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Form Six (STPM)

Posted on | March 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Form Six (STPM)

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) is a pre-university examination taken by students in Malaysia. It was the precursor to the GCE A levels in the UK, as well as the pre-university examination in some states in Australia known as HSC. The STPM pre-university programmed is the sixth form of secondary education which is also referred as “Form 6”.

Form 6 lasts one and a half years. Form 6 is separated into two levels, the first half year is Lower Sixth Form (Tingkatan Enam Rendah/Bawah) and Upper Sixth Form (Tingkatan Enam Atas) is the other whole year. A major difference in Form 6 compared to other pre-university courses is that the medium of instruction is in Bahasa Melayu the national language of Malaysia. Hence it is not popular among international students and its popularity is also waning among local Malaysians students as more parents are sending their children to A-levels, foundation or diploma programs. Another major disadvantage is that it only has one intake in the year. Many students do not want to wait a few months for the STPM to start and opt for other alternative instead.

What is the advantage of taking Form 6?

Entry Malaysian Public Universities

Majority of the Form 6 students are taking the course solely to enter local universities such as University Malaya (UM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), University Sains Malaysia (USM)where the fees are subsidised by the Malaysian government.

Time to decide on a Career

Some students may not have made their mind. have one and a half year to decide their interest field before taking decision in which major that they should take.

What is the subject in Form 6?

  • Mathematics S
  • Mathematics T
  • Computing
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • General studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies

Maximum subjects allowed to be taken is 5 subjects, and general studies are compulsory for each Form 6 students.

What is the requirement to enroll in Form 6?
For those who are interested to excel in science stream, one must achieve three credits in science subjects. Bahasa Malaysia must obtain a passing mark or credits in order to enroll in Form 6.


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