After all the stressfilled months of mugging and diligence, the day finally arrives. At last, your child is ready to sit for his PSLE exams. He is confident of doing well, of getting into the school and stream of his choice. And so are you. However, his hard work alone is not the only factor which decides whether he will get into the secondary school he wants. There is also something else which will make all the difference... his PSLE Tscore.
What the PSLE Tscore means
The overall Tscore is the sum of 4 Tscores (Transformedscores). Let's look at one Tscore first, and see how it is calculated. Each subject's Tscore is actually a recalculated score. This recalculated score (for each subject) is based on comparing the student's grade against the highest and lowest scores among all the students who sat for the same subject.
For example, if many students do very well for Maths (say, 95 and above), your child's high score (e.g. 91) will be transformed into a value lower (say, A or B) than his original raw score. But if your child is among the group of students who do well (say, A) while most of the others score lower (say, B or C), his score is transformed into a higher value (i.e. A*) than his orig inal raw score. Now, let's recap: Your child's Tscore as a whole is the total of his 4 individual subjects' Tscores.
As a rough guide, the following table may help you to estimate your child's PSLE score based on the type of grades he or she has been getting during the exams:
Stream

EL

MT

Maths

Sc

Agg

Express

A

A

A*

A*

263

Express

A

A*

A*

A

242

Express

A

A

A

A

249

Express

A

A

A

A

228

Express

A

B

A

B

225

Express

A

B

A

A

212

Exp/Norm Acad

B

A

C

C

195

Normal Acad

B

B

C

C

160

Normal Tech

1

B

3



104

Normal Tech

2

1

3



101

Normal Acad / NT

1

1

2



111

So, why is the Tscore important?
Your child's PSLE Tscore goes a long way in determining the stream (Normal, Express, Special or Integrated Programme) he or she enters. It also determines whether he gets into the secondary school of his choice. For example, if Ali's Tscore is 267 and Cindy's is 266. Then Ali, with a higher Tscore, will be given priority in his choices of secondary schools.
