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Direct School Admission

The DSA-Sec is an annual admission exercise that allows participating schools to invite shortlisted Primary 6 students for admission to Secondary 1 based on their character, potential and talents before the release of PSLE results. Under this exercise, students with good character from varied backgrounds are provided an opportunity to demonstrate their passion and talent in seeking admission to a secondary school.

Yio Chu Kang Secondary School believes in a well-rounded education and is committed to provide learning opportunities beyond the core academic and student development programme. The school offers the following distinctive programmes:

Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – Nurturing inquiring minds and inventive thinkers through Technology (click here) 

Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - Character development through the Arts, Media and Design (AMD) (click here

This year, YCKSS will offer 20% of Secondary One vacancies on a discretionary basis to talented students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) ALP (Coding, Mechatronics, Aeronautics and Robotics) and Performing Arts, Media and Design LLP.

Successful applicants will join the school in January 2019 and embark on a learning journey in the ALP and LLP programmes. Students will undergo training in specialised modules and will be given opportunities to further develop their talents and interests in the respective forms.

In DSA-Sec Exercise 2018, we are looking for promising primary six students or students not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools who demonstrate special talents.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the talent area. 

Criteria for ALP

Selection criteria for Applied Learning Programme

Category Selection Criteria Evidence to be provided

SC 1 - Coding/Programming/

ICT Skills

Evidence of relevant skills or equivalent in basic Lego Mindstorm, EV3 robots, Java, C+ programming, Micro:bit or Arduino coding will be a bonus.

 Attach a photocopy of certification/achievements with the application form.

SC2 - Accomplishment


Evidence of attainment of any levels of awards, participation or experiences in relevant context. (e.g. Robotics, ICT or Science-related competitions) or holding leadership positions in STEM-related clubs or societies.

SC3 - Ability / Potential (Audition)


Ability to demonstrate talent and aptitude in relevant areas of interest (Mechatronics, Aeronautical, Robotics or Coding) and problem-solving skills via a performance-based assessment.

During audition

SC4 - Interview

Assessment of attitude and suitability by a School Leader, Key Personnel and specialised teachers.


During interview

Criteria for LLP

Selection criteria for Learning for Life Programme

Category Selection Criteria Evidence to be provided

SC1 - Qualification/s in Art Form


Evidence of relevant qualifications from recognised institutions and academies of reputable standings (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM); Beijing Dance Academy; Trinity College of London International Exam Board Certification for Speech and Drama) or equivalent.

Attach a photocopy of certification/achievements with the application form.

SC2 - Accomplishment


Evidence of awards, performance or relevant experiences (e.g. competitions, school/public performances, skill sets such as choreography, scriptwriting, directing).


Applicants who are applying for 3D Animation, Videography or Interior Design must provide evidence of a personal portfolio, if shortlisted. 

SC3 - Ability / Potential (Audition/Personal Portfolio)


Ability to demonstrate talent and aptitude in relevant areas of interest via an audition or showcase of personal portfolio.

During audition

SC4 - Interview

Assessment of attitude and suitability by a School Leader, Key Personnel and specialised teachers.


During interview

Application Timeline




8 May –  17 August

Application opens on 7 May, 9:00am and closes on 17 August, 5:00pm

Complete and submit application form with supporting documents.

2 July – 31 August

Audition and interview for short-listed applicants

Applicant will be informed of the audition item (especially for Performing Arts) upon submission of application form.

Prepare personal portfolio if applicable.

Only shortlisted applicants are required to submit certified true copies of supporting documents at the trial/interview.

20 – 31 August

Issuance of letters to

all applicants

Contact the school if no letter is received.

29 October – 2 November

Exercise School Preference

Submit via DSA-Sec Internet System.

22 – 26 November

Release of DSA-Sec results


20 December


Report to secondary school


Application Process

Stage 1A (7 May – 17 August 2018)

Applicants may download and complete the DSA Application Form. Hardcopies can also be obtained from YCKSS General Office during office hours (Monday - Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm).

Submission with supporting documents should be made in person or by registered post to:

Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
3063 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
Singapore 569868
Attention: Miss Irene Heng

Applications via fax and/or electronic mail will not be accepted.

Note that application closes on 17 August 2018, 5:00pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

List of Supporting Documents:


  • Certified true copies of Primary 5 and 6 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examination result slips, showing all academic results, CCA/s and conduct rating.
  • A personal statement.

