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Early Admissions Exercise - Polytechinic

The Polytechnic Early Admissions Exercise (Poly EAE) is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnics prior to receiving their final grades. It allows the polytechnics greater flexibility to select and admit students based on their aptitudes and interests, apart from academic grades, thus allowing a wider range of talents to be recognised.

Read news release at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/early-admissions-for-ite-and-polytechnics-may-june-12744914

To ensure the safety and well-being of applicants and staff amidst the COVID-19 situation, the polytechnics will conduct EAE selections largely via electronic means such as online interviews, or portfolio submissions over e-mail, for most courses.

Applications will open from 25 June to 1 July 2020 for O-Level students. More information on the application procedure, entry requirements and important dates for the interviews, acceptance and confirmation of offer can be found at https://eae.polytechnic.edu.sg/.

All five polytechnics participate in Poly EAE:
Successful applicants under the Polytechnic EAE will be given conditional offers before receiving their final examination results. For the conditional offer to be confirmed, they must meet the MERs for the offered polytechnic course. The MERs for the respective diploma courses can be found on the polytechnics’ websites.

Students are expected to commit to their choice of polytechnic and course under the Polytechnic EAE. As such, students who accept an offer via the Polytechnic EAE and have their place confirmed will not be eligible to participate in all other polytechnic admission exercises. They will also not be able to transfer to another course within or between the polytechnics.

O-Level students applying via Poly EAE will go through the following process:



Application Stage

 8 Jun 2020 (Mon) to 5 Jul 2020 (Sun)

Selection Stage

 6 Jul 2020 (Mon) to 1 Sep 2020 (Tue)

Offer & Acceptance Stage

 7 Sep 2020 (Mon) to 10 Sep 2020 (Thu)

Withdrawal Stage

 11 Sep 2020 (Fri) to 16 Oct 2020 (Fri)


EAE Process


Application Stage

  • Students apply through the online portal.

Selection Stage

  • Polytechnics contact shortlisted applicants for interviews.

Offer and Acceptance Stage

  • Applicants will receive notification of the release of the Poly EAE posting results via email. Successful applicants are to confirm the acceptance of their offers through the online portal. A non-response will be deemed as a rejection of the offer.
  • Students who accept their offers during this stage are guaranteed a place in the polytechnic course, as long as they are able to meet the admissions criteria stated under Entry Requirements.

Withdrawal Stage

  • Should student wish to withdraw their acceptance, they must submit their withdrawal online via the Poly EAE portal. Students who have accepted a Poly EAE offer but do not withdraw by the deadline will not be able to switch courses within or across polytechnics once their offers are confirmed upon release of their final examinations results.



  • Students who have accepted the offer and met the admissions criteria for the Polytechnic course upon the release of the GCE O-Level Examination results (for 'O' level students), or final ITE GPA (for ITE students), will not be eligible to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE) or other Polytechnic Admissions Exercises. These students will be informed of the enrolment procedures by the respective polytechnics of their offered course during the polytechnic enrolment period.

  • O-Level students who are interested in a JC pathway and wish to gain direct admission to a JC can participate in the DSA-JC Exercise, which is conducted at around the same period as the Poly EAE. However, each student is only allowed to accept one offer to a single JC or polytechnic course. If students are found to have accepted offers from both the Poly EAE and DSA-JC Exercise, they will be disqualified from both the Poly EAE and the DSA-JC Exercise unless they cancel either of their offers before the end of the Offer and Acceptance Stage.

At a Glance:
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