoted to 2E if student scores 70% or higher in the average for all subjects and deemed able to cope with the Express Course.
Retained in 1N(A)
2N(A)
Grade 5 or better in
    1. EL & 2 other subjects or
    2. 4 subjects
  • Promoted to 3N(A)
  • Promoted to 3E if student scores scored 70% or higher in the average for all subjects and deemed able to cope with the Express Course.
Retained in 2N(A)
3N(A)
Grade 5 or better in
    1. EL & 2 other subjects or
    2. 4 subjects
  • Promoted to 4N(A)
Retained in 3N(A)
4N(A)
An aggregate of 19 points of less in EL, Math and best 3 other subjects in GCE N-level Exam. All 5 subjects must have Grade 5 or better.




Additional Pathways
An aggregate of 19 points of less in EL, Math and best 3 other subjects. A Grade 4 or better in both EL and Math.

An aggregate of 11 points or less in EL, Math and best 3 other subjects. A Grade 3 or better in both EL and Math.
  • Promoted to 5N(A)

  • Enrol directly into Higher Nitec at ITE. Apply through ITE website during Joint Intake Exercise (JIT) in December.
  • Option of enrolling in the Polytechnic Foundation Programme.
Retained in 4N(A)


If aggregate score does not exceed 1 point for EL, Math and best 3 subjects; or if aggregate score does not exceed 14 points for Math and best 3 subjects and has sat for GCE N-Level Exam for the 1st time in the current year.
* Applicable only to students below the maximum age

Normal (Technical) Course
Level Criteria for Promotion Pass Failed
1N(T) Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects, one of which should be EL or Math
  • Promoted to 2N(T)
  • Lateral transfer to 2N(A) if student scores scored 70% or higher in the average for all subjects and deemed able to cope with the N(A) courses
Retained in 1N(T)
2N(T) Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects, one of which should be EL or Math
  • Promoted to 3N(T)
  • Lateral transfer to 2N(A) if student scores scored 70% or higher in the average for all subjects and deemed able to cope with the N(A) courses
Retained in 2N(T)
3N(T) Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects, one of which should be EL or Math
  • Promoted to 4N(T)
  • Lateral transfer to 3N(A) if student scores scored 70% or higher in the average for all subjects and deemed able to cope with the N(A) courses
Retained in 3N(T)
4N(T) Grade 1 in EL and Math and a grade 3 in a 3rd subject
  • Lateral transfer to 4N(A) if student scores scored Grade 2 or better for all N(T) subjects at N-Levels
No retention . Apply for Admission to ITE for post-secondary eduction.
* Applicable only to students below the maximum age