[2023 update] The (not-so-definitive) guide to applying for NUS Med/YLLSoM & NTU/LKCSoM

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Disclaimer: I’ve not been keeping up to date with the latest changes in the admission procedures/interview process, so I may not be be the best person to answer your questions regarding your med school application, but leave your questions below and I’ll try my best to answer them nevertheless! 🙂

2023 edit: All the best to this year’s applicants, and may the odds be ever in your favour! If you’re on the fence, I’d recommend reading my series on life as a junior doctor in Singapore and why I quit the public healthcare sector/broke my bond. If you’re still passionate after reading all that, then go ahead and apply 😛

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been looking around for more info on whether your grades will make the cut for local med, or what the application timeline is like.

I remember being in your shoes in 2016, equally lost and worried about whether I would be able to make it to a local medical school, and googling for tips didn’t really dig up any results.

So, I’ve written this post to shed some light on the application process for NUS & NTU, as well as to give y’all some useless tips on how to prepare your portfolio and the subsequent Focused Skills Assessment + Situational Judgement Test.

Below are some of the topics I’ll be covering in this post:

  1. The Numbers
    1. NUS
    2. NTU
  2. Applying for NUS Med
    1. Timeline for YLLSoM Applications
    2. Grade Requirements
    3. Portfolio for NUS (updated in 2023)
    4. ABAS (Aptitude-Based Application Scheme)
    5. FSA (Focused Skills Assessment)
    6. SJT (Situational Judgement Test)
  3. Applying for NTU Med
    1. NTU Interview/MMI (multiple mini interviews)
    2. Admission outcome & the waitlist

The Numbers

  • Number of applicants: approx 2000
  • Shortlisted for interview: 1200
  • Total intake: 280
  • Wait-list: 70
  • School fees: $30 200 annually (AY 2022/23) = $151 000 in total
    • Excluding a mandatory 5-year bond valued at $500k++ (for AY 2016/17, it was $520k, although it’s purportedly closer to $700k now)
  • Total intake: 150
  • School fees: $35 000 annually (AY 2022/23) = $175 000 in total
    • Also excluding the eye-wateringly expensive 5-year bond

Applying for NUS Med

Timeline for YLLSoM Applications
FebA-level results
Mid-MarSubmit application
End-MarShortlisting for the interview + preparation of portfolio
Early/mid-AprSelection (Focused Skills Assessment + Situational Judgement Test)
Mid-MayNotice of acceptance 🥳
May – JulWaitlist

More info on the NTU application timeline and their interview process is in the 2nd half of this post, so keep scrolling!

Grade Requirements

What I appreciate about the new admission system is that grades are only used to filter who makes it to the interviews. Around 3000 people apply, and they’ll shortlist the top 1200 or so for the interview stage. Once you’ve been shortlisted, your grades are disregarded and someone who scored 87.5 is as likely to get in as someone with 90 + 2 H3 Distinctions; admission is decided based on how well one performs during the FSA & SJT, which is a much fairer selection process.

