How To Retake O Level As a Private Candidate


2015 Update: Registration for private candidates to take or retake 'O' Level exams commences on 9 March 2015 and end on 24 March 2015 (11:59 pm). Click here for more information.

Kindly call 6872 2220, MOE Customer Service Hotline for any questions regarding Private O level candidate registration or click here for other contact methods.

 

With the release of GCE O Level results, I received 2 phonecalls from parents whose children did not perform well asking me about how to go about registering as private candidate to retake the O Levels as well as if I could providing some coaching for their children so that they can do much better for this year O Levels.

So I thought I might as write about how to retake O Level as a private candidate. (:

As a private candidate, I would suggest you enroll in one of the private schools providing full time education for preparation of O Level examinations. These schools have their teaching systems structured to teach the subjects so that you are more readily prepared for your second chance.

Examination Entry Requirements

  • You may register as a private candidate if you satisfy the minimum age requirement of 15 on 1st January of the examination year.
  • Private candidates may enter up to a maximum of nine subjects.
  • Registration for exam is usually during March period every year. You may register online at SEAB site

These logistics matters should be well taken care by the private centres when you sign up with them.

Things to note as a private candidate

  • Be disciplined towards your learning. Ensure that you work hard and achieve your goals.
  • Treasure your 2nd chance.
  • Ensure that you are taking the correct syllabus since there are changes in syllabus recently. Check out the relevant syllabus here

"The end is yet another new beginning."

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117 Responses to How To Retake O Level As a Private Candidate

  1. Hi Cynthia, from my understanding, retake of O Level papers is usually Oct/Nov period.
    O Level June papers are for other countries; unless you are taking specific, unique subjects.
    You might want to contact MOE for clarifications

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    Wan Reply:

    June is for Brunei i guess..

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  2. hmm... seems like there is a common question. Retake for 1 Subj and the how...

    I should think that if SEAB has yet to provide any info. You can pick up of a copy Strait Times Classified Education Section. Call up any private schools. I am certain that they will do to help you..

    Cheers!

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  3. is there anyway to apply now??? cuz i only wan to retake english only. But didnt know the the registration period was so short…

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  4. "I hope the following information is useful"
    for more info, Check out ==> http://www.seab.gov.sg/SEAB/eservices/iERS/Registration.html

    Prospective candidates who have not registered but wish to register under late registration may write in to SEAB through either email

    (SEAB_ContactUs_Operations@seab.gov.sg) or posted mail to (298, Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 169565 Attn: Operations Division)
    from 26 March 2008 onwards. A late entry fee of S$50.00 is payable.

    Candidates who have registered during the registration perod but wish to make amendments may write in to SEAB through either email

    (SEAB_ContactUs_Operations@seab.gov.sg) or posted mail to (298, Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 169565 Attn: Operations Division).
    However, candidates have to make all their outstanding payments at any Singapore Post or through S.A.M prior to making any
    amendments. An amendment fee of S$20.00 is payable.

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  5. Do you think it is possible to improve some of my grades by taking private although Ive managed to pass my O levels.

    I want some of my B3s to get A1s

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  6. Fikri: Everything is possible if you want it to be.
    Now if you have registered for the retake of O Level this year then work hard and consistently towards what you want to achieve. I am sure your consistent efforts will pay off.
    If you have not registered, you would need to check with MOE on registering now as well as if your O Level Cert can be combined.

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  7. Hi,
    I took my O levels in year 2000, with only 4 passes.
    I failed my Science D7
    If I were to retake my O levels next year, can I retake science w/o having to attend a school? Can I take subjects that were previously not available to us?
    like Literature?
    Will combine cert be recogised for the seating that is 10 years apart?
    Thanks

    Reply

  8. Is it possible if I stop school at Sec 3Express , and then I study by myself or have a tutor .

    And by next year , I can register for Private O level .
    Which simply means I'm taking O level as an O level candidate and not an O level retaker . Is it possible .. ?

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  9. If i want to retake my 0 level next year, how is it possible as i have only 3 passes now. i would like to have 3 more passes eg, history maths and geography and english. how and where can i find the right text to prepare sturdying for them. thanks alot.

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  10. If i want to retake my 0 level next year, how is it possible as i have only 3 passes now with a c6 in english. i would like to have 3 more passes eg, history maths and geography and get a better grade in english. how and where can i find the right text to prepare sturdying for them. thanks alot.

