Pre-university Programmes Overview: Form Six, Matriculation, A-level, AUSMAT, SAM, ICPU, IB, Foundation
Form Six (Tingkatan Enam) STPM
The Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination, the major exam at the end of form 6, was established in 1982. It replaces the Higher School Certificate (HSC)/ Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STP) examination which was conducted by the Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES).
Offered by many government schools, Form 6 lasts for approximately a year and a half, culminating in the STPM examination at the end of the program. The most common entry requirement for a bachelor’s degree course at local public universities and University College in Malaysia, the STPM is also accepted by most foreign universities. On top of that, it is also the cheapest pre-university option.
The STPM is set and run by the Malaysian Examination Council, which is also administers the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).
Generally, a pass in Bahasa Melayu in the SPM examination is required.
Science stream – a combination of points from mathematics and 2 science subjects which must not exceed 18 points.
Art stream – a combination of points from mathematics and any 2 subjects must not exceed 8 points.
April / May
Although examination fees were abolished, students still have to pay RM60 for their compulsory MUET test.
The list of subjects offered in Form 6 is as follows:
- General studies
- Malay language
- Chinese language
- Tamil language
- Arabic language
- Literature in English
- Malay literature
- Syariah (Islamic Law)
- Usuluddin (Islamic theology)
- Business studies
- Mathematics S (may not be taken with Mathematics T)
- Mathematics T (may not be taken with Mathematics S)
- Further Mathematics T (may only be taken with Mathematics T)
- Computing (only offered at certain schools)
- Sports science
- Visual Art
Besides general studies, which is a compulsory subject, students can take up a maximum if 3 other subjects. Generally, most schools offering Form 6 allow students to opt for either the science stream or the arts stream. Apart from that, the schools also offer a fixed combination of subjects. Research well and check which school offers the subject combination that you want.
In addition to the subjects that you will be taking, you will also be required to sit for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET). This exam is designed to test the English language ability of students who wish to gain admittance into public institutions of higher learning.
3 papers per subject, with the third paper being the practical exam.
2 papers per subject.
Mathematics S and Mathematics T shares a similar first paper which focuses on pure mathematics. However, in the second paper, Mathematics S will emphasize business mathematics while Mathematics T adopts a more science-related and statistical approach.
The test comprises of 4 components:
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