Frequently Asked Questions

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The DSA exercise is an initiative by the MOE (Ministry of Education) that allows for a more diverse range of talents to be recognised in student admission. Selected schools, such as RI, have been given the flexibility to admit students currently studying in Singapore mainstream schools who have talents in areas beyond the PSLE.

You should continue to sit for the PSLE, as the MOE requires DSA applicants to do well enough in the exam to qualify for the Special / Express stream. Besides qualifying you for the Special / Express stream, the PSLE results will also determine your eligibility for the EESIS (Edusave Entrance Scholarship for Independent Schools) and the ESIP (Edusave Scholarship for the Integrated Programme).

Your place in RI is confirmed as long as you accept our DSA offer and qualify for the Special / Express stream via the PSLE.

Yes, you can, but you would eventually have to make an option for the school you wish to be considered for using the School Preference Form. The outcome of the option and final posting will be administered by the MOE, and the results will be made known at the same time as the release of the PSLE results.

If you are on a Waiting List, or have received a Confirmed Offer, you will be extended a School Preference Form from the MOE in October. This will be distributed through your Primary School. Only schools that have you on their confirmed or waiting list will be listed on the form, and you will have to rank your choices in order of preference.

Only selected schools offer entry via DSA. Please check with the school of your choice for more information.

In general, schools can admit applicants of their choice as long as the process is meritocratic and transparent. However, applicants must first obtain the PSLE result that qualifies them for the streams offered by the school. For example, applicants to schools that offer the Integrated Programme (like RI) must qualify for the Express stream in order to be successful.

No; successful DSA applicants must honour their commitment to the school that has accepted them, for the length of the programme they were admitted into. As such, they will not be eligible to participate in the Central Posting Exercise, and will not be allowed to transfer to another school following the release of the PSLE results.

Students who were not successful in the DSA exercise must participate in the Central Posting Exercise.

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