How to Register for SPM as a Private Candidate

Need some help registering for SPM? This guide to SPM for private candidates is for you.

Updated 02 Jun 2023

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Are you planning to sit for SPM as a private candidate?

We’re here to help. Here’s a guide on how you can register for SPM as a private candidate, plus some extra stuff you should know.

#1. What are the steps to apply for SPM as a private candidate?


Step 1: Register as an SPM Candidate

Visit the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia website.

For new SPM candidates who have not taken SPM before, click on Daftar Calon Baharu and fill in your IC Number. Subsequently, you’ll need to complete your personal details to proceed.

If you have sat for SPM before and are resitting your papers, click on Daftar Calon Mengulang. You’ll be prompted for your IC Number, examination year and angka giliran. This information can be obtained from your SPM certificate. Thereafter, complete your personal details to proceed.

Step 2: Select your subjects

In this section, you will be asked to choose the subjects you wish to take.

If you are taking SPM for the first time, there are 6 compulsory papers you must sign up for. They are Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Sejarah, Mathematics, Science and Pendidikan Islam / Moral.

On top of that, you can also choose to sit for any of these 25 papers:

  • Literature in English
  • Kesusasteraan Melayu
  • Geografi
  • Bahasa Arab
  • Pendidikan Seni Visual
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Prinsip Perakaunan (1, 2, 4)
  • Perniagaan
  • Ekonomi
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Additional Science
  • Tasawwur Islam
  • Pendidikan Al-Quran Dan Al-Sunnah
  • Pendidikan Syariah Islamiah
  • Bahasa Cina
  • Bahasa Tamil
  • English For Science and Technology
  • Bahasa Iban
  • Bahasa Kadazandusun
  • Kesusasteraan Cina
  • Kesusasteraan Tamil
  • Bible Knowledge
  • Bahasa Punjabi

If you have taken SPM before and are a repeat candidate, you can choose to take just the relevant subjects in which you want to improve your grades.

Note that the fees that you need to pay will be based on the number of subjects you’ve selected.

Step 3: Choose the location to take your SPM papers

One you’ve confirmed your papers, you’ll have to select an examination centre according to your state and district area. Once you key in your state and district, a list of examination centres (which have not yet reached their maximum capacity quota) will be displayed for you to choose.

Step 4: Verify your information

You’ll get one final chance to check and verify your information. Make sure everything is correct and accurate before you click “Send”. Don’t forget to check the box below the page after you’ve verified your info and read the terms and conditions before clicking send.

Once you’ve completed the online submission, make sure to print out the Pernyataan Pendaftaran Peperiksaan (PPP) to bring on your exam day.

Step 5: Make your payment

Payment must be made via online banking. All you need to do is just follow the series of prompts on the website.


Still unclear on what to do? Check out the detailed guideline provided by the Ministry of Education here.

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#2. What you need to know about taking SPM as a private candidate


a) The process of registering as an SPM private candidate is relevant for both new candidates and repeating candidates

If you are a new SPM student (e.g. you have other qualifications such as IGCSE and need to take SPM to fulfil certain requirements such as applying for housemanship), you will need to register for SPM as a private candidate.

As a prior SPM candidate looking to repeat your papers, you have two options — resit your papers as part of SPM Ulangan, or resit your papers as part of the normal SPM exam.

With SPM Ulangan, only 3 papers are offered — Bahasa Melayu, Sejarah and Mathematics. If you want to resit other papers, or if you miss the deadline for SPM Ulangan, this process of registering for SPM as a private candidate will be applicable to you.

b) You need to be at least 16 years old

To qualify for the papers, you need to be at least 16 years of age on 1 January of the year you’re taking the exam.

c) You must take at least 6 papers but you don’t have to pass all of them

If you are sitting for SPM for the first time, there are 6 compulsory subjects you must take. However, it’s not necessary to pass them all.

This goes back to why you’re sitting for SPM. For students pursuing medicine, a pass in Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah is mandatory in order for you to apply for housemanship, which is required for you to register as a doctor. In this case, you will only need to focus on getting the required grades for these two papers.

In fact, you can even choose to not attend for other papers since your performance will be inconsequential. Of course, not sitting for the other papers can come with its own risks. So, before you choose to skip, make sure to check and get proper advice.

Do note that this only applies if you are registering for the first time. If you’re registering as a private candidate to retake a subject other than Bahasa Melayu or Sejarah, then there’s no need to register for the compulsory subjects since you’ve taken them before.

d) You will sit for your papers alongside other SPM candidates

Registering for SPM as a private candidate does not mean you’ll get your own private exam hall nor does it mean you can take the papers anytime you wish. You will have to sit for the papers just like other candidates.

The only major difference between you and other candidates is the fact that you have to register directly with the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia while they do it through their schools.

The steps are pretty straightforward. But if you have more questions, you can check out the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia website or call the nearest JPN or PPD.

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