    Reply

  11. how and when do i apply to retake it next year january? i onli want to retake science in Hong kong.. IGCSE double science...

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  12. Hie the problem is why nobody want to tell us how much it costs for us to retake the o levels? does anybody have any idea?
    Also, is there such a thing as we retake but do not have to enrol at a private school ?

    Reply

    alwaysLovely Reply:

    Hi Melz,

    Examination fees are found in this file which I have included in the blog post above
    http://www.seab.gov.sg/SEAB/oLevel/2008InstructionsForPrivateCandidates.pdf

    It's not compulsory to enrol in any private school but most private candidates want to have a refresher course to prepare themselves fully for the GCE 'O' exams.

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  13. Hi. I just want to ask. I do not have PSLE. I have never taken PSLE before. And I have never been in Sec sch education due to some reasons. Can I still take O levels without a PSLE cert and without a Sec Sch edu? How is it going to be done? Please advise. Thank you.

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    alwaysLovely Reply:

    Kindly call 6872 2220 - MOE Customer Service Hotline

    Reply

  14. I'm currently in ITE in 2007-2008, graduating this december, holding a NITEC certificate in digital media design. I'am from normal Technical. I'm am planning to take privately.I want to sit for the O. I have a tutor already. When can i enroll?
    How much is the examination fees?

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  15. Hi! I would like to retake my 'O' level English as a private candidate... I want to find out what's the exam fee costs like? Still tinkin if i should join the ite for classes too. (I do realis tt their fees does not include exam fees)

    Reply

  16. Hi,

    my bro is taking his O'levels as a private candidate and has registered for all 5 subjects. However, im trying to find a private school for him to do his Science Practical. But, i cant find any! BMC and Eddigton only offer combined Phy/Chem.. whereelse, my bro is taking bio/chem. any schools you can recommend? :)

    *running out of time*

    cheerios

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    alwaysLovely Reply:

    Hi Grace,

    To be honest, I'm not able to recommend you any private schools as I am not familiar with private schools. Based on my knowledge, BMC seems to be the more reputable one.

    You can always search online or Strait Times Classified or post your questions on popular forums.

    These should help.

    Cheers!

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    Asad Mehmood Reply:

    Dear,
    Hoe are you? Hope you will be in a good health.
    I need your help.Can you please help me, i want to study in O Leval as a private candidate,but i am a poor boy i can not bear the expenses of study.Will you plz help me? I waill never forget your this brilliant help up as long as i live.
    Plz help me yhis is my e-mail address,
    atoy_20032003@yahoo.co.uk
    Awaiting for your reply anxiously.
    Your's Truely,
    Asad Mehmood.

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    Wan Reply:

    Try Singapore Institute of Science (SIS)..

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  17. Hi,
    I understand that the syllabus for 2004 "O" level ENGLISH is different as conpared to this year's paper. Is it necessary to enrol in private sch to learn the new syllabus?

    And 1 thing is that, if i re-take my"O" level ENGLISH this year, is it still applicable to sign up for part-time degree (PSB)? As PSB states that the applicant are required to take IELTS (British council) as i didn't get C6 for my ENGLISH.

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  18. Hai, I will graduate from my current school with O Level certificate in hand.. However, I only taking 5 subjects and my current school(private) did not offer Bio, Chemistry and any Humanities subject. How I want to take them next year as I want to enter JC (Science stream) and combined them with my this year result? Any instituiton offer those subjects seperately?

    Thank you for your help..

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  19. Hy Dears
    I am Asad Mehmood from Pakistan.My collification is F.A (12 classess).I want to get higher education but i can not bear the expenses of education bcoz i am a poor boy.I need your help.Is there anybody who can help me and save my future.I aslo want to study in O-Level.
    Awaiting for yours reply anxiously.
    Your's Truely,
    Asad Mehmood.

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    Wan Reply:

    O level in government school is much cheaper. My advice is, I think you can just study in your country, where local people only need to pay a small amount of money.