  • Don’t quote me on this, but your UAS score probably has to be > 87.5 to get a definite interview call-up via the normal route. It varies from year to year, but if you have 1 H1 or 1 H2 B with otherwise straight As, you’re pretty safe.
  • Even with 1 H1 and 1 H2 B, if you have an A in H1 Chinese or O-level Higher Chinese, you can add 0.25 to your UAS score to bring it up to 87.75, which is usually a safe score unless your batch performed exceptionally well. I personally got a B in Chemistry and Project Work, but ended up with a UAS score of 87.75 because of Higher Chinese, so I made the cut-off for the normal application route!
  • If you UAS score is below that, or you’re reapplying, you can try the Exceptional Individual Scheme, it admits around 10% of our batch (30+ people). If you do a lot of volunteer work or are a star sports player, you stand a decent chance getting accepted by this route.
  • Not sure about IB, but 43 and above should get you to the interview stage?
Portfolio for NUS (updated in 2023)
  • Testimonial – The official document given to you by your school. It’s a pretty generic document detailing your academic abilities and character
  • List of Achievements – The website states that you have to include your top 10 most recent activities/achievements, from secondary school and above. I’m quite amused that they specified 10, because in my year, they let us write a 1 page resume, and some people including me oops crammed long lists of achievements into the 1 page. Guess they got tired of reading a laundry list…
  • Personal Statement – “A letter of introduction not exceeding 500 words on your experiences that have shaped your desire to study Medicine.” That’s about 1 page, similar to my year of application; do read my tips in the section below for tips!
  • Referee Reports – Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to nominate referees, so just have a teacher in mind if/when you get shortlisted and need a referee (get one who’s likely to give you a glowing recommendation). This replaced the 2 letters of recommendation during my year, and this new form seems a lot more standardised and fair than the old system of open-ended essays. Questions in 2023’s referee report include:
    • How long have you known X? X = candidate
    • Briefly explain your relationship and experiences with X (in what capacity, and what have you directly observed about X’s behaviour).
    • What are the first words that come to mind to best describe X’s character?
    • What would you say are X’s weaknesses?
    • Based on your knowledge of X, please comment on the following attributes:
      • Reliability and commitment
      • Teamwork
      • Communication skills
      • Service orientation
      • Resilience and adaptability
    • How may X contribute to a medical community training to care for patients in a culturally and economically diverse society, given X’s background and experiences?
    • Would you want X to look after your loved ones? Yes/No, please elaborate.

I’ve kept the original section below (2016’s portfolio requirements), because the tips I wrote in 2016 are still highly applicable to the current application process.

  • Testimonial – It’s the piece(s) of paper given by your school on A level results day, and you’ll have to get it certified as a true copy at your school’s general office or sth.
  • 2 letters of recommendation – Everyone is going to be rushing their teachers to write good stuff about them in the post A-level flurry, so to make your referee/teacher’s life easier, you can prepare a copy of your CV for them so that they can list some of your achievements and good traits in their letter of recommendation. Write a nice explanatory email to them, saying that you’re requesting for them to write a recommendation for you to apply to med, and make sure you include every little detail in the email and proofread it, because it’s unprofessional to forget to attach stuff or mention important details, as if their inboxes aren’t already flooded by all your other friends applying to uni. Keep track of the deadlines by which you need your referees to submit the letters of recommendation, and gently remind them when the deadline looms, because if they forget, your application goes bust.
  • 1 resume – Follow the guidelines given on the NUS application portal; you’re generally limited to 1 A4 and a certain font size, so if you have too many achievements to fit into one page, make sure you list the most important ones first; don’t include trivial things like ‘Class chairperson’ if you have sth more important like ‘Can do 10 cartwheels’ volunteer work. Personally, I categorised the items on my resume by the domain they fell under, like ‘Community’, ‘Leadership, ‘Academics’, etc.
  • 1 personal statement – You should start working on this right after getting your A level results, because it’s something that takes time to write and has to come from the heart. It’s as much about selling yourself as it is soul-searching the reasons that motivate you to pursue a calling like Medicine. Write about yourself and the things that you’ve done that relate to the profession of a doctor (volunteering, leadership, research, etc.); be prepared to be asked questions from your own personal statement and make sure you can elaborate on everything you write in there. Plus, if you wait for them to call you up for the interviews before starting to work on it, you’ll need to get it ready within a week, which may cause sudden death is highly unadvisable.
ABAS (Aptitude-Based Application Scheme)

If you’re worried that your UAS score isn’t high enough to make the cut for the interview round, then you could try applying via ABAS, which you can read more about here. ABAS is the Aptitude-Based (Discretionary) Admission Scheme, which was known as EIS (Exceptional Individual Scheme) during my time.

I can’t provide you with much information on this scheme since I didn’t enter via ABAS, but quite a number of batchmates were admitted via this scheme, so this is a viable route if 1) you’re outstanding in other fields and just missed the UAS cutoff by a small margin, or if 2) you’ve applied/been rejected by NUS Medicine once and are reapplying again.

