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Should I study Form 6 or continue with Form Six and take the STPM exam or stop?


Students can check whether they have been accepted into Form 6 here http://apps.moe.gov.my/sst6/semakanrayuan2013/

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) was previously known as the Higher Schoolacsipohschool Certificate (HSC). The STPM is Malaysia’s version of the UK’s GCE A-Levels and is a Pre-University course recognised for entry into public universities in Malaysia. The other way is the Matriculation course where only 10% of the seats are set aside for Non-bumis therefore the competition will be extremely high for the spots.

The STPM is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council since 1982, which also runs the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) since 1999.

All students who have passed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) are eligible to enter into Form 6 to take the STPM, and will be automatically assigned a place in a government secondary school after the release of the SPM results.

The examination body, Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (www.mpm.edu.my), allows students to enroll for the examination with a minimum of one (1) subject and a maximum of five (5) subjects (including General Studies). The intake for Form 6 is in May of each year.

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Most students take STPM after attending two years of Form 6 (Lower 6 and Upper 6) at a government or private secondary school.

Should I study Form Six?

In order to consider studying Form 6, students should take the time to understand the system and how Form 6 works.

Duration of Form 6 studies

In the new system, the duration of form six studies is similar to the previous system which is based on one-and-a half years of form six studies comprising the lower and upper six form. The allocation of teaching periods remains the same: eight periods per week for each subject (one period = 40 minutes).

Subjects for STPM

There are two streams, which are the Arts Stream and the Science Stream.

  1. 900 General Studies
  2. 910 Malay Language
  3. 911 Chinese Language
  4. 912 Tamil Language
  5. 913 Arabic Languange
  6. 920 Literature in English
  7. 922 Communicative Malay Literature

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  8. 930 Syariah
  9. 931 Usuluddin
  10. 940 History
  11. 942 Geography
  12. 944 Economics
  13. 946 Business Studies
  14. 948 Accounting
  15. 950 Mathematics (M)
  16. 954 Mathematics (T)
  17. 956 Further Mathematics
  18. 958 Information and Communications Technology
  19. 960 Physics
  20. 962 Chemistry
  21. 964 Biology
  22. 966 Sports Science
  23. 970 Visual Arts

Modular System

The new modular STPM format began in 2012, will combine two forms of assessments, and will be similar to the A levels format except that it will be in BM. Students will go through a school-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40% of the final score and a centralised examination with a weighting of 60-80% of the final score (The weighting varies according to subjects). Nevertheless, School Based Assessment (SBA) cannot be repeated and repeaters are required to sit for an alternative written paper in place with SBA.

The curriculum is divided into three parts based on topic areas. Each part will be

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taught and studied in either the first, second or third term.

You will take the examinations at the end of each term (3 in total). One term is 6 months. Students who are not satisfied with their results for the first two terms can retake the examinations at the end of the third term.

Students’ assessment will be carried out each term with the results being released at the end of each respective term. The overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms. Soft skill such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving,information management and ethics are included in the new curriculum.

School-Based Assessment (SBA)

The introduction of SBA in this system is in line with the aspiration of the Education

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Ministry to develop human capital who embrace intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical values in line with the National Educational Philosophy. The SBA consists of project work, field study and practical work. The coursework question/task is prepared by the Council and will be conducted either over three terms or as determined by the individual subject requirements.

Examination

A centralised written examination is administered at the end of each term. Question

types consist of multiple choice, structed and essay questions. Question papers are prepared and provided by the Council, and the marking of answer scripts will be carried out by Council-appointed examiners.

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STPM Grading System

The grading system in the new STPM assessment system is similar to that of the previous STPM system. The score (question paper level) acquired by students for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject grade. The is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term for students to qualify to continue their studies in the following term.

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STPM uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. There are 11 grades, which are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D, with F as the failing grade. The grade points for each of these grades are between 4.0 and 1.0, A being 4.0 and D- being 1.0. The F grade gives a grade point of 0. From year 2012 onwards, CGPA point for each subject is known as Subject Grade Point (SGP) meanwhile the overall CGPA point for all subjects will be known as “Overall Subject Grade Point”.In accordance with the implementation of modular system in STPM from year 2012 onwards, MEC will implement a new assessment system for each STPM subjects.

