Getting to Know Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar

ATTENTION : This post was written in mid-2012, when the writer was still a student of KTJ. After she left in July 2012, there have been changes around the school which she might not be aware of, such as the changes in the timings and uniforms and such. The writer is not responsible for any problems that might arise regarding the information written here. 

Please do note that the writer has no connections whatsoever with the administration of the college, therefore she has no idea on how the fees might have changed over time. Please do consult the school directly by clicking HERE to get the correct information.

Assalamualaikum, [this is a very, very, very long post. Do click ‘Read More’ to read the whole entry.]

This is an entry dedicated specially for future students of KTJ. Those who are chosen by Bank Negara Malaysia and Petronas to come here to read A-Levels before flying off to universities to pursue their studies. Those who are looking for colleges to continue their education. Those who are seeking for more information about the college other than those stated on the college’s website. If you are in one of the above category, then this post is for you. Enjoy.

Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, The Road to Success

I’m not going to write about all the formal stuff ’cause the website pretty much describe the whole lot of it. So I’m just going to write from a student’s perspective.

But before I write any further, do note the following;

1. A-Levels students in KTJ are called the Sixth Formers.
2. Juniors in KTJ refers to those who are below 16 years old, normally Form 4 & below. Seniors, Form 5 & above.
3. Though the name states that it is a ‘College’, technically it’s a school. So the students, despite being in Sixth Form, have to follow the rules, have ‘bedtimes’ aka lights off and all.

Accommodation


Boarding houses. There are 8 boarding houses (we call them house for short) here in KTJ. There are four houses for the senior boys, three houses for the senior girls, and one house for the juniors (both boys & girls) The four boys houses are Nadzaruddin (NAD), Imran (IMR), Naquiyuddin (NAQ) and Nadzimuddin (NAZ). The girls houses are Alia (ALIA) , Irinah (IRI) and Jawahir (JAW). The junior house is called Naquiah (NQH).

As you can see, every houses have their own short names to make it easier to fill in forms. Every houses also have their own reputations, probably something that they are good in. For example, in Imran, you’d see a lot of guys who love to work out at their balcony almost every evening. Naq is famous for being the best guy house in the school. Irinah (that’s my house!) is known for being the strictest house around, alongside Naq. Nqh is called the ‘baby house’. Alia -> the new house, since they started in 2010.

In front of Jawahir House

Each house have their own building. It’s like a small flat, as you can see from the above picture. The above is only for Jawahir & Irinah. Alia is almost the same, except that their building is much, much newer. The boy houses are almost the same, except the fact that they have the corridor outside (while the girls have it inside) and they have a balcony each. Nqh is like the above, only that their building is divided into two parts. The part on the left is for the girls, and the one on the right is for the boys.

The inside of Irinah house.

For Jaw and Irinah, there are four kind of rooms. We have a four-bedded room, a three-bedded room, a double room and a single room. Normally the single rooms are for the Upper Sixers (those on their last year of A-Levels) Double are normally for Sixth Formers, though sometimes if there are extras, Fifth Formers would get them too. The three-bedded and four-bedded are for the juniors (Forms3, 4 and 5)

A four-bedded room in Irinah

In Alia, (if I’m not mistaken) is mostly double and single rooms, though they do have triple rooms. For the boys houses, it’s mostly double rooms, but Upper Sixers can get the single rooms. Each student will get a bed (well, obviously), a cupboard, and a study table with racks to put their books. For Nqh students, they don’t have the table in their rooms, but they have a big room downstairs specially for studying. (kinda like a small library without the bookshelves)

Each house have their own pantry with microwaves & ovens, water cooler and a table to eat at. They have their own common room (with TV & Astro, piano, foosball table, snooker/pool table, sofa’s, air-conditioned), their own library (study tables, computers connected to the school internet, sofa, air-conditioned, book shelves), their own laundry room (there is laundry service every weekday, washing machines, dryers) and lobby (sofa, small table, for ‘lepak-ing’ with friends)

Food

Dining hall in KTJ

Food. Food. Food. You’ll never seem to get enough of this thing. Okay, the food in KTJ is provided by the dining hall. There’s an Asian menu and a Western menu. So you can choose whichever side you prefer. For Asian, you can find food like nasi lemak, roti canai & dhall, chicken curry and the kind. For the Western side, you may come across fish & chips, mini pizza, spaghetti, cottage pie & many more.

And if you’re a Vegetarian, don’t worry. You can sign up for the Vegetarian menu too :) And they also serve fruits for every meal (apples, oranges, papaya, pears, banana, etc) They have a salad station for those who like salad, and they serve juices (orange, mango, apple, etc)

During break time (recess), after school and social hour (will be explained later), you can get food from the Tuck Shop. Sometimes referred to as The Zone, it mimics a convenience store as it has all the things that you need (well, almost) It has foods, beverages, soap, batteries, snacks, ice-creams, and even top-ups for your phones.

Uniform

Yes, even the Sixth Formers have to adhere to this rule. UNIFORMS. Yes, we have to wear the uniforms, and yes, the shirt HAVE TO BE TUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES. (though they’re talking about changing the uniforms now)

This is the full uniform, with tie & blazer

A guy on a normal day – without blazer

So the tie is to be worn on every Mondays when there is assembly, and it should be worn until break time (11:10am) After that, you can take the tie off (unless you’re a prefect) The blazer is to be worn at the first and last assembly of the term. On Fridays, Muslims have the option of wearing baju kurung and baju Melayu to school.

Baju kurung for the girls :)
Baju Melayu for the guys.

Even if you don’t have classes (Sixth Formers will have free periods depending on your subjects combination), you still have to wear your FULL school uniform (shirt, skirt/pants, socks, shoes) if you wanna go out of your houses (i.e. to the library, dining hall, etc) You are only allowed to go out in Mufti (normal clothes) after school (3:20pm)

Daily Routines


This is the current routine in KTJ. It might change a bit in the future, depending on the administrators, but for the time being, just refer to these timings.

Mondays – Fridays. 
Breakfast starts serving at 6:45am (Mondays and Fridays) and 7:00am (any other days) Class starts at 8:30am (everyday except Fridays) and 8:00am (Fridays) Each period lasts for 40 minutes. Break time is at 11:10am except for Fridays (10:40am) and lasts for half an hour.

Two periods of lessons continue after break time, and then it’s time for lunch at 1:00pm (12:30pm on Fridays) Lunch lasts until 2pm (everyday) and classes continue until 3:20pm.

ECA (Extra-curricular Activities) and Games (Sports) are divided into two sessions. First session is at 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Second session is at 5-6pm. So, depending on the ECA’s and games that you choose, you will have different timetables for your evenings than your peers. For example, a badminton addict (like my current junior) might want to take five badminton sessions, one for each day. So every evening, she would spend an hour or more at the hall playing badminton.

Okay, this is my schedule. See why I hate my Thursdays? -.-”

Dinner is served from 6:15pm – 7:20pm. By 7:30pm, students are required to be in their houses, preparing for prep time. First prep is from 7:45pm – 8:45pm. After that we have a half hour break called ‘The Social Hour’. This is normally the time where you’d see couples meeting each other, talking and sitting in front of Imran and Nadza (the ‘Couple Road’) During social hour, you could also visit the Tuckshop if you are hungry and want to buy some food.

Not everyone though will go out during social hour. Some people prefer to stay in their rooms and study, while others play games. Some use this time to take a shower, do laundry, watch TV, etc. It depends. And then after social hour ends, 9:15pm is time for second prep. Second prep is for the seniors (Form 5 and above) At 9:45pm it is bedtime for the juniors in Naquiah.

