Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Hi!

Posted by elie

I am elie, a typical 17 years old girl who reads magazines and loves shopping, and I am the new contributor for this blog. I got to know this blog through my best friend and I thought I would love to be part of the team too!

I come from a not so well-known place called OUG, nearby Old Klang Road, and I am the youngest among three siblings. I love reading novels, especially *ahem* romance novels, and I enjoy blogging as well. As for my SPM results, I scored 9As and a B. Of all the 10 subjects, I got a 3B for Moral Studies which was a huge letdown.

For now, I’ve registered at HELP UC for their UOL GCE A-Level program. The orientation day is on this Friday and those interested can come and register on that day too! I have never experienced college life before and I hope to post informative entries on life in college and about the A-Level program.

Forgive me if I do have spelling or grammatical errors because I don’t double check my articles. Lastly, I hope that my future posts will help out students who were as lost as I was after I got my SPM results.

Link to my blog!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Going overseas...

Posted by BooNBoX

The verdicts are out and some of you might be already started to pack up to go overseas for your studies. I'm sure these would be useful for all of you that is going overseas for your studies soon.

What to do ?
- Be mentally & physically prepared
All of us will undergoes a process called 'Culture Shock'. Depends on your own progress, some may need a few months getting used to it. Culture shock, describes the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within an entirely different culture or social environment, such as a different country. (from Wikipedia) The further you are going the bigger of culture shock you are having. Relax... It's not a disease ;) and you will be fine after a period of time.

Other than that, you will need to know the physical condition in that country. If it's cold, bring more clothes, etc. I believe you are too big for me to remind you about these... lol.

- Know more about the Country's Culture / Know more friends
"What for study about their culture? I'm going there to study my course, not to study them!" Don't ever think like these. No matter how avoidable you are, it's likely you'll be contact with the locals one day in your life, afterall it's their land ! Learn more about others' culture might help you to mingle well with them and always remember - it's always important to have friends when you are futher from home, since it's the only lifeline you've got!

What to bring ?
- Passport, Visa, Student Pass, University Acceptance Letter, all Admin stuff etc..
Please please do remember those important documents that you will need for your registration and also immigration process. You won't want to be sent back for not having certain documents ok?

- Memorabias, Family Photos, Journal
Trust me! You'll need them some time!

- Bring Must-Bring stuff but not Need-to-Bring stuff
Normally there are quotas for your baggage and of course you won't want to waste the kgs on things that you don't really need or you can buy it there. Do revise on the price of products before depart to that country, if it's not much differ than I suggest you to buy it when you are there, one is to save your baggage kgs for other stuff while secondly it's lighter and easier for you to carry !!

.. To be continued...


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Monday, March 19, 2007

Hostel Life

Posted by Reign226

With the STPM results recently announced, I figured that many students are starting to get excited by the prospect of entering university life soon. And for a lot of us who have never ventured outside of our comfort zones, studying in a different place (state, country, your cup, your coffee) is probably something that's quite exciting and also at the same time, quite scary. Well, my second semester is almost over at UTeM, and I would like to share with you about hostel life here.

When I first got here, it was quite literally a foreign place to me. All the roads are new, the shops foreign, even the people has a certain not-quite-from-home vibe. Also, I had no transport (except size 10 shoes) and not much friends. To compound the problem, our hostel is located a good distance away from our campus, a fact that would haunt a lot of us for the following few weeks.

I had the fortunate luck of living with 17 other people here. Being a public university, you expect a certain level of crampness, and most people will be searching for their jaws on the floor when I tell them how many people live in my house. Nonetheless, despite what you may think, it is really a blessing, because all of these people are from the same faculty and from the same year, and we became instant friends, bonding in ways only strangers in a foreign land could. Given one and a half semesters of this lifestyle, I find it hard to imagine a more exciting life.

Of course, not everybody has this luxury. The house opposite of us also had 17 people, but for some reason they didn't really get along with each other that well. I suppose in the end it was dumb luck that my housemates all happened to be really friendly and sporting people, and I am grateful to have met them.

