Direct School Admission - Secondary: Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

  1. What is Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  2. How much discretion will the secondary schools have for 2013 Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  3. Can I apply for direct admission to any secondary school?
  4. As my child will be considered for posting only after Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results, my child will be deprived of a place in the school by others who were given priority admission through Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. Can MOE explain?
  5. Why is there a need to have a Selection Stage and School Preference Stage? Why can’t schools confirm Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) candidates on their own?
  6. Can a student below Primary Six (P6) be considered for the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  7. How much flexibility is given to schools to select their students?
  8. If I am offered a Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) place in a secondary school, do I have to meet the schools Cut-off-point (COP) for Secondary One (S1) posting?

Niche Schools Participating in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

  1. Why did MOE introduce schools with niche for the Direct School Admission - Secondary Exercise (Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec)?
  2. What are the criteria used by MOE for approving the niche schools?

Stage 1: Selection

  1. How do I find information on the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  2. Can I apply to more than one school?
  3. When can the schools start inviting me for interviews / selection?
  4. As I am not a student in MOE School, I have been advised to register and collect a registration number from MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) before my application can be processed. Why is there a need to register at MOE Customer Service Centre first?
  5. What are the documents I need to bring when I register at MOE Customer Service Centre to collect a registration number?
  6. As I am not a student in MOE School, do I need to take any test when I register for the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  7. When will I know the outcome of my application to each school?
  8. Can schools offer Confirmed Offers to Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) candidates during Selection Stage?
  9. Am I guaranteed a place in the school if I am given a Confirmed Offer by the school?
  10. What does it mean if I have been placed on the Waiting List of a school?
  11. If I am not successful in any of my applications under the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I still opt for the school during Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) School Preference Stage?

Stage 2: Exercise School Preference

  1. When is the Exercise School Preference period? How do I receive the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) School Preference Form?
  2. How many schools can I opt for?
  3. If I have been offered a place in more than three schools, can I opt for all the schools?
  4. If I have received Confirmed Offers or put on the Waiting List by a school, can I decide not to select the school?
    1. I have received two offers, a Waiting List (WL) Offer from School A (my preferred school) and a Confirmed Offer (CO) from School B. Would putting School A as my first choice and School B as my second choice affect my chances with School B should I not be allocated School A?
    2. Should I put School B as my first choice, since I am guaranteed a place there?
  5. I have only received one Waiting List (WL) offer. Should I still exercise my option since my chance of getting into that school may be quite slim?
  6. Where do I submit my Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) preferences? Can I make amendment to the preference(s) made after submission if I change my mind?
  7. Can I make amendments after the Exercise School Preference Stage?
  8. After I have submitted my preferences during the Exercise School Preference Stage, can I withdraw my application altogether?
  9. What can I do to withdraw from Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise after the Exercise School Preference Stage?

Pre-Results Release Stage

  1. How does the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) allocation to schools work?
  2. Assuming candidate A is on the Waiting List in School X and had selected School X as his 1st choice, as compared to candidate B who had been given a Confirmed Offer in the same school but opted for the school as 2nd choice, who will be given priority in allocation to School X?
  3. If two candidates are placed on the school’s Waiting List and both have indicated the school as their 1st choice, who will be allocated first?

Stage 3: Results Release

  1. When will I know if I am successfully admitted to a secondary school via the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  2. If I am successfully admitted to a secondary school via the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I participate in the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise?
  3. What should I do if I am unsuccessful in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
  4. If I am successful in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise but I am eligible to study in more than one course [e.g. Express / Normal (Academic)], can I select the course of my preference?
  5. How do I apply for Third Language programmes?
  6. Am I required to apply for Edusave Entrance Scholarship for Independent School (EESIS) if I am eligible and have been allocated to an Independent School?
  7. If I am successfully allocated to a secondary school via Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and want to withdraw so that I can be posted under the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise, what must I do?
  8. If I am successfully allocated to a secondary school via Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I request for a change of school?
  9. If I am unsuccessful in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and I had opted for a particular school in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I still select the school again during the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise?