At 10:00pm, it’s bedtime a.k.a lights off for Forms 3&4. At 10:30pm, it’s lights off for Form 5. For Lower 6 (students in their first year of A-Levels), lights off is at 11:30pm, and Upper Six is at 12:00am (though people would rarely check on them) You can ask for extension of bedtime if you have a lot of work to be done and there’s not enough time to do it during prep time. Extension lasts for half an hour.

Saturdays.
The morning is just the same as on a Tuesday. Breakfast is served at 7:00am. Class starts at 8:30am. But instead of ending at 3:20pm, classes on Saturdays end at 1:00pm. After lunch, you are basically free to do anything you want.

Sixth Formers are allowed to go out for ‘outings’ if they wish to. They can book a taxi, take a KTM ride to town or go back home for the night.

Normally, on Saturday nights, there would be an event in school called ‘The Saturday Night Events’. It could either be a show, a play, a concert, etc. It depends on the time of the year, and it varies throughout the year.

Sundays.
Breakfast is served at 8:00am until 9:00am. 11:00am to 12:00pm is Quiet Hour. (It’s almost like prep, but less strict) Lunch is served from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. And, you have your evenings off. Some Sixth Formers like to go out on Sundays. Others stay back in school. Sometimes they have activities in the school, i.e. a carnival, a sale, football matches, etc. Prep time is as normal on Sundays.

The Malay Community

Whoever says that the Malay students in KTJ are a minority, they are so wrong. We might be small in number, but we are united. (Y) Acehh, okay, poyo -.-‘ Yes, there are actually a lot of Malays in this school, except that some of them don’t look Malay at all because they’ve been brought up in a different environment. Most of the normal Malays (note: by normal I meant brought up in a Malay environment) are mostly the scholars, BNM and Petronas scholars.

Aidiladha Photoshoot, 2010
Bankies and Petronasies ? :)

Religious Activities

Whether you’re a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Christian, there are religious groups here in KTJ. There’s the KTJ iSoc (Islamic Society), the CF (Christian Fellowship) and the Buddhist Society. If you need to go to church every Sunday, there are vans going to the church, taking students along.

For Muslims, there is a main surau between Irinah & Imran. Every boarding house also have their own surau for prayers. The main surau is used for talks, seminars and important events (iSoc meetings, etc) We have jemaah prayers for Subuh and Isyak. The guys normally pray Zohor, Asar and Maghrib in jemaah too, but for girls, we normally go there for Subuh & Isyak only.

Sometimes we invite speakers from outside to come and give a talk. This year (2012), we’ve had Imran Koyube from iLuvIslam.com to come in for a session. We’ve had a representative from Aqsa Sharif to come in and talk about the issue of Palestine.

With the sisters in USIM in 2011 :)

We also have small usrahs almost every week. I’m not so sure about the guys, but for the girls, a sister called Kak Shahira who would try and drop by every week for usrah. She’s working with BNM at the moment, and she conducts usrah in KMB, INTEC and KTJ. (not sure about other colleges though)

ECA’s and Games


So. Worried about what are the types of games available here in KTJ? Well, don’t be worried. It is completely up to you which ECA’s and Games you want to join. Just for reference, here’s a list of ECA’s available in KTJ.

  1. Model United Nations
  2. Interact Club
  3. International Youth Award
  4. School Musical
  5. Dance Club
  6. Strings & Jazz Band
  7. Guitar Ensemble
  8. People to People International
  9. Red Crescent Society
  10. Chess Club
  11. Entrepreneurs’ Club
  12. Indian Dance
  13. Malay Dance
  14. Chinese Dance
  15. Innovators’ Club
  16. Cooking Club
  17. Art Club
  18. SEA Forensics
  19. Choir
  20. Hip Hop/Breakdance
  21. Malay Cultural Club
  22. Yearbook
  23. School Newspaper
  24. Literary & Debating Club
  25. Global Debates
  26. Drama Club
  27. Chinese Language and Cultural Club
  28. Concert Band
  29. Scrabble Club
  30. Photography Club

And for the games, KTJ offers a wide range of sports you can choose from. We have the normal netball, basketball, football, rugby, tennis and badminton. We also have water polo, swimming, yoga, weights, golf, cricket, fencing, karate, taekwondo, squash, table tennis, futsal, volleyball, cross country, hockey and softball.

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So, I think I wrote long enough about KTJ. It is quite impossible for me to write everything about the school. The only way you’d get the full experience is by coming here and experiencing it yourselves. If you have any further questions, feel free to drop a comment or two, and I’ll try my best to answer them.

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Oh, here’s some pictures from around the school :)

<—- Ze Auditorium

Ze Sixth Form 😀

One of the nicest trees around :3
The Auditorium :) [Oh, those are KYUEM people btw :3]

Alright then, until next time, Assalamualaikum! Good night everyone!

May 28, 2012
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167 Comments

  • Reply leon7zack

    breakdance?COOL!is there a teacher for this?

    May 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply syaza nazura.

    Yep, there’s a teacher for it. :)

    May 29, 2012 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    if i may ask, are you studying there under any scholarships? Or you just continued studying there after taking your spm without any scholarships?

    May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply syaza nazura.

    Anon, I’m on a partial scholarship from KTJ. 25% off my tuition fees. And now I’m in the process of appealing to the MOE to allow me to use my bursary here in KTJ.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Oh I see. The bursary that you’re talking about is the one that JPA offered, right? And how did you managed to get the partial scholarship from KTJ? *im sorry if im asking too much, out of curiosity, i guess =)* btw, I’m one of the BNM scholar but unfortunately I’m not going to KTJ for my A-level. The way you described KTJ is so awesome that I wish I could do my A-level there.. What’s your plan after finishing A-level?

    June 1, 2012 at 2:07 am
  • Reply syaza nazura.

    The bursary is the one offered by the Ministry of Education for all 9A+ and above. And I got the partial scholarship from KTJ ’cause I applied for the scholarship last year before my SPM. Since I took my SPM here, I decided to continue my A-Levels here. Oh, you’re going to Taylors, eh? May I know who this is? :3 And my plans after A-Levels… Well, if God wills, I want to continue to Warwick in MORSE. InsyaAllah. Kalau ada rezeki, fly lah. Kalau takde, hmm. :(

    June 1, 2012 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Yup, I’m going to Taylor’s campus in Subang Jaya since I chose UK for further study. Some scholars got into Taylors lakeside. Haha, btw my name is Zarith Sofea but I don’t think you know me. Looks like we could only get to know each other by using your blog. If I’m not mistaken, if you choose MORSE than you actually want to be an actuary right?

    June 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply syaza nazura.

    Ohh, okay okay :) Eh, Zarith Sofea eh? Which school are you from, eh? And yeah, MORSE is my first choice actually :)

    June 2, 2012 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    thank you. thank you so much for this post. i’ve been looking for something like this for ages. :)
    btw, im 15 and might be applying at the end of the year, but if i do get in, im scared of getting along. do u think i could? pemalu oh. :/

    July 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    oh, ade air conditioner ke at every boarding house?

    July 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply nazu

    Anon,

    Yes, ada air-conditioning in every room, every house. KTJ’s not exactly a bad place, but it’s quite relaxed, the social life is great if you’re the type of person who likes to socialize a lot with different kind of people. :)

    July 22, 2012 at 2:59 am
  • Reply SYahirah

    I’m planning to further my A levels here, so I want to ask about the internet connection, freedom to go out and about my use of my own car cause ill be going to school via my own car and stuff.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:57 am
  • Reply nazu

    Syahirah, so sorry, I forgot to reply to your comment, I know this is really really late :(

    Hmm, internet connection, there is the school wiFi, it’s okay, I guess, limited from 8am until 11:30pm, if I’m not mistaken. Connection quite good, sometimes slow, faster during holidays and exeats.