I have to emphasise that your grades still have to be pretty good, since there are many individuals who apply via this scheme with good UAS scores (eg. those who applied via the normal route but were rejected the previous year). If you’re selected via this route, it will get you to the interview round only – it’s not a free pass straight into med school – you’ll be on a level playing field with the rest of the students who made it to the interview stage.

FSA (Focused Skills Assessment)
  • The Focused Skills Assessment comprises multiple short interview stations that seem more like a fun game show than a scary interview. They aim to test skills that medical students should have in a friendly/low-stress setting.
  • You’ll be assigned to a group of 5 or 6 after registration, and they’ll be the people you’ll be going through the FSA with, and some might become your batchmates. Make friends with them and just chill until it’s time for the FSA to start!
  • There were a total of 5 stations for my year (2016), with a few minutes of prep time before entering the room, with each station lasting 5 minutes. You enter a room and complete the tasks/talk to your interviewer, and once the time for each station is up, a buzzer will sound. You leave the room and wait outside the adjacent room for the next station.
  • It’s very obvious what traits they’re testing for once you read each station’s tasksheet (while waiting outside the room/station). Just stay calm and do your best; even if you think you’ve messed up, correct yourself and continue on in a composed manner. Act calm & composed (even if you’re panicking internally), do not put your foot in your mouth or blurt things out without thinking – that would probably not work out in your favour cos doctors need to be able to stay calm under pressure.
  • Just remember that your interviewers (who happen to be doctors/ faculty deans) want to get to know you as a person, so be yourself and don’t panic!!! They’re not out to kill you or ask you killer questions, they really do try to make you feel as at ease as possible, which is really nice of them imo.
  • A number of you have asked about the dress code: it’s formal, so dress like you would for a job interview! For guys, that would mean a formal shirt + formal pants + dress shoes, and proper grooming (just look presentable/neat). For girls, any blouse + pants/culottes + flats will do. In my year, us girls were told to wear pants (no skirts/dresses), as some of the stations required us to move about more.
SJT (Situational Judgement Test)
  • You don’t need to study for this, but you can if you are kiasu af want to. If you want to prep, google around for free SJT resources for a rough idea of potential scenario and questions. Having sat for the UKCAT, I found the NUS SJT very similar to the UKCAT SJT
  • You’ll be given multiple case studies/situations, and some possible actions that can be taken in response to the situation. You have to judge if the actions are appropriate/inappropriate, but it’s all MCQ so don’t worry.
  • The SJT is very basic, just stick to your everyday morals and you should do okay. Going with your gut instinct is probably the best way to do the SJT, because the more you psychoanalyse the question, the more uncertain you’ll get.
  • The NUS Med website states that there is no right or wrong answer, your answers will be an indication of the alignment of your values with NUS Medicine.’ But that statement in itself clearly implies that there are indeed right/wrong answers…so make of it what you will
  • And don’t bother comparing answers with your friends, no one really knows what the ‘correct answer’ is so you’ll only freak yourself out more if you think too much about the SJT after it’s over.

This is the official link to my school’s FAQ for Med admission, which provides a great overview of the admission process and timeline. 🙂

