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Supplementary Placement Exercise (SPE)


The 2020 SPE will tentatively be conducted in mid-December 2020 and application will open in October 2020. Returning Singaporeans who are unable to return by September 2020 may apply for the SPE that will tentatively be conducted in mid-December 2020.

In view of the evolving Covid-19 situation, please visit this website in July for updates.

1. Overview

What is SPE

SPE is a centralised merit-based placement exercise conducted for Returning Singaporeans who wish to join a secondary school at Secondary 1, 2 and 3 at the beginning of the next academic year. Your child can apply for the SPE if they’re unable to make it back to Singapore in time for SPERS-Sec that typically takes place in September.

SPE is not compulsory and does not guarantee admission to your school of choice. It is intended for those who prefer the convenience of a centralised placement exercise.

You may also approach your preferred school directly in end December. Admission is subject to availability of vacancies in the school. To assess your child's suitability for admissions, schools may conduct school-based assessment tests, interviews, or both.

Key dates

Oct to Nov


Submit your child's application online through the SPE portal. You can make payment either during your online application or in person at MOE Customer Service Centre.

Early Dec

Receive entry proof

If your application is approved and payment is successful, you will receive an email with your child's test details.

Mid Dec

Take tests

Your child will take tests for English and Mathematics in Singapore.

Mid Jan

Select preferred schools

Based on your child's performance in the tests, you will receive an email with the list of schools that they are eligible for. Submit your child's school choices using the SPE Internet System (SPE-IS) by 5pm on the final day.

Early Feb

Receive posting results

View your child's posting results by logging in to the SPE-IS in early February.

Report to school

Your child can then report to their posted school.