    Freedom to go out. Hmm. Sixth formers can go out anytime they want. No driving inside the school compounds, unless you park outside with special permission from your housemistress 😉

    September 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hello, did you get in KTJ after PMR? If so, did you get a scholarship or something? And where to apply? Sorry for asking too much, but would be very glad if you answered my questions :-)

    October 11, 2012 at 7:25 am
  • Reply nazu

    Hi Anonymous :)

    I got a scholarship from KTJ for the two-years I was there for my SPM.

    http://ktj.edu.my/admissions/scholarships

    There’s the link about the scholarships, so try and look about it. :)

    October 15, 2012 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Nurjiha Afiqah

    Macam mana nak apply sekolah ni?

    November 26, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Nurjiha Afiqah

    Macam mana nak apply sekolah ni?

    November 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    First of all , thank you for all the information you gave !!! It means a lot to me ! Is life there stressful ? Because the way you describe KTJ sounds fun . Are the people there friendly ? I will be studying there when I am form six , currently form 4 .

    November 29, 2012 at 6:18 am
  • Reply nazu

    Hi Anonymous;

    No problemo. Stressful? Hmm. Not so, I think. It depends on what type of person you are, and how you plan your time. If you’re good at managing your time, then it wouldn’t be a problem at all.

    Yes, the people there are friendly, so no worries :)

    November 29, 2012 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Valerie

    Are you in Sixth Form ? You are taking STPM or A-level ?

    January 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      I used to take A-levels, but I’ve moved to INTEC now :)

      January 5, 2013 at 12:24 am
  • Reply Fadzli

    Hi there.. I’m staying at Kajang and i pass by KTJ’s signboard everyday on my way to work. If i’m not mistaken there’s a KTJ primary school as well?

    My daughter is only 4 years old, but can you enlighten me on how to prepare her for KTJ? Appreciate if you share with us the fees/scholarships etc.

    Thanks,
    Fadzli

    January 6, 2013 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Fadzli

    Hi there, i’m staying in Kajang and i pass by KTJ’s signboard on my way to work everyday. If i’m not mistaken there’s a KTJ primary school as well?

    My daughter is only 4 years old and this is my long term planning. Can you share with us what the fees are like? And how can i prepare my daughter for a school like KTJ.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Fadzli Failul Rahman

    January 6, 2013 at 8:01 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi Fadzli,
      Emm, I’m not so sure about the primary school. It’s still new, just opened this year, if I’m not mistaken, so I have no idea how the fees are like. You should probably as the school directly about it here -> http://ktj.edu.my/contact/kolej-tuanku-jaafar :)

      Say hi to your daughter for me :)

      January 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    hi . how’s the people there in KTJ?

    January 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there. The people in KTJ are not so bad. They’re quite friendly and nice if you ask me :)

      January 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    If I have to go to like a concert which doesn’t end soon on a like a monday night or a weekday, will I be allowed to go until the it finishes or do I have to come back in a specific time?

    January 19, 2013 at 8:02 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Err, I don’t quite get your question there. But normally, if you go out, you’d have to get back to school by 10pm, unless you tell your housemaster/mistress beforehand and get permission to return late. :)

      January 19, 2013 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi
    I’m from the uk and I’m curious in coming to this boarding school
    I’m currently in yr10 and schools here are not so amazing,so if I apply
    For kjt now will they accept me? cause it kinda in the middle of a. School yr.

    February 8, 2013 at 4:20 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there;
      If you apply now, the school would accept you if there’s any spaces. If not, you might need to wait until next August :)

      February 8, 2013 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    I’m in a similar situation as the person above but I’m in Year 11. I’ve just done my Mocks and received my results of 4A*,5A,2B. Do you think I have a chance of getting a scholarship?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:21 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi! So sorry for the late reply. Yes, I think you’d have a chance to get a scholarship. Try applying for it :) Good luck :)

      March 6, 2013 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    How about the scholarship there ? Is the scholarship has limit for only one semester ? If there is , can we reapply for the next semester ?

    February 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there. The scholarship normally covers the whole of the A-Levels or (where applicable) SPM studies (Forms 4 and 5).

      March 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    My school made a study tour to KTJ last month. It is a great place to be! I wish I could go there with a scholarship :).

    From MRSM Kuala Krai

    March 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi there MRSM Kuala Krai’s student 😉

    Glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully you’d get in after SPM! :)

    March 17, 2013 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Rani

    Hi Syaza,
    I’m going to meet a staff there this week. Do you know what is the nearest train station to KTJ? How do I take public transport from KL to KTJ? Your reply is truly appreciated.

    Rani.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi Rani,

    Take the KTM to Batang Benar station. Then, take a taxi to KTJ, it’d be about 15 minutes away from Batang Benar station and costs RM20 :)

    March 19, 2013 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi Syaza,

    Great post and I like it very much. Would you know whether KTJ offers A levels scholarship for their own SPM students? Also, can KTJ’s SPM students apply for the KPM bursary later on? Thanks and I hope your A levels is going great!!

    Best Regards
    SH

    May 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi Syaza,

    Thank you so much for this helpful post on life at KTJ! I found it really helpful. :) I would just like to know, is it true that they have janitors to clean the boarder’s rooms? Something like housekeeping at hotels, where they make your bed and things like that? Also, what did you mean by ‘laundry service’? Does that mean that there is someone who actually does the laundry for boarders? :O

    Thanks for clarifying and take care!

    Warm regards,
    QT3.142 (ehehe)

    May 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    SH;

    Yes, there are A-Levels scholarships for KTJ’s SPM students. And about the KPM Bursary, you can try and appeal to the KPM to let you use it in KTJ. (‘Cause back in my time, the bursary does not cover KTJ)

    QT3.142;

    Laundry service as in ‘perkhidmatan dobi’. It’s included in the boarding fees as well, so you might as well use it while you’re there. So basically what you do is that collect all the clothes that you want to wash in this colored bags (each house gets a different color), fill up the laundry form, stating the clothing that you’re sending, write your name & student number (I think), and leave it in the designated shelf in your house’s laundry room before 8am in the morning. Someone will come and pick the dirty laundry up every weekday (and Saturday too, I think, I forgot). They’d wash them and fold them, (and, if you’re lucky, even iron your uniforms before folding them), and put them back in the bags. You’d get them back after school two days after you send them to the laundry.

    There’s no ‘janitors’ or ‘housekeeping’ services in KTJ, there’s only the cleaners who would come in and make sure that the toilets are clean and sweep the floor – that’s all. You would be responsible to make your own beds and organize your desks. :)

    May 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Abraham Anthony

    Hi guys,actually i just got an offer to study here for A-levels.But I have a few questions which i really hope someone here will be able to tell me about,
    1)as a sixth former will i be able to leave the compound on weekdays?
    Actually my relatives are staying nearby Mantin itself.
    2)Also by what time will i need to be back?
    3)Saturdays and Sundays should be no problem going out right but by what time do i need to be back in KTJ?
    4)going home on Saturday and returning on Sundays would be fine?
    5)Its not possible to study there but stay at our own home right?

    May 13, 2013 at 2:17 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there Abraham Anthony,

      Yes, it is possible to stay at home but come here to study, you’d just become a day boarder then, meaning that you would only pay for the tuition fees and not the boarding fees.

      Going home on Saturdays and returning on Sundays before 9 or 10pm is also fine.

      Any going out or outings should end by prep time (weekdays) or 9/10pm (weekends) unless you get permission from the housemaster/housemistress to return late.

      Since you’re entering A-Levels, I strongly recommend you to stay in as a boarder, as there would be a lot of things for you guys to handle. :)

      Hope this helps!

