Start of the 2015 Direct Admission Exercises

Students interested in applying for direct admission to secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) and polytechnics may start to do so from this month.

The Direct Admission Exercises1 promote holistic education by recognising a more diverse range of talents, achievements and personal qualities. Schools and polytechnics are given the flexibility to admit students based on these qualities, using a transparent and meritocratic process.

Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

This year, 126 schools will participate in the 2015 DSA-Sec Exercise for admission to Secondary One in 2016. All participating schools and the schools’ distinctive programmes2 are listed in Annex A and Annex B respectively.

Interested students should go to the relevant school’s website to obtain more information on the school’s application period (which will vary from school to school) and corresponding procedures. All students participating in the DSA-Sec Exercise are still required to take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Those who take up DSA Confirmed Offers are guaranteed a place in the school provided that their PSLE results meet the minimum requirement for a course [Express/ Normal (Academic)/ Normal (Technical)] offered by the school.

Students who accept a DSA Confirmed Offer and are successfully allocated to a school via the DSA-Sec Exercise will not be able to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise. They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of PSLE results. They are expected to honour the commitment to the posted DSA school for the duration of the programme admitted to. Details of the exercise are listed in Annex C.

Direct School Admission-Junior College (DSA-JC) and Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise

The 21 institutions participating in the DSA-JC Exercise this year are listed in Annex D.

The DPA Exercise allows students who are interested in and have the aptitude for applied learning to seek admission to the polytechnics. The polytechnics will take into account students’ abilities, talents and interests in the specific courses that they have applied for. For example, a student’s passion and talent in digital media could be considered when he/she applies for a place in a Diploma in Digital Media Design through the DPA. All five polytechnics are participating in the DPA Exercise and they are listed in Annex E.

Successful applicants under the DSA-JC and DPA Exercises will be offered a place before taking their GCE O-Level examination. However, they must still meet the baseline GCE O-Level examination criteria for admission to their specific school or polytechnic. Details of the DSA-JC and DPA Exercises can be found in Annex F.

Students who have been successfully allocated a place via the DSA-JC Exercise or DPA Exercise will not be able to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school or another course after the release of the GCE O-Level examination results. They are expected to honour the commitment to the respective schools or polytechnic courses.

Further Information

Students interested in participating in the DSA-Sec, DSA-JC or DPA Exercises should visit the websites of the participating institutions for more details. They are advised to do so before the start of the respective exercises.

Students can also visit the following MOE websites for information:

DSA-Sec Exercise website

DSA-JC Exercise website

DPA Exercise website

For any queries on the Direct Admission Exercise, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions online at:

DSA-Sec Exercise

DSA-JC Exercise

DPA Exercise

  1. These include the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, Direct School Admission-Junior College (DSA-JC) Exercise and the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise.
  2. ‘Distinctive programmes’ include the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and Learning for Life Programme (LLP), which were announced at the MOE Workplan Seminar in September 2013.