Direct School Admission- Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)

  1. Who are eligible to submit their school preference(s) via the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?
  2. What is the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?
  3. Do I need to make any payment for using the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?
  4. Where can I find out more information on the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

Submission of Direct School Admission (DSA) School Preference

  1. What do I need to have ready before logging on the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS) to submit my school preference?
  2. Will I be automatically logged out if I stayed too long on a particular web page?
  3. During my application, if I am logged out by the system, will the data that I have entered be saved?
  4. Can I save my data / transaction, logout and continue at another time?
  5. How do I know that my online application has been submitted successfully?
  6. How do I print the Verification Slip (VS)?
  7. Can I save my Verification Slip (VS) in my computer?
  8. How many amendments can I make to my submitted school preferences?
  9. Can I change my personal particulars such as contact numbers via Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?
  10. Can I withdraw from Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise after I have submitted school preferences?

Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN

  1. What is Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?
  2. Who will be issued with the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN, and when will it be issued?
  3. How do I register if I have lost my child’s Direct School Admission (DSA) School Preference Form or Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?
  4. Can I obtain another Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?
  5. Whom should I approach if I have problem logging on to the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS) with my DSA-Sec PIN??

General Information

  1. What is Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) is an admission exercise to allow participating schools to select some Primary Six students for admission to Secondary One (S1) based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released.

    The objective of the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) is to promote holistic education by giving participating schools greater flexibility in selecting students while holding on to the key principles of transparency and meritocracy. For students, the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise provides them the opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to secondary schools.

  2. How much discretion will the secondary schools have for 2013 Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    Type of Schools Discretionary Places
    Schools with Integrated Programme (IP) or Specialised Independent Schools (viz. NUSHS, SOTA, SST) Up to 100%
    Independent Schools (without IP) 20%
    Autonomous Schools (without IP) 10%
    Niche Schools 5%

    Last year, all the IP schools, with the exception of NUS High School, School of Science and Technology and School of the Arts, admitted up to only 50% of the Secondary One (S1) intake through the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. This year, we expect a similar proportion of places to be available for centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

  3. Can I apply for direct admission to any secondary school?

    Not all secondary schools are participating in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. You may refer to the list of participating schools in this year’s exercise.

  4. As my child will be considered for posting only after Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results, my child will be deprived of a place in the school by others who were given priority admission through Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. Can MOE explain?

    The DSA-Sec Exercise initiative is to allow recognition of a more diverse range of student achievements and talents for admission to schools. Admission is still based on merit, with more flexibility given to schools to admit some of their students based on a broader set of criteria other than just PSLE results. As only a certain percentage of places are given for the DSA-Sec Exercise, places in DSA-Sec participating schools will continue to be available to students for posting after PSLE results.

  5. Why is there a need to have a Selection Stage and School Preference Stage? Why can’t schools confirm Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) candidates on their own?

    Participating schools will issue Confirmed Offers to selected students. However, as some students may have more than one offer, we have provided them with the opportunity during the Exercise School Preference Stage to submit their preferences. This will also enable freed-up Confirmed Offers to be given to other students on the school’s waiting list.

  6. Can a student below Primary Six (P6) be considered for the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    No. Admission to Secondary One (S1) is only for students who have completed Primary Six (P6) or its equivalent.

  7. How much flexibility is given to schools to select their students?

    In general, schools can decide on their admission criteria, as long as they are merit-based and transparent. Primary school students must achieve Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results that would enable them to be eligible for admission to the course being offered by the school.

  8. If I am offered a Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) place in a secondary school, do I have to meet the schools Cut-off-point (COP) for Secondary One (S1) (S1) posting?

    Students given an offer by a secondary school for DSA-Sec admissions must achieve Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results that would enable them to be eligible for admission to a course being offered by the school, eg. if a school only offers Express Course, the students’ PSLE aggregate must be at least within the Express/Normal (Academic) course option and if a school offers Express and Normal (Academic) course, the students’ PSLE aggregate must be at least within the Normal (Academic)/Normal (Technical) course option.

Niche Schools Participating in DSA-Sec Exercise

  1. Why did MOE introduce schools with niche for the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec)?

    Previously, only Independent Schools (IS) and Autonomous Schools (AS) had the discretion to admit students outside the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise. The discretion to admit students is now extended to mainstream secondary schools with approved niche.

