PREP 2 PSLE Programme

Introduction To PREP 2 PSLE

The necessary study skills needed to give your child a headstart in PSLE.

Overview of P2P

While there is an increasingly lesser emphasis being given to examinations in schools, Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) continue to be the first major hurdle for students as they move on to secondary schools. In preparing to overcome this hurdle successfully, students require more than just the regurgitation of concepts but rather, an important set of knowledge, skills and strategies that can help them tackle questions in a more effective manner.

Supporting students since 2012, the PREP 2 PSLE programme aims to equip our students with this set of knowledge, skills and strategies to meet the demands of the PSLE English paper. The PREP 2 PSLE programme complements the DAS Main Literacy Programme and aims to translate students’ learning into practical application for the English examinations.

Extending support beyond PSLE, the PREP 2 PSLE programme also offers a Pre-Secondary Bridging Programme. This programme provides a headstart for our students, acquainting them to the secondary school syllabus and equipping them with essential skills and strategies such as active listening, note-taking, grammar concepts and visual text analysis so as to help them transition into the secondary school English curriculum.

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Recommended for

The PREP 2 PSLE programme is recommended for students from Primary 3 to Primary 6, who face difficulties in the Grammar, Editing, Synthesis & Transformation and Comprehension components in the English examinations.

DAS is excited to announce that we have redefined “access” to all our programmes.  A diagnosis of a specific learning difference is no longer a prerequisite. We have now opened our doors to struggling learners, whether they have a formal diagnosis of a learning difference or not.  To access our programmes all students will undergo profiling tests, a simple step to ensure they are placed in a class that suits their learning needs best. We’re dedicated to providing tailored support to every child, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Short-term Programmes

PREP 2 PSLE programme offers short-term programmes that equip students with the necessary skills for other components in the English examinations. These include Oral English and Cloze Passage. Besides these, the programme also organises the PSLE English Paper 2 Booth Camp that provides an intensive enrichment for students in need of a boost in preparation for the PSLE.

Entry Criteria

PREP 2 PSLE Programme is open to

  1. Primary 3 to Primary 6 students (with or without a diagnosis of a SpLD)
  2. Students must attain a minimum score of 35% in his/her most recent school English Exams.

Teaching Approach

The Prep 2 PSLE programme adheres to the Orton-Gillingham (OG) principles and lessons are centred around the RIMAIR Approach so as to ensure a highly structured and progressive approach for our students. Our programme is consistently evaluated to ensure that it caters to the needs of the students and the school curriculum.


  • Review
  • Introduce concept/strategies
  • Model
  • Apply (Guided)
  • Independent Application
  • Review

Who We Are

All our Educational Therapists (EdTs) possess a degree from a recognised university as well as a strong command in the English language. They undergo initial training to support learners in the English examinations as well as regular in-service training to ensure that they engage in continuous learning, remain relevant and updated and continue to hone their knowledge and skills to help learners.

Our PREP 2 PSLE educational therapists possess the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching
  2. Certificate in Supporting SpLD Learners in English Exam Skills
  3. Professional Certificate Course in English Exam Skills

Meet The P2P Team

Lead Educational Therapist
Programme Manager
Rex House Learning Centre

Programme Manager

Tuty has been with the DAS since 2010. She provides intervention for learners with dyslexia on the Prep 2 PSLE (Preparation for English Paper 2 PSLE) and Main Literacy programmes. In addition, she oversees the development of curriculum and resources for Prep 2 PSLE, the training of its teachers and the evaluation of their classroom practices. She also conducts talks organised by the DAS Parents’ Support Group (PSG) to offer parents practical tips and strategies to help their child overcome their learning difficulties. Tuty has a Masters of Arts in Special Educational Needs (SEN) from the University of South Wales. Her previous research explored the use of picture books to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of learners with dyslexia. Her research interests include social-emotional learning and promoting philosophical thinking among children and young adults.