      May 13, 2013 at 4:09 am
    • Reply Abraham Anthony

      Ok.Thank you :)

      May 14, 2013 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Dont publish the bitter comment. I feel bad already. I’m just having final exams now. So, it’s really easy for me to have emotional breakdown given I have a predisposed bad black history already – the first turnout of events in my life, the first time i’m not flying high academically (I was good at math, Olympiad good and in medicine theres no math only memorizing, so I miss the moments), and the first time i’m being in a bad family relationship dynamic due to action from my dad. So, yes, i’m still bitter this particular moment. Pardon me, I guess I need a vent. I’m sorry to let you read my rant. :)

    May 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Dear Anonymous,

    It’s okay sis/bro, I feel ya. I was forced to come to KTJ in the first place. It was against my will and I spent two years hating my life there. Come post-SPM, life started to get better.

    I know that sometimes, what we want is not the things that we would get. I’m sure you’re doing well now where you are. God has definitely placed you there for a reason, He Knows what’s best for you. Perhaps, if you have came here, there might be some complications of some sorts, who knows, right?

    Stay strong, you’d be just fine, I know it. :) Good luck for your finals! :)

    May 17, 2013 at 10:11 am
  • Reply weeshanyap

    Hi Syaza :)
    I’m going to study a-levels over here this coming August. May I ask that are we going to use more of textbooks or electronic devices like ipad or handphones in the classroom? And where can we get our textbook if we want to buy? :) Also,it’s like that.I’m going to pursue engineering course. Is it advisable that I taking Further Maths as my forth subject? (The other main three will be Maths,Phy and Cheme). Do many people( students) take up this subject? And if I do not understand anything, do we have consultation hour like to ask the teacher? Sorry for asking so many questions. Because I really need someone to clear my doubts. Thank you :))

    May 17, 2013 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi Syaza :)
    I’m going to study her in ktj this coming August.May I ask that are we going to use more of textbooks or electronic devices like ipad or handphones in classroom? If we need textbooks,where can we get them?
    Also,it’s like that.I’m going to pursue engineering course after my alevel course.So I’m thinking that I might take up further math as the forth subject.(The other main three are Phys,Cheme and Maths). May I ask that the former students(which are my seniors),do most of them that wanted to become engineer take up further math as well? Do we have consultation hours for the particular subject?

    Sorry for asking so many questions at the same time.Because I really need someone to clear my doubts. Thank you :)

    May 17, 2013 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi there weeshanyap;

    Textbooks would be used in classes. Normally the seniors would just pass down the books to the juniors, so it’s pretty easy to get them. Some textbooks would be provided by KTJ, you’d just have to pick them up from the Kolej shop later.

    Yes, take up Further Maths if you’re going to do Engineering. You’d have to take up four subjects anyway, so you’d be having classes for all four subjects + IELTS classes, so no worries. :)

    A lot of people take up Further Maths, even those who wanted to pursue Accounting, Economics or Actuarial Science. :)

    Good luck! :)

    May 18, 2013 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Alexander zulkarnain

    Hi syaza, sonce when you masuk KTJ? Since form 4 ke?

    June 2, 2013 at 5:07 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Mahal tak kena bayar masuk KTJ?

    June 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      When I was there, it was about RM12-15k per semester (both tuition and boarding fees)

      June 4, 2013 at 3:35 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    The price that you mention is inclusive of school fees + Boarding fees per month. Beside of O Level and A Lever can we also sit for SPM, if yes are they conducting any classes.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Is that a question or a statement? But yes, it is inclusive. But it might have changed, so don’t take my words for it. Yes, SPM is available, but only for the next few years. 2012’s (or was it 2011?) Form 1 class was the last batch, I think. So their batch would be the last to take SPM.

      June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Just that Girl

    Hi.
    I was thinking of taking my a-levels at KTJ next year.But I was wondering if di I have to start applying for the school now or can I apply after my SPM?Do they only take selected students in?

    June 25, 2013 at 5:04 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Oh my God, so sorry for the late reply. You can apply after SPM, or probably after your trials, so then you can try apply for their A-Levels scholarship as well. It depends on you whether you want to join the January intake or the August intake? January intakes would then mean you’d be flying off in September of the year after that, whereas August intake meaning you’d fly off two years after that.

      They’d have a test for the juniors who want to join, but I’m not sure about A-Levels students coming in :/

      July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi, I am entering KTJ in August for A-levels. Is it true I can only go back every once in three weeks or am I allowed to go out every weekend? Thanks for giving an insight into KTJ btw :)

    July 26, 2013 at 12:18 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi, you can check this out : http://www.ktj.edu.my/about/term-dates. Exeats are the days you’d be allowed to go back home. But since you’d be an A-Levels student, you are allowed to go out every weekend, provided you inform your housemaster/mistress and obtain permission (you are required to return by a certain time)

      July 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hey there, I’m 13 years old kid and wondering what syllabus does the school use? Is it UK or Malaysia syllabus? and if it using uk’s, does it have PBS , PMR and SPM ?? Do I have to speak english if I enter the school? how about the teachers, are they strict and scary? I also heard the school has a transport, what if I’m staying in Kajang?? What time the transport will arrive? hehe, sorry for my bad english. :)

    August 2, 2013 at 2:36 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      It has both UK and Malaysian syllabus, but in two/three years time, there won’t be any Malaysian syllabus, only the UK’s -> IGCSE’s. If I’m not mistaken, there’s no PBS or PMR, only the IGCSE’s / O-Levels (equivalent to SPM). But it’s best if you speak to the admins of the school for further details

      And yes, yo’d have to speak in English. The teachers are fine, not strict and scary, so don’t worry. About the transport, I’m not so sure, please check back. It’s a boarding school, so most people would stay on the school compounds itself :)

      August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Basically, the school is awesome :) there’s one more thing.. are they any requirements to enter the school like maybe, 5A’s in UPSR or 8A’S in PMR?

    August 3, 2013 at 12:44 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Not really, no. But there’s an entrance exam though. :)

      August 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Anna Kendrick

    Greetings… <3

    Could you please list all the subjects that taught in the school?

    Your english is good 😀

    August 3, 2013 at 12:51 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there,

      For A-Levels, they have Maths, Further Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, English Literature, Drama and Arts. (I might have left out a few that I couldn’t remember at the moment)

      For O-Levels/IGCSE’s, I think it’s best for you to contact them directly :)

      August 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi :)
    I am thinking of doing a levels at ktj in January. What is it like as a day boarder? :)

    August 18, 2013 at 2:56 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Assalamualaikum. Hi there. I have a few questions to ask.

    1. How can I get the schsp?
    2. Is my father’s occupation affect the chance to enter this school?
    3. What is your father’s occupation?

    Sorry if there are too many ques. Glad to know the answers.

    September 18, 2013 at 5:47 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Wa’alaikumsalam, anonymous.
    1) When you’re applying to the school, just let them know that you’re interested to apply for the scholarship. They’d see if you fulfill the requirements and will help you with the process.
    2) No it wouldn’t.
    3) My dad’s a doctor.

    :)

    September 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Aisyah

    Hi Syaza,
    This blog post has so much more information I can get off the website.
    Anyway I was wondering how much does KTJ offer for the sports scholarship. Is it 25% or partial (or maybe even full)?

    October 3, 2013 at 1:24 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi Aisyah,
    I’m not so sure about the Sports Scholarship, I wasn’t aware of one. Sorry :/

    October 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    hey :) I might be going there for my A levels soon and i was wondering if can we keep our own phones at night and all? There wont be any handphone safekeeping or whatever with the teachers every night right cause we’re already 18? and is there air conditioning in the rooms we will be sleeping in? also, i’ve read a level students would definitely get their own room or double right? Thanks so much if you could reply me :) Your post is really a huge help and i really appreciate it :)

    October 27, 2013 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi :)

    Yes, you can keep your phones the whole time, just you’re not ‘supposed to use it’ after lights out (technically you’re supposed to sleep). Just keep it in silent mode so you wouldn’t be disturbing anyone else.

