Private Candidate Econs Intensive Revision Programme


Dear Private Candidates,


If your previous ‘A’ level results were disappointing, it usually means you can’t enter a local university. Your options at this stage are to enter a private university or retake ‘A’ level Econs along with the rest of your H1 and H2 subjects.


And should you choose to retake ‘A’ level Econs this year, it means that you have set yourself on a tough journey. Statistically, 40% of Private Candidates fare worse on their second try. In case you are wondering why, here’s the extensive research and experience based on our past decade of private candidates coaching:



For any ‘A’ level student to succeed and score an A for Econs, the Golden Circle of resources, purpose and environment must be in harmony.


  • Resources – your school’s full-scale teaching support.


  • Purpose – your clarity of what course to pursue in university.


  • Environment – your full-time schooling environment and your friends’ encouragement.




However, as a private candidate, your Golden Circle gets severely disrupted and disharmony occurs:


  • Lack of Resources – being unable to repeat as a J3 / Y7 as you have unfortunately passed your GP and your other H2 subjects, school resources are no longer available to you. That being said, teacher consultations and school markings will be out of reach. With no constructive feedback on the Essays and CSQs you’ve practised, nor consultations for any concepts you’re not familiar with, it is as good as attempting your Econs blind the second time.


  • Lose Purpose – Many of you would not have encountered any major setback like this especially if you’ve done relatively okay for ‘O’ levels to enter JC /  PSLE to enter your 6-year IP programme. That being said, when you receive your results and realize you are very far away from your goal, some of you may give up entirely or settle for a course you have no desire to study. Based on our experience, the loss of purpose is the worst enemy for all private candidates as ‘a man who loses his why will never figure out the hows’. And private candidates re-doing ‘A’ levels without a purpose typically give up really quickly, resulting in another precious year lost.


  • Poor Environment


    • For the boys – the National Service is an absolutely poor environment to start with as most of your bunkmates would have enroled into a local university. You have to commit yourself to self-study while everyone is resting after a long day of activity. If you are in a combat unit with frequent outfield exercises, the poor environment factor is compounded. Would you even want to revise your lecture notes with mud, mosquitos, extreme fatigue and poor lighting in the jungle?


    • For the girls – you are only slightly better off with control of your time. That being said, the loss of a full-time study environment in school will be a serious setback as your girlfriends are all entering university and it is very difficult to form any study groups. Worse still, the total autonomy of your time means that poor time management often sets in as this is a very different environment as compared to schooling. Often, you will waste time away watching dramas and youtube videos, only to realize you have accomplished nothing for the day.


So what happens if the Golden Circle is in disharmony?


Slide11. Say goodbye to any remaining hopes of entering local universities and your dream course


Competition into local universities is only getting tougher, with Indicative Grade Profiles of the top 4 local universities constantly rising:



And why is this so? This is because for every cohort, there is a slimited intake and unlike local JCs, this intake is subject to a higher available quota of foreign scholars, meaning you not only have to compete locally with your current ‘A’ level batch but also have to outwit the brightest foreign minds to secure your course at a local university. Tough luck!


Expensive University2. Pay up to three times the amount of school fees to enter a foreign university which may not be widely recognised by local employers.


According to local Straits Times article:

ST article


Local university grads are better sought after, with better employment prospects and offered higher median salaries as compared to foreign university grads. Why is this so? This is because of employers’ perception of foreign universities being inferior to local universities and this stigma towards foreign universities is hard to change as long as you are seeking employment in Singapore (thanks & no thanks to our paper chase culture).


Fast forward 4 years down the road (6 years if you are serving NS) – you have sunk over $100,000 for a foreign degree due to mediocre ‘A’ level grades and despite graduating with a decent honours from the foreign university,  your starting pay as compared to your peer’s from local university is still steeply discounted at approximately 30%.  


Lastly, your current job status & your starting pay will always be a conversation starter when you have gatherings with your ex – JC / university mates. Enough said!


Wondering now if it is too late to rebuild your Golden Circle?


But what if we tell you it is still possible to reset your ‘A’ level Econs results and score an ‘A’ this time round?


In our recent article featured on TODAY written by our Chief Educator Mr Jeffrey Teo, we truly understand the frustrations and learning difficulties for private candidates and we have campaigned hard for MOE and MINDEF to help you guys as we believe that all of you deserve a second chance for your ‘A’ levels.


