Direct School Admissions to Sec 1 / Year 1


Direct School Admission to 2021 Secondary 1

Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

  1. The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2004. It seeks to promote holistic education and provide students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to a secondary school. The selection will be based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released.
  2. Primary 6 students have a choice of whether or not to participate in the DSA-Sec Exercise. If they choose not to participate in the DSA-Sec Exercise, they will continue to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise after the release of the PSLE results. For more information on the DSA-Sec Exercise, refer to:

Victoria School: Dual-Track – O Level Programme and Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme

  1. At Victoria School (VS), we nurture outstanding students into Gentlemen, Professionals and Sportsmen who make tangible contributions to their family, work, community and nation. Our students come from over 80 primary schools in Singapore.
  2. As a dual-track school, students choose between our 4-year ‘O’ Level Programme or the 6-year Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme (VCA IP) jointly offered with Cedar Girls’ Secondary School (CGSS) and our affiliated college, Victoria Junior College (VJC).  Students in the VCA IP will spend four years in VS and two years in VJC leading to the GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations.

DSA-Sec to Victoria School: Domains and Criteria

  1. In line with the school’s focus on holistic development and to nurture diversity of talents, we are looking for promising Primary 6 boys who demonstrate talent and ability in Language and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Leadership, Aesthetics or Sports. Successful applicants will join VS in January 2021.
  2. Students will be assessed on their ability in the talent area and academic ability so as to ensure that they benefit from the rigorous total curriculum offered at VS. Generally, students should have:
    1. High intellectual potential and ability,
    2. High levels of motivation and commitment to excellence in academic and co-curricular areas (including but not limited to co-curricular activities and community involvement),
    3. Leadership potential with the commitment to serve others,
    4. A passion for life and learning, and
    5. Potential to contribute to the VS community.
  3. Talented boys who are interested in VS are encouraged to apply for Direct School Admission through the following DSA domains:
DSA Domain^ Talent Area Criteria Selection Process
DSA / Languages and STEM*

*STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Good academic results for P5 overall Examination or its equivalent, and
  • Participation and achievements (e.g. competitions) in the specific talent area:
    – English Language
    – Mathematics
    – Science
  • Interview via video conferencing for shortlisted applicants (Jul -mid Sep)
  • Shortlisted students may be requested to provide  their portfolio of work/research for the interview via video conferencing
DSA / Leadership


  • Leadership
  • Good academic results for P5 overall Examination or its equivalent,
  • Hold key leadership positions in Leadership Boards (e.g. Head or Deputy Head Prefect) and/or Uniformed Groups in their primary schools (e.g. Boys’ Brigade, Red Cross or Scouts), and
  • Demonstrated exemplary character and leadership
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants (July- mid Sep) via video conferencing
DSA/ Aesthetics   
  • Art*
  • Concert Band
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Choir


  • Good academic results for P5 overall Examination or its equivalent,
  • Participation and achievements in Band, Chinese Orchestra, Choir competitions and performances, and
  • Preferably have represented their primary schools in Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation.


  • Selection Test in June to July for shortlisted applicants for talent area in Art
  • Audition via video conferencing in Jul to Aug for shortlisted applicants for talent areas in Concert Band, Chinese Orchestra or Choir. Shortlisted students may be required to provide certified true copies of their music achievements and qualifications
  • Interview via video conferencing for shortlisted applicants (Jul - mid Sep)
DSA/ Sports


  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Floorball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wushu
  • Good academic results for P5 overall Examination or its equivalent,
  • Participation and achievements in the sport, including zonal, national and/or international level competitions, and
  • Trainee of Junior Sports Academy


  • Possible Sports E-trial for shortlisted applicants in Jun to Jul
  • Interview via video conferencing for shortlisted applicants (Jul - mid Sep)

^ Students may choose to be considered for the O level and/or Integrated Programme

*Students admitted under DSA/Aesthetics for Art will be placed in the Art Elective Programme (AEP). Art forms covered in the AEP include 2D (2-dimensional), 3D (3-dimensional), media (eg. photography) and time-based (eg. video) works such as drawing and painting for 2D, sculpting and ceramics for 3D, photography and computer art for media and video for time-based]