    Yes, there would be air-conditioning in your rooms (as far as I can recall)

    And yes, A-Levels students would get a double or single room, though there are some people who got triple rooms with other A-Level students.

    October 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply agentmuslimah101

    Hi there!
    What are the total fees for A-Levels at KTJ?

    November 1, 2013 at 6:11 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hey :) As A level students can we go out after school ends? Or only during weekends? We need to inform the school right but will the school call our parents for confirmation or something? and can we request for a single room?

    November 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi AgentMuslimah101;
    When I was there, tuition fees was about RM7500-9000 per semester, and boarding fees is about the RM7000-8000 per semester as well (including laundry services and all).

    A-Levels are either 5 terms (January intakes – fast track) or 6 terms/2 years (August intakes – normal intake)

    Anonymous;
    You can go out if you have your housemaster/mistress’ permission to do so. And no, they wouldn’t call your parents or anything. A-Levels students are allowed to go out on their own.

    And rooms are assigned to you. Most probably you’d get a double/single room, but in some cases (odd number of students), some might get a triple room.

    November 2, 2013 at 2:20 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hey :) I was just wondering whether the rules for student’s hair are strict in KTJ as I was thinking of dyeing my hair dark brown at the end of this year for prom and I just want to know whether it’s necessary to dye it black before I go to KTJ. Sorry to bother. :) ps: I’ll be doing A levels next year

    November 16, 2013 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Yep, they’re pretty strict on the hair dye and stuff, so it’d be best to die it black before coming. Unless your hair’s naturally blond, then that’s fine. But most of the time they’re strict about hairs and all.

    November 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hello there! It was interesting reading your blog esp on KTJ. I’m planning to enrol my son for the Aug 6th form intake (2014) and I was hoping you could oblige with some answers!
    1. During your time, what was the quality of the teachers at KTJ? Were/Are they knowledgeable and able to teach? What was the percentage of great and inspiring teachers eg, 70% of the ones you had? Was KTJ able to attract the best teachers?

    2. My son is enroute to the USA too (prob California – my bro-in-law lives there). What did they teach you for the SATs? Do they only make you do past year papers or do they actually teach relevant content?

    TQ and hope to hear from you. Trust that your are enjoying your freshman year. MaryAnne

    December 8, 2013 at 5:45 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi Mary Anne,

    1) During my time, it was mostly for high school, and not for 6th form, but from what I’ve heard, the 6th form teachers were good. The ones I had for my short, six-months of 6th form were brilliant, and I adore them so much. I guess if you only count the 6th form teachers, it’d be a high 85%, probably? Even when I was just a Fifth Former, I’ve known most of them around school, and they were great and friendly.

    2) I can’t help you much with the SAT preparation and USA application in KTJ, ’cause when I was there, I was geared to the UK. When I left KTJ, I changed my destination to the USA. But, I can say that probably they’ve had some sort of other arrangements for students going to the States, considering how for my batch of Sixth Formers, there are people accepted into Harvard, Yale, Brown, UC-Berkeley and other prestigious schools in the States. :)

    Hope this helps!

    December 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Is there a chance where I apply for A-levels in KTJ and not get in?Can I apply for PTPTN loan to study here?Where are you studying now?I’m undecided about my future,really.Or should I do IB?If I do well in my A-levels and get accepted into a prestigious uni later on will I have to pay for that or is there any scholarship available?

    December 23, 2013 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Anonymous, I don’t know about the PTPN loan. And yes, you’d have to pay for your university unless you get a scholarship.

    It’s up to you whether to do A-Levels or IB.

    December 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hello, I’ll be joining KTJ for A levels this August, and I’ve been searching on google for more information about the school as I’m really scared and nervous that I might not fit in or anything. I’ve been studying in the same school for 10 years and going abroad, especially for a boarding school is pretty scary, and I’ve had the same friends since I was 6. But I don’t have any other choice as its because there are some problems in my family. Reading your post made me feel a bit better and this is what I wanted to read about the school for the past 2 months. Thank you. are the people friendly there?

    February 8, 2014 at 11:01 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Yes, they’re really friendly, so don’t worry :)

      GOOD LUCK! 😀

      February 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Syahirah Afiqah

    hi! macam mana nak apply after PMR? :)

    March 8, 2014 at 4:42 am
  • Reply Syaza Nazura

    Hi :)

    Boleh pergi website KTJ and apply through website dia eh :)

    March 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Syaira Syaleena

    salam. i have a friend who went to KTJ this year in january intake for A-levels. eversince that, i’ve been thinking to do my A-levels at KTJ too. but i couldnt find specific requirements for SPM leavers regarding the admission. for example, how many A’s or credits i should at least get to qualify myself and do they accept students who got B in any subjects in SPM. your blog have really helped me to understand better but i really hope you could answer my questions.thank you:)sorry that i asked too much.hope to hear from you soon.

    March 13, 2014 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      They don’t actually have a specific requirement for A-Levels students, as long as you do relatively well in your SPM, they’d be okay with that. And yes, SPM students with B’s are also accepted.

      March 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply callixa

    hi!

    do a-level students need parental consent to go out on weekends?

    what does the tuck shop sell? just food? is there anywhere to get stationery/toiletries if you run out or would you have to go out to get them?

    April 19, 2014 at 3:47 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      A-Levels students will only need to fill up a form at the start of the year (with signature of their parents), stating that their parents are okay with them going out on weekends.

      Tuck shop has some stationary and toiletries as well. :)

      April 19, 2014 at 5:41 am
    • Reply callixa

      Thanks! Wow, that was quick.

      April 19, 2014 at 8:20 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      No probs :)

      April 20, 2014 at 12:49 am
  • Reply Alia Nabilla

    Hi there Kak Syaza, your life in KTJ seems pretty amazing. Anyways, I’m going to attend KTJ soon for my A Levels under Petronas scholarship. I was wondering if there was a big segregation between the scholars and non scholars. Also, why is eveyone in KTJ seem so fit and skinny? I’m actually on the bigger size physically, will I be able to fit in? I’m a bit worried about that too. Thanks again! :)

    June 21, 2014 at 12:30 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there :)

      First thing’s first, congrats for your Petronas offer :) You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it. Scholars and non-scholars are the same in KTJ, as long as you put in the effort to join in and be friends with them. Be open to everything, even if it’s not what you’re used to (remember that KTJ is an international school so things may be a little bit too ‘social’ but just be chill and you’ll get used to it).

      And no worries about the fit and skinny part, lol. That’s nothing much, and you’ll fit in just fine :)

      June 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply safiah

      hi alya nabilah I’m sorry for disturbing you , can i ask a few questions , are you still in ktj for this coming august? . I’ll be entering in july and I’m really scared. i hope ull notice this and reply me.

      March 27, 2015 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Nameera Sasya Dinata

    Hi there greetings from Indonesia :)

    So i was reading the KTJ blog the other day and fell in love with the school! i’m planning to apply for the scholarship for January 2015 intake. i heard KTJ accept both of malaysian students and international students. but i graduated this year, but my school didnt have an international qualification. my school is a private school but non international curriculum. do you have any information about this? can i apply for the scholarship?

    thankuuu :)

    June 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi :)

      Sorry, but I’m not so sure about the scholarship. Perhaps you can try asking the school about it :)

      July 3, 2014 at 9:05 am
  • Reply SZE ANN LIM

    Hi, I was just wondering whether the scholarship provided by KTJ for A Levels will cover only the tuition fees or together with the boarding fees?

