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Are you sitting for SPM this year?

by StudyMalaysia.com on October 9, 2014 | Top Stories

top-stories-spm-exams.jpgAre you sitting for SPM this year? To help students and parents plan and decide on a pre-university programme for next year, here's a quick look at the intake and examination dates of some programmes offered in Malaysia.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that this year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) result will be announced two weeks earlier, on 3 March, 2015.

In addition, the latest from MOE states that students can use forecast results to enrol at private tertiary institutions as early as January 2015. However, these students will only be able to formally register for their courses when the SPM results are released in March.

To help students and parents plan and decide on a pre-university programme, here's a table that shows the intake and examination dates of some pre-university programmes offered in Malaysia.

Name of pre-university programme Qualification awarded by Intake(s)DurationExaminationExamples of providers
External Programmes
Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT)Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), Government of Western Australia
  • January
  • March
  • September
  • 10 months
  • 8 months
  • 14 months
first week of November for all intakes
Cambridge GCE A-Level ProgrammeCambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK
  • January
  • March
  • July
1.5 years
  • June (for Jan & March intakes)
  • November (for July intake)
South Australian Matriculation (SAM)South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Board of South Australia
  • January
  • March
  • 11 months
  • 8 months
November
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC)Higher School Certificate issued by the Board of Studies, New South WalesJanuary11 monthsOctober / NovemberINTI International University
International Baccalaureate Diploma IB BoardJuly24 months
  • January
  • July
Taylor's College
Internal Programme
APU's Foundation ProgrammeAsia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
  • January
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • August
  • November
12 months (3 semesters)Continuous assessment and exam at the end of each semesterAsia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
Nottingham's Foundation in ScienceThe University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • 3-semester programme: April & July
  • 2-semester programme: September

3 semesters or 2 semesters (15 weeks per semester)

at the end of each semesterThe University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
HELP's Foundation in ScienceHELP University
  • January
  • April
  • May
  • September
3 semesters (14 weeks per semester)Coursework and assignments 50%;final examinations 50%HELP University
Monash University Foundation Year Programme (MUFY)Monash University
  • January & July (standard)
  • March & August (accelerated)
9-10 monthsJune & November Sunway College

Note: The intakes listed are possible intake dates from the listed PHEIs. Please check for intakes at the PHEI you are interested in as some may offer fewer intakes in a given year.

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