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.

You will not be allowed to sit for the examination 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:

  1. tested ART negative after 72 hrs; or
  2. on Day 7, after 12pm (for fully vaccinated candidates, and candidates below 12); or Day 14, after 12pm (for partially vaccinated/unvaccinated candidates aged 12 and above), without a need to test. Follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Determine Age
Age is determined by birth month and based on the date of the first Ag+/C+ result
Example: If a student’s birthday is 10 Oct 2010, the child is considered:
1)         11 years old if the first Ag+ result is in Sep e.g. 30 Sep.
2)         12 years old if the first Ag+ result is in Oct e.g. 1 Oct
If the student is below 12 years old (based on Step 1 above), the period of self-isolation would be 7 days regardless of vaccination status.
Step 2 – Check vaccination status if 12 years old and above
If student is 12 years old and above (based on Step 1 above), the period of self-isolation would be:

a.   7 days if the student is fully vaccinated; or
b.   14 days if the student is not fully vaccinated/unvaccinated

Schools may check students’ vaccination status via:
a.   TraceTogether App: If fully vaccinated, the App should display the animated otter on home screen and the COVID Health Status should have a green tick under ‘Vaccinated’.
b.   Healthhub: Under “COVID-19 Records”, parents may view their child’s vaccination status (they may have to click “switch profile” to view their child’s information).

* Refer to Table 1 below for a summary.

* Table 1: Determining Period of Protocol 2 Self-isolation before Auto-discharge (without a need to test)

Date of First Ag+/C+ Result DOB is on or before
30 Sep 2010
DOB is in Oct 2010 DOB is after
31 Oct 2010
1-30 Sep 2022 14 Days if not fully vaccinated; 7 days if fully vaccinated 7 Days, regardless of vaccination status 7 Days, regardless of vaccination status
1-31 Oct 2022 14 Days if not fully vaccinated; 7 days if fully vaccinated 14 Days if not fully vaccinated; 7 days if fully vaccinated 7 Days, regardless of vaccination status

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 miss their examination papers may apply for special consideration.

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).

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. Am I allowed to wear a mask during the examination?

In line with the latest national protocols announced on 24 August 2022, there is no requirement for candidates and exam personnel to wear face masks at the exam centre. You may continue to wear a face mask inside the exam venue if you wish to. 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 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.