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 who have talents in areas beyond the examinations. You may refer to for more information regarding 2019 DSA-SEC application.

MOE requires DSA applicants to do well enough in the exam to qualify for the Express stream. Besides qualifying you for the Express stream, the PSLE results will also determine your eligibility for the ESIS (Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools).

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

According to MOE website, you can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas, 2 of the talent areas can be selected under the same school. Only 1 offer (either a Waitlist (WL) or Confirmed Offer (CO)) will be given from each school if your child is selected.

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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