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MRSM Merbok in Kedah, MALAYSIA

The MARA Junior Science College ( ) is an institution created by the People's Trust Council ( , commonly abbreviated as MARA), a Malaysianmarker government agency. The purpose of the institution is to help provide better learning facilities for bright Bumiputera students in local schools throughout Malaysia.

MRSM is said to benefit mostly bright students especially from the rural areas in Malaysia. This is mainly because most rural schools in Malaysia do not have enough learning facilities and infrastructures to help their successful and bright students to reach their full potential.


Every year, students with distinction in their local public exams are encouraged to apply for the admission into MRSM.

Students enrolling into MRSMs will have to undergo the MRSM Entrance Tendency Test ( , abbreviated to UKKM). These tests are made harder than how their actual exams are made, in order to screen the best students possible for admission.

Academic system

Students are primarily assessed through a system which is similar to the grading systems in universities and/or colleges, the Grade Point Average (GPA) ( system. By the end of their final semesters they will be awarded a certificate of graduation for those who succeeded to pass with at least a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ( ) of 2.00 and above.

In short, their grading system is similar to universities and colleges in general.

Applicants would still have to take both the Lower Secondary Assessment ( ) and the Malaysian Education Certificate ( ) national examinations.

MRSMs use the usual academic ladders in Malaysia when it comes to the level progression system, where students advance through year 7 (known as Form 1 in Malaysia) to Year 11 (Form 5) by age. In Malaysia to date, there is no system that allows for level transition according to the student's capability yet. Most MRSM runs all levels from Form 1 to Form 5, but there are several that only runs Form 4 and Form 5. There are also several that only runs Form 1 to Form 3, one of which is MRSM Gerik.

For those students who started from Form 1, they can continue their studies in MRSM until form 5 either in the same college or by transferring to another college. These students can only continue their studies in MRSM if they pass their Penilaian Menengah Rendah with at least 6As, with As in both Mathematics and Science. Failure to achieve this will cause their studies in the MRSM system to be discontinued, and they will have to continue their studies in ordinary school.

MRSM PKP (Special Education Programme, or )

PKP is a title that is given to MARA Junior Science Colleges that have attained a distinctively high level of quality in their students through national exams and participation in events - with the former being the primary factor. These colleges are often deemed the most superior in their category of schools in Malaysia, though others could still compete with them. Most of the students that are admitted into MRSM PKP are usually those who obtain 8As or more in the (PMR) examination, and pass the UKKM with flying colors. The quality of the students in MRSM PKP are usually higher, particularly in their ability and capability for learning when compared with those in the other MRSMs. As such, these MRSMs usually become the role models for the other MRSMs in order to promote healthy competition between its students.

Currently, there are three of them in total:
  1. MRSM Taiping, Perak (Pioneer),
  2. MRSM Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan,
  3. MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba, Melaka (formerly known as MRSM Jasin),
  4. MRSM Langkawi.

These MRSMs used to be among the MRSM PKPs:
  1. MRSM Kulim, Kedah (converted into MARA College Kulim ( ))


See also

MRSMs' Webpages

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