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    Asad Mehmood Reply:

    Dear Wan,
    How are you?
    Hope you will be in a good health.
    Will you please guide me how i can study as O Level private candidate in my country?
    Awaiting for your response!
    Your's Sincerely,
    Asad

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  20. Hi. I am an IP student who will be in Sec 4 in 2o10.
    (1)I want to take the 'O' levels as a private candidate and use the L1R5 to go to another JC. This is possible, right?
    (2)All IP students have to take Higher Mother Tongue 'O' level exam at end of Sec 4. Hence, I'm planning to take 8 subjects as a private candidate and HMT in my sec school. MOE will combine the results for the 9 subjects into a single certificate, I believe?
    Btw, I know the differences b/w the IP and 'O' level syllabuses. I understand that there are limited places in the top JCs so I've started serious studying already.
    Thanks!=))

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  21. Hi always lovely,

    I am helping my sister to look for private schools but I'm a bit helpless...
    I have read your replies to all queries. I know that you have no idea of the private schools...
    However, are you able to help to search for some good private schools & recommend? (I only know BMC)
    This would be of great help to many!!!

    Thanks and best regards,
    Cynderellacai

    Reply

  22. Hello, i am age 16 this year and have failed my N levels ny 1 point and thus wish to take private Os next yr.I would be going to tution instead of going private school. How to apply to take private O next yr and do you have any suggestion?

    Reply

    alwaysLovely Reply:

    Details would be released in late feb & early march period for private candidate registration.

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  23. Hey I'm gona be Secondary 3 and currently in Double Science Express studying Physics and Bio. Due to not meeting up the requirement to study all 3 Sciences, I would like to take Biology as a private candidate inorder to be able to study 1 when i go to Junior college or Poly.
    Do u tink it;s possible to just take 1 subject as a private candidate without private schooling? I can be tutored instead. I understand that private candidates are mainly to retake their exam but isit possible for someone who has not took 1 before to sit for the exam as one?

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    alwaysLovely Reply:

    @Bella Tan, For science exams, there could be a practical component which makes it a little tricky. I would suggest you call SEAB for advice.

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  24. hi ai ling,

    please advice how many o level subjects are required for entry into JC in singapore. I'm a malaysian and have been reading your blog and found it very useful. please advice. many thanks.

    have a nice day!

    ally

    Reply

    Alan Reply:

    6 subjects.. visit Singapore Ministry of Education website for details on those subjects.. or JAE website..

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  25. Hey sorry , I called but where can I sign up for science , because i heard it must go for a school for Science subject.

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    Alan Reply:

    Just visit http://www.bmc.edu.sg

    u can study there part-time too.. Just visit the centre directly for help n inquiry..

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  26. hi
    i want to know sth abt o level
    if i am a private candidate, can i take my science as one pure science and one combine scinece like pure physics and combined chem/bio?

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  27. hey. i was absence for my english paper 1 and 2 , what result will i get? and i would like to retake next year . second question , can i only retake GCE N(T) ENGLISH only? or every other subject? third question , if i was to retake again and pass will this effect my previous cert? AND I NEED URGENT REPLY .

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  28. Hi,
    I'm sec 3 this year studying in an IP school. Is there any way at all I can take 'O' Levels as a private candidate this year cause according to SEAB website I have to be 15 as of 1st Jan but I'm only 14.
    Do you provide training for practical (chem)?
    Thanks.

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    Ai Ling Reply:

    SE,

    In your case, I suggest you to call SEAB to find out more or even check with your school teacher.

    SEAB contact: http://seab.gov.sg/aboutUs/contactUs.html

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    SE Reply:

    Thanks, Ms Ai Ling.

    Do you do chemistry practical?

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    Ai Ling Reply:

    No, we don't.
    You might want to call private schools. Some have the facility.

  29. Which school do u know of has a gd success rate of helping students to do retake 2011.When r u starting your emaths o lvl 2011?tks

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  30. hi there, my name is sazlinda and would like to ask a question on how i can retake my o level english only as i got 7 for it. By the way, i am 29 years old and applying a part time job required a pass in english and it hurts me so much when i am being rejected so easily,not even a chance to try me first as i am so fedup.I got 3 passes in my 1998 O level results.Please help me on how to retake my paper again.thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

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    jenny Reply:

    To retake your O level again, you can enrol with ITE for a fulltime or part-time course to retake your O level but you will hv to register yourself with SEAH as private candidate.
    More info website :http://www.ifaq.gov.sg/ite/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx
    Registration with SEAB usually open(late Feb/early March).
    More info website :http://seab.gov.sg/

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  31. where can i register for private and how much will it cost for one subject?when can i start registering before the last day can you pls give me a reply through email thanks.

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  32. Erm..can i know how to register for a retake in English only? thanks

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    valerie Reply:

    I would like to retake my o level english this year. how to register n how long do i need to prepare for the exam?