Siti Halimah Mohamad Yahaya

Bedok Learning Centre


Adrienne Lim

Bishan Learning Centre

Samantha Chng

Samantha Chng

Bishan Learning Centre


Tan Kah Hui

Bishan Learning Centre


Nur Hazirah Binte Yaziz

Chua Chu Kang
Learning Centre


Bennie Lim

Jurong Point
Learning Centre

Joanne Tan

Tan Shi Huey Joanne

Jurong Point
Learning Centre

Nurul Hudaa

Parkway Parade
Learning Centre

Andy Wang Dingxiong

Learning Centre

Ellen Teo

Learning Centre


Nurizzah binte Mohamed Noor

Learning Centre

Julie Ting

Learning Centre

Maanvili Jaganathan

Learning Centre


Hear from DAS Students

Hear from DAS Parents

“My girl was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was in Primary 4. We thought that she was slow in learning until my sister noticed it as her daughter also has dyslexia. As parents, we tried to deny the fact. When she turned Primary 3, we started to notice that it was affecting her and causing her to struggle in her academic. I went to Bedok Branch to find out more about the course and managed to get her enrolled, where she attended MLP and P2P with Miss Halimah. We can see a great improvement in her as she started off with difficulty in getting the right spelling and understanding the passage. After attending the class by Miss Halimah, her spelling and understanding of the passage has significantly improved. Her school teacher has also complimented the improvement in her English. I am very grateful to DAS (Bedok Branch) and Miss Halimah for their patience and encouragement that they have showered to my girl.” 

“P2P has helped my daughter to become more confident in tackling exam questions. The strategies like CUB-Hi, Annotation helped her focus on the important parts of the text. While she needs more practice in Synthesis and Transformation, the lessons have helped her break down some confusing concepts such that I am able to revise with her at home.”

Hear from DAS Educational Therapists

“The Prep2PSLE programme has made me unlearn the way I learn and teach the English language. It transcends beyond assuming something is grammatically correct just because it sounds right to the ears. Having structured, bite-sized and purposeful lessons to learn components of the English language proved to be helpful not only for dyslexic individuals but for everyone who wants to understand the rationale and explicit steps behind how a specific answer is derived.”

Nur Ashikin

“I started teaching P2P for five years ago and I have been impressed by how its creators have continuously redesigned and adapted the programme to actively engage learners of different abilities. Complex concepts are broken down into simple steps that even the slowest of learners can understand. The program is modular and allows students to work at their own pace. This program has allowed my ‘slower’ paced students to ‘catch up and ‘faster’ paced students to challenge themselves.”

Samantha Chng

“I have witnessed my students’ growing confidence in handling English paper 2 components ever since they joined the programme. They find the tasks manageable, and the explanations provided are clear and simple for them to understand. Their learning experience here is enjoyable and effective that some of them even wish to continue the programme in secondary school!”

Siti Nadiah

“Students enjoy P2P classes as the lessons integrate many multi-sensory activities to help the students learn better. My students really like the manipulatives that they make themselves, after which they can use it for their lessons and then proudly bring them home. Students also find the learning fun when they get to see some of their teachers in the introduction videos. This interactive media helps them to remember new concepts better as the video could trigger their memory when they are doing their independent practices.”

Steven Lim

Media and Publications


Progress monitoring of dyslexic primary school learners enrolled in an English Exam Skills Programme (2021)

This study assesses the concept retention and long-term impact of the EESP. It examined 96 students in Primary 5 to 6 at different program stages (10, 20, and 30 weeks). Results indicate that sustained exposure (30 weeks) significantly improves students' scores on termly review tests, emphasizing the importance of prolonged support for dyslexic learners to consolidate learning.

The construction and evaluation of an English Exam Skills test for primary school students with dyslexia (2019)

This study assessed the effectiveness of the English Exam Skills Programme (EESP) for primary school learners with dyslexia. It highlighted the program's effectiveness in addressing English language development and examination needs. Students' performance on various examinations was predicted and the overall effectiveness of the EESP curriculum for dyslexic learners in primary schools was assessed.

Exploring the effectiveness of the English Examination Skills Programme on struggling non-dyslexic learners (2018)

This research confirmed the efficacy of sequential, cumulative, and multisensory intervention programs for learners with dyslexia. It specifically follows up on the previous research on English Exam Skills Programme (EESP), previously shown to significantly improve grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension in students with dyslexia. EESP is hypothesized to benefit all learners, including struggling ones without specific learning difficulties. The study investigates the effectiveness of the EESP on a group of struggling non-dyslexic learners after a 20-week intervention, revealing a significant positive impact on this cohort.

