Asked on 20 Sep 2018
Relating to careers and income, we indeed believe that PSLE scores and education should not be the ONLY benchmark of our success, share your PSLE score and your story here!
My PSLE score was 206! :)
I still remember very distinctly when I was going up to take the PSLE result slip from my teacher in Rosyth school... my teacher had a strange smile. I got it, sighed and walked back to my seat.
My parents were peeping through the window but at the end of the day, they gave me a pat on my back and in my head, I thought I was going to be ruined for life. However, I knew I wanted to be a Comic Book artist cos I loved to draw.
Lo and behold, I went to secondary school and started realising that studying was not actually so difficult, it was a system to reverse engineer (which makes me question our system sadly...) The results showed that:
- PSLE: 206
- O Level: 7 A1s and 1 A2
- A Level: 5As
At the end of the day, I did not become a Comic Book artist and instead went to university instead. I was an angry student and wondered why what better I could be spending my time on.
After that, I went ahead to venture into the world of startups and never looked back. Best decision ever :) Now, I am happy to have co-founded Seedly and working with really amazing people on a meaningful mission of helping others make smarter financial decisions as a whole! Managed to raise over $500k of venture capital, launching products, failing along the way and growing a team. Let's see where this goes.
Very happy to be here with everyone sharing our experiences as a whole.
Oh yes, and really grateful about this campaign by the #lifebeyondgrades team. It really is so true, especially in today's fast changing world!
N Levels: 7 points
Polytechnic Foundation Programme: 3.6
End of Year 3 (Poly): 3.95
Didn't went through O Levels and took the Polytechnic Foundation Programme path. Graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in May 2018 as the Gold Medalist and Diploma with Merit in Business Information Technology. Was also the Valediction for my graduation session
Currently serving National Service as a Signal Operator and will pursue a Degree in Computer Science at Nanyang Technological University after I ORD in 2020
I strongly believe that grades do not define someone and their future. Took part in many community service activities with the main one being a Youth Expedition Project to Lombok, Indonesia for 2 weeks. Did a 6 months internship overseas in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a Customer Success Engineer as opposed to many others who stayed in Singapore.
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Went to polytechnic and eventually a local university.
Do grades matter? No.
I have seen many successful people who did not have good grades or went to good school to be successful. What matters is to find something you're passionated about and work extra hard on it.
I'm fortunate to find what I like to do early and happy to be working with some of the great people at Seedly now.
My PSLE score was 224. It didn't actually improve for O levels, for Poly - I mostly stayed a B+ student. I never did outperform my older siblings or most of my peers in terms of academic study.
Eventually, I realized that I enjoyed teaching. I applied for NIE 4 times, and was rejected all 4 times over the course of 7 years.
After over 500 hundred applications and 40 interviews later, my first job offer was for 2.6K/mth for 5 and a half days. I thought about all the money and time that my parents had spent on me, and the future that I wanted for myself - and decided that it was time for me to change.
Currently I do multiple things - I work as a Associate Financial Consultant for a Financial Advisory (specializing in Early Critical Illness and Investments), I run a business management consultancy practice and I invest aggressively in the market, making around 3 times or more what I would have made if I hadn't decided to take big risks and get my act together.
I think that social mobility, or greater success from what you thought you were - starts from the mind, and often it starts with a motivation that isn't you. Once I stopped thinking about me and starting looking at the big picture - a future marriage, my aging parents and the crap my friends and siblings had to put up with, you'll find ways to improve. From there its a strong support system, a bit of luck and tons of hard work.
My PSLE score didn't define me, but it came very close to - and success was all about one aspect.
Honestly - if you focus on the people who love you - even if you're not earning a lot of money or as academically inclined as you were in primary school - I think you'll still be a big success.
Steph Yeo, Auntie Uncle Whisperer at Agency for Integrated Care
Updated on 07 Jun 2019
262, quite up there but only because i was under house quarantine the few weeks leading up to PSLE. Thanks to influenza during the SARS period.
But i was otherwise an average student after that. Loved all my CCAs more than actual studies.
Found my way into grassroots work during uni and wanted to do something useful for the community. I guess that shown thru my class participation in uni, cuz when i graduated the first qn my prof asked was, "so what community job are you going to do?"