Regardless, the first few weeks is probably the most stressful. Orientation is torture enough, then we had to start a whole new chapter of living with a roommate (or four!). For those growing up in an extended family, the transition might not be that hard, but I've always had a room to myself since I was young, and to be rob of my privacy is something that takes some time to get used to. You will encounter all sorts of people, some of which you will like and be your best friend on campus, some of which you will hate eternally and your life will condense into hell on earth. Fortunately hostel officials don't really care if you switch rooms.

In my case, I was extremely lucky. Our hostel room was supposed to be triple-sharing but one of our roommates dropped out after a few weeks, and nobody showed up to take the empty seat and our room became twin-sharing, which was perfect! My roommate is also quite sporting and most importantly, NOT a clean-freak. The Clean-Freak is a species that, unless confronted by a member of their own kind, will make life uncomfortable, if not outright miserable, for their roommates. These are the people who insist on making the bed every morning, sweeping the floor every day, mopping it every weekend, etc. I, honestly, am a slob, so thank (insert diety of choice) for assigning me a roommate that isn't so particular about cleanliness.

But seriously, roommates will be your next biggest challenge. Learn to pull out ASAP if you feel like the match is going to create problems in the future. The best roommate you can have is one who doesn't really care about what you do, not because he doesn't care about you (that'd mean getting a stranger), but simply because he's not really particular about anything that occours around him/her. You'd HATE to get somebody who has particular tendencies (Eg: can't stand the way you tap your pen, insists on having the fan turned off, etc) because it would lead to a battle of attrition; to see who gives in to the other person first. And having your best friend as your roommate is NOT really a wise choice. At the end of the day, I suppose the best roommate is one who matches your tendencies. Clean freaks look for other clean freaks, slobs other slobs. Mix the wrong types together and hilarity, followed by pain and anger, will follow.

I guess that's it from me for all. I'll pick this up next time. In the meantime, congratulations for all STPM candidates of 2006, and good luck with your 2 month wait until the intake in July. And if anybody is contemplating on coming to Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, I'm your friendly senior to look for advice. Cheers!


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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Reader's Comment on Current Examination System

Posted by Chong

A reader with the nickname SPM Boy has just left a great comment expressing his personal opinion on SPM examinations and our current education system in Malaysia. The comment is so thought-provoking that I think it deserves a post of itself so that all readers especially email subscribers will read it and perhaps share your views.
Being a candidate of SPM '06 myself, I follow with profound interest, the avalanche of both public and professional views expressed following the glare of the national limelight upon the country's top scorers. As much as it has elicited publicity, the announcement of the results has, too, seen the engenderment of much disquiet apropos to the true nature and orientation of our examination system. Nevertheless, where are we actually heading in the rat race for straight A's?

An illusion of immense and destructive proportions is percolating irrevocably within our education system with much reverberations whose ripple effects are yet to be manifest, albeit already felt in the air. One that appeals to the egoistic nature of students, evermore justifying grounds for taking an extraordinarily excessive amount of A's. Take, for instance, the recent trend of fifth formers taking up extra subjects for their SPM examination. Upon sober reflection, when has this trend actually emerged?

Noteworthy is the fact that such a trend did not manifest in the late 90s, at least not until the acquisition of A’s of a surplus amount elicited public attention and highlight. Since then, the race for A’s has seemingly been on an inexorable, exponential rise. It has even been regarded as a record to be held. While such phenomena may signify a justifiable and even perhaps, a postive revolution in our education system, care must be taken lest the purpose of the examination be distorted and veiled. Indeed, the current emphasis on academic performance heralds a looming, though unforeseen catastrophe to be unfolded disastrously within the nation in the distant future. Then, human capital will be no more than a functional asset to the country whose work serve the sole raison d etre of its mechanical existence.

The race for A's finally over then, will take on another subtler form of race anew, one of personal judgement that may well herald an unforeseen era of prejudice, based not on the real individual, but rather, his or her paper qualifications - ultimately, the identity of the bearer, on which either ego resides, hurts dwell or discontentment lingers. With regard to the former, the race for supremacy and superiority over the rest, will take on a new unprecedented dimension. The glory of achievement, as well as the scar of failure, will inevitably remain perpetual throughout the course of an individual’s life. From a national perspective, the course towards which our education system appears to be heading, seems more dangerous than it is promising.