If available

  • Copies of certifications in special talent (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory and/or practical certifications). If shortlisted, true copies will be required to be submitted.
  • Portfolio of works and achievements to support evidence of special talent. This could include certificates / documents of participation in relevant competitions or events.
  • Referral letter/s.
  • Testimonial/s.
  • Any other relevant document/s deemed useful to support the application.

Short-listed applicants will be informed of the details for their audition and interview via phone or email.

Applicants who are not short-listed will also be informed.

For International Students / Students not studying in MOE schools

International students or students not studying in MOE schools, including Singapore Citizens (SC) and permanent residents (PR), will require a letter from MOE HQ before they are issued with a DSA Application form. The letter will contain a unique Registration Number, which will help identify the candidate in the system. The letter may be obtained from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre, located in 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block MOE Building, Singapore 138675.

Applications from international students without Dependant’s Pass (DP), Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) and whose parents are not SC/PR may be considered. However applicants must take part in the AEIS (Admission Exercise for International Students) test. International students who fail AEIS will not be considered for DSA- Sec allocation. AEIS website –

Age Criteria

  • SC/SPR applicants not more than 4 years overage i.e. born between 2 Jan 2002 and 1 Jan 2007.
  • International Students (i.e. non-SC/SPR) not more than 2 years overage i.e. born between 2 Jan 2004 and 1 Jan 2007.
  • Underage applications not allowed.

Stage 1B (2 July – 31 August 2018)

Short-listed applicants will go through an interview and audition and will be assessed by a panel made up of school staff and specialists in the relevant niche area (SC3 and SC4).

Applicants would be expected to demonstrate their ability/potential during the audition (SC3). The interview panel will also be looking for evidence of positive attitude and commitment through a conversation with the candidate (SC4).

Stage 1C (20 August – 31 August 2018)

All results will be compiled and applicants will be notified of the selection outcome. A letter will be issued to all applicants informing them: (i) if they have been given a Confirmed Offer (CO), (ii) placed on the Waiting List or (iii) rejected by 31 August 2018.

Applicants given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school in a course [Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the student’s PSLE aggregate score.

The school reserves the right not to release the details of the audition and interview.

You could contact the school if you have not received the letter from the school by the stipulated date.

Stage 2 (29 October – 2 November 2018)

On 29 October 2018, MOE’s Pupil Placement Section (PPS) will send a School Preference Form to all applicants through their primary schools. Those not studying in MOE schools will need to collect their School Preference Forms from MOE Customer Service Centre.

Candidates who have been identified under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List of a school will be asked to indicate their school preferences, up to a maximum of 3 schools. This can be done at their primary schools or online via the DSA-Sec Internet System from 29 October – 2 November 2018.

Stage 3 (22 – 26 November 2018, Tentative)

After PPS has allocated candidates to the various schools (based on their indicated school preferences and selected school ranking), the results of the DSA-Sec Exercise will be announced together with their PSLE results. Non-mainstream candidates can collect their DSA-Sec results from MOE Customer Service Centre.

Successful DSA-Sec candidates who took PSLE are NOT allowed to participate in the S1 Posting Exercise. However they are eligible for special programmes and/or qualify for the course option bands.

Stage 4 (20 December 2018 – Tentative)

Successful DSA-Sec candidates must report to the secondary school on Sec 1 Registration Day.



1. What information do I need to submit together with the application form?

You have to submit the DSA application form together with all supporting documents. Teachers’ references will be an added advantage.

2. After I have submitted the application form, when will I know if I have been short-listed for the auditions and interviews?

The school will contact you by 18 August 2018 to arrange for audition and interview.

3. I have received several DSA - Sec offers. When must I decide to accept one?

You will have to indicate your preferences for up to 3 schools during the Exercise School Preference Stage. This will be conducted from 29 October to 2 November 2018.

4. Do I have to pay for the programme?

The school will bear the basic cost incurred in the programme e.g. costumes, instruments, etc. and heavily subsidise the cost of the programme. Students will be expected to bear partial payment for items such as special workshops/courses, overseas cultural exchanges and attendance of relevant performances as we seek to provide a comprehensive learning experience for them. Edusave Funds can be utilised for this purpose.

5. Can I change the audition / interview dates given?

Yes, as long as there is valid reason given. Do note that due to the limited window period for the school to conduct the selection, interested students should make arrangement to be present on the given date. Applicants who fail to turn up without prior notice and valid reasons will be disqualified.

For any enquiries, please contact the following staff:

Miss Irene Heng
Tel: 6456 0669 Ext. 116.

Please indicate email subject heading as “DSA-SEC Enquiries”