Criteria for QET Exemption




    Unless granted exemption, students admitted to undergraduate courses of study in NTU are required to take the Qualifying English Test (QET), which determines whether they take Introduction to Academic Communication (HW0001) as a subject of study.


    Students are exempted from the QET if they present any of the following:




    General Paper of the Singapore Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Examination (sat in 2007 onwards): A, B, C, D, E


    General Paper of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A’ Level Examination (sat in 2006 or earlier): A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6


    Knowledge and Inquiry of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Examination: A, B, C, D, E, S


    English Language of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination (for Polytechnic graduates only): A1, A2, B3, B4


    IELTS: a minimum of 6 for the Writing sub-test


    TOEFL: a minimum of 570 and above (PBT) or 90 and above (IBT)


    SAT1: a minimum of 600 for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing/Writing/Verbal section or 7 (SAT taken before 2016) for the Essay section


    IB: a minimum of grade 4 for Literature and Performance (in English) (at Standard Level)


    IB: a minimum of grade 4 for English A: Language and Literature, or

    English A: Literature (at Standard Level or Higher Level)


    IB: a minimum of grade 4 for English B at Higher Level, or a minimum of grade 6 for English B at Standard Level


    IB: English A1 or English A2 (at Standard Level or Higher Level)


    NUS High School: an overall CAP of 2.5 in English Language


    MUET (Malaysian University English Test): Band 6 and a minimum of 50 for Writing


    LPI (Language Proficiency Index): a minimum of Level 5


    TEE (Tertiary Entrance Exam): a minimum of Grade C for English (3A/3B)


    India Standard XII: a minimum of 60% for English


    Pearson Test of English (Academic): a minimum of 59 for communicative skills in writing




    1. If you have obtained any improved grade in your second attempt of GCE 'A' Level General Paper or GCE 'O' Level English Language, (i.e. after the admission exercise in April), please click here to submit the documentary proof of the results by Thursday, 7 January 2021, failing which you will have to sit for the QET.


    2. To submit QET exemption for TOEL, SAT or IELTS, click on the relevant links below: 


    *Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid for 2 years from the date of the test of IELTS and TOEFL. 

    *All other qualifications obtained that are not indicated in the above list will not be accepted.



    If you are unable to take the test on the test date indicated, you must seek formal leave of absence in writing via with documentary support.  

    Students with approved leave of absence will be scheduled to sit for the next QET conducted.

    You will be deemed to have failed QET if you are absent from the test without approved leave of absence and will be required to take Introduction to Academic Communication (HW0001) as a subject of study.


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