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  • A minimum of 12 years of formal education with good passes in a national/international examination that is recognised for the purpose of admission. Applicants taking their respective high school examinations between January and May 2019 must submit/upload online their actual results within 3 working days after the release of the results. If your high school results are not known by the application closing date, please submit your predicted high school scores as attested by your school teacher/counsellor by 31 March 2019. Self-declared predicted scores will not be accepted. Please click here for a list of international qualifications that are recognised by SMU for admission to undergraduate degree programmes.
  • One of the following is required : SAT (previously known as SAT I /SAT Reasoning) or ACT (American College Test), including the writing test or IELTS or TOEFL
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Law shortlisted applicants must also take a writing test

Additional Information on Interviews / Writing Tests

Law Interview / Writing Tests - Interviews and writing tests for shortlisted Law applicants are conducted in end-March to April. Click here for important information on this.

Business Management Interviews - Shortlisted applicants, including those who are not residing in Singapore, are required to attend face-to-face interviews at SMU campus. As such, under normal circumstances, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) does not conduct telephone/Skype interviews.

Additional Information on SAT / ACT / IELTS / TOEFL

To be considered in the 2019 admissions exercise, applicants must take the SAT/ ACT/ IELTS/ TOEFL by 19 March 2019 and submit the test scores to SMU by 31 March 2019. Tests taken after 19 March 2019 will not be considered. You are strongly encouraged to take the test early.

Minimum Requirements for applicants applying to non-Law programmes (Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Social Science and Information Systems)

  • SAT (old SAT - before March 2016) : A minimum total score of 1,900 with at least 600 each for critical reading, mathematics and writing
  • SAT (new SAT - from March 2016) : A minimum total score of 1,350 with at least 650 each for evidence-based reading and writing. Essay is not required
  • ACT : A minimum composite score 29, with at least 27 each for both reading and writing
  • IELTS : A minimum overall score of 7.0 with reading score of at least 7.0 and writing score of at least 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) : A minimum score of 93, with at least 22 each for both reading and writing
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) : A minimum score of 583, with at least 5.5 for TWE (Test of Written English) and 50 for reading

Minimum Requirements for applicants applying to the Law programme

  • SAT (old SAT - before March 2016) : A minimum total score of 1,900 with a combined score of 1,400 for critical reading and writing
  • SAT (new SAT - from March 2016) : A minimum total score of 1,350 with at least 700 each for evidence-based reading and writing. Essay is not required
  • ACT : A minimum composite score 29 and a writing score of at least 32
  • IELTS : A minimum overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 each for both reading and writing
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) : A minimum score of 100, with at least 24 each for both reading and writing
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) : A minimum score of 600, with at least 5.5 for TWE (Test of Written English) and 50 for reading

The minimum test scores indicated above for law and non-law applicants will be minimally sufficient for applicants to make a competitive application. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee an admission into SMU, as admission is on a highly competitive and selective basis.

SAT/ACT/IELTS/TOEFL are not required for applicants with IB Diplomas and Diplomas from LASALLE, NAFA or NIE.

Validity of SAT / ACT / IELTS

  • SAT/ ACT scores are valid for 5 years. For the 2019 admissions exercise, scores from tests taken before 19 March 2014 will not be considered.
  • IELTS/ TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years. For the 2019 admissions exercise, scores from tests taken before 19 March 2017 will not be considered.

Applicants are responsible for applying to take these tests. Applicants must also submit a separate application for admission online by 19 March 2019.

For more information and registration procedures, please click the following links:

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IELTS

TOEFL

To avoid delays in application processing, you are strongly encouraged to apply to have their scores sent directly to SMU by the respective testing boards. The SMU Institution/Destination Codes are as follows:

  • SAT : 2861
  • ACT : 5284
  • TOEFL : 9014

Mathematics Requirement

A good number of courses in the Accountancy and Economics programmes are of a highly quantitative nature. As such, applicants are expected to meet additional requirements in the form of a good score in Mathematics at high school level. Applicants who do not have this requirement can still apply for consideration if they have alternative Mathematics content background. The School of Accountancy and School of Economics make the final decision on admission.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement

All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents must meet the MTL requirement. The MTL requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following:

  • a D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level
  • a pass in MTL 'B', or an 'S' grade for H1 MTL/ MTL-in-lieu, or H2 MTL Language and Literature, or H1 General Studies in Chinese at Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level
  • a pass in MTL 'A': Literature, or MTL 'A': Language and Literature, or Language 'B' MTL at Standard or Higher Level at International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • a pass in MTL-in-lieu subject approved by Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore
  • an exemption from MTL approved by MOE, Singapore

Successful applicants who have not met the MTL requirement will be offered Conditional Admission and are required to satisfy this requirement before graduating from SMU.

Applicants who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years and have not kept up with the study of their MTL or a language that can be offered as MTL-in-lieu may apply for MTL exemption. The MTL exemption application will be facilitated by the universities as part of the university application, and the results made known to applicants who receive admission offers from the university. Please note that MOE does not accept direct applications from applicants for MTL exemption. The application for MTL exemption will also not prejudice the evaluation of the application for a place in the university.

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