Frequently Asked Questions About the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) - Part 1

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

Below are the top 4 questions parents have asked us over the years as shortlisted by our GEP teachers.

1. Is my child suitable for GEP?

If we had to choose two qualities in a child that are good predictors of admission into the GEP, they would be 'aptitude' and 'attitude'. Aptitude refers to the ability to learn and apply knowledge, while attitude refers to how much interest a child has in learning. In our experience, children who are selected for the GEP typically exhibit the following qualities:

In our experience, children who are eventually selected for the GEP typically exhibit the following qualities:

  • Is able to pick up new ideas and concepts and apply them to novel problems readily

  • Has good memory

  • Enjoys solving challenging problems

  • Likes learning for the sake of learning (as opposed to being purely 'grades-driven')

If your precocious youngster exhibits these qualities to a significantly higher degree than his or her peers, then there is a good chance that your child is suitable for the GEP.

Parents who wish to find out how their children fare against their peers on the scale of intelligence typically send them for intentionally-recognised standardised IQ tests such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). Click here if you wish to find out more about the WISC IQ test.

2. What are tested in the GEP Screening and Selection Tests?

English, Mathematics and General Ability.

The greatest area of similarity between the GEP Selection test and standardised IQ tests such as the WISC is in the General Ability papers (paper I and paper II).

For English and Mathematics, the questions are based on what children have learnt from Primary One to Primary Three, where the level of difficulty is calibrated to the national standard. As such, unlike standardised IQ tests which can be administered equitably to children in the same age bracket across countries, the GEP Selection Test is in a sense applicable only to children who are in the Singapore education system.