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Assessment Matters

Modes of Assessment

Assessment is important to enable a student’s holistic development and learning. The school uses various assessment modes to progressively support the student’s attainment of the Personal Qualities (PQs) in three dimensions of character, namely Performance, Ethic and Service, which covers learning in both academic and co-curricular areas.

A)      Assessment of Academic Learning

The school uses a variety of learning tasks (e.g. written assignments, discussions, presentations, hands-on activities, practicals) to augment the learning experiences of our students to develop their content and skills progressively.

At regular checkpoints during the school year, formal Weighted Assessments (WA) will be conducted to assess the learning progress of our students. These WA are designed to provide information on students’ mastery of content, knowledge, and skills, and the results will contribute to the overall assessment of a child’s suitability to be promoted at the end of each school year and/or to be offered a particular subject combination at the end of Sec 2.

Examples of such weighted assessments include:

·         Written tests;

·         Coursework;

·         Project work and other alternative modes of assessment;

·         Oral and listening comprehension examinations (for languages); and

·         All other official modes of formal assessment prescribed by MOE in the different syllabuses.

Students will be informed in advance of the weeks of submission or dates of written tests designated as Weighted Assessments (WA) by their respective subject teachers over the course of the year.  

Absence from Tests and Examinations

For students who are absent from written tests designated as Weighted Assessments and examinations, they must submit valid documentation to account for their absence, such as a medical certificate from a MOH-registered doctor. Medical certificates issued by TCM practitioners are not accepted. Likewise, letters from parents will not be accepted unless due to reasons such as bereavement in the family, which should be accompanied with valid documentation. Students without valid documentation will be given zero mark for the paper they have missed.

For make-up written tests designated as Weighted Assessments, students with valid reasons for their absence are to inform his/her subject teacher so that a make-up test can be arranged within one week from the date of the test.  As such Weighted Assessments are meant to be short written tests, no provision of extra time or other access arrangements (AA) will be provided. AA will only be provided for school examinations.

There will be no make-up examination for students who are absent for the Mid-Year Examinations (MYE) and End-of-Year Examinations (EYE).

B)      Assessment in Co-Curricular Areas

Learning in Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)

The school adopts a three-pronged tool in CCE development: student self-reflection, peer feedback and teacher observations.  These tools are employed in the different learning experiences in CCE and the Good Samaritan Programme (GSP) learning experiences the students have throughout the year, including level camps, Values-in-Action (VIA) and Education & Career Guidance (ECG) opportunities, and leadership training.  This approach allows students to receive feedback on the PQs they have shown, and the areas of strength and areas for further development and improvement.

Learning in Physical Education (PE) and Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)

The National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) assessment and Assessment of PE Excellence (APEX), proficiency tests and rubrics are used in assessment in PE.  Students’ participation and achievement in CCA are assessed and awarded using the LEAPS 2.0.  The CCA points awarded under LEAPS 2.0 may help students in post-secondary education admission exercises.

Types of Assessment Feedback & Reports

Results and holistic feedback are reported formally as follows:


End of Term 1

End of Term 2

End of Term 3

Early-Term 4

End of Term 4

Progress Reports

Sec 2, 4 & 5

Sec 1 & 3

Sec 1, 2 & 3


Semestral Reports


Sec 2, 4 & 5


Sec 4 & 5

Sec 1, 2 & 3

Your child’s progress in academic Learning will be reflected through their Weighted Assessment results, while his/her progress in non-academic areas will be reflected in the Holistic Development Profile and CCE Self-Reflection Tool (with feedback based on Peer Evaluation and Self-Reflection Tools).