Cumulative and subject GPA at 2.0 and above is considered a pass with credit or principal pass. GPA below 2.0 is considered a sub-fail, and a 0 is considered a fail. Admissions to local public universities requires at least a CGPA of 2.0 and above.

Paper Grade Subject Grade SGP* Status
A A 4.00 Full Pass
A- A- 3.67 Full Pass
B+ B+ 3.33 Full Pass
B B 3.00 Full Pass
B- B- 2.67 Full Pass
C+ C+ 2.33 Full Pass
C C 2.00 Full Pass
C- C- 1.67 Partial Pass
D+ D+ 1.33 Partial Pass
D D 1.00 Partial Pass
F F 0.00 Fail

*Subject Grade Point (SGP)

Advantages of the STPM

With School Based Assessment, teaching and learning are integrated with assessment.

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SBA humanises assessment making schooling a cooperative enterprise between teachers and students.

Through the new examination system, students will also have more opportunities to obtain better results. Students are allowed to improve on their first term and second term results by retaking these term examinations at the end of the third term. Students who do not obtain satisfactory results for the third term may also re-sit it.

Disadvantages of the STPM

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you will have to hit the books because your first exam will be in December and you will have not much time to study and the teachers do no have enough time to cover the material as well. There is no rest as you will need to keep studying  the exams every 6 months.

To enter into most private universities, students must achieve at least a CGPA of 2.00 or at least 2 Principal Cs in the relevant subjects. A C- is not a principal and some universities do not accept the Pengajian Am as entry into the university.

STPM requires you to take in too much information in 1.5 years. That in itself shows the inadequacies of a system which doesn’t give enough time for students to consume the information required. Furthermore, STPM needs a lot of study time in order to score well. If you are not ready to commit the time and effort, you should consider other options.

From the time you enter Form 6 till the exam and getting into IPTA would be 2 years. If you had taken a diploma, you would have already completed it. There are 180,000 graduates each year and competition for jobs are high therefore the faster you graduate, the faster you get a job and start your savings.

English is very important to secure a job as well as getting a higher salary and faster promotions. This is reported in the Star and from research conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia. The medium of instruction in IPTA is in BM and most of the Chinese there communicate in Mandarin. In 2011, 70,000 IPTA graduates were unemployed.

Personally, I only recommend the STPM if students do not have the finances to study in private universities but with the PTPN Loan, studying in the private colleges or universities are more accessible.

A lot students and parents want to save money by going for the STPM but do not realise that for some, in the end, they are wasting time and eventually have to spend more money. When you pay for the A-Levels, you get good lecturers who will guide you to score so that you can apply for more scholarships. A-Level graduates from HELP University, UCSI

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Ang Chee Chyuan (right) scored 4 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; he will study Engineering at Monash University
Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan (left) was offered admission to 4 top universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Oxford University and Stanford University. He has chosen Stanford, where he will study Economics on a Bank Negara scholarship. Calvin scored A* in Physics

University, KDU University College, KDU College Penang and KBU International College have obtained scholarships into top ranking universities worldwide.

The STPM is extremely tough and if you do not do well, you would have wasted 2 years of your life and time is money. The earlier you graduate and join the work force, the more work experience you can gain and add this to your resume where it translates into higher salary. If you take a diploma, you would have finished it at the same time you would have taken to complete Form 6. Students say they cannot afford but for example, the Diploma in Business at KBU International College costs only RM22,560 total for 2 years and can apply RM16,000 total for the PTPN Loan.  KBU is very affordable and value for money. Furthermore, even if you do well in the STPM, you may not get the course of your choice at the Public University.

If you plan to study Medicine, Pharmacy or Law, you can go into the A-Levels while for the other courses, you can choose an easier way through the 1-year Foundation offered at the Private Universities or the Pre-University programmes offered at the Private Colleges. You need a lot of discipline and good teachers in order to do well in the STPM. If you have alright results for your SPM, don’t expect a miracle in the STPM as it is 20 times tougher than the SPM.

