I really do wish I kept the stuff I wrote while retaking the A-levels. Because the thoughts and feelings behind those words were a lot bleaker than what I am writing now. Now that I know that I managed make it out alive after all, I have a positive outlook on the whole process. I do not want this blog to be about my success story. I want it to be an accurate portrayal of what it is like to retake the A-levels (a.k.a examination from hell) as a private candidate in Singapore. So that is exactly what I am going to write about: everything you need to know and have, reality and society’s outlook on retaking, how to make use of your time, preserving your mental sanity and also tips on how to avoid your relatives during the whole ordeal.
On a more serious note, I am honestly writing this because when I wanted to retake, the internet failed to assure me about my decision to retake the A’s. Every time I googled, I only found information on retaking the UK A levels which has no bearing on retaking the A levels in SG or whatsoever. Moreover, the only thread I found on hardwarezone was back from 2010 with everyone discouraging the idea of retaking. I highly doubt these people even re-sat for the A’s themselves. So here is the real deal, I am kind of an expert on retaking as a private candidate because I retook and got into local uni (yes I know, I am living the dream), my sister retook and got into local uni and I know friends who have retaken and got into local uni. So there’s that.
As of me writing this, there is no extensive guide to retaking in Singapore. So here goes!