Understanding the New PSLE Achievement Level (AL) Score for Secondary School Admission

Is Your Child Prepared for the New PSLE Scoring System?

 

As parents, you want the best for your child’s education. That’s why it’s crucial to stay informed about changes in the education system, such as the recent updates to the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system.

 

Understanding the New PSLE Achievement Level (AL) Scoring System

 

Over the years, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has been fine-tuning the education system to help children discover and develop their strengths and interests while moving away from an over-emphasis on academic results. In 2021, MOE introduced the PSLE scoring changes to achieve two primary objectives:

 

1. Reduce Fine Differentiation at a Young Age:

The new system aims to minimise the fine differentiation of students’ examination results at a young age. This is a significant departure from the previous T-score system, which often led to high-stakes competition and stress among students.

2. Recognise Individual Achievement:

Under the Achievement Level (AL) system, students are scored based on their individual performance in each PSLE subject. It doesn’t matter how their peers have performed. This shift places emphasis on recognising children’s achievements in relation to the learning objectives of the curriculum.

 

Understanding the AL System:

Under the new PSLE scoring system, each subject is scored using Achievement Levels (ALs). There are eight ALs, and students who perform similarly will be placed in the same AL for each subject. The raw mark range for each AL is as follows:

Achievement Level Reference Raw Mark Range
1 >90
2 85-89
3 80-84
4 75-79
5 65-74
6 45-64
7 20-44
8 <20

 

How Is the PSLE Score Calculated?

A student’s PSLE Score is the sum of the Achievement Levels of their four PSLE subjects (English, Math, Science, and Mother Tongue). These scores can range from 4 to 32, with 4 being the best possible total score. The new PSLE Score reflects the cumulative achievement across subjects, offering a more holistic evaluation.

For example, if your child’s ALs in the four subjects are AL3 for English, AL2 for Mother Tongue, AL1 for Mathematics, and AL2 for Science, their PSLE Score would be 8

 

Secondary School Course Eligibility under the AL System:

Until 2023, secondary school placement will be based on your child’s PSLE Score. Here are the placement outcomes based on the PSLE Score:

Placement PSLE Score
EXPRESS 4 – 20
EXPRESS / N(A) OPTION 21 – 22
N(A) 23 – 24
N(A) / N(T) OPTION 25
N(T) 26 – 30, with AL7 or better in both English Language and Mathematics

 

Navigating Secondary School Admission

Understanding the new PSLE Achievement Level (AL) system is essential for navigating the secondary school admission process. 

Each secondary school has its own cut-off point, and the competition for places in these schools can be fierce.

For example, the 2022 PSLE score range for Raffles Girls’ School’s Integrated Programme was 4-6, making it highly competitive.

To ensure your child’s success in this evolving educational landscape, consider our Primary English tuition services. 

We have a unique and proven “Formula-Style” method that makes learning English structured, systematic, and step-by-step, similar to how students study Maths or Science. Our Language Specialist will provide the guidance and support your child needs to excel in the new PSLE system.

 

Schedule a Diagnostic Consultation & Assessment (DCA) Session

Don’t leave your child’s future to chance. Schedule a Diagnostic Consultation & Assessment (DCA) session with our Language Specialist. 

This personalised assessment will identify your child’s strengths and areas for improvement, allowing us to tailor a comprehensive learning plan for their success.

Unlock your child’s full potential in the new PSLE Achievement Level (AL) scoring system with our specialised PSLE English tuition.