    From 2006, niche schools participating in DSA-Sec Exercise are allowed to admit students up to 5% of their Secondary One (S1) intake on a discretionary basis for the purpose of building up their niche. This gives niche schools greater flexibility in student admission so as to allow a more diverse range of student achievements and talents to be recognised. It also gives due consideration to abilities not fully assessed in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Having niche schools as a part of the educational landscape is also in line with MOE’s move to support a more flexible and broad-based education system.

  2. What are the criteria used by MOE for approving the niche schools?

    The following criteria are used:

    • The school should have demonstrated a very strong potential in, and have a proven track record of achievements in its declared niche.
    • The school should have in place a comprehensive and workable development plan to ensure the niche continues to be sustainable in the future.
    • The school should have a set of selection criteria for discretionary places which is transparent and merit-based.

Stage 1: Selection

  1. How do I find information on the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    You may do the following:

    You may also contact MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872 2220 for more information.

  2. Can I apply to more than one school?

    Students may wish to be selective about the number of schools they apply to, based on careful consideration of their own strengths and which secondary schools best cater to their needs, so that they would not have too many tests, interviews or trials to attend. The number of places available for each school is limited, and the schools would generally apply stringent selection criteria. However, students may still approach more than one school for consideration if they are interested.

  3. When can the schools start inviting me for interviews / selection?

    Secondary schools participating in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise will have their own specific schedules for application and selection. You can check the detailed schedule of the participating secondary schools by visiting their websites or contacting them directly before the start of the Selection Stage.

  4. As I am not a student in MOE School, I have been advised to approach to register and collect a registration number from MOE Customer Service Centre before my application can be processed. Why is there a need to register at MOE Customer Service Centre first?

    MOE requires your data for centralised processing. With the registration number issued to you, MOE is able to identify you as a Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) candidate and enable you to participate in the exercise. Note that you will also need to fulfill the age requirement for the level. You must be between 12 and 16+ years old for Sec 1 admission if you are Singaporean Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR). If you are non-SC/SPR, you must be between 12 and 14+ years old.

  5. What are the documents I need to bring when I register at MOE Customer Service Centre to collect a registration number?

    You are required to bring the originals and photocopies of the following:

    • The Applicant’s Birth Certificate/FIN/Passport / NRIC / Entry Permit / Re-entry Permit
    • The Parent’s/Guardian’s Passport
    • A valid email address

    International Students (ie. non-SC/SPR) are required to provide the originals and photocopies of the following additional supporting documents:

    Applicant:

    • Dependant’s Pass (if any)
    • Immigration Exemption Order (if any)
    • Student’s Pass (if any)

    and

    Applicant’s Parents:

    • Singapore NRIC (if any)
    • Re-entry Permit (if any)
    • Employment Pass/Work Permit (if any)

    If the documents are in other languages (non English), an accurate English translation must accompany the photocopies.

  6. As I am not a student in MOE School, do I need to take any test when I register for the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    International Students (IS) without Dependant's Pass (DP), Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) and whose parents are not Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) are to take part and pass the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) if they wish to seek school admission to mainstream public schools. IS who wish to participate in the DSA-Sec Exercise can apply to the respective DSA-Sec schools first before taking the AEIS. Please refer to the AEIS website (http://www.moe.edu.sg/education/admissions/international-students/admissions-exercise) for details on the AEIS and registration dates.

  7. When will I know the outcome of my application to each school?

    You should receive a note from the school informing you of the outcome of your application during the Selection Stage by 30 August 2013. The letter will clearly state if you have been given a Confirmed Offer, or been put on the Waiting List, or that you are unsuccessful. If you have been placed on the Waiting List or given a Confirmed Offer in at least one school, you will receive a School Preference Form on 21 October 2013 after your Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) examinations. You will have to make your preferences (maximum of 3 preferences) from 21 October 2013, 9am to 25 October 2013, 3pm.

  8. Can schools offer Confirmed Offers to Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) candidates during Selection Stage?

    Yes, participating schools are required to issue a letter to all candidates, informing them on the outcome of their applications by 30 August 2013.

  9. Am I guaranteed a place in the school if I am given a Confirmed Offer by the school?

    You are guaranteed a place in the school if the school has given you a Confirmed Offer, provided that you have indicated the school as one of your preferences during the Exercise School Preference Stage, and you qualify for an academic course which is offered by the school [Express / Normal (Academic) / Normal (Technical)].