    Reply

    Ken yap kar wee Reply:

    valerir you know where to take

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  33. hi, I am LOST. After registering for my O'levels (private candidate) I am lost as to which schools should i go to for the lessons as I've heard that the syllabus has changed. Pls revert to me. Much appreciated. =)

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    Ai Ling Reply:

    Perhaps you would want to google on Private Schools in Singapore or read about other private candidates discussion on forums?

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  34. Hi I m 18 this year I was actually from poly.after attending yr1 sem 1 and half of sem 2, I decided to withdraw from poly. It's a long story actually.I dislike the course.Now I want to retake my O levels.I just want to retake my Emath. May I know how do I go about it?Eg i want to go to a business course 17 points.Can I just retake EMath 2012 results combine together with my 2010 results and enter JAE? Or must I retake every subject?

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  35. I got D7 in Gen.Humanities, English and D&T and C6 in AMaths. C6 in Science & EMaths totaling 25.
    If I retake English, AMaths and EMaths and score A1 in three, what would be improvement in my score?

    Would AMaths & EMaths scores counted seperately or either of best score is considered in calculating qulifying points for Poly?

    Please advise ASAP

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  36. Hi there. im a secondary 3 express student. i am planning to quit school this year and take private o next year. is that possible? i can self study or be tutored.

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  37. hi i would like to attend biology classes .. as i am doing olevels .. and the school that i attend for o's dont have biology.. so is there any place whicg i can attend biology classes alone..

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  38. I didn't finish secondary 3 and I'm actually more concern about the full time education you mentioned and that you you know of private schools providing help in that. Can you direct me please?

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  39. Hi there. I just want to know how many times can a candidate retake their O levels. Be it private or not. Please reply via email. Thank you.

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  40. I would like to take O level as a private candidate. I m currently holding a Secondary 4NT. I would want to take E.MATH, may I know where and which book to buy to study E.Math? Please reply me. Thank you.

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  41. Hi, I just sat for my English paper and am pretty confident that I might fail. Is there anyway in which I could retake the English paper only and when could I take it. Would the results be out in time for poly? Thanks

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  42. Hie can you help me ? How do i go about taking O level . Im 19 this year and im from GCE N LEVEL . I only pass eng and malay . Roughly how much does it cost for private O ? Am i eligible to take ? Appreciate if eu could Pls revert back to me . Thanks.

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  43. Hey, Im 17 and wanting to retake my Olevel this year, just my pure chem and emaths. Does anyone know any good private schools around in Singapore? Please reply as soon as possible.

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  44. I was wondering if i am over aged for O levels i have never taken any so please do tell me.

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    Ai Ling Reply:

    I don't think there's any age limit. Please check with MOE, Singapore.

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  45. my son has 2 olevel and wants to continue his education. he is doing his ns now - which is the best path? private school ? Pls adv.

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    Ai Ling Reply:

    Hi MS Rajoo, private schools would be a good option for retaking GCE O-Levels.
    You can get more information for private candidates from http://www.seab.gov.sg

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  46. My daughter took O Level last year (2014). She failed Pure Chemistry and Pure Physics.

    She already passed the SPA for Pure Physics and Pure Chemistry. Does she need to take SPA again?

    Can she opt for combined Physics/Chemistry? And take other subject (like Art)?

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    Ai Ling Ong Reply:

    I don't think she need to take SPA again but it's best to confirm with MOE.
    If she opt for Combine Science, she has to enroll into a private school for the lab work.

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  47. Hi i know it is a little late reading this post, but I was just wondering if i could take o level as a school candidate and as a private candidate at the same time?
    Because I was vry lazy in my studies and didnt do well in sec 2 streaming, and was not able to get a math. I am currently studying a math syllabus myself, and was wondering if I could take amath as the only subject as a private candidate, since a math is a prerequisite of the course I want to take.

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    Ai Ling Ong Reply:

    Students who are studying in the Government/Government-aided/Independent/Specialised
    schools are not allowed to register as private candidates. Those who register as private
    candidates for GCE N(T)-Level, N(A)-Level, O-Level and/or A-Level Examinations will have their
    private registrations invalidated and their paid examination fees forfeited.

    https://www.seab.gov.sg/content/privateExamInstructions/2015InstructionsForPrivateCandidates.pdf

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  48. hi. I took my O's last year and am retaking Maths and poa this year. private students apply to poly through DAE or JAE? will we be given 12 choices? and a list of the courses we're eligible for?

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