Is our current evaluation of individual achievement based on straight A’s an embodiment of justice? Does a scholar who obtains straight 10A1’s merit more attention and consequently take precedence over his or her “less perfect” counterpart who secures 10 A1’s and an A2? How then, is the government’s top 100 SPM scorers list organized?

Our examination system, sad to say, is not one that seeks a holistic approach of assessment. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a new education policy. Take, for instance, the History test in SPM '06. To have an immeasurable, seamless ocean of information and facts compacted for evaluation into a mere 2 and a half hour test (History 2nd paper) whose nature of assessment is therefore measurably constricted, is tantamount to stuffing a tonne of flour into a paper bag while expecting to secure its contents. The random selection of topics for the test no longer exemplifies a wholesome, overall picture of the subject fit for evaluation. For example, much to many a students’ disappointment, Chapter 6 of the form 4 history syllabus did not appear at all in the 2nd paper of the History exam. A colossal chapter indeed, it required much memory work which, in effect, became wasted when the 2 and a half hour test completed, especially taking into consideration its religious nature of facts which is naturally alien to most non-Muslim students. The unfair random selection of topics for evaluation is compounded by the paradoxical fact that the topics aren’t really that “random” after all; some candidates had had the privilege of hindsight beforehand, having been given so-called “tips” that turn out to be true. Little is left to the imagination as to the source of such reliable information.

I look forward to a day when examinations no longer dominate the hearts of the young ones, spared thus of the heartache we experience at the present yet driven by a source of motivation of a different nature. A future whereby paper qualifications do not solely represent individual ability and efficiency. Beyond the examination, after all, lies a life yet to be lived.

Do share your views on our current examination system by leaving your comment.

Chong's Note: I broke the comment into paragraphs for easier reading.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

5 Questions and Answers Websites for Students

Posted by Chong

Life as a college student or undergraduate has always been hectic and filled with a mountain of homework, assignments, presentations, graduate thesis — you name it. We have to do some online research to find relevant information, facts and news on certain topics in completing our assignments or preparing for presentations. Sometimes, our research comes to a halt when we couldn't find the correct answers to our questions after checking hundreds of useless search results. Good news is that there're a few great websites that are specially devoted to create a place where people can ask and answer questions.

The following websites are the popular Questions and Answers (Q&A) websites that are very resourceful to college students and undergraduates. We can ask questions for free and get high-quality answers sometimes. Some of you might have already discovered the following websites during your online journey. I arrange them using my magic formula — mixture of popularity and usefulness of the Q&A sites.

Yahoo! Answers


Yahoo! AnswersYahoo! Answers is currently the most popular Questions and Answers website since Yahoo! has done a very good job in getting prominent figures to ask questions at Yahoo! Answers. For instance, theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking asked how can the human race survive the next hundred years; host of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey asked if you were given $1,000 to change the life of a perfect stranger, what would you do; and recently Malaysian film-maker, Yasmin Ahmad asked what can we do to nurture and support aspiring Malaysian film-makers.

Some of the interesting questions and answers under the Education and Reference category are:

Yahoo! Answers Local EditionsOne thing worth to mention about Yahoo! Answers is that there're many local editions of Yahoo! Answers and Malaysia's Answers is one of them. Localized version is very essential to ask questions related to a country as you can expect the answerers are from a particular country, so you will get more relevant and specific answers to your questions.

Google Answers


Google AnswersThough Google Answers is no longer accepting new questions, it was a popular paid Q&A service. Users had to pay a small fee in order to ask a question. The money was split between Google and Google Answers researchers who provide answers to the questions after doing some research. Since it was a paid service, the quality of the answers is relatively high compared to others. You might want to read the archived questions and answers in the Reference, Education and News category.

Ask MetaFilter


Ask MetaFilterAsk MetaFilter has a vibrant and loyal community readily to answer your questions as it has been existed since 2003 — the predecessor of Q&A websites. It is actually the subsite of MetaFilter, the community blog pioneer since 1999 and the winner of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Bloggies' Best Community Weblog award. You have to pay USD5.00 sign-up fee before you can post questions at Ask MetaFilter. After that, you can post questions for free.