  10. What does it mean if I have been placed on the Waiting List of a school?

    If you have been placed on the Waiting List of a school, the school will consider you for admission when vacancies arise due to other students giving up their confirmed places during the Exercise School Preference Stage. However, you must also:

    • have indicated the school as one of your preferences during the Exercise Preference Stage; and
    • qualify for an academic course which is offered by the school [Express / Normal (Academic) / Normal (Technical)].
  11. If I am not successful in any of my applications under the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I still opt for the school during DSA-Sec Exercise School Preference Stage?

    If you are not successful in your applications during the Selection Stage, you will not be eligible to opt for any school during the School Preference Stage and will not receive the School Preference Form.

    However, you can still select any school of your choice during the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise after the release of Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.

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Stage 2: Exercise School Preference

  1. When is the Exercise School Preference period? How do I receive the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) School Preference Form?

    The DSA-Sec Exercise School Preference Stage takes place after the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) examination, from 21 October 2013, 9am to 25 October 2013, 3pm. DSA-Sec candidates who are currently studying in MOE schools will receive the DSA-Sec School Preference Form from their respective primary schools. For DSA-Sec candidates who are currently NOT studying in MOE schools, they are required to collect their School Preference Forms at the MOE Customer Service Centre from 21 October 2013. DSA-Sec candidates are to submit their preferences by 25 October 2013, 3pm. You may download a copy of proxy form to appoint a proxy to act on your behalf, if you are unable to collect the School Preference Form at the MOE Customer Service Centre.

  2. How many schools can I opt for?

    Each candidate is allowed to opt up to a maximum of three schools from the schools listed in the School Preference Form.

  3. If I have been offered a place in more than three schools, can I opt for all the schools?

    You are only allowed to select a maximum of three schools as your Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) preferences.

  4. If I have received Confirmed Offers or put on the Waiting List by a school, can I decide not to select the school?

    You can decide whether to select the school during the Exercise School Preference period from 21 October 2013, 9am to 25 October 2013, 3pm. If you do not submit your school preference by 25 October 2013, 3pm, you are deemed to have withdrawn from the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. You will then be eligible to participate in the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

    1. I have received two offers, a Waiting List (WL) Offer from School A (my preferred school) and a Confirmed Offer (CO) from School B. Would putting School A as my first choice and School B as my second choice affect my chances with School B should I not be allocated School A?

    2. Should I put School B as my first choice, since I am guaranteed a place there?

      Assuming you are eligible for an academic course that School A and School B offer:

      1. You put School A as 1st choice, followed by School B. If School A has enough remaining DSA-Sec places to admit you after the other students given COs have made their choices, you will be allocated School A.
      2. You put School A as 1st choice, followed by School B. If School A does not have enough Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) places to admit you after the other students given COs have made their choices, you will be allocated School B since you have a CO from School B.
      3. You put School B as 1st choice, followed by School A. Since School B is your first choice and School B has given you a CO, you will be posted to School B. You will not be allocated School A, even if School A has enough DSA-Sec places.
  5. I have only received one Waiting List (WL) offer. Should I still exercise my preference since my chance of getting into that school may be quite slim?

    You can exercise your preference if you are still keen on entering the school via Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise. Past experience shows that an average of 50% of those who opted for the schools who gave them a WL offer was successfully allocated a place in the school. If you are unsuccessful, you can still participate in the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise on the day of Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results release in November.

  6. Where do I submit my Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) preferences? Can I make amendment to the preference(s) made after submission if I change my mind?

    DSA-Sec school preference(s) can be submitted either electronically via DSA-Sec Internet System or physically to your primary school between 21 October 2013, 9am to 25 October 2013, 3pm. You are allowed to make a One-Time amendment after submission via DSA-Sec Internet System before 25 October 2013, 3pm.

  7. Can I make amendments after the Exercise School Preference Stage?

    No, amendments are not allowed after the end of the Exercise School Preference Stage.

  8. After I have submitted my preferences during the Exercise School Preference Stage, can I withdraw my application altogether?

    Yes, however, you may only withdraw your application before the end of the Exercise School Preference Stage.

  9. What can I do to withdraw from Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise after the Exercise School Preference Stage?

    You can no longer withdraw from the DSA-Sec Exercise after the end of the Exercise School Preference Stage.

