Form 6 (STPM)
Ideal STPM Student
Form 6 or formally known as Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) is a pre-university programme that is taught in selected secondary schools around Malaysia. This programme is governed by Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM) and takes 1.5 years to complete.
What Makes It Special
Form 6 is the cheapest pre-university course and the most flexible in terms of subject availability. Unlike Matrikulasi and Asasi, it is the only Government pre-university option to be recognized internationally and approved by Cambridge Assessment, UK.
Students who intend to enroll in Form 6 should have completed their SPM and the entry qualifications into Form 6 are credits in Bahasa Malaysia and 3 other subjects. Candidate should be aged between 17 and 20 years of age.
There are a total of 23 subjects available. Form 6 students can take a maximum of 5 subjects, including mandatory Pengajian Am and MUET for those pursuing studies in public universities.
Subjects available include:
- Pengajian Am
- Bahasa Arab
- Seni Visual
- Bahasa Melayu
- Literature in English
- Mathematics (M)
- Kesusasteraan Melayu Komunikatif
- Bahasa Cina
- Mathematics (T)
- Bahasa Tamil
- Pengajian Perniagaan
- Further Mathematics
- Sains Sukan
- Information and Communcations Technology
Study years: Form 6 follows a modular system. Instead of a big final exam at the end of the programme, students sit for three term examinations thus making the course easier than it was previously. Examination dates happen November to December of the following year.
Exam: A special feature of the new STPM system is that students can improve their first and second term results by retaking the examinations at the end of the third term. Those who did not get good results in the third term may also retake it.
Similar to the A levels format, STPM students will go through a school-based assessment (20-40% of the final score) and a centralised examination (60-80% of the final score).
There shouldn’t be any problem for private candidates to have their course work assessed as MPM will assign students to the nearest school nearest and the teachers there will assist you in completing the module.
Grades: The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranges from 0.0 to 4.0. The following is a table of the grade points awarded for each grade:
- A – 4.00
- A- – 3.67
- B+ – 3.33
- B – 3.00
- B- – 2.67
- C+ – 2.33
- C – 2.00
- C- – 1.67
- D+ – 1.33
- D – 1.00
- F – 0.00
A score of C and above indicates a pass. The CGPA is calculated by rounding up the average of the top four subjects to two decimal points.
Basic tuition fees for each subject is RM90 while exam fees is RM 120. Repeating the exam will cost RM 50 per subject.
How to Apply
SPM graduates don’t have to apply for Form 6 as it is automatically offered by the state education department for students who did not receive an offer for matriculation. It is a popular pre-university course among non-bumiputera students.
Students did not receive an offer can make an appeal online through www.moe.gov.my. Students can also appeal to the state education department by filling out the T6BKK form available at the principal’s office.
You can register to take STPM as a private candidate ? ie study on your own without attending classes and sit for the examinations at a designated test center that you will be assigned when you register.
Note that as a private candidate, you can only take STPM a minimum of two years after passing SPM ie at the same time as your peers taking Form 6 so there is no speed advantage to taking STPM as a private candidate.
Overseas: Form 6 is the most “cost-effective” pre-university programme for overseas study. It is recognised by universities in the Commonwealth of Nations as well as United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Singapore.
Malaysia: Form 6 also allows students to gain entry into local public and local private institutions.