Improving English exam skills for dyslexics in primary education in Singapore (2015)

This paper addresses the challenges faced by dyslexic students in English language skills, especially in grammar, impacting their performance in the significant Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) in Singapore. The Dyslexia Association of Singapore developed the English Exam Skills Programme (EESP) to assist dyslexic learners in overcoming PSLE difficulties. The EESP focuses on key PSLE components, and a continuous 4-term evaluation shows consistent progress and significant improvements, particularly in Editing and Synthesis and Transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

PReparation for English Paper 2 PSLE.

It is a one-hour weekly remediation programme that aims to address the examination needs of primary school students in the hope of enhancing their confidence and preparedness for the PSLE English Paper 2 Examination. It aims to support Primary 3 to Primary 6 students by equipping them the knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes to cope with the demands of the English Language syllabus in school.

Lessons are conducted once a week, one hour per lesson.

PREP 2 PSLE classes follow a termly scope and sequence for each level/stream. The scope and sequence have been carefully planned and curated to ensure that students benefit from a range of topics and concepts that are teachable and are in line with the programme’s RIMAIR (Review, Introduce, Model, Apply, Independent application, Recap) instructional approach. 

At the start of each lesson, previously learnt concepts are constantly reviewed and new concepts are then introduced systematically and progressively. Within each lesson, students are expected to gradually move towards an independent application of skills through attempting PSLE format question types.

The structured and systematic approach of PREP 2 PSLE lessons ensure that students receive a short but intensive learning experience within an hour.

Grammar, Editing, Synthesis & Transformation and Comprehension.

These components carry a higher weightage of marks in school exams and based on our analysis of dyslexic students’ exam papers, these are also components that students find most challenging.

The programme is open to P3 to P6 students who have a diagnosis of dyslexia OR have attended MOE’s School-Based Dyslexia Remediation (SBDR) programme as well as students who struggle to learn.

A diagnosis of a specific learning difference is no longer a prerequisite. We have now opened our doors to struggling learners, whether they have a formal diagnosis of a learning difference or not.  To access our programmes all students will undergo profiling tests, a simple step to ensure they are placed in a class that suits their learning needs best. We’re dedicated to providing tailored support to every child, empowering them to reach their full potential.

The student must attain a minimum score of 35% in his/her most recent school English Exam Paper. 

They are grouped according to school levels and streams. We have 3 types of classes:

  1. Primary 3 and 4 
  2. Primary 5 and 6 Foundation
  3. Primary 5 and 6 Standard

Teacher to student ratio is kept at 1:5. Classes are kept small to ensure that teachers are able to attend to the individual needs of students. This is particularly important for struggling learners.

Entry into Prep 2 PSLE happens between Week 1 to 7 of each academic term. If your child is already in Primary 6, we would recommend him/her to sign up for the PSLE Boot Camp Short-Term Programme (STP) during the June Holidays. During the boot camp, our teachers will help your child consolidate key concepts critical for managing challenging components in English Paper 2. 

For more information on DAS programme fees, please click here.

 Yes. However, your child has to be currently enrolled in the Main Literacy Programme (Main Literacy Programme). The bursary awarded will be one tier below Main Literacy Programme bursary awarded. 

  • Bedok (BDK)
  • Bishan (BJ8)
  • Chua Chu Kang (CCK)
  • Chinatown Point (CTP)
  • Jurong Point (JPT)
  • Parkway Parade (PWP)
  • Queenstown (QTN)
  • Sengkang (SKG)
  • Serangoon (SRN)
  • Tampines (TPN)
  • Woodlands (WDL)

Parents may submit an application through the das website here. Once the application has been processed, the Centre Manager of your preferred learning centre will contact the parent to discuss and find a suitable class for the child.

Like the Main Literacy Programme, PREP 2 PSLE classes are kept to a maximum of 4 to 5 students to ensure that teachers are able to attend to the needs of each learner.  Lessons are structured and cumulative to align with the Orton-Gillingham Principles of the Main Literacy Programme programme, thereby giving time for students to internalise, understand, review and retain concepts, strategies and skills taught. Unlike the Main Literacy Programme which targets literacy and language skills on a broader scale for primary to secondary school students, PREP 2 PSLE targets primary school students only and its curriculum specifically focuses on topics tested in English Paper 2 of the PSLE.