    July 12, 2014 at 11:16 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Normally it just covers the tuition fees :)

      July 12, 2014 at 11:18 am
  • Reply ahmad zoriff

    Thank you.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply ahmad zoriff

    Hi :) I’m going start soon in KTJ Im not really familiar with the boarding school here in Malaysia, as i lived in Egypt for a while before (One of friends i met there was Putri Nadhirah, maybe you know her) so i would like to ask a few questions if you dont mind.
    1) How does the Laundry service work?
    2)Do you know anything more about NAQ?
    3)How much work do you get per day? and how do i manage the time? (Alevels, im taking physics, maths, chemistry – Im going to die, i know)

    August 5, 2014 at 9:13 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi :)

      1. You won’t die. A lot of people take up Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and most of them survived to tell the tale :) Amount of work will depend on your teacher(s), but usually it’s pretty much tolerable. Sixth formers (aka A-Levels students) will get some free periods normally, so you can use that time to finish off some work in the library / study room / your room. There’s also prep time at night for the students. Sixth formers get a later bed-time / lights-out time, so you have more time to work/study.

      2. Laundry services work (well, when I was there, I doubt it has changed since) by putting all the clothes you’ll want to have cleaned in a bag (kind of like this one: http://www.containerstore.com/catalogimages/110912/LaundryBagUnbleachedCotton_x.jpg) Each house will have a different colored bag. You’ll have your name and student ID number on the bag. So whenever you want to send your laundry off, you’ll make a list (technically, there’ll be a list for you to write how many tshirts and uniforms and underwear and towels and all that you’ll be sending), and insert that in the bag with your dirty laundry. Leave the laundry bag with the list in the laundry room at the designated place, and they’ll pick it up. You’ll have it back in a few days time :)

      3. What do you want to know about NAQ? :)

      August 5, 2014 at 9:28 am
  • Reply ahmad zoriff

    1. Its because I heard people say that even when people get A* on the subject in GCSE, they end up having D’s for A levels. So I’m scared :s. What makes them difficult though?
    3. when you say NAQ is strict, what do you mean by that? and why is it the best guy house? :)

    August 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      1. Well, if you take for granted that A* you get for GCSE and begin to slack off during A-Levels, that’s a very poor move on your behalf. If you get too complacent with your achievements in GCSE and think that you can score well in A-Levels without putting as much effort, you’re in for a hard time. A-Levels is relatively hard (and boring in my part), but as long as you consistently put in enough effort and hard work into it, by doing your work and tutorials and completing past papers and all, you’ll be just fine.

      2. NAQ used to be called the best guy house in my years, since they pretty much always win every single tournament/inter-house competition between the guys’ houses. Basketball, athletics, soccer, you name it. It is strict because the house master / wardens / etc are pretty much strict on the rules, that’s basically it.

      August 6, 2014 at 1:31 am
    • Reply ahmad zoriff

      Do you know any pros and cons being in a boarding school? I’ve never been to one so I don’t know what to expect. is it scary? :s

      August 6, 2014 at 9:42 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Nahh. You’ll be just fine. KTJ’s a great place for first-timers, so you won’t be overwhelmed. Everything will be great :)

      August 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Nazla

    Is it allowed to use cellphone? Bc like in another boarding school, they are not allowed to use their phone.

    September 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Yes, you are allowed to have your phones with you. You are NOT allowed to use them:

      1) Outside the boarding houses.
      2) In classes.
      3) During prep-times.
      4) At the dining halls.
      5) After lights out.

      September 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Can you tell me what prep time is?:)

    September 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      A time where basically you sit down at your desk and study / do homework.

      September 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Can we go out in every weekend?

    September 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Theoretically, yes. But sometimes your housemaster/mistress may say no if you go out too much.

      September 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Y. W. TAN

    Is the scholarship applicable for Chinese? And may I have more information of the scholarship. TQ…..

    January 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Yes, it is open to anyone, regardless of nationalities, race, gender or religion. And you can ask the school for more information about the scholarship :)

      January 31, 2015 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi, I’m thinking of taking my A-Levels in KTJ this year, & I’m quite confused whether I have to apply to enter KTJ first then apply for the (KTJ)scholarship or do I have to apply for the scholarship first then apply to enter KTJ?

    January 28, 2015 at 9:31 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      I am not sure of the procedure for the KTJ scholarship, you’ll have to ask KTJ about that when you want to apply to attend their school :)

      January 31, 2015 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply safiah

    hi , assalamualaikum. I’m considering to take a levels there, but I’m worried about if i might not fit in. the students there seems very social , and I’m the type who is socially awkward around ppl, shy , and don’t talk much , and I’m always scared for no reason. I’m afraid ill be a loner there w no friends . is there any racism going on there ? do u think with my kind of personality , can i ever fit in? . i want to surround myself w religious ppl. do they have usrah meeting often there ?

    February 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Wa’alaikumsalam.

      There are social and less social people there, so you’d be fine. You don’t have to participate in the social events if you don’t want to, it’s certainly up to you. And yes, they have usrah there as well.

      February 15, 2015 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Jacque

    Hi, i am currently doing my A-level in ktj.
    I managed to get the 9A+ bursary and i want to try applying to the MOE to use my bursary here in ktj too.
    Did you get to use your bursary in ktj last time?
    Have you heard of other similar cases?

    March 3, 2015 at 6:19 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hey, congrats on your results! I doubt they would allow that, since they’re pretty set on the colleges they would sponsor. A few of my friends left KTJ for that same reason.

      March 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm
      • Reply Jue

        Hi! I managed to get KPM bursary too and I wanted to apply in KYUEM but it was not in the list.
        Just wanna know if anyone appealed successfully to use their bursary in other colleges not sponsored by MOE? Any successful cases?

        March 3, 2015 at 10:56 pm
        • Reply Syaza Nazura

          I haven’t heard any cases among my friends in which their appeals were successful, but my year was the first year the bursary was available, so things may have changed since.

          March 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    can you start form 1 in the middle of the month? and if so do you have to get 5 A’s for it? I’m entering my cousin there and it seems like a good school

    April 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      I’m not too sure about that. Right now, KTJ only offers the international stream (i.e. IGSCE’s), so they no longer cater for PT3 and SPM students. That being said, the school year does start in August, so that would probably work fine. I suggest you to talk to the school for more clarification :)

      April 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Mohamed

    Hi,

    My son has got a placement in KTJ for his A level starting in August. What is the procedure of allocating houses? Can we request for a specific house? Is there any house that is not good? how are children allocated to rooms? Do they have 1st time 6th formers and 2nd year 6th formers mixed?

    April 29, 2015 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there,

      Firstly, congratulations for your son! A-Levels in KTJ is a good program and I wish him all the best in his studies there.

      As for houses, the administration will usually take into account the student’s preferences. There should be a form that he can fill up that asks him for his interests, hobbies and other things like that. For boys, there are the four houses [Imran, Naqiuddin, Nadzimuddin and Nadzaruddin]. All four houses are good in their own ways, and are well-known for various things. I believe you can try to ask the administration to be placed in a specific house, but for most of the time, students are usually placed based on space availability and the preferences that they give.

      As for the room allocation, it’s entirely up to the housemasters. From what usually happens, lower sixers (1st year A-Levels students) are not mixed in the same room as upper sixers (2nd year A-Levels students), unless there are an odd number of lower sixers (‘Cause usually upper sixers get their own single rooms).

      April 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm
      • Reply Mohamed

        Dear Nazura,

        Thank you so much for your quick response, your blog has been an immense help, full of information for parents and new students joining KTJ.