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Pre-Results Release Stage

  1. How does the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) allocation to schools work?

    DSA-Sec candidates are allocated to schools based on the students’ preferences submitted and school’s ranking of the students, subject to the availability of DSA-Sec vacancies in the schools. The allocation system is similar to that for the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

  2. Assuming candidate A is on the Waiting List in School X and had selected School X as his 1st choice, as compared to candidate B who had been given a Confirmed Offer in the same school but opted for the school as 2nd choice, who will be given priority in allocation to School X?

    Candidate B will be given priority, as he has a Confirmed Offer in School X.

  3. If two candidates are placed on the school’s Waiting List and both have indicated the school as their 1st choice, who will be allocated first?

    The candidate who is placed higher in the school’s candidates ranking list will be offered the allocation first. It does not matter which choice order the candidate puts the school in the School Preference Form.

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Stage 3: Results Release

  1. When will I know if I am successfully admitted to a secondary school via the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    The results of the DSA-Sec Exercise will be released in late November, together with the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.

    Candidates currently studying in MOE schools will be informed by their respective primary schools. Candidates currently not studying in MOE schools can collect their DSA-Sec Exercise results from MOE Customer Service Centre.

  2. If I am successfully admitted to a secondary school via the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I participate in the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise?

    If you are successful in the DSA-Sec Exercise, you will be informed of the school that you have been admitted to. Since this place has already been reserved for you, you will not be allowed to participate in the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise to opt for a secondary school. However, successful DSA-Sec candidates who are eligible for Third Language programme and/or qualify for the course option may exercise their options in the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

  3. What should I do if I am unsuccessful in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?

    If you are unsuccessful in the DSA-Sec Exercise, you will be notified that none of the schools you had indicated a preference for are able to offer you a place. Hence, you will participate in the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise to opt for your choices of schools. During the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise, you may still opt for the schools that had not been able to offer you a place under the DSA-Sec Exercise as only a certain percentage of places in these schools are taken up during the DSA-Sec Exercise.

  4. If I am successful in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise but I am eligible to study in more than one course [e.g. Express / Normal (Academic)], can I select the course of my preference?

    DSA-Sec candidates who have been successfully allocated to a secondary school and who obtained Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) aggregates which put them in the course option [the Express/Normal (Academic) or Normal (Academic)/ Normal (Technical)] are allowed to indicate their preferred course of study in the school allocated, provided that the school offers both courses.

  5. How do I apply for Third language programmes?

    You will be informed of your Third Language programmes eligibility together with the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results. If you wish to take up a Third Language, you need to submit your application during the option period of the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise in late November.

  6. Am I required to apply for Edusave Entrance Scholarship for Independent School (EESIS) if I am eligible and have been allocated to an Independent School?

    Candidates who qualify for EESIS and are admitted to an Independent School are automatically given the EESIS award. You do not need to submit any application form.

  7. If I am successfully allocated to a secondary school via Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and want to withdraw so that I can be posted the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise, what must I do?

    Candidates who have been successfully allocated to a secondary school under the DSA-Sec Exercise are not allowed to opt for secondary schools during the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

  8. If I am successfully allocated to a secondary school via Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I request for a change of school?

    You are not allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results as you are expected to honour your commitment to your posted DSA-Sec school.

  9. If I am unsuccessful in Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and I had opted for a particular school in the Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, can I still select the school again during the centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise?

    Yes, you can. The centralised Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise is to allow you to select school(s) for central posting. It is a separate exercise from DSA-Sec Exercise.

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Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)

  1. Who are eligible to submit their school preference(s) via the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

    DSA-Sec candidates who received Confirmed Offer(s) or were placed on the Waiting List(s) by the DSA-Sec schools during the Selection Stage are eligible to submit their school preferences via the DSA-Sec IS.

  2. What is the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

    DSA-Sec IS serves as an additional channel for parents of DSA-Sec candidates to submit their child’s school preferences online during the Exercise School Preference Stage. With the DSA-Sec IS, parents now have the option of not having to make physical trips to their child’s primary school or MOE Customer Service Centre to submit their child’s school preferences.

  3. Do I need to make any payment for using the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

    No payment is required.

