MINDEF will make it more difficult for national servicemen to achieve silver and gold awards for the new 3-station IPPT test when it is fully implemented from April.
The ministry said more than 70 per cent and almost 90 per cent of servicemen maintained or improved their results for 2.4KM run and sit-ups respectively, compared to their results under the old 5-stations format. For the push-up station, 3 out of 4 servicemen achieved “average and above average” results when compared against international standards.
Assistant Chief of General Staff (Training) Colonel Ng Ying Thong believed the better performance in the sit-ups and 2.4km run to stronger motivation under new point-based scoring system.
From April onwards, it will be more difficult to gain silver and gold awards as the standards will increase to at least 75 points and 85 points respectively, up from the current 71 and 81 points.
The ministry added that points needed to pass the test remain unchanged, although a new scoring table has been introduced to make the points interval more proportionate.
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Editor’s Note: Are you disappointed that it will be tougher to gain the monetary awards for IPPT?