Admission into polytechnic is based on your gce o level aggregate score. The polytechnic courses cut off point is calculated based on the ELR2B2, also commonly known as the L1R4.
EL stands for English subject
R2 stands for any other 2 subjects
B2 stands for any other 2 subjects (with the best scores)
This excludes the co-curricular activity and higher mother tongue bonus point(s)
A maximum of 4 points can be deducted from your overall score.
The polytechnic courses cut off point you see on the website is only a guage of the actual result. It is the grade of the last student being enrolled into that particular diploma course during the previous intake. The actual grade to get into the course is not actually known but usually increases or decreases by one each year.
Tips to get into the course you want:
Always plan and prepare early!
Take a look at all the polytechnic courses cut off point.
Pick out all the courses that interest you (these polytechnic courses cut off point should be realistic, something you know you can achieve if you work hard)
Write down on a piece of paper the subjects you are taking and the results you want to achieve
(the total points must be the minimum points to get into your favourite course)
Study hard to achieve these grades
There is another way to get into the polytechnic course you want. This form of admission is known as the Direct Polytechnic Admission Exercise(DPAE). The DPAE happens before the o level results are released. It helps you to secure your place regardless of the polytechnic courses cut off point. As long as you are able to meet the minimum requirement (usually not more than 26 points)
to enter the polytechnic of your desired choice, you will have an automatic spot in the course
Advantages of the DPAE is that students are able to attend a 8 week special programme known as the Polytechnic Preparatory Programme. It lasts from january to march and helps you to adapt to the polytechnic you would be studying in the next three years.
Note that all five polytechnics have different selection requirements. This could be based on your recent results in secondary school, passion, talent, portfolio and interview.
Caution: you cannot change courses after accepting a DPA offer.
So! Take the first step now and start by taking a look at all the polytechnic courses cut off point.