A few questions in the Education category that I like are:

Help.com


Help.comBeing one of the CNET Networks sites, Help.com sees a slow growing number of members asking and answering questions. Same as other questions and answers websites, Help.com connects you with experts, leaders, and other like-minded individuals who share your same passion, and it develops these connections into powerful, supportive online communities. Unlike others, a large fraction of questions at Help.com are on homework. In addition, most of them are mathematics related questions. So next time you know where to ask an algebraic question that you cannot solve.

Live QnA


Live QnAMicrosoft's Live QnA is relatively young compared to other Q&A websites. It's still in beta which means the site is yet to be ready for massive use. Live QnA is similar to Yahoo! Answers in terms of features and user interface — both of them offer points for answering questions to upgrade user level, feature top answerers, user voting system etc. The homework help section currently has only 18 questions with average 2 to 3 answers per question. I believe the questions and answers rates will increase gradually once Live QnA is out of beta.

In conclusion, you should visit these websites if you need help in answering your questions or to seek advice from experts for free. If you've time to spare and would like to offer your advice to others, you can do so at these websites. Learning won't be fun without helping others with what you've learnt! Do comment to share your experience with these Q&A websites or to let us know other Q&A websites that you like.


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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Of Professional Qualifications and Degrees

Posted by Alphonso Tan

I often come across this question, “Degree and professional (qualification), which one is better ah?” And my usually impromptu answer for that question is, “Of course is professional lah…”

I’m not so sure whether do you ever heard of the term ‘professional qualifications’, as I came along with this term 2 years ago only when I was doing some research for my tertiary education. It is not a new term, and some of the professional qualification examination bodies have history of more than 100 over years. Profession qualifications are not the same as normal university degrees and in fact, most (or all) of the professions possess a very much higher standard than the normal university degrees, and they are usually recognized by most of the country around the world.

What are actually professional qualifications? Professional qualifications are recognitions that required specialized and complex knowledge, trust from the public, and also the responsibility for the public. In another words, not every field has professional. For example, game designers do not need any trust from the public, and therefore, game designing does not have any professional examination bodies. Some of the fields that have professional examination bodies are law (CLP), accountancy (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW), engineering (PE), doctors, business administration (ICSA). And that’s why when we are small, we were usually brainwashed by our parents that lawyers, accountants, doctors, and engineers can earn a lot of money! Due to their ethics and professions, they are usually highly demanded by the sectors.

Most of the professional qualificationss are to be taken only if you’ve completed your degree in related field. But very few of the professional qualifications (like ACCA, CIMA, and ISCA) can be carried on wihtout a proper degree, and they are mostly conducted by the universities (but limited), colleges or institutes (some can be found at a small edge along the Petaling Street), and you won't be surprised that most of the students are part-timers.

What are the differences between degrees and professional qualificationss? Basically, for university degrees (especially public), students have to do more assignments and conduct their own research based on the subjects; whereas, for professional qualifications, they are more on problems-solving skills and drilling into the subjects. Besides, the university exams are usually marked by the university lecturers themselves, and if you got your degree, you will hold it for your entire life. Whereas, for the professional exams, the papers around the whole world are marked by the professional examination bodies, and of course, there is a quota rate to pass the exam. After you have passed your exam, you will have to pay for your annual license or membership fees in order to maintain your ‘professionalism’. In case if you've leave a bad reputation while doing your job (manipulating accounts), your license will be tergantung, and you are not allowed to practice in the same field for your rest of your life.

Why most of the employers prefer professional qualifications? I don’t know, as I’ve never been an employer before. But somehow, most of the professionalqualifications are recognized by different countries around the world. You go to China, and they recognize CIMA. You go to Cyprus, they accept ICAEW. Even if you go to Bhutan, they will know ACCA. Unlike the normal universities, professional examination bodies are usually well linked to the countries around the world. Imagine if you possess a local university degree, and seek employment in UK, the employer might say this to you, “**** University? Hmm… Never heard of it before.”

In short, with a professional qualification certificate, a person is bound to be more flexible in seeking employments anywhere around the world, and also possess a higher advantage in local.

But everything has a price to pay for. I’ve heard cases that even smart students struggled every midnight in order to pass their exam, and I’ve seen cases that some students gave up after taking and retaking the exam for 7 years.

So, professional qualifications or degrees? It is actually up to you lah

*Kindly enlighten me, if I made any mistake in this post. Thanks.


