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 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))


    Please inform your school and the  school will make arrangements for you to sit for a 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.


      Please inform you school immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or on medical leave due 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?

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.

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 so that 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 examinations 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.