Applying for NTU Med

SepRegister for the BMAT
OctBMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test)
Oct – mid-MarSubmit application
AprSelection (Multiple Mini Interviews)
Late Apr – JunNotice of acceptance 🥳
  • Only those who took the BMAT can apply to NTU, which means there’s considerably less competition, and the applicants are actually serious about med.
  • The word limit for the NTU PS is only 300 words (!!!), which means you have to slash most of your NUS personal statement to make the magical 300 word limit. Start work on it early and get your friends/seniors to give you feedback (the more critical they are, the better).
NTU Interview/MMI (multiple mini interviews)
  • The MMI (multiple mini interviews) is similar to NUS’ FSA, but with more stations. There were 8 stations, and each was 3 minutes long.
  • Our parents were invited to attend the pre-MMI briefing with us, where they explained the differences between NUS & NTU med and why we should pick LKC over YLL (lol @ the rivalry).
  • The atmosphere was also very relaxed, and they plied us with food before starting the interviews!!
Admission outcome & the waitlist
  • The info below was accurate as of May 2016, but may have changed since then.
  • As mentioned in the timeline, the first wave of results will be released in early May via an online portal (used for all SG uni applications). Our results were released on 5th May, but some of my friends got theirs a few days/weeks later.
  • Your online portal will show you which courses you’ve been accepted into. If it shows your 2nd/3rd choice instead of Med, then you know you’ve been rejected or at least put on the waitlist.
  • If you didn’t get accepted in the first round, you’ll be on a waiting list. There’s still hope of getting accepted into NUS/NTU when those higher up on the waitlist reject their offers. The waitlist takes a few months to clear, cos some people can’t decide whether they wanna go overseas or take their NUS/NTU place. As long as they don’t reject their offer, the waiting list doesn’t move.
  • The NTU waitlist moved a lot, because a lot were accepted by both NUS & NTU. Almost everyone picked NUS > NTU, so the NTU list kept moving and a lot more people were suddenly accepted.
  • Some batchmates were accepted as late as mid-July, because some guys couldn’t defer NS, so the space was freed up for them. Don’t give up hope! (until term starts in Aug; by then it’s really too late)

Do read through the other comments and my FAQ post to see if I’ve already answered your query (esp if you’re asking about grades/cutoff points), as I get way too many duplicate questions! 🙂

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143 responses to “[2023 update] The (not-so-definitive) guide to applying for NUS Med/YLLSoM & NTU/LKCSoM”

  1. Hello, can I ask what are the chances of entering either med schools with 86.25 RP? (1H2B + 1H1B)


    1. NUS: I can’t say for sure, since the cutoff changes every year (I applied 3 years ago so things might have changed), so you should definitely consult those who just entered med school for the latest info! 🙂 If you’re worried, you can always apply through EIS, so your extracurricular achievements can be factored into your application.

      NTU: They consider both BMAT and A level scores, so if you do rly well for BMAT (unknown cutoff) and the interview, there’s still hope!

      And if you get waitlisted for NTU, there’s a fairly high chance of getting it since a lot are offered both NUS & NTU, and many reject NTU, so the waitlisted ppl still have a chance at admission.

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  2. Hi! May I know what were your subject combinations for A levels?


    1. I did BCME! 🙂 But a lot of ppl who did PCM+another humanities are in med too


  3. Hi Faith! A current J2 here 🙂 Prelims are coming soon, and my MYA grades were quite bad, mostly Ds and Es with 1 C >< I was wondering what kind of grades did you or your Friends in medicine get for prelims? 🙂 It feels kind of impossible to be getting As for prelims so I’m kinda confused of where I would stand haha.


    1. Hey Frozen! Don’t worry about Prelim grades, most schools set the Prelims to be unrealistically difficult, so the vast majority of people get C/D/E, but it’s not an indicator of how well you’ll perform in the actual A’s!! The schools always pitch the standard higher and mark more strictly (especially Biology in Raffles, if you’re from there) just to scare their students into studying a lot harder….which is a tactic that works surprisingly well LOL.

      I’m from RJ, and I can safely say that everyone found the actual A level papers far easier than our Prelims (I think I got mostly C’s?), and most of us ended up scoring 2-3 grades higher in the actual A levels, cos the UK examiners are a lot more lenient + the UK A levels are easier than the Prelims.

      Don’t panic and just keep at your hard work; I’m sure it’ll pay off in the actual A’s! Don’t let wtv grades you get in Prelims/other school exams shake you or make you doubt yourself 🙂


      1. Ah, I see. Thank you so much!


  4. Hi! Do you know any IB student who got in medicine and what their score was? Thanks!


    1. There’re quite a lot of ACSI students in my batch, and while I’m not sure what their IB scores were, I think most of them got 42 or higher! There were even a few perfect scorers if I’m not wrong…


  5. Hi Faith,
    May I know how many NUSH students in your batch? Do you know how they are faring in Medicine so far? Thanks a lot.