  4. Where can I find out more information on the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

    You can find more information on the DSA-Sec Exercise and DSA-Sec IS from the following channels:

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Submission of Direct School Admission (DSA) School Preference

  1. What do I need to have ready before logging on the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS) to submit my school preference?

    You are required to have the following ready:

    • Computer with Internet access
    • Candidate’s Birth Certificate (BC) Number/Foreign Identification Number (FIN) /Registration Number (Reg. No.)
    • DSA-Sec PIN (found in the candidate’s personalised DSA-Sec Preference Form
    • Completed DSA-Sec School Preference Form. This will help to reduce your time needed to complete the online submission.
  2. Will I be automatically logged out if I stayed too long on a particular web page?

    To ensure that other applicants can enjoy a speedy and smooth access to the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS), all applicants who do not have any activity on any DSA-Sec-IS web page for more than 10 minutes, will automatically be logged out by the system.

  3. During my application, if I am logged out by the system, will the data that I have entered be saved?

    No. Any data that you entered prior to system time-out will not be saved.

  4. Can I save my data / transaction, logout and continue at another time?

    No. When you logout of the system without submitting the application, the data will not be saved.

  5. How do I know that my online application has been submitted successfully?

    Your online application is successfully submitted when you reach the Verification Slip (VS) page with a Confirmation Number generated on the page and a message saying that your application has been submitted successfully. You are strongly advised to print and retain a copy of the VS.

  6. How do I print the Verification Slip (VS)?

    You may print your VS by clicking on the “Print” button or the “Print This Page” icon on the VS web page. Alternatively, you may press the “Ctrl” and “P” keys on your keyboard simultaneously or use the File->Print function on your browser.

  7. Can I save my Verification Slip (VS) in my computer?

    You may click on the “Save As” button at the bottom of the VS webpage, and save the VS as a HTML file.

  8. How many amendments can I make to my submitted school preferences?

    You can only amend your submitted DSA school preferences once.

  9. Can I change my personal particulars such as contact numbers via Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)?

    You can change your personal particulars via DSA-Sec IS. However, do take note that once you have made any amendments to a previously submitted DSA school preferences, you would no longer be able to change any of your personal particulars subsequently.

  10. Can I withdraw from Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise after I have submitted school preferences?

    Yes, you can re-logon to DSA-Sec IS to withdraw your submitted school preferences before the end of Exercise School Preference Stage. Withdrawal from the exercise will not be allowed after the Exercise School Preference Stage.

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Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN

  1. What is Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?

    The DSA-Sec PIN is a unique password printed on the DSA-Sec School Preference Form. This DSA-Sec PIN is used for the submission of DSA-Sec school preference via the DSA-Sec Internet System (DSA-Sec IS). To prevent any unauthorised access to the DSA-Sec IS, parents should keep the DSA-Sec PIN confidential.

  2. Who will be issued with the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN, and when will it be issued?

    DSA-Sec PIN will be issued to DSA-Sec candidates who are eligible to participate in the Exercise School Preference Stage via the personalised and sealed DSA-Sec School Preference Form. On the first day of Exercise School Preference Stage, DSA candidates who are currently studying in MOE schools will receive the sealed DSA-Sec School Preference Form from their respective primary schools. For DSA-Sec candidates who are currently NOT studying in any MOE Schools, they will collect their DSA-Sec School Preference Forms from:

    MOE Customer Service Centre
    1 North Buona Vista Drive
    Singapore 138675

  3. How do I register if I have lost my child’s Direct School Admission (DSA) School Preference Form or Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?

    You should report to your child’s primary school and seek assistance in submitting your school preference. If your child is currently not studying in any MOE schools, you can submit the hardcopy DSA School Preference Form to:

    MOE Customer Service Centre
    1 North Buona Vista Drive
    Singapore 138675

  4. Can I obtain another Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) PIN?

    No. The DSA-Sec PIN is personal to you and is only issued once. You are advised to safe-keep the DSA School Preference Form which contains your unique DSA-Sec PIN.

  5. Whom should I approach if I have problem logging on to the Direct School Admission-Secondary Internet System (DSA-Sec IS) with my DSA-Sec PIN?

    You may approach your child’s primary school if you have problem logging on to DSA-Sec IS with your DSA-Sec PIN. The school staff will assist you in submitting your child’s school preference.

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