To better reach out and help all of you in the your second try, better known as the Private Candidate Econs Intensive Revision Programme, our Accelerated Learning Programme is a structured and intensive crash course to help private candidates like yourself who have been out of touch with Econs for a while and yet still want to score an ‘A’ for Econs.


With our specially designed Private Candidate Econs Intensive Revision / Accelerated Learning Programme, you can look forward to:



1. Our lifelong commitment to your success in Econs – If you do not perform in your first attempt, we promise to pay for your entire 2019’s programme with us. 



2. Our ‘secret recipe’ of producing hundreds of ‘A’s within only 24 weekly lessons (48 hours) has been perfected over the years. Scoring an ‘A’ even if you’ve done badly for your first try in A levels is no longer a dream.


3. One-stop solution with our proprietary Learning Management System (LMS).



4. Secure an ‘A’ in your second try from our best-selling CSQ guidebook author – Mr Jeffrey Teo. 


Marked Assignments

5. We promise you a truckload of exposure to Essays and CSQs – one term of exposure with us is easily more than two years in school, guaranteed.


20170507_1720256. Say ‘No More’ to studying alone – Gain immediate access to our exclusive Private Candidate Support Group where you get to form study groups with like-minded Private Candidates.



7. Easy accessibility – we’re  just 1 minute walking distance away from Macpherson MRT (Accessible via Circle Line and Downtown Line).



8. Participate in a personalized placement test to assess your own strength and weakness and receive a tailored learning solution based on individual weakness.


Tutor with a heart

9. We are also specially known for helping NSF private candidates (featured on Cyberpioneer March 2017).

ACE framework10. Gaining exclusive access to a tried-and-tested 4 Step ACE methodology for answering tough Econs essays and case studies. Most students have problems with this and therefore, get their marks pulled down by this section. Thankfully, we’ve “cracked the code” and pinpointed the exact steps to score well for essays and case studies.


11. Especially for H2 private candidates, our programme will perfectly equip you to tackle the new 9757 syllabus


12. *BONUS 1* only for Private Candidates – A special quarterly mentoring program to guide you back on track. You may have cultivated some bad study habits in JC that prevented you from doing well. We will personally mentor you so you can “unlearn” those harmful habits and pick up the right methods and mindset to learn effectively.


13. *BONUS 2* only for Private Candidates –  Mock exams that mirror the actual A level setting to let you get in tune with actual exam setting!


Testimonials from some past ACERs who have gone through our Programme:


Better understanding of Econs

Charlotte Lee
Private Candidate, Batch of 2017

A lot of support

Soo Yang
Private Candidate, Batch of 2017

Small group online consultations

Private Candidate, Batch of 2017


If you want to retake A Level Econs & secure your 'A' in your second try backed with our ironclad promise for results, here are the 3 simple steps to follow:


  • Step 1 - Read through our programme details as above.


  • Step 2 –Apply to ACE with us below.


  • Step 3 – Our enrolment team will reach out to you within 24 hours upon proper application to schedule a bonus 1 - 1 placement test (U.P: $300) to assess your strength and weakness.


And Here's Our Promise to You


    • You are not going to sit through a gruesome sales pitch where we just 'hammer' you reasons why you should sign up with us (this is an actual assessment to find out your strength and weakness)


    • You will learn simple, effective and practical writing tips you can instantly execute for your next CSQ & Essay


    • If we wasted your time, let us know and we will hand you $50 personally to cover your taxi ride home. Who does that? No one. (We've checked)


What's the worst that could happen?


If we deliver our promise, you will leave with a set of practical tools for your next CSQ & Essay writing.

If we've wasted your time, you get $50.

Either way, you win.

If this is not the best deal in your life, what is?


However, in full view of transparency, our programme is not suitable for everyone. We are not able to help if you fall under any of these three categories:


  • Applicants without goals - We are 100% committed in pushing all our applicants to an 'A' grade and are only interested to help those who want to help themselves. It doesn't matter if you did badly for your first A-levels attempt but your desire to do well in your second attempt must be extremely strong. However, if you just want to scrape through your second attempt in A-levels, please don't apply.


  • Applicants who cannot take extra practices - Our programme strongly emphasizes on extra practices. However, if you clearly knew that you lacked practices in your schooling days and yet still can't squeeze time out to practice more to improve your own grades, please don't apply.


  • Applicants who cannot be bothered to explain their learning difficulties to us  In order to help you better, we need you to fill up the application form, especially the last three questions concerning your learning difficulties for us to assess your conditions better. However, if you cannot explain to us your learning challenges and difficulties, we cannot help you and please don't apply.