Posting process vs Selection

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Posting process vs Selection

Postby wooks » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:24 pm

MOE website Posting Process quoted
"Pupils are posted to secondary schools based on merit first according to their PSLE aggregate scores rounded to the nearest whole number. A pupil with better rounded aggregate score will be considered for admission first, subject to the availability of vacancies in the selected school. If there is no more vacancy, then the pupil will be considered for his/her next choice school(s).

Pupils with the same rounded aggregate score vying for the last place in a school will be posted based on their unrounded aggregate scores, followed by citizenship. The posting of candidates with the same citizenship will be determined by a computerised ballot where each candidate is given an equal opportunity."

So, pupil A with T-sore 230 choosing Pasir Ris Secondary (min 220 max 236) as 5th choice. Comparing to pupil B with T-score with 221 and choosing as 1st choice. Which pupil can into the school if left the last vacancy?

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Re: Posting process affecting selection

Postby Pen88n » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:29 pm

wooks wrote:MOE website quoted "Pupils with the same rounded aggregate score vying for the last place in a school will be posted based on their unrounded aggregate scores, followed by citizenship. The posting of candidates with the same citizenship will be determined by a computerised ballot where each candidate is given an equal opportunity."

So pupil A with T-sore 226 choosing Pasir Ris Secondary (min 220) as 5th choice. Comparing to pupil B with T-score with 221 and choosing as 1st choice. Which pupil can into the school if left the last vacancy?


Pupil A will get it as he has a higher T-score and that will give him a higher position ranking compared to Pupil B. It is already mentioned in the S1 posting booklet that the ranking is by merit of pupil first.

In what you have quoted above, it is a case of same aggregate (same T-score) and that's why they will use unrounded score followed by citizenship to determine last vacancy should go to which pupil.

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby oliveminx » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:35 pm

They are referring to pupils with same aggregate eg 221. If there is only 1 place left, then they will compare their actual T-score with decimal places eg 221.45539 versus 221.34008. The one with higher T-score will get in. In the event the unrounded scores are also the same, they will put those with the same citizenship to a ballot.

Your scenario would not occur because the one with 230 will get to choose before the one with 221 gets his turn.

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby wooks » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:49 pm

Thank you, understood the moe part.

My senecio will occurr.

For the the case, it is better for pupil A to select better schools for the first four choices. Anyway if he cannot get it, he stands better chance at the 5th. Then, pupil B still stands lower chance. If pupil A fails to get in the first four choice and falls to 5th choice, then pupil B will not be able to get his first choice.

Is my understanding right?

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby kiaaik » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:52 pm

by citizenship - does it mean that Singaporean has priority?

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby oliveminx » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:57 pm

wooks wrote:Thank you, understood the moe part.

My senecio will occurr.

For the the case, it is better for pupil A to select better schools for the first four choices. Anyway if he cannot get it, he stands better chance at the 5th. Then, pupil B still stands lower chance. If pupil A fails to get in the first four choice and falls to 5th choice, then pupil B will not be able to get his first choice.

Is my understanding right?


Yes. When I said your scenario would not occur, I meant the last place would not even be a possibility for the student with 221. Rather, it would be a fight among students with 230.

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby wooks » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:10 am

So it is like higher T-score pupil fighting for places first, then follow by lower T-score pupil. But if PupilA places all 6 choices for good schools for fighting a place, it is very risky for him, he may not get into any of the 6 choices. So it is wise to use 1st or 2nd choice to try for a higher/better school and the rest of the choices, choose those that his T-score can sure get into the that school?

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby oliveminx » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:16 am

wooks wrote:So it is like higher T-score pupil fighting for places first, then follow by lower T-score pupil. But if PupilA places all 6 choices for good schools for fighting a place, it is very risky for him, he may not get into any of the 6 choices. So it is wise to use 1st or 2nd choice to try for a higher/better school and the rest of the choices, choose those that his T-score can sure get into the that school?


Exactly! :) you don't want to end up with a sch not of your choosing (which may be very far away from your home).

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby wooks » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:47 am

tough to choose, how we know T-score 230 is good enough? Based on last year agg., may not be accurate for this year. If there are many pupil scored >230 to say 236, choosing Pasir Ris secondary, then this Pupil A may not even get in if there are no vacancy left, right?

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Re: Posting process vs Selection

Postby oliveminx » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:20 am

Usually the COP will not vary by more than 3 points from year to year so it's a fairly good gauge. For 1st choice, can try +3 followed by +2, etc

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