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English Proficiency Requirement

  • We welcome any applicants who have an interest to join our institute. While we have made no differentiation in entry requirements of our programmes between the local and international applicants, there is a need for international applicants and graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction to show evidence of your competency in the English language. This is to ensure that you make the most out of your education here.

  • International applicants and graduates of universities with non-English medium of instruction are required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, the test taken not more than two years before the date of application. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score can be accepted in lieu of TOEFL. NIE may request additional evidence of written and spoken proficiency in English.

    Applicants pursuing research programmes, except for graduates of the Autonomous Universities in Singapore, are required to submit a good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, the test taken not more than five years before the date of application. In lieu of GRE, applicants from India may use the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score of at least 90%, the test taken not more than two years before the date of application.

    A summary of the scores required are listed below:

     

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for applicants in India only in lieu of GRE

    Remarks

    Master’s by Coursework

    Minimum score of 580 (for paper and pencil examination) or 237 (for computer-based test) or 92 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 6.5

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    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    Master of Arts (Leadership and Educational Change), Joint Programme

    Minimum score of 600 (for paper and pencil examination) or 100 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 7.0

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    -

    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    Master of Arts (Teaching Chinese as an International Language)

    Minimum score of 500 (for paper and pencil examination) or 61 (for internet-based score) or 173 (for computer-based score).

    Minimum score of 6.0

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    TOEFL or IELTS is required.

    Master’s and PhD by Research

    Minimum score of 580 (for paper and pencil examination) or 237 (for computer-based test) or 92 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 6.5

    For tests taken prior to 1 August 2011:
    Minimum score of 1300 for both Verbal and Quantitative sections. Minimum score of 3.5 for Analytical Writing section.

    For tests taken on or after 1 August 2011:
    Minimum score of 319 for both Verbal and Quantitative sections. Minimum score of 3.5 for Analytical Writing section.

    At least 90% score

    TOEFL or IELTS and
    GRE or GATE are required.

    Doctor in Education

    Minimum score of 600 (for paper and pencil examinaion) or 250 (for computer-based test) or 100 (for internet-based).

    Minimum score of 6.5

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    TOEFL or IELTS is required.


    When applicable, please attach a copy of your TOEFL/GRE score, taken at a recent test, together with your application and you should also request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in USA to send a copy directly to the National Institute of Education, Office of Academic Administration and Services  (code number: 7107).

  • For international students who are offered full-time study with the Institute, they will be issued Student Pass by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in order to remain in Singapore throughout the course of study. The issuance of the Student Pass is subject to the medical clearance of the international students.

    The ICA does not issue Student Pass for part-time programmes. An international student who wishes to pursue the part-time programme must have either a valid Employment Pass or Dependent Pass from ICA to reside in Singapore throughout the course of study. If the validity of the Employment Pass or Dependent Pass expired before the student can complete the part-time programme, the Institute will have to withdraw him/her from the programme as he/she does not have a valid pass to stay on in Singapore.

    In addition, passport holders of countries such as China and India must have a valid visa before entering Singapore.

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