Application Process

  1. Online application (12 May 2020, 9am to 5 Jun 2020, 3pm) through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May to 5 Jun.  For more details, please refer to MOE website –  Only one parent’s SingPass is needed to login to the portal. Find out how to register for a SingPass if you don't have one -  Parents/ guardians who are unable to apply online can approach their child’s primary school for assistance.  Applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, including Returning Singaporeans and International Students, will need to apply for a Registration Numbers (RGxxxxxxx) before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal – please refer to MOE website at:
  2. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during the online application stage. Your child's primary school records (for example, P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school-based activities, achievements or awards) will be automatically shared with the schools. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child's chosen talent areas
  3. An applicant can indicate up to 3 choices. Each choice consists of a secondary school and a talent area offered by the secondary school.  Of the 3 choices, an applicant may use a maximum of 2 choices to apply to the same school, for two different talent areas of that school.
  4. As Victoria School is a dual track school, applicants are to indicate a preference for O Level or Integrated Programme (IP) or no preference. We may offer applicants a track that is different from applicant’s indicated preference, based on school’s assessment of applicant’s suitability.
  5. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period. Application closes on 5 Jun (3pm). Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the school’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.
  6. Sports e-trial, audition and selection test (June to July). Sports e-trials, auditions and selection tests may be conducted for shortlisted applicants for DSA/Sports and DSA/Aesthetics in June to July.  Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the date and timing for possible sports e-trial, audition and selection test.
  7. Interview (July – mid September). Interviews will be conducted for shortlisted DSA applicants from July to mid September.  Shortlisted applicants for the interview will be informed of the date and timing of the interview. The following supporting documents may have to be provided.
    1. Certified true copies or documentary proof of non-school based activities and achievements.
    2. Portfolio of art works for students applying for DSA/Aesthetics (Art).
    3. Certified true copies of school academic results and activities / achievements for applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream schools.
  8. Notification of outcome by school (by Monday 14 September 2020). Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 30 August.  The school’s decision is final. The school reserves the right not to release the reasons for non-selection of applicants.
  9. Exercise School Preference (late October, administered by MOE).  In October (date to be confirmed by MOE), all applicants with a Confirmed Offer (CO), or who are on the Waiting List (WL) of a school, will be issued a School Preference Form by MOE through their primary schools. The form will include instructions on how to submit your child’s preferences.
  10. Fill out the School Preference Form with your child, listing a maximum of 3 schools in order of preference. Parents can submit their child’s school preference(s) either electronically via the DSA-Sec Internet System or physically at their child’s primary school. Students should consider carefully before opting for the DSA schools. Students can only amend or withdraw their submitted school preferences before the end of this stage. Any amendment or withdrawal from the exercise will not be allowed after this stage.
  11. Successful DSA-Sec applicant will receive their results on the school they are allocated to, via their primary schools, on the day they receive their PSLE results.
  12. Flowchart of activities. The timeline and process for VS are shown below:.

    Direct School Admission Flowchart of Activities

  13.  Clarification. For enquiries pertaining to DSA-Sec Exercise at Victoria School, please contact:Tel: 6291 2965 (General Office)Time: Mondays to Fridays (8.00am to 4.00pm) during May school holidays, Mondays to Fridays (9.00am to 5.00pm) during school term,Email: (please indicate “DSA Enquiries – Name of Applicant” in the email subject field)Website:


Frequently Asked Questions

Refer to the list of FAQs here.

Information for Children not in Mainstream Primary School, including Returning Singaporeans and International Students:

1)         Your child will still need to apply for a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. Parents may refer to MOE website at: for more details on applying the Registration number.

2)         International Students are required to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Student (AEIS) conducted by MOE. For more information on AEIS, please visit the AEIS website :

Important Notes to all DSA applicants:

1)         Students who have opted for a school under DSA-Sec Exercise must achieve PSLE results that would enable them to be eligible for admission to a course being offered by their opted DSA-Sec schools. MOE will release the PSLE & DSA results in November.

2)         Students admitted to a school through DSA-Sec Exercise will not be allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise as places have already been reserved for them in the DSA-Sec schools.

3)         Students admitted to a school through the DSA-Sec Exercise will not be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results. They are expected to honour the commitment to the posted DSA school for the duration of the programme admitted to.

4)         Successful DSA-Sec students admitted to VS via the 4-year DSA /Sports are expected to honour their commitment to the CCA when they are in VS.

5)         Successful DSA-Sec students admitted to the VCA IP via the 6-year DSA/Sports and DSA /Aesthetics are expected to honour their commitment to the CCA during their six-year course of study in VS and VJC.


Application to VS during the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise
(for unsuccessful DSA applicants or students who did not take part in DSA)

Applicants who are unsuccessful in the DSA Exercise or who did not take part in the DSA-Sec Exercise may still apply to the O Level Programme or Integrated Programme at VS using their PSLE results under MOE’s Secondary 1 Posting Exercise.

There are different option codes for the ‘O’ level Programme and Integrated Programme at VS. Students should indicate if they are selecting the

  1. ‘O’ level programme (3014) or
  2. Integrated Programme (9151).

For example, a student may choose VS (Integrated Programme) as the first choice and VS (‘O’ Level Programme) as the second choice.  The PSLE cut-off scores for both tracks vary every year depending on the PSLE T-scores of the applicants in that year.

Refer to for more information.