    1. I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I know of a few people from NUSH! Haha I guess almost everyone fares well enough in Medicine, since no one in my batch was retained (i.e they passed all their exams) or dropped out as far as I know


  6. Hi Faith!
    Would you be knowing of the quota for Singaporean PRs? I heard it’s 2% for NUS but is that true?


    1. Hi Puravi, I’ve heard that the quota is around 2-3%, but I couldn’t find any concrete info from the NUS website; perhaps you could contact the school directly? All the best with your application 🙂


  7. Hi Faith , thank you so much for writing this blog post and taking the time to answer enquires from us readers. I completed A’s last year and am now waiting for results to be out, nerve-wrecking! I am extremely terrified that my results would not be able to make the cut for local Med but there’s nothing I can do about my grades now, I can only wait till results day. Anyway, I am thinking of drafting out my personal statement during this period now, and I was wondering what would add value to my PS? Would it be useful to read scientific books/articles that explain in depth about specific medical topics? Would it be useful to read non fictional books/memoirs that tell the difficult scenarios/problems faced by doctors? Please include other useful tips about writing a personal statement for med school. Thank you!!!! 😀


    1. Hi Ocean, thanks for the question 🙂 Hmm tbh a personal statement is about yourself, your interests, extracurriculars, achievements, etc. If you really like a book or are really fascinated by a concept, you can write about it, but do note that there is a 1 page limit for the PS (idk if this year will be the same), so don’t waste too many words on it, especially if you have personal achievements you’d like to write about. For example, I wrote about my volunteering experience and was asked about it during the interview; just make sure that your PS authentically represents you and that you’re able to speak about anything written in it with confidence during the interview.

      All the best for results day, Ocean!


  8. Dear Faith,

    Do you have any advice regarding applicants who are not from Singapore on the official testimonial? What kind of information is normally found on the official testimonial, what is briefly its format like, just so I can provide information to the person who is writing this? Is my programme head (whom I don’t work much with) someone I should turn to for such a testimonial, or should I seek a subject lecturer (who would definitely know me better in comparison) to write it? Any advice is appreciated! Thank you very much.


    1. Hi Liz, it’s usually a character & academic reference written by your form teacher and can include some of your achievements in school (or outside). It would be best to get a teacher who knows you both in an academic and personal capacity, since they’ll be best able to highlight your best traits and they’ll have a good understanding of your achievements.

      Where are you from, and are you a Singaporean citizen/PR who’s just living overseas? I’m asking because there’s a fairly tight quota on foreign students (non-citizen/PR)…

      All the best Liz, and feel free to reply to this thread if you have more queries! 🙂


      1. Oh, I’m a Malaysian (foreign student) actually. Thank you very much for clarifying things for me and for info on the quota. I really appreciate your time and effort in giving help and the detailed replies (and blogpost!), which means great deal in this potentially confusing and worrying process. All the best to you too, Faith, in your third year 🙂


        1. You could consider applying to IMU in KL, I applied there to and would have gone there (2.5 years on the KL campus, then another 3 years at an international partner university) if I hadn’t been accepted into NUS! I really liked the campus and the friendliness of the faculty, although the fees are rather steep…you can check it out at the link below! 🙂



  9. Hi Faith! Love your blog haha. I’m waiting for my A level results currently and I wanted to ask: Is the letter of recommendation same as the referee report? Bc the NUS Med application website says referee report is not really a letter but it’s rather a questionnaire that teachers have to answer. So i’m not sure if i should start asking my teacher to write a whole letter and then realise that she didn’t have to 😛


    1. HI Frozen, there wasn’t a referee report during my application in 2016, but I googled and found this link with a sample (https://itumed.nus.edu.sg/ram/document/RefereeReportSample.pdf). So it seems pretty different from my year of application, when our teachers just wrote freely in our letter of recommendation. Just follow the instructions on the NUS website; it seems that only shortlisted candidates need to nominate referees, so maybe you don’t need to get your teacher to do it so early on! 🙂 All the best


  10. Hi Faith, would like to seek some advice from you.

    I’m in my 2nd Year NS now and I want to apply to NUS Medicine. I have never applied for it before and this is my first year applying for it. I took PCME and got AAA/A, A in H1 PW, but C in GP and C5 in O Lvl HCL. As such, my total RP/UAS is 87.5 only.

