Direct School Admissions to Sec 1 / Year 1


Direct School Admission to 2019 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, 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 Character & Leadership, Sports, Aesthetics, Languages and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Successful applicants will join VS in January 2019.
  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/ Sports

(O Level or Integrated Programme)

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

  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Floorball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wushu
  • Very good academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent,
  • Participation and achievements in the sport, including zonal, national and/or international level competitions, and
  • Trainee of Junior Sports Academy


  • Sports Trial for shortlisted applicants (June-July)
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants (July-August)
DSA / Languages and STEM*

(Integrated Programme)

*STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science


  • Very good academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent, and
  • Participation and achievements (e.g. competitions) in the specific talent area:
    – English Language
    – Mathematics
    – Science
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants (July-August)
  • Shortlisted students will be requested to bring their portfolio of work/research for the interview


DSA / Character & Leadership

(Integrated Programme)

Character & Leadership
  • Very good academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year 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-August)
DSA/ Aesthetics   

(Integrated Programme)

  • Art*
  • Concert Band
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Choir


  • Very good academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year 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 and July for shortlisted applicants for DSA/ Aesthetics (Art)
  • Audition in June or July for shortlisted applicants for DSA/ Aesthetics (Concert Band, Chinese Orchestra or Choir). Students will be required to bring certified true copies of their music achievements and qualifications for the audition.
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants (July-August)

[*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 (by 2 July, 0800 hours). The DSA application for 2019 Secondary 1 is to be done strictly via this online form. There is no need to submit any hardcopy documents during the online application stage. [For Returning Singaporeans and International Students, refer to the additional information below].
  2. When completing the application form, please note the following:
    1. The application will take about 30-45 minutes to complete and has to be completed in one sitting.
    2. You will not be able to save any part of the form.
    3. Ensure that you have the following documents with you for easy reference:
      1. Primary 4 and 5 overall results,
      2. Primary 6 mid-year examination results,
      3. CCA records and details of achievement, and
      4. Student’s and parents’ particulars.
    4. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory
    5. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
    6. You may wish to save a copy of form (in PDF) and/or print a copy of the form for your own reference.
  3. Each applicant may apply only for one DSA domain e.g. DSA/Sports. We encourage students to apply for the DSA domain they are strong in, with evidence of participation and achievement in the talent area.
  4. In the online application form, applicant should indicate the talent area they are applying for.
  5. Application closes on 2 July (0800 hours). You will receive an acknowledgement when your online application is submitted successfully.
  6. Sports trial, audition and selection test (June-July). Sports trials, auditions and selection tests will be conducted for shortlisted applicants for DSA/Sports and DSA/Aesthetics in June-July.  Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the date and timing for sports trial, audition and selection test.
  7. Interview (July-August). Interviews will be conducted for shortlisted DSA applicants from July to August.  Shortlisted applicants for the interview will be informed of the date and timing of the interview one week in advance. The following supporting documents are to be submitted when the applicants come to the school for sports trials and/or interviews:
    1. Certified true copies of Primary 4 and 5 overall results, and Primary 6 mid-year results;
    2. Certified true copies of leadership roles in school;
    3. Certified true copies of community involvement records in school;
    4. Certified true copies of certificates of CCA participation and achievements (e.g. Sports, Performing Arts CCAs, Uniformed Groups);
    5. Certified true copies of achievements in academic talent areas (e.g. Olympiad, Commonwealth Essay Competition);
    6. Certified true copies of music achievements and qualifications [for DSA/Aesthetics], and/or
    7. Portfolio [for DSA/Languages and STEM] e.g. Science