Applying for NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine?

5 Things You Must Include in Your Application

NUS Yoo Loo Lin School of Medicine continues to be one of the well-established medical schools for undergraduates.

It focuses on a holistic and integrated medical curriculum, with an emphasis on treating patients and not only the diseases that plague them.

At the end of their medical school journey, aspiring doctors  are awarded the Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery (MBSS).

Every year, only 10% of applicants are successful.

What does it take to enter NUS Medicine?

Academic Requirements

Qualifications Requirements
GCE A-Level Certification

Good Pass in H2 Chemistry and H2 Pass in either Biology or Physics.

Of the best six subjects (i.e. 4 H2 and 2 H1 content subjects) used in the computation of the University Admission Score, at least one content subject (either H2 or H1) must be from a contrasting discipline.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Good pass in Higher Level (HL) Chemistry and Pass in either HL Biology or Physics.

National University of Singapore High School Diploma

Major CAP of 2.0 in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics

CAP of 1.0 in one other major and in English Programme and Research Project

Polytechnic Diploma NUS does no specify a disicpline for polytechnic diploma holders. The last batch of students in the 10th percentile scored AAA/A

Stellar Personal Statement

The online application requires you to submit a 500-word personal statement that should reflect your personality and interest towards medicine. This is an opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicants who will have equally competitive academic scores.

Many students struggle with this because they are unable to articulate their personal brand. This is also where many of our students come to us for help.

(This is different from the 2000-character essay on the NUS Application form, which is only applicable if you’re applying for other courses besides medicine)

List of Achievements

This is your top achievements and activities over the past 2-3 years and can include both academic and non-academic achievements. You will gain an advantage if you have been involved in activities that exhibit your interest in medicine.

Examples include internships at a local clinic and volunteer work at a hospice.

Most students think that this just a list. You can add value if you are able to mention your reflections and key takeaways from these experiences.

Focused Skills Assessment (FSA) and Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to a series of Focused Skills Assessment and Situational Judgement Tests. This is your final chance to demonstrate your passion in studying medicine.

The Situational Judgement Test is a pen-and-paper MCQ test consisting of scenarios and case studies. You will be required to exercise judgement and decide on the appropriate course of action. While there are question banks to help you prepare, there isn’t right or wrong answers.

What will really help is for you to be yourself and answer according to your own morals.

The Focused Skills Assessment identifies qualities that medical students need to possess in  a friendly and low-stress environment. There will be 2 role-playing stations, 1 Group Station, 1 Task Station and 1 Personal Statement station.

Some qualities you will need to display are confidence, empathy, communication skills, leadership skills, the ability to work in a team and more.

Our students spend hours with us practicing, honing their interview skills and learning how to weave their personal experiences into meaningful answers.

Most students fail at FSAs and SJTs

Preparing for your application to YLL Medicine School at NUS requires strong academic abilities, a passion in medicine and helping others, dedication and hours of practice. As you put your application together, you will need to answer one important question: What is my personal brand?

The Blueprint to Your Application

Many students are eager to start writing their essay when they come to us.

As you sit down to write your personal statement, what will it be based on?

Think about it: you’ve spent years building your experience, learning about the healthcare industry, studying hard to get top grades, being involved with the community and getting internships.

Well, so do other students! So what makes you different?

This is the biggest challenge for many aspiring medical school students.

However, this is the most important hurdle to cross. Your personality, experience and values differentiate you from the other 1500+ applicants. Your competition will have similar academic abilities as you and similar extracurricular activities that exhibit their interest in studying medicine.

Academic Portfolio – Brand You

This is where having an academic portfolio, or medicine portfolio comes in handy. It is the blueprint of your University medical school application, a reflection of your achievements and your conviction in pursuing medicine.

Once you are able to consolidate your experiences – academically and outside the classroom – you will then be able to craft a personal statement that speaks true to who you are.

Our coaches work closely with our students to find their personal brand and unique voice. Once this is achieved, the personal statement comes almost naturally!

This is when the transformation happens.

Once our students realise their personal branding, they find themselves able to speak more confidently at the interviews.

83% of our students got into NTU/NUS Medical School last year.

I only confirmed my decision to apply for Medicine when I was in my first year of National Service. But I lacked key expectations such as clinical attachment, and found it tiring to hunt for volunteering opportunities during my weekends off NS. The instructors at ICON+ taught me how to make the most of all my experiences and express them in my personal statement.

I was able to boost the quality of my personal statement while remaining authentic.

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Frequently Asked Questions about YLL Medicine School

All applications to NUS Yong Loo Lin Medicine School must include the following:

  • Academic results
  • 500-word Personal statement
  • List of top academic and non-academic achievements in the last 2-3 years
  • An Official Testimonial from your school/MOE
  • Referee reports from 2 referees

The Aptitude-based Admissions Scheme (ABAS) Scheme considers students’ passions, interests and strengths. If you have exceptional talents and/or outstanding achievements beyond your schools’ co-curricular activity.

If you satisfy the minimum academic requirements for NUS Medicine School, you will be assessed via the normal route.

As early as possible! A strong application generally consists of 2-3 years of experience outside school. These may include volunteer work, community involvement programmes, and other pursuits outside of the classroom that demonstrate your interest in medicine.

Many students will require our help to compile their Medicine Portfolio when applying. This can take as much as 6 months to 1 year.

At the same time, students often need help to prepare for the Focused Skills Assessments (FSA) and Situational Judgement Tests (FJT) as most students tend to struggle at this stage of the application.

NTU requires you to submit a BMAT score along with your application. Applicants are also assessed via MMI, or multiple mini-interviews.

NUS does not require a BMAT score. Applicants are assessed via the Focused Skills Assessment (FSA) and Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

Both NTU and NUS medicine schools offer Aptitude-Based Admission Scheme (ABAS) with slightly different requirements.