Advantage Disadvantage
Free The toughest Pre-University course around
Modular system Take 1.5 years but if you include the 6 months taken to enter Form 6 and the 6 months waiting to enter Public university, it will be 2.5 years
If you fail, then you would have wasted 2.5 years
English language not emphasized so you do not gain the all important language and communication skills needed to succeed in the workforce
You do not get to choose the course you want to enter Public University

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Undergraduate Focus: Pre-U – Revitalised exam system (The new STPM format)


The article below is taken from NST yesterday.

THE Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia has been around for 30 years. In that time, depending on who you ask, it has been a blessing, a nuisance, or the torment of thousands of Malaysian students.

But no matter which, there is no doubt that the STPM, known as Form 6, is one of the toughest and most prestigious pre-university exams a hopeful young person can take. The STPM is recognised by international universities, especially within the Commonwealth, and even in the US, and is considered by many to be equivalent to GCE A-Levels.

Besides advancing the curriculum with the times, not much has changed with the STPM, until now. Just this year, the STPM examination policy was changed from the accustomed terminal system (a final exam at the end of the year) to a new modular examination system — exams at the end of every semester.

The new system: Starting this year, students will sit for a centralised assessment and a school-based assessment. Students already in Upper Sixth will continue with the old examination system, the last group to do so. Students currently in Lower Sixth will be the first to undertake the new system.

The centralised assessment, which will be administered at the end of each term, consists of written examinations comprising essays, and both structured and multiple-choice questions. The school-based assessment is coursework consisting of project work, field work and practical work. The coursework will be conducted either over three terms or in a specific term, depending on the subject.

A special feature of this system is that students will be allowed to retake the first, second and third term written examinations if their performance is not satisfactory the first time around. The best result obtained will be the one taken
into account, and the overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms.

Looking to the future: The examination system was changed from the single high-stakes pen-and-paper examination system in line with the Economic Transformation Programme’s objective of moulding

a more all-rounded graduate.

The less examination-oriented approach means that the teaching and learning pedagogy caters to a range of learning approaches. It endeavours to prepare students for their further education and work life, and to encourage higher-order thinking skills, problem-solving skills, independence, team work and maturity.

Form Six teachers have been briefed on the new modular system; another expected result of the new system is that it will empower teachers, enabling them greater creativity and innovation in teaching.

Long time coming: The new system took about six years to develop and implement. The Ministry of Higher Education together with the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) studied various syllabi of different examination bodies – University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, International Baccalaureate Organisation, Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, and Singapore Examination and Assessment Board to name a few — and used what they learned to formulate a system that works in the Malaysian context.

Prestigious qualification: While the new system makes the STPM more manageable for students — the fact that students can re-sit modules will increase the passing rate — the standards and quality of the STPM will be maintained.

While the system certainly needed an overhaul, it was vital that its quality and international recognition not be compromised. To ensure these standards continue to be met, a representative of Cambridge Assessment sits as advisor to the Standards Setting and Certification Committee to provide advice and opinion on the analysis of the results of each STPM paper before a collective decision is made.

Only time will tell how much more
effective these examinations are as the first step to creating a thinking, innovative, whole
person. Meanwhile, continuous improvements will be carried out, and the system will be closely monitored by the MOHE and the MEC to ensure it runs without a hitch.

Quick facts

The new examination system combines two assessments:

School-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40 per cent of the final score

Centralised examination with a weighing of 60-80 per cent of the final score

The new grading system is similar to that of old sytem. Scores for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject
grade. There is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term.

Students are allowed to retake first and second term exams at the end of the third term if they are unsatisfied with their results.

The standards and recognition of the new STPM examination system is similar to the old system.

Fees

Basic fee                         RM120

Fee per subject              RM90

Re-sit                               RM50

For more information about the new STPM examination system,  visit http://www.mpm.com.my

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