Assessment is an essential part of learning and teaching in Singapore International School and is considered an integral component of the teaching cycle. Assessment procedures and processes may vary according to class level, subject and intended purpose. Assessment is used to monitor and enhance the quality of education in Singapore International School.
Formal reporting of student progress and achievement is provided to parents twice a year at the end of each semester. A weekly report on work covered and student success is provided through the Student Handbook.
More information about assessment:
Singapore International School students sit formal examinations at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year.
The examinations are set for the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science according to the exam format and weighting used in Singapore schools.
The exams are written by a team of writers drawn from across all SIS campuses and after vetting, are distributed to all SIS campuses for administering according to strict examination procedures.
Assessment of the non-core subjects is conducted through teacher generated tasks such as assignments, projects and tests.
The examination schedule is set at the start of the academic year. Further details of the exam dates can be found as below.
- Progress Report followed up with Parent Teacher Interviews (between week 6 – 8)
- Semester 1 Report followed up with parent teacher interviews
- Semester 2 Report
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education after completing the IGCSE Cambridge Exam
- Cambridge International A Level Certificate after completing the A Level Exam OR General Assessment Certificate after completing the GAC Course + American College Test Certificate + iELTS
- Year 6 students sit the APMOPS and iPSLE examinations
- Department of Education and Training (DOET) prescribed exams are undertaken by students according to the exam schedule and year levels set by DOET
- Answer sheets are provided by DOET
- Exam results are collated and sent to DOET
- Student Report Cards are completed as per DOET requirements
- DOET issues comparative academic performance data for all schools based on the semester exam results
Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (SEAB) has appointed KinderWorld as a Designated Overseas Agent with authority to conduct the International Primary School Examination (iPSLE).
The iPSLE is an important examination that is conducted at the end of Year 6 and provides Singapore International School students with an international benchmark of academic performance.
At the end of the first two years of their High School Programme, students will sit the Cambridge examination for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
The IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year old students. It develops successful students, prepares them for their next step in education and equips them with skills for immediate employment.
The IGCSE is provided by the University of Cambridge International Examination Centre and is recognized by universities and employers worldwide as a mark of quality signifying clear evidence of a student’s ability.
The IGCSE examinations occur over a two to three week period in May/June each year. Examination results are released in August and official IGCSE Certificates are issued approximately 8 weeks after the release of the results.
The completion of Cambridge A Levels requires a further two years study after IGCSE. Students are able to sit AS Level examinations after one year and the AS Level is a qualification in its own right.
Cambridge AS and A Levels are an internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university. They are widely accepted by universities around the world.
The AS and A Level examinations occur over two to three week period in May/June each year. Results are released by Cambridge in August each year and official certificates are issued approximately 8 weeks after the release of results.
The Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) is a one year intensive university preparation programme that provides students with the academic knowledge, independent learning skills, English language skills and confidence to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at universities around the world.
The GAC is an alternative pathway to A Levels and is recognized as a Certificate IV under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
A variety of assessment tasks including oral presentations, role plays, group projects, examinations and written assignments are completed throughout the course of the study provided the student with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA).
As a part of the GAC programme, students prepare for and sit the American College Test (ACT) which is recognized by all universities in the USA.