        May god bless you

        April 30, 2015 at 9:45 am
        • Reply Syaza Nazura

          You’re very much welcome! I’m glad to be able to help out in any way possible. Good luck to your son! :)

          April 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Chen

    Hi,
    I’m considering to take a levels there next year, but which intake will be better and is there any difference ? Can you roughly describe each girl house?
    Thank you! :)

    June 2, 2015 at 2:49 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi,

      January intakes do their A-Levels in 1.5 year, and August intakes do it in 2 years. That’s basically the major difference between the two intakes. Other than that, everything is pretty much the same.

      Well, I can’t say for sure how it is now, but like, during my time, Irinah was the girl’s equivalent for Naqiyuddin, which is basically the sports house. Jawahir was pretty good at netball back then, and Alia was pretty new in my years so they were still building a reputation. :)

      June 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply nik

    assalamualikum , im starting this august and taking alevels in accounts . im really scared . first of all , thnk u so much for this blog. it really helps alot . may god bless u akak :)
    1. im a muslim , malay , can we wear any kinds of tudung or it needs to be tudung bawal ?
    2. does the shoe has a specific requiremnts leathr , or it can be any black shoe ?
    3. does the teacher teach fast im scared i cant pick up bc im a slow learner huhu
    4. how many beds are there in a room for alvles first year
    5. do i have to play sports ? im fat and not good in any sports
    thnks akak so much

    June 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Wa’alaikumsalam.

      Relax, you’ll be fine :)

      1. Any kind of tudung is fine, as long as it’s white without any embroideries or designs. So any kind of plain white hijab is fine, whether it’s tudung labuh, tudung bawal, shawl or pashmina.

      2. I am not so sure on the shoes :/

      3. For August intake, it won’t be as fast as it is for January intake. I’m sure you’ll be fine :) If you find it hard to understand, you can always get the teacher to reexplain things to you :)

      4. It is not compulsory, I believe. Back in my days, Sixth Formers (aka A-Levels students) have to have at least 1 club activity, which can be anything. Once you’re there, you can check back the requirements with them. But everyone in the school will have to participate in the annual cross country though.

      :)

      June 10, 2015 at 4:27 am
  • Reply vannessa

    can i apply/enter at KTJ if im from public school which is using PT3 format? hehe im currently 14 and i want to apply there nxt year :)) x

    July 15, 2015 at 5:09 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      You should be fine to apply, but I’d double check with KTJ if I were you. Best to reconfirm by calling them up!

      July 15, 2015 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Nikki

    hey syaza :) Do you think I have a chance if getting a scholarship if get straight As in PT3? Hmm and one more thing, are there any student yang from a ‘not so rich’ family or sederhana kaya family? AND ARE THERE ANY SABAHANS? Cause im one haha, im sorry for asking too many questions hehe but this is the last one, umm when can i apply there after i dpt my PT3 results? :) x THANKS SYAZA

    July 16, 2015 at 4:47 am
    • Reply Nikki

      …you think i have a chance OF**.. Are there any STUDENTS**.. sorry for my mistakes

      July 16, 2015 at 4:50 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      1. Possibly. Not sure if there are any scholarships for Form 4 students though, you can try asking KTJ. There used to be scholarships (or partial scholarships) for Form 4&5 students for SPM, but there’s no more SPM now so I’m not sure how it’d be now.
      2. Yes, there are students from middle-income families.
      3. Yes, there are Sabahans, during my time. Not sure about now.
      4. Please do check the Admissions details (when to apply, etc) with KTJ itself. Thank you. :)

      July 19, 2015 at 12:52 am
  • Reply safiah

    Salam again kak syaza , thnks for the fast reply ^^ . I have some more few questions hehe

    1. What clothes do u guys usually have to wear ? Baju kurung or normal t shirst ? Or like a kemeja ? Do i have to buy a blazer ?

    2. I got irinah house btw. Is it close to the surau? What house were u in ?
    3. How many student are there usually in a class ?
    4. During prayer time , do the girls pray toghtr in the mini
    surau downstairs ? Or we pray on our own ?

    Thanks akak very very much .

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    July 27, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Wa’alaikumsalam.

      1. School uniforms are as written above. Other than that, people usually wear tshirts and pants/shorts/skirts. Yes, you will need a school blazer (can be bought at the school / tailor-made)
      2. I was in Irinah as well. And it is the closest girl house to the surau.
      3. For A-Levels, around 15-25 students per class.
      4. It’s up to you. Some people pray in the surau, some pray on their own in their rooms. Typically the boys go to the surau for Maghrib/Isyak prayers if possible, but it’s not compulsory.

      July 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply sage

    Hi, I know this post was written sooooo long ago so I’m hoping you will still see this and reply…

    It’s about KTJ scholarships. You got a scholarship right? I was just wondering how many A’s did you get for your trial exams which enabled you to get the scholarship?
    I’m currently having my trial exams and I’m screwed everything up. I didn’t study and I obviously regret it. I doubt I will even get 6As, which is the minimum requirement they state on their website in order to apply for a scholarship. So I’m wondering, what else do they consider besides that?
    Like, how did your interview go? Maybe I can convince them that I’ll work hard enough for the real exams 😉

    Thanks so much :))

    January 7, 2016 at 3:00 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there,

      What ‘trial exams’ are you referring to? IGCSE’s trial exams for the scholarship for A-Levels?

      When I was in KTJ, I had two different scholarships. One full scholarship (that covers all tuition fees) during my Form 4-5 (I did SPM in KTJ), and a partial scholarship (that covers 25% of my tuition fees) during my A-Levels. I can’t exactly remember what I got for my SPM trials back in Aug/Sept 2011, but I doubt I for 7 out of 9 possible A’s? (I know I got a 66 for Biology, that I can remember, but I can’t recall the others) [Okay, wait, on second thought, I scrolled down my Facebook page for you. Seems like I got 6A+s, 2A’s and 1B, I think?]

      My interview for the scholarship for A-Levels was alright, since they already knew me and everything. So it wasn’t terribly long or anything, my teachers and the principal knew my background and my academic results and everything so it was a pretty easy thing for me. As for you, you can still try. I’m sure they look into other things as well other than the results, including your extracurricular activities and stuff, so no harm in contacting the school & asking them about it?

      Good luck!

      January 19, 2016 at 8:23 am
      • Reply sage

        Hey, thanks for replying!

        Yeah, I meant the mock exams for IGCSEs. Wow, you’re so smart.. I’ve basically just lost any hope I even had HAHAH but yeah, thanks so much for your help :)

        January 23, 2016 at 1:52 am
        • Reply Syaza Nazura

          Aww thank you! And don’t worry about it, I doubt you did as bad as you expected (trust me, I’ve always felt like that but turns out that nothing is ever as bad as we think it is), so I’m sure you did well. Good luck in your studies! :)

          January 29, 2016 at 4:02 am
  • Reply aida fathini

    hi syaza. my name is aida. i’ll be entering ktj in 9 more days in form 4. i would like to ask you a few question such as what do we do after school ends at 3.20….. i’m quite nervous,so is there any tips to fit in since i am going to enter in the middle of the school terms.

    October 7, 2016 at 12:11 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi. I’m guessing you are already in KTJ? Hope your first few days in KTJ goes well! What house are you in, btw? :)

      Some tips to fit in:
      1) Hang out with people in your house. Join any interhouse competition, house singing, cross country, netball, etc. Be an active member of the house, talk to people, eat and hangout in the pantry / living room.
      2) Get to know your classmates. You’ll be seeing most of them in the next 1.5year, and possibly another 2year if you want to stay for A-Levels.
      3) Join and be an active member in an ECA or two. Find one that you like (seriously there’s lots of options in KTJ) and meet people who share the same interests as you do.

