O-Level Syllabuses Examined in 2021

Here are the 2021 GCE O-Level examination syllabuses that are offered to private candidates:

For syllabuses that have been revised, the specimen papers have been included for reference. These specimen papers
will be removed from the website the year after the first examination of the revised syllabuses. We seek your
understanding that some items/images/resources may not be available in these online specimen papers, due to copyright
restrictions. In such cases, a description of the item/image/resource, and/or a web-link may be provided.
The full specimen paper, in printed format, maybe purchased from SEAB.

From 2017, certain papers of selected GCE O-Level subjects will be conducted in the e-Examination format
(for example, e-Oral). These subjects are as follows:

Subject TitleSubject CodePaper
Chinese11603
Malay11483
Tamil11573
Higher Chinese11163
Higher Malay11173
Higher Tamil11473

Check out the online tutorial for the Mother Tongue Language and Higher Mother Tongue Language e-Oral examination to understand the revised examination format.

Cambridge Subjects

Subject TitleLanguage MediumSubject CodeSpecimen Papers for
Revised Syllabus
English LanguageEnglish1128-
Literature in English [Revised]English2065-
HistoryEnglish2174-
Geography English2236-
Humanities (Social Studies, Geography) English2272-
Humanities (Social Studies, History)English2273-
Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English) #English2274-
EconomicsEnglish2286-
Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Chinese) +English2287-
Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Malay) +English2288-
Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Tamil) + English2289-
SpanishSpanish3034-
Arabic Arabic3186-
Hindi Hindi3194-
Urdu Urdu3196-
GujaratiGujarati3199-
PanjabiPanjabi3203-
Bengali Bengali3215-
Burmese Burmese3249-
ThaiThai3260-
French [Revised] French3917-
German [Revised] German3918-
Japanese [Revised] Japanese3919Paper 1
Paper 2
Paper 3
Paper 3 (Transcript)
Additional Mathematics # English4047-
Mathematics English4048-
Additional Mathematics [Revised] English4049Paper 1
Paper 2
Science (Physics, Chemistry)English5076-
Science (Physics, Biology)English5077-
Science (Chemistry, Biology)English5078-
PhysicsEnglish6091-
ChemistryEnglish6092-
BiologyEnglish6093-
Business StudiesEnglish7085-
Principles of Accounts [Revised] English7087Paper 1
Paper 2
Principles of Accounts # English7175-

# Last year of exam in 2021.

^ These subjects are applicable only for candidates from schools approved to offer the subjects.

+ Revision is only to Paper 2: Literature in Chinese (2287/2) / Literature in Malay (2288/2) / Literature in Tamil (2289/2).
There is no revision to Paper 1 Social Studies. 2287/1, 2288/1, 2272/1, 2273/1 and 2274/1 share a common paper.

Local Subjects

Subject TitleLanguage MediumSubject Code
Higher ChineseChinese1116
Chinese Chinese1160
Literature in ChineseChinese2031
Higher MalayMalay1117
Malay Malay1148
Literature in MalayMalay2032
Islamic Religious KnowledgeMalay2080
Higher TamilTamil1147
Tamil Tamil1157
Literature in TamilTamil2033

Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents who would like to register for Mother Tongue Language Syllabus B can write to SEAB with their request.