    I have heard that getting C is really frowned upon and hurts my chances a lot? Is that true? Do you know of anyone in medicine that was in a similar situation as me but still managed to get in?

    Also, I only have decent/average extracurricular and volunteer experience, should I apply via EIS and how would you rate my chances?

    Haha sorry for bombarding you with qns


    1. haha hi Johnston, I noticed you submitted the question twice! I can’t say that I know of anyone with a C in GP in my batch (not sure about my junior batches), but it doesn’t mean that you won’t get shortlisted just cos of your GP grade. If the system hasn’t changed from 2016, shortlisting for the interview round should still be based purely on your UAS score, not individual subjects.

      Definitely apply via EIS, I was kiasu and did the same too! The application website states that “Applicants who apply via the EIS and meet the cut-off point will automatically be shortlisted under the normal scheme,” so it makes sense to apply through EIS!

      I can’t rate your chances even if you were to provide me with your full CV, cos I’m not in any way affiliated or involved in the selection process. Just fill in the sections of the EIS to the best of your ability, don’t worry about whether it’s gonna be enough or not, cos that’s up to the selection panel to decide and it’s out of your control. Just give the application your best shot, be sincere in your personal statement, and hope that it’ll be enough to make it to the interview round!

      All the best 🙂


      1. Hi Faith, thanks for your reply. I also took H3 Physics, Essentials of Modern Physics and got a merit in it. Though I know that physics isn’t rly v closely related to medicine, do you know if the admissions committee still considers it when they view my EIS application?


        1. I’m not really sure what the committee looks for in EIS applications as its never been officially mentioned, but you should definitely list the H3 as an academic achievement! 🙂


  11. Hi Faith I got 87.5 RP 😦 B in higher MT for Os so won’t +0.25. Do you think I should still try for med?


    1. Hi Icicle, that’s a great score! Don’t worry, the cutoff point changes from year to year (depending on your batch and how many ppl apply), so definitely give yourself a shot by applying! 🙂


      1. Thank you! My batch has the dragon year students so there are probably a lot of people applying >< I'm applying via the EIS method, so hopefully I can get shortlisted 🙂


        1. Ohh yeah, that might mean your cohort is significantly bigger, hope you still make it through to the interview round though!! 🙂 All the best and let me know how it goes


  12. Faith! Kinda confused, if I apply via EIS right, do I still have to fill up the ‘Outstanding achievements’ section of the NUS section? Secondly, if I put medicine as my first choice, do I still have to write the general 2000 character essay for NUS application? So sorry for the qns I’m really anxious cos I have to submit everything by 6th of March! 😦


    1. Hi Pops, you should fill out the ‘Outstanding Achievements’ portion, since you can just copy/paste the same achievements from your EIS application. The EIS application is only seen by the Medicine faculty, but the NUS application will be seen by all other courses that you’re applying to, so don’t neglect your NUS application!

      I don’t remember the essay during my application, but it’s highly likely that you do have to write it, especially if you’re applying to other faculties and want to have a solid backup plan (should you be unable to get into NUS Med). But I’m not 100% sure, so you should definitely email the NUS Admissions office if you can’t find any Q&As about this on their website! 🙂 Cheers


  13. Hi Faith, when you said ‘I can’t say what each station aims to test, but it’s very obvious what trait they’re looking for once you read the task’ right, how obvious is it actually? I’m pretty sure they won’t explicitly state the trait so do we have to infer a bit deeply? And also, what kind of traits do they look for? (Empathy or ethical or a blend of both)? Thank you so much and waiting for your life as a M3 update!!