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Saturday, March 10, 2007

PSD Scholarships (Biasiswa JPA) for SPM Candidates

Posted by Chong

Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships (also known as Biasiswa Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, JPA) are the most prestigious scholarships offered to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates in Malaysia. Although it has been years that this scholarship programme is a joint effort by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, the scholarship offered is still commonly known as the JPA scholarships (Biasiswa JPA) and not MARA scholarships.

Applications for Program Ijazah Luar Negara 2007 can only be done online through www.jpa.gov.my or esila.jpa.gov.my starting on March 12, 2007 (the day SPM 2006 results released). The closing date for applications is 22 March. Scholarship interview short list will be available on 30 March. The interview will be carried out on chosen stations in Malaysia from 3 to 6 April. Scholarship results for Engineering Degree Programme in Japan will be released on mid-April while others programme on mid-May, 2007.

Application criteria for Tajaan JPA/MARA untuk Lepasan SPM di bawah Program Ijazah Luar Negara 2007:
  1. Malaysian citizen (For MARA scholarships, you have to be Malays/Natives)
  2. 17 years old (18 years old for pre-Secondary formers, 16 years old for Penilaian Tahap Satu, PTS students) on December 31, 2006
  3. Be healthy (in other words, have no serious health problems)
  4. Get 1A or 2A in the following three subjects:
    • Malay Language (Bahasa Melayu)
    • History (Sejarah)
    • Moral Education (Pendidikan Moral) or Islamic Education (Pendidikan Al-Quran dan As-Sunnah or Pendidikan Syariah Islamiah)
For most of the science related courses offered, you have to get a 1A or 2A in Physics (Fizik), Chemistry (Kimia), Biology (Biologi), Modern Mathematics (Matematik Moden), Additional Mathematics (Matematik Tambahan) and English language (Bahasa Inggeris). Since the criteria or minimum grades for certain courses are slightly different than the others, I suggest you to read Syarat-syarat Permohonan PILN 2007.

You are allowed to update your application details thrice only and the latest version of your details will be used. So, you should fill in your online application form carefully. You should also remember to print your application slip which is available only after you have filled up the online application form.

Four documents that I strongly advise all scholarship applicants to read are:
  • Iklan Permohonan Tajaan PILN 2007
  • Panduan Permohonan Tajaan PILN 2007
  • Syarat-syarat Permohonan PILN 2007
  • Struktur Pengajian Program-program PILN 2007
All these documents can be downloaded at esila.jpa.gov.my

If you need technical assistance in your online application process, you can call 03-88853559, 03-88853550 or 03-88853533. This phone assistance is available daily from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm starting on 12 March. Further enquiry about JPA Sponsorship Programme can be made by calling 03-88853397 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm or sending an email to esila@jpa.gov.my Meanwhile, for MARA Sponsorship Programme, you can call 03-26915111 (extension 1103, 1107, 1120, 1134, 1155, 3619, 3620 and 3631) from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm or send an email to webmaster@mara.gov.my

If you are shortlisted for JPA scholarship interview, you should bring the actual and verified versions of the following documents along to your interview station:
  • Identity card
  • SPM 2006 result slip
  • Candidate's birth certificate
  • Parents' birth certificates
  • School leave certificates
  • Co-curriculum activity certificates
  • Parents' salary slips
By the way, our previous posts on JPA Scholarships 2006 at Malaysia Students blog are:


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Sunday, March 04, 2007

MUET

Posted by Melanie

Malaysian University English Test (MUET) first batch is approaching soon again. To be more precise it will be starting on 28 April 2007.

Some schools arranged their students to take the 1st batch and some the end year ones. I've heard some schools forced their students to take twice too. Personally i think taking the first batch is much safer because you get to retry if you are not satisfied with your result.

MUET is not some English test you can take lightly. Those who do not take MUET might think MUET as some easy English test like the one we had in form 5. Heck , they're wrong. MUET is much tougher than that. MUET is not some exam you can just pass by , but some English test you must study for.

I know readers will be wondering what i got for my MUET . I got band 5 for my MUET. Honestly , I'm quite satisfied with it having the fact my teacher do not teach us and i wrote less than 3 essays before the actual exam. Most of us will strive for at least a band 4 because there are some courses in public universities that required you to score at least band 4. Not only you can't go for certain courses in universities, but if you scored below band 4, you'll have to take elementary English in universities which is time consuming or rather a burden.

