Year 1 Direct School Admission


The DSA-SEC exercise is an initiative by the Ministry of Education (MOE) that allows students to seek admission to a secondary school based on a diverse range of specific academic and non-academic talents and achievements.

Application Eligibility

DSA-SEC Application (without header)

Process Overview

DSA Y1_Process Overview


  • Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge. For more details, please refer to MOE website from early May onwards –


  • Applicants not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools will need to apply for a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) to access the DSA-Sec Portal. Please refer to the MOE website at:

Domains & Talent Areas

DSA Y1_Domain and Talent Areas


Selection Criteria & Process



Selection Criteria
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Selection Process


Year 1 DSA Academic Criteria

1.     Academic Selection Test

4  04 Jul 2023 (PM)

2.     Academic Interview

4  14 – 22 Aug 2023 (PM)

Leadership & Character

Year 1 DSA Leadership and Character Criteria

1.     Submission of Personal Statement

4  By 23 Jun 2023 (PM)

2.     Group Activity and Interview

4  17 & 21 Aug 2023 (PM)

Music & Visual Arts

Year 1 DSA Music Criteria

1.     Submission of Portfolio

4  By 31 May 2023 (PM)

2.     Music Theory Test

4  30 Jun 2023 (PM)

3.     Audition and Interview

4  15 Jul 2023 (AM to PM)

Year 1 DSA Visual Arts Criteria

1.     Submission of Portfolio

4  By 31 May 2023 (PM)

2.     VA Selection Test and Interview

4  01 Jul 2023 (AM)


Year 1 DSA Sports Criteria

1.     Sports Trial

4  23, 24 and 30 Jun & 01 Jul 2023 (AM)

2.     Sports Interview

4  17 – 21 Jul 2023 (PM)


Important Note:

  • Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school’s academic and non-academic requirements and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.
  • Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school for the duration of the 6-year Integrated Programme and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from Year 1-4.

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