Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the safe management measures being put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of candidates and examination personnel?

The safe management measures for the national examinations are aligned to the latest national protocols on COVID-19. If you are unwell, please follow MOH’s health protocols to self-isolate accordingly and see a doctor.

Listening Comprehension, Science Practical or Written Examinations

If you are unwell and are displaying respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, cough or sore throat, please do not report for the examination and see a doctor.

You will not be allowed to sit for the examinations if you have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the first 72 hrs. You are allowed to sit for examinations if one of the following is met:

(a) tested ART negative after 72 hrs; or
(b) on Day 7, after 12pm (if fully vaccinated) or Day 14, after 12pm (if not fully vaccinated).

If you are on MC due to acute respiratory infection (ARI) and/or fever (non-ARI), you will be allowed to sit for the examinations if you have fully recovered and are visibly well (no fever, not showing ARI symptoms). You are NOT required to do a self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) before you leave your place of residence on each examination day.

We seek the support of all parents and candidates to be socially responsible. Teachers would likewise be vigilant and ensure that the examinations are conducted in well-ventilated venues to facilitate a safe and conducive environment for all candidates. Candidates who are unwell and missed their examination papers may apply for special consideration.

MOE and SEAB will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and provide updates if there are any changes to the examination arrangements.

For School Candidates
Please inform your school immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are on MC due to ARI and/or fever (non-ARI).

For Private Candidates
Please inform SEAB immediately by writing to with the following details if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are on MC due to ARI and/or fever (non-ARI)

  • Name
  • Centre/index number
  • Scanned copy of your MC or photo of your ART result
2. Am I allowed to wear a mask during the examination?

Due to the current wave of COVID-19 infections, all candidates can wear face masks at the exam centre. Do note that the invigilator may ask you to remove your mask to verify your identity when taking attendance. 


3. what if I miss my examination?

If you are unable to sit for a paper with valid reasons (including COVID-19 related reasons), you can apply for special consideration (SC).

SC is a well-established procedure which awards candidates who miss any national examination paper(s) with valid reasons with projected grades through a fair and rigorous evidence-based methodology. In awarding a grade, SEAB will consider multiple sources of data, such as the candidate’s performance in the other papers for that affected subject in national and school-based examinations as well as the school cohort's performance in national and school-based examinations, to ensure a fair assessment for all candidates.

All SC applications are assessed on each case’s merit, to ensure that the grades awarded are as accurate and fair as possible.

For School Candidates
Please approach your teachers and apply for SC through your school. 

For Private Candidates
You must inform SEAB immediately by writing to, if you miss your scheduled examination with valid reason. You will be advised on the procedure to apply SC.