How to prepare for the NUS entrance examinations or interviews

The below article places emphasis on how to prepare for the NUS entrance examinations or interviews. The University Entrance Examination (UEE) is conducted to assess the suitability of selected applicants for admission to undergraduate programs.

Preparing for the National University of Singapore (NUS) entrance examinations or interviews requires a systematic approach to showcase your academic and personal abilities. Here are some general tips to prepare:

  1. Understand the Admission Criteria: Familiarize yourself with the specific requirements for the course you’re interested in and the admission process. NUS may have different criteria for different courses and programs.
  2. Academic Preparation: Review the subjects that are relevant to the course you’re applying for. Brush up on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and subjects covered in the syllabus. Use textbooks, online resources, and past exam papers for practice.
  3. Standardized Tests: Some courses may require applicants to take standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests. Prepare for these tests well in advance and take practice exams to gauge your performance.
  4. Interview Preparation: If an interview is part of the admission process, practice answering common interview questions related to your course and general personal information. Prepare examples to demonstrate your skills, achievements, and interests.
  5. Portfolio (if applicable): Certain courses may require you to submit a portfolio showcasing your skills and achievements in areas such as the arts, design, or architecture. Prepare your portfolio thoughtfully, highlighting your best work and experiences.
  6. Stay Informed About NUS: Understand the university’s values, mission, and unique aspects. This knowledge will help you tailor your application to align with what NUS seeks in its students.
  7. Personal Statement/Essay: Write a compelling personal statement or essay that highlights your strengths, interests, and reasons for wanting to study at NUS. Be honest, concise, and focus on how you can contribute to the university community.
  8. Extracurricular Activities: Highlight your involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, volunteer work, and any other accomplishments that showcase your diverse skills and interests.
  9. Letters of Recommendation: Obtain strong letters of recommendation from teachers, mentors, or supervisors who know you well and can speak positively about your abilities and character.
  10. Mock Interviews (if possible): If you have the opportunity, participate in mock interviews to practice answering questions and gain confidence.
  11. Time Management: Plan your study and preparation schedule effectively, allocating sufficient time for each subject or aspect of the application process.
  12. Stay Calm and Confident: Finally, on the day of the exam or interview, remain calm and confident. Trust in the preparation you’ve done and remember to be authentic in showcasing your genuine self.

The University Entrance Examination (UEE) is conducted to assess the suitability of selected applicants for admission to undergraduate programmes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will NUS conduct the 2023 University Entrance Examination (UEE) in Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore?

Ans.    The UEE 2023 will be suspended due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 situation.

Admission to the undergraduate courses for these students who will complete their High School studies in 2023, will be based on their Year 11, Semester 2 and Year 12, Semester 1 High School academic results.

They are also required to present either IELTS or TOEFL scores for admissions consideration. For more information on the English requirements, please refer to for more information under your respective qualifications.

Q2.    If I have not taken an acceptable English Test, can I submit the English results after the Admissions application deadline?

Ans.    Applicants can submit an accepted English Language test score (eg. IELTS, TOEFL) for assessment by no later than 12 February 20XX via the Applicant Portal.

Q3.    Will NUS conduct the UEE in 2024?

The university will decide on the conduct of UEE with consideration to any international travel and other possible restrictions after the conclusion of the Academic Year 20XX admissions exercise.

Always remember to follow the official guidelines and requirements provided by NUS for the specific course you’re applying to. Good luck with your application!