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Part 3: PSLE

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

Author: Watermelon

The PSLE is probably the first hurdle any school kid has to make. For me, the burden to do well would definitely have lifted because of the presence of DSA. And if a kid has a special ability in a particular subject, especially olympiad medals or awards in competitions, I would urge for them to go for it. While it takes a little time outside of regular revision, it is an advantageous tool for secondary school admissions. In my experience, the interviews weren’t that important, as long as kids can articulate ideas and sound confident they had a good chance. They’re probably not looking for much in 12-year-olds anyway.

Definitely, PSLE wasn’t as large of a hurdle as it should’ve been because I hadn’t really felt the gravity of the situation when I had a DSA offer. But certainly I know many kids would’ve felt like their life depended on it. But it really doesn’t. I think people forget that there are always second chances. While PSLE can determine a large part of a child’s life, there are other things that can change that. There are many late bloomers who go on to do much better. I think one needs to strike a balance. We shouldn’t be too complacent, but also not to approach it with too much anxiety.

There’s also something I’ve learnt from my friends who did the O Levels and from my experience in the A Levels. It’s that when it comes to the one-exam-determines-all kind of situations, peaking correctly is very important. While a kid can remain consistently very good and do well in PSLE, for kids who are average in terms of grades, trying to achieve a good improvement curve starting from early P6 is perhaps more important such that they can maximize their performance in the actual PSLE, and not burn out after prelims. After all, the previous exams really don’t matter after the PSLE is done.

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