And now i help aunties and uncles live well and age gracefully(:
253! Went to River Valley High School and I was below average cause I’m really bad at studying. Butttt managed to scrape through A levels with passable grades and went for Industrial Design in NUS. Best decision I’ve ever made cause here’s where I found my passion in design and for the first time in my life I enjoyed working hard!
Although people say that PSLE grades don‘t matter, In my case it sort of does. Cause in RV the majority is hardworking and nerdy, so no matter how slack I am, I still did okay due to my environment.
212 was my PSLE score, wayyyyy back in the early nineties..
Didn't know what to do in life after getting my degree. Bumped around in different industries, settling on insurance. Started low, climbed my way up to something at least respectable. Now focusing on being able to fire my boss in the next 3 years or so
PSLE score : 177
Went into a local polytechnic. But didn't really like the course. O levels score too low. Very limited choices to choose. So drop myself out and went to a private diploma. Graduated from it in Accountancy. And waited for NS.
Had my 1st e-commerce business. Was profitable but closed down a few weeks before enlisting.
Was brought to a Adam Khoo's seminar by a friend. Which triggered my interest in investing. Read, Study about it and had my 1st investment 6 months after.
Have enough cash to enter University upon ORD. Currently building another set of cash for emergency usage during my course of studies.
Learnt a lot in investing. Was not that scared when i see a red in my portfolio.
6 MONTHS TO ORD.
Adrian Tan, Computer Engineering at National University of Singapore
Answered on 20 Sep 2018
O's results were actually damn good but I chose poly route because Infosec is fun, and #techforlife
Switched to computer engineering now in uni because hardware sounds cool too, and also it's my last chance to have fun and fail with no repercussions before actual adulting starts.
Passion and hard work in what one does is actually way more important than grades. (Might sound ironic coming from me but it's what I have always believed in)
Hopefully I can think of a fun and awesome way to benefit the community at large using tech and engineering after graduation!
04 Dec 2020
My PSLE score was 176.
Today i'm a 22 year old degree holder working my first proper job at Seedly as an intern and I honestly never thought I'd be doing what i'm doing given my PSLE score.
I was a an NA kid and sadly attended a school that to me felt extremely discouraging.
My N level score was 19 points.
However I am extremely blessed to have parents who sent me overseas for my high school and university education.
I now hold a B.A from the University Of Melbourne and doubled majored in Media & Communications and Screen & Cultural Studies.
My grades when I was younger definitely affected my but i'm glad to say that they did not define me :-)
Excited to see where this journey of adulting takes me!
Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
Answered on 21 Sep 2018
went to normal stream:
n level: 7 points
o Levels: 7 point
b and C grade student with one or 2 As in poly doing IT
went to Australia to complete my IT Uni degree in one year again being mostly b and C grade with 1 or 2 As
i had a memory of a gold fish and in our SG education system that means that I am always behind my peers
I spent countless extra hours playing catch up and too often felt lousy over my grades and overall performance.
When i I started working I realized that I am more cut out for work than studies. Brain got wired up and learnt a lot Over the years.
Now I’m a Regional Technical specialist and drawing a comfortable salary higher than most of my peers :)
For those still on your journey in finding yourself and struggling through studies please continue to work hard, never give up on yourself even if those around you lost faith. one day you will blossom too 🌻
N Level: can't remember
O level: 21
A levels: AAC/A (was the turning point. Went to MI for A levels, which is 3 years. Basically didn't focus on studies for the first 2 years. Managed to go 3rd year, but appealed to vice-principle to be retained back to 2nd year. Worked double hard. became top few students for A level.
Currently: Auditor for Big 4
Goals: Not really sure, just give my best and get to where I'm suppose to be. haha any goal setting advice?
02 Dec 2020
PSLE Score: 175
N levels to Poly then to local U.
Graduated first class from NTU. I honestly say good grades are over rated and not the ONLY benchmark of success, more importantly we must be resilient and be able to adapt to changes well. Be kind to others, our lives are more than what we do.
