Frequently Asked Questions

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

To protect your well-being, safe management measures, such as wearing of surgical masks and conducting examinations in well-ventilated venues, will be implemented in schools and examination venues during the national examinations.

 

Oral Examinations

You will not be allowed to sit for the oral examinations if you:

  • are tested positive for COVID-19;
  • are on medical leave due to Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI); or
  • are recovering from contagious diseases (e.g. chickenpox, Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD))

     

    For School Candidates

    Your school will reschedule your oral examination to another day after you have recovered, or apply special consideration for you if you recover after the end of the oral examination period (including the make-up oral examination).

     

    For Private Candidates

    Please inform SEAB immediately by writing to seab_gce_admin@seab.gov.sg. You will be advised on the rescheduled oral examination date, or the procedure to apply special consideration if you recover after the end of the oral examination period (including the make-up oral examination).

     

     

    Listening Comprehension or Written Examinations

    You are not 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 you are:

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

       

      Please follow the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Health Protocols to self-isolate for 72 hours or see a doctor if you are unwell.

       

      If you are given medical leave due to 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 and/or not showing ARI symptoms). You are NOT required to do a self-swab ART before you leave your place of residence on each examination day.

       

      For School Candidates

      Please inform your school immediately if you are tested positive for COVID-19 or on medical leave due ARI and/or fever (non-ARI).

       

      For Private Candidates

      Please inform SEAB immediately by writing to seab_gce_admin@seab.gov.sg if you are tested positive for COVID-19 or on medical leave due to ARI and/or fever (non-ARI)

       

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

2. If I have been served with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), can I sit for the national examinations?

For School Candidates

Please inform your school at least 3 days before the examination. Your school will follow up with SEAB and advise you on the arrangements to sit for your examination.

 

For Private Candidates

Please inform SEAB at least 3 days before the examination, so that you can be advised of the arrangement to sit for your examination on time.

3. Am I allowed to remove my mask during the Oral Examination?

Masks are allowed to be removed only during the reading aloud/oral presentation and oral interaction segments of the oral examination. This is to allow candidates to deliver clear oration during the examinations.

4. Can I remove my mask during the written examination?

You must wear surgical masks or reusable masks of equivalent effectiveness at all times during your written examination. Refusal to put on a face mask is an offence in Singapore under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

 

Do note that the invigilator may ask you to remove your mask temporarily to verify your identity when taking attendance.

5. What if I miss my examination?

If you are unable to sit for the examination(s) or a paper with valid reasons (including COVID-19 related reasons), you can apply for special consideration through your school.

 

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

 

For Private Candidates

If you miss your scheduled examination with valid reasons, please inform SEAB immediately, by writing to seab_gce_admin@seab.gov.sg. You will be advised on the procedure to apply for special consideration.