Applying to Year 12

(Ages 16 - 17)

Year 12 is the start of a two year pre-University programme. Students choose to study either the International Baccalaureate diploma programme (IB) or the A Level programme. Detailed information about these two programmes can be found in the Sixth Form Curriculum Booklet. An overview of the IB programme is also available here. For information about IB Diploma full boarding scholarships please see here.

1. Submission of Application Documents

For all children applying to JIS we need to receive the following completed forms. These can be emailed or couriered to the School. Our preferred option is by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Application for Admission Form. This must be signed on the final page by both parents and/or a guardian. The final page also lists the Terms and Conditions of enrolment at JIS. It is important that you read this page carefully before you sign the form.
  • School Health Form. This must be completed and signed by a medical doctor or nurse and stamped accordingly.  
  • If applicable, previous school report (and translation if not in English).
  • If applicable, a copy of the latest Special Needs / Educational Psychologist report. (Limited support is available for children with Special Needs so each child is evaluated on a case by case basis.)
  • 3 recent passport size photos or a jpeg. 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate and translation if not in English.
  • Copy of child’s passport
  • Copy of father and mother’s' passports.
  • Copy of father and mother’s Bruneian Identity Card (* For non Bruneian applicants, the school will require a copy once identity cards been issued after arrival in Brunei).
  • B$200 application fee (non refundable). Overseas applicants can either pay upon arrival in Brunei or by online banking transfer. A receipt will be issued for this fee.

2. Assessments for Year 12

A. I/GCSE or O’ Level Results

Usually a minimum of 5 x Grade Bs is required. A Grade B should be held in the subject to be studied at A’ Level or the IB.

B. Performance in a Cognitive Ability Test

This online test is not a curriculum test. It is actually a series of short tests designed to assess four different areas –

  • Verbal Reasoning Test – thinking with words
  • Quantitative (or Numerical) Reasoning Test – thinking with numbers
  • Non Verbal Reasoning Test – thinking with shapes
  • Spatial Ability Test – thinking with shape and space

The reason for these tests is that we receive applications from children who have been educated in many different countries / curriculum across the world. This gives us a consistent way of comparing students from many different backgrounds.

C.    For non first language English speakers, a 90 minute written English paper.  

This is to determine if the level of English will enable them to cope with the academically demanding courses and also to see which English IB / IELTS group you should be placed in.

It may be possible to arrange for these online and written tests to be taken at the present school if overseas.   

D.   Depending on the computer test results, we may ask a specialist teacher to have a further assessment with your child.

E.   An appointment will then be made for you and your child to meet with either the IB Coordinator or the Head of Upper Years (Years 10-13). This gives your child the opportunity to talk about their interests, ask questions about the school and learn more about the structure of the school. They are the people who will decide if an offer of a place at JIS is to be made on either the IB diploma or A Level course and decide a start date.

3. After Assessment

You will be formally advised by the Senior Registrar / Registrar either at the end of the interview process or within a few days if an offer of a place at JIS is to be made and the start date. Successful applicants receive a formal letter of offer and an endorsed Student Pass application (non Bruneian students). There is an acceptance form attached to the letter that needs to be signed and returned to the Admissions Office to formally complete the Admissions process.

4. Purchase of Uniform, Stationery and Textbooks

Once a confirmed offer is made, you can proceed with purchasing the school uniform, stationery set and the required textbooks.