However, my only way out of the lower middle class (both parents are janitors) was education so I had to strive. Now working in a global MNC and living a modest life.
story is, it does not matter how you start off the race... it only matters how you end.
how brutal our education system is to rule out opportunities for late bloomers... to all parents and kids out there, do not give up and keep faith!! Your turn will shine one day!
02 Dec 2020
Eugene Tang, Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London
Answered on 25 Nov 2020
TLDR: Please fail something in life__** **
PSLE SCORE: 202
O Levels: 4As, 4Bs
Polytechnic: 3.95 in Aerospace Engineering
Currently studying: Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London
In retrospect, I am so happy that I get 202. Funny how there are so many things in life with the number of 202, and it reminded me to work harder than before! There are always regret that "I should have studied harder", but without getting that score, I would not know what hard work means.
My peers around me in university have absurd scores that are at least 250 and mostly range from 260 - 290. I have learned a lot of things from them but also realised because of the perfection of grades from young, they are scared to fail. Having been the anomaly already, I just have the mindset of keep trying and trying my best. I have achieved many amazing things in my life, and I continue to find ways to amaze myself every day! So please find ways to fail something, and pick yourself up. That is the best lesson anyone can teach themselves.
Heng Kai Le, Blogger at diaperfinancingfund.blogspot.com
Answered on 07 Jun 2019
I once wrote a looooong FB post about this. I paste here in all its glory.
I work as a primary school teacher and am teaching ex-students how to cope with the sting of failure arising from interviews, haha.
(Can't sleep. Argh. So maybe I should write something.)
My PSLE score is 250. 3As and an A* in Science.
Which probably meant very little to my Chinese teacher, Mrs Luo. I still remember vividly how she asked me in surprise, "How come you didn't get an A in Chinese?" (Geez, how do I answer this question when I don't expect to get an A for Chinese in the first place?)
Part of the reason why I didn't get an A* in Chinese was that my parents, upon realising that I had gotten a B in Science for my prelim, went into high alert mode, FORBADE me from studying any more Chinese and asked me to focus on Science.
It was many years later when my mum told me that my dad had pored over my Science notes for two weeks before endeavoring to explain concepts to me that I realised how he had taken on something that was out of his comfort zone. Especially so when he himself was an arts graduate, having majored in Geography and History at Nantah.
The irony is, I actually exceeded my parents' expectations. You see, they placed Ang Mo Kio Secondary School as first choice, never mind the slight fact that the premier school in my town - Anderson Secondary School - was literally just across the field from my primary school. In fact, my form teacher had strongly urged me to change my first choice to Anderson. But my mum didn't think I would get in, didn't want to put so much pressure on me, and refused to budge. Bless her wilful nature, haha
My PSLE score may have nothing to do with my life now, but it, nonetheless, left an indelible impact:
a passion for Chinese because I was flattered that my primary school Chinese teacher thought so highly of my ability. A passion that lasted throughout my schooling years and promoted me to apply to be a Chinese teacher the first time I submitted my application to MOE
confidence to follow my heart and tread my own path, never mind if others disapprove of my decisions. This involved disappointing my mum when I informed her that I had quit Singapore Polytechnic in order to teach in Japan, haha.
an understanding that big moves must be made if I want to game the system. I will like to think how this helped me during my first (and final) venture as a GP tutor for graduating J2s
Monumental life lessons from a seemingly insignificant exam in the grand scheme of things. All this wouldn't have been possible without my parents.
272 - and I definitely do not believe that grades are a benchmark of success later on in life, especially PSLE scores. Based on my own career path and also my observation of those around me, success in career (not talking but other forms of success) is all about grit, resourcefulness and determination #lifebeyondgrades
As a kid, I think my wildly volatile grades were very scary for any parent - as I would literally go from being placed in a 'special needs' class to scoring the top grade, then going back to failing several papers and then subsequently graduating top again.
In fact, if I had a kid, I would probably tell him/her to focus on gaining skills more than getting good results.
Jiayee, Salaryman at some company
Top Contributor (Dec)
Answered on 27 Nov 2020
24x and I've been to schools and classes where people can be scoring all sorts of PSLE scores back then.
It's definitely less of an indicator of anything, the further in the past it is.
I graduated from college last year and I'm doing my best at my first job.