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1. I did not do very well for my GCE O Levels. Should I

retake my O Levels?

Well, the final decision is yours to make. But if you think that the results  are not a true reflection of your potential, then there is no harm in  giving yourself a second chance. If you do retake you might end up  getting better grades and qualifying to a polytechnic course that you  want to.

2. But all my friends have qualified to the poly. I feel so

embarrassed to waste another year.

You are at a stage in life when peer pressure is significant. But think  about it this way, it is your life and you must make decisions that will  give you a brighter future. There is nothing wrong in telling your  friends that you are going to give yourself a second chance. In fact, this  shows that you have a strong character. Did you know that Albert  Einstein failed the entrance exam for the Swiss polytechnic in Zurich  when he was 16 years old? But what made him the greatest scientist of  our time? He had the guts to give himself a second chance. Don't think  of retaking your O levels as a wasted year, think of it as investing  another year for a brighter future. Do NOT waste your entire life  trying to save one year!!! 

3. I am very confused. Can I talk to someone who retook

their O Levels before?

Penciltutor is a private O level school, founded in Singapore, that has  been helping N level students take their O levels and guiding other  students to retake their O levels for more than 10 years. We know it is a  difficult time and this may even be the first major setback in your life. It  is natural for you to feel confused but what you need right now is a  clear mind to make a strong decision. We are unable to provide  contact details of our ex-students but we have videos of the interviews  we had with them.   CLICK HERE to see Hong Min's results... CLICK HERE to see Vignesh's results...

4. How do I retake my O levels as a private candidate?

To retake your O levels as a private candidate it is best that you find a  private school that offers full-time GCE O Level courses.  Registration for private candidates can be done online via  www.seab.gov.sg in mid March, but it is not advisable to wait till March  to enrol at a private school as your 2018 GCE O Level exams will be  in October 2018!!! We have come up with some tips on retaking your  O Levels. You can read it HERE 

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O Levels

CHECKLIST COMMENTS Can the  school assist  me in getting  NS deferment/  EZ Link card?  Most private schools  will only assist you in  getting a NS deferment/  EZ Link card if you are  registered as a full-time  private candidate.  What are the  minimum  number of  subjects I  need to take  to be  considered  a full-time  private  candidate?  For most private  candidates who choose  to retake their O levels,  it is not necessary to  retake 5 subjects. DONíT  TAKE ADDITIONAL  SUBJECTS just to be  considered a full-time  private candidate.  Remember... the more  subjects you take, the  lesser time you have  to focus on your  weaker subjects. What is the  total amount  I need to pay  to take  3 subjects? Always check  a schoolís  credibility and  TESTIMONIALS!  Be careful of some  private schools who  charge exorbitant  administrative fees  in addition to your  tuition fees. Is the school  registered  with the CPE Singapore? Click here to check  list of CPE  registered private  schools in  Singapore. What is the  total amount  I need to pay  to take  5 subjects?   What is the  class size? Always insist on a  small class size.  The smaller the  class size, the  more time a  teacher has to  focus on your  weaknesses and  the more time you  have to clarify your  doubts. Disclaimer: The schools X and Y used in this table are fictitious. Any similarity to actual schools,  existing or previously existing, is purely coincidental. Penciltutor (Foundation) Penciltutor (Standard) School X School Y YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES 3 Subjects 3 Subjects 3 Subjects 5 Subjects $7200 $3600 $3900  You ARE  NOT  a full-time  private  candidate if  you take 3  subjects!  $7800 $3900 $6200 $7800 8 16 30 50
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