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By Amelia Tang
The Straits Times
July 13, 2016
Eight scoring bands known as Achievement levels (ALs) will replace the current Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) T-score system, the Education Ministry announced on Wednesday (July 13) as it revealed details on its revamp of the national examination and Secondary 1 posting.
The changes take effect in 2021, which means they will involve those who started Primary 1 this year.
This is how it will work: Pupils will be placed into eight ALs for each subject.
Those who get 90 marks and above for a subject will earn an AL1; 85 to 89 earns an AL2, a score of 80 to 84 is AL3 and so on.
The bands get wider at the bottom - AL5 is a score of 65 to 74, for instance.
The ALs are then added to form the PSLE score, which will be used for Secondary 1 posting.
Four AL1s in all four PSLE subjects - English, Mother Tongue, mathematics and science - will translate to a score of 4.
The lowest score a pupil can get is 32.
The changes also mean that a pupil's score will also no longer depend on how they do relative to each other, as it is now.