Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise is an admission exercise to allow participating schools to select some Primary 6 (P6) students for admission to Secondary 1 based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released.
The objective of the DSA-Sec Exercise 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 DSA-Sec Exercise provides them the opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to secondary schools.
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For the 2017 DSA-Sec Exercise, the places available for admission through DSA-Sec for Secondary 1 non-IP intake into Independent Schools is up to 20%, Autonomous Schools is up to 10%, and Schools with Distinctive Programmes is up to 5%. From the 2018 DSA-Sec Exercise onwards, the places available for admission through DSA-Sec for Secondary 1 non-IP intake into all the above schools is up to 20%.
Specialised Independent Schools (viz. NUS High School, School of the Arts, School of Science and Technology) have full discretion in admissions, and take in 100% of their student through the DSA. Currently, schools that offer the Integrated Programme (IP) generally admitted an average of about 35% of their Secondary 1 IP intake through the DSA-Sec Exercise.
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International Students (i.e. non-SC/SPR) are required to provide the originals and photocopies of the following additional supporting documents:
All supporting documents have to be valid at the point of registration. If the submitted documents are in other languages (non-English), an accurate English translation must accompany the photocopies.