    1. Hi Rose! Haha of course they don’t state the traits, but if the station involves you doing a certain task within a short time, you can probably guess that they’re trying to test how well you work under pressure. And if they ask about your personal statement, it’s a chance for you to tell them about who you are, what your values are and what your motivations for joining Med school are. The ethics part is tested during the SJT, not rly in the FSA.

      Hope this helps and thanks for supporting my blog! 🙂


  14. Hi faith, I just found out I’m shortlisted for the interview! 🙂 could I just ask u if one should prepare for the FSA (I know sjt is more of ur values/morals so it’s hard to prepare) or is it going to be really on the spot thinking! Thank you 🙂


    1. hey Cookie, congrats!! 🙂 Since there’s no way of predicting what stations they’ll have lined up for you, the best way to prep for your FSA would be just to know your personal statement inside out, and be able to elaborate on any part that they might ask you about.

      Other than that, it’s 100% spontaneous and there’s not much you can do except get a good rest before the interview day.

      All the best!


  15. Hi Faith! Are jeans acceptable to wear for FSA and SJT or do we have to wear office pants? Also, do you know if they only look at the personal statement for the medicine portfolio or they they also look at the optional one on the NUS application? Thanks a lot!!!


    1. Hi Milo, congrats on being invited to the interview round! Definitely wear a formal outfit, dress shirt + office pants, think of it as a job interview and make sure you look tidy, professional and well-groomed.

      Hmm I think they only look at the med portfolio one, at least that was the case in my year! I can’t be 100% sure on this cos they could have changed it by now


  16. Hi Faith! What do you think are the common mistakes made by students during the FSA? I’m quite an introvert so I’m personally worried for the roleplaying stations! Thank you 🙂


    1. Hi Cherish! Hmm don’t worry about being an introvert (I am one too!), just be yourself and just behave professionally throughout the process!

      I can’t really advise you on the common mistakes, since there’s no real ‘right/wrong’ in something as subjective as the FSA. Don’t try too hard or come across as fake, just be sincere and let your personality shine through 🙂


  17. Hi Faith,
    Thank you so much for your blog. I have a doubt on the SJT because the UKCAT seem very medical-based and honestly, one would really require medical expertise to know how to best react to a situation. I was wondering if the SJT at NUS is much more simplified and easier for us to comprehend.


    1. Hi Mia, congrats on making it to the interview stage! We aren’t allowed to divulge much info about the SJT, but don’t worry, the NUS SJT is far more reasonable and non-medical related than the UKCAT one is!!


  18. Hi faith!
    Will we be notified if we are placed on the waiting list? And if we are offered our second choice does it mean we are rejected or we could still be on the waiting list? Thank you 🙂


    1. Hi Cheryl, I’m not sure what the process is like for those on the waiting list, but I know of people who were offered their second choice, and were only notified of their acceptance into NUS Med a few days before the academic year started!

      The number of people who end up getting accepted from the waiting list varies from year to year, depending on how many people (further up on the list) reject their NUS Med offer


  19. Hi Faith, thank you very much for your tips! May I know approximately how many questions will there be in the SJT, and what attire would be suitable for SJT (as it is a test)?


    1. I can’t rmb how many questions there were, but definitely quite a lot (to force you to go with your instincts rather than overthink each question)! You don’t need to wear formal attire (unless they changed the rules, follow their instructions), anything casual and not too sloppy should be fine cos it’s just a test with many candidates crammed into one lecture theatre


  20. Hi Faith, may I know when we could expect the first batch of offers into medicine will be released to the candidates. Also what is the no of spaces available for nus medicine this year bearing in mind we are all dragon babies .
    Thank you Faith


    1. Hi Serene, I’m afraid that I can’t help you with your questions as I am not in any way involved or affiliated with the admissions committee. If you’re interested in finding out such info, do contact the faculty’s admissions department instead!

      The exact number varies from year to year, and I don’t know if there are any plans to increase the intake, but current NUS batches stand at ~300 students, and NTU is projected to accept 150 students per batch in a few years’ time.



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