Life in Form 6 or STPM Baharu


Wondering how is the life in Form 6 would be? Planning to join Form 6 but not sure if you got the right choice? Then, I will tell you the clear description about STPM life!


After your SPM, you can easily choose from certain Pre-U program. You can either choose to join National Matriculation (Matrikulasi), Foundation courses (Asasi), A-level, Form 6 / STPM, or any pre-u from other countries.


In fact, before you receive your SPM result, you can apply to the UPU. You just need to buy the UPU pins from any BSN outlets. Then, fill up the form through Internet.


Or maybe you can apply some private universities like Taylor, Sunway and more. Waiting for the Matriculation result during April can be a wise option too!


The last benefit that government provides to you is STPM. However, there is an enter condition for Form 6. You have to at least score 3 Credits in your SPM.


Now, I’m going to introduce you guys the life in Form 6.

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Form 6 isn’t the worst choice. Maybe you heard rumors that describes Form 6 as very difficult to score well and you start freaking yourself out. Form 6 might be hard. You have to study every day and at least spend 5 hours in front of the books. However, you also have to study hard even you choose A-level or Matriculation.


As you know, STPM is one of the hardest exam in the world. Therefore, its certificate is qualified by all countries in the world. What does this means? This shows that you can apply to Top Universities  in the world using STPM result.


As compared to Matriculation, STPM is more competitive when applying oversea universities.


After you finish the STPM, if you score 3.0 pointer and above, you will receive the universities letters from local universities. This depends on the program you wish to pursue in university. You will need higher pointer


If you score CGPA 4.0, you can apply to JPA scholarships, and mostly your application will be approved. However, remember, there are a lot Form 6 students out there. The large number of STPM student will make the JPA interview become competitive. Therefore, not only achieving excellent STPM result, you should also possess certain life skills. One of the rules is you have to work for the government certain years.


Form 6 life is very alike to SPM student’s life.

Academic Life in Form 6

Form 6 students have to complete a 3 semesters academic period. Each semester will last for half year. So, the whole Form 6 period will be one and half year. Life in Form 6 will be a bit hectic. You have to catch up a lot of syllabus and complete some assignments as well. However, these assignments contribute marks in the STPM result. After that, you will have one exam for each semesters. The average of these semesters exam would represent your STPM results.


Let’s have a look at the example:

Examinations in STPM


Semester 1 100
Semester 2 90
Semester 3 80
Average (100+90+80)/3 = 90


  • Not putting all the eggs in a basket.
  • You can try to pull back your STPM result if you fail to get high marks at first
  • Learn to maintain your results throughout the Form 6 life.
  • Allow you to retake your paper.


If you fail to score well in one of those exams, don’t worry you can still retake your exams. Only the third semester’s exam is not allowed to be retaken.


The retake pathway will look like this:


Even you are allowed to retake the semester exam, still, try your best in every examinations. This could save you a lot of time.


Workload of Form 6 Students

The workload in STPM might wary among each teachers. Some teachers will give you a lot of works but other will not. As you know, practice always makes perfect. Just take all these works as a tool for you to prepare your upcoming STPM. Having a positive attitude is prominent and face the challenge with opened heart.

If you think that those works from teachers is not enough for you, you can buy yourself some reference books. However, finding books for STPM is not as easy as A-level. Try some bigger bookstores.

Photo from danielsiow, Sep 9, 2008,

Extracurricular Activities in STPM

The extracurricular life in Form 6 is exactly the same as Form 5 students. You are required to take part in the ECA. JPAM (Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia) is an activity specially crafted for STPM students. These kind of activities might be carried out in morning or evening. Thus, staying back for classes and ECA is a common practice of the life in Form 6.

Life in STPM could be Fun!

Lastly, Form 6 is hard but it is one of the progress of growth in our life. Face it and don’t avoid. Keep calm and love Form 6 life. And, do you know, you can now wear your own formal attire to class in Form 6! Mobile phones and laptops are allowed in some schools too!

How do you think about Form 6? Which Pre-U program would you choose? Comment below!

*Disclaimer* The content above is just belong to the writer’s personal opinion. Certain subjective statement might differs among each person.

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