      I guess you might have already know this, but after school ends at 3.20pm, students typically go for their ECA (extra curricular activity). I think you have to join at least two ECAs a year? So there’ll be meetings or practices that you go to. Other than that, it’s free time, so take a nap, go walk around the school, jog, play sports, study, etc. :)

      You will be just fine :) Good luck!

      October 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply aida fathini

    also,is there any outings during the weekends for form 4

    October 7, 2016 at 12:13 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Not usually, but you can always ask your house mistress if you want to go out. Typically you would need their permission as well as your parents. Weekend outings for Form5 and lower are typically stricter than A-Levels students :)

      October 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Lenny Lineng

    Hi
    i have a daughter but still in secondary 1
    and i’ve planned to send her to ktj next year.
    I want to know
    what subjects will be test on the admission? is only english or math or both of them? or maybe more much subjects? Is it hard enough to pass the test? Is there any indonesian students? What do we need to prepare our daughter so she can pass the admission test? Tq so much.

    October 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi,

      I’m not sure if the admissions test for Secondary 1/2 students would be the same as the one I previously took for Form 4 admissions, but I’m guessing it’s probably going to be Maths/English tests. Better to check with the school itself to confirm it.

      October 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply Aida Fathini

      Hi, I’m new at ktj. The admission test is challenging but not too though. And there is indonesian students in ktj :)

      October 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Lenny L

    Hi Syaza..
    How if you got a bad-sick?
    Is there any doctor that could check on you at the time, or you have to wait the doctor came along from KL, instead the school and boarding location is far enough from the main city.. is there any clinic inside the school area?

    October 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Replied to you by email Lenny. :)

      November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm
      • Reply Lenny L

        Ooh i’m so sorry dont get your email replied.

        November 2, 2016 at 2:22 am
    • Reply Aida

      There is a health centre at the school. Its like a mini hospital. If you are sick, your houseparent will bring you there. If its getting worse, there’s a clinic around 5 km from the school. You will be brought there.

      November 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm
      • Reply Lenny L

        Tq for your info.
        You’re new at ktj, right?
        Someone told me that all the new boarding student will get the bedroom without the aircon? How long it would be? For only 1 term or ?

        November 2, 2016 at 2:27 am
  • Reply Erina

    Can we bring an iPad or iPod or iphone or anything gadget?

    April 19, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Eddie

    Stumbled on this accidentally. thanks for writing this stuff. Gave me a good laugh thinking about my times back on campus. It was fun. made a lot of life long friends there.

    April 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Anon

    Hi, thanks for the great post!. Just out of curiosity here, with 2A, 4B, 4C, what are the chances of being accepted into the sixth form ?

    May 23, 2017 at 8:00 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Probably best to ask the school themselves, it’s been a while since I left so your best bet is to actually ask the school directly.

      May 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Erina

    I’m in the form 4 and got agr8 pt3 results Can I apply ?
    How u apply ? I think this is not sbp right?
    And also as u said @ Saturday the form 6 students can outing how bout form 4 or form 5 student?
    Can we bring any gadget ?
    Are form 4 student are consider to the title junior ?
    Hope u will answer asap 🙂

    June 5, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      No, this is not an SBP. Please do contact the school about all the application process.
      Gadgets are allowed, with rules on where/when you can use them.
      Form4/5 are allowed on outings with special permissions – rarely.
      No, Form4 are considered seniors. Forms 3 and below are juniors.

      June 17, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Hi Syaza, thanks for the helpful information about KTJ, I’m glad I stumbled upon your post :) I would be entering the sixth form in KTJ this year. I’ve some questions which I hope you would reply to-
    1. What are the differences between the 3 houses- Alia, Jawahir and Irinah? How different are the people in each house? (Since you mentioned they are placed according to their hobbies, interests, etc) Btw, I was placed in Jawahir, so would like to know more about Jawahir- like how’s the house mistress there, how are the people there, what is Jawahir famous for, or any interesting facts about Jawahir? :)
    2. How does the laundry service work? Does it include your own clothes (not school uniform) and underwear? Do they iron the uniform for you?
    3. What is the attire for students after school hours? Can we wear shorts and slippers?
    4. Most importantly, how’s the food there? Hehehehe 😉

    Thank you so much.

    July 22, 2017 at 10:20 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there!

      1) I left the school more than 5 years ago, so things might have changed since the time I left (i.e. w/ regards to the house mistress, how students are placed, how each house is different, etc), so I might not be able to answer your first question.
      2) Each student is provided with two laundry bags (in the color of your house). Every morning, you can put your dirty laundry (clothes, underwear, even school uniform) in it and drop it at the designated place in the laundry room. There is a checklist that you can mark which clothing items you send off to the laundry each day, and in a couple of days you’ll get your clean laundry back. They’ll iron your school uniform, but they would fold it to put back in the laundry bag for you, so you might have to re-iron the small creases after you unfold them back.
      3) Shorts and slippers were fine at my time, so I’m guessing it should be OK too for now. Best to double check w/ current students.
      4) Food’s good – better than typical boarding school considering how they have western/asian menu so you’ll be fine :)

      Good luck in KTJ!

      July 23, 2017 at 2:42 am
  • Reply Christy

    Hi Syaza,
    I’m planning to enroll my kids in KTJ. One will go to Year 9 and one will go to Year 7. Currently we are in overseas and we are Malaysians. It’s time for us to be back home. My questions are:
    1) Do they teach Malay as a subject? I would like my kids to pick up Bahasa.
    2) What other foreign languages options do they have?
    3) Any children studying there that did not take boarding package but instead travel daily to school.? Are there any housing areas nearby? if yes, where are they?
    4) Does the school organize any sports competition against other schools?
    Appreciate if could help me out in above questions. Thank you.

    October 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi Christy,

      Thank you for your questions, I’ll try to help out as much as I could.

      1) Yes, they have Malay as a language/subject in the IGCSEs stream, so they will be able to learn Malay.
      2) I am unsure about other foreign languages in the IGCSEs stream, as I took SPM and did not have any options to learn languages. You may double check with the school, though when I was there, I wasn’t aware of any other languages offered, but they might have changed it since I left more than 5 years ago.
      3) Yes, there are ‘day-boarders’ who come to school every day for classes and extra-curricular but do not stay in the school. The closest town is the town of Mantin, which you can look into, or there is also the Staffield golf & country resort area (I know of a couple of teachers who lived there and travel to school daily). Depending on how much travel time you plan to spend every day, Nilai is also quite close, though it is about 20-30 mins drive away.
      4) Yes, they participate in the Fobbisea (spelling unsure of) against international schools in South-East Asia. We’ve also had students who compete and represent the state/country in games and sports (recent ones in the Sukan Sea or SUKMA), as well as friendly games and matches with other schools.

      Hope these help!

      October 11, 2017 at 12:51 am
  • Reply Soffy

    Hye kak syaza!
    I have some questions to ask,
    1)can we sit for pt3 and also SPM while studying in KTJ?
    2)what is baju mufti?
    3)is there any debate competition?
    4)is there any latecomers?
    5)if i want to enter ktj , is it dependings on my previous exam result?

    Thank you akak for willing to help me and make write an amzing post about KTJ❤️

    October 22, 2017 at 5:39 am
    • Reply Syaza Nazura

      Hi there,

      1) I believe that KTJ no longer offers the local stream (PT3/SPM) so every student will either be taking IGCSE’s or A-Levels.
      2) ‘Mufti’ are basically whatever you want to wear – no uniforms.
      3) Yes.
      4) Yes.
      5) Please check with KTJ on the entry requirements, thanks :)

      October 22, 2017 at 6:24 am

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