There is a way to score well in MUET. One thing for sure , never rely on your listening part even though i can guarantee almost all of you would score a perfect score in school level. WHY? 90% Of the time , the speakers in school tend to play a prank on us. Yes, they're always very "echo-ish" and you can't possibly listen well. Besides, Listening only gives you 15 % of the marks. BUT , i am not asking you to totally abandoned it.Just , do not trust the school speakers.

The most important part is the reading comprehension. It weigh up to 45 % of your marks. that's like almost half of the total marks. So , this part is VERY important. I used to suck a lot in this part until one day , i found a very effective way to understand the passage. UNDERLINE. that's the key word. Try to just read through very quickly the passage cause the passage tend to be very long , and later read the question , so you know roughly what to find in the passage. Then read again and underlined what you think it is important. You do not need to be someone with bombastic English to score in this part. The most important thing is , you understand roughly what the passage is about, and trust me you'll have no problem answering it. For the cloze text, you'll need to do a lot of sample test for it. Buy a lot of model papers to do for this paper and later you'll find most of the questions are almost similar. Remember , this section is very important. If you can score this part, you won't need to worry about not scoring a band 4 again.

The speaking , honestly i do not know how they actually judge it. Cause , i do have a "quite" good speaking English , but i scored only 30 /45 . I was kind of disappointed because most of my friends who speak really lousy English , they scored almost the same marks . So , i think teachers are quite lenient if you cannot speak good English , while if you're good ,they will be strict. However , if you can't speak good English , do not ever try to use bombastic words. This part is not bout what word you use (of course , it's a credit if you use beautiful words) , but it is more on how fluent your english is. And if you really suck in speaking , just say it in broken english , but make sure you get a point there and said it clearly.

The writing section is often the most difficult part. I scored a "so-so" mark for my writing , but i would say the question for the essays are usually difficult. They'll ask you things you never really thought of. So , never underestimate any important agenda around , cause that's the one that most likely to come out.I don't know , maybe it's kind of like a spell. (haha) however, it is important to know what is the hottest news in the country because giving a realistic examples is a huge credit.

I know that most of the time , the 1st batch MUET exam often clash with school's semester exam and often you're on dilemma on which to concentrate on. I was like that too. However, i later found out the answer to my dilemma. That is, if you study for your MUET now and score well, you will be free and have ample of time to study for STPM. Remember , MUET is much more important than the school level semester exam. So , prioritized on your MUET before the school semester exam. MUET is what you need to enter university. You do not need your school semester exam for university entry. Trust me , you wouldn't have time to study for the year end paper cause STPM subjects is enough to make you go crazy.

I hope this help to those who are sitting for MUET next month. Remember , just spend one whole month on your MUET, and you'll have the rest of the time to study for your STPM subjects and concentrate on your reading comprehension!

All the best, yo!

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

SPM and STPM 2006 Results Out in March

Posted by Chong

Update: STPM 2006 examination results will be released on March 15 (Thursday), 2007.

There is news reporting that Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination 2006 results are expected to be released on March 12, 2007.

The timing of the release after the National Service (NS) second first intake (Kumpulan 1 Siri 4/2007) and before the third second (Kumpulan 2 Siri 4/2007) intake was to ensure that all SPM candidates could get their results from their schools respectively.

Though the date for the release of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination 2006 results have not been fixed, I believe it will be within two weeks after the release of SPM examination results. Last year, SPM and STPM examination 2005 results were released in the same week on the different days.

I expect to see the number of straight As scorers of SPM 2006 to be fewer than SPM 2005’s 4779 (including 945 straight A1s scorers). It is due to the fact that there were 416,717 candidates that had taken SPM 2006 examinations while there were 438,132 candidates for SPM 2005.

After you have got your SPM results, you can visit JPA eSila to apply for the prestigious PSD scholarships (biasiswa JPA). In the past, SPM candidates have to get an A (A1 or A2) in Bahasa Melayu subject to be qualified for the application. I believe this requirement will be applied in this year too. The application form will only be available after the release of SPM 2006 results. Good luck!

Update: Correction made. Thanks to May.


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