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RES Registration

Course & exam registration matters

Course Provider

You can enroll for the course from any of the course providers.

I took an online course with Benchmark Realpro. They have both weekdays and weekends option. I took it online over 8 weekdays in 2023.

As of 2023, it costs $650, the cheapest I know, and it can be fully covered by SkillsFuture.

Examination

  • 2 papers on 2 separate days
  • 2.5 hours each
  • 30+ pages
  • 80 MCQs each
    • Section A: 60 MCQ (1 marks each)
    • Section B: 20 MCQ (2 marks each)
  • 60 marks to pass (out of 100), no bell curve grading
  • 80% fail rate
  • Very tricky MCQ, sometimes with 2 correct answers
    • Must choose THE CLOSEST answer
    • Must be very sharp
    • Must apply good common sense and guess well
  • Held 3 times a year in Mar, Jul, Nov

Stage 1: Registering for the Exam

The exam is highly sought after. You have to be FAST.

There are 2 stages to the registration. The grabbing is in stage 1, where you have to be fast to register for the 3,000+ available seats. The system is first-come, first-serve, so when the portal is open at 9am, it will be fully booked in 2 minutes 😱

Use computer with keyboard and open Email app/website (for receiving OTP later). The FormSG link will be activated at 9am sharp.

  • Enter email first, and get the OTP
  • But don’t wait; Go fill up the rest of the fields:
    • Name, NRIC, mobile
    • Copy-paste, or autofill
    • Select papers
    • Tick tick tick..
  • Go to your email and copy paste the OTP, click verify
  • Submit!

I did it under 2 min and got a place.

Stage 2

If you’re lucky, you will be able to register in stage 2. This is where you will pay the exam fee of $417.

The stage 2 registration must be completed within 30 minutes, and is a click once only link. You need to prepare the following documents (max 2MB each):

  1. RES Course Completion Certificate
  2. Highest Qualification Certificate (coloured scanned copy)

Reimbursement

If you’re a NTUC member, you can enjoy up to 50% funding (capped at $250 per year) under Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). Since NTUC membership is $117/y, it is worthwhile to join.

You can use my NTUC referral code 202304272013 🫰🏻

IMPORTANT: You must get the membership before the exam.

Thereafter, you can claim the funding within 6 months after the exam, even if you fail. You need to upload the exam invoice and the result slip in UTAP portal E-services. Select NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd (Non-Upfront) as the provider.

For the course, you can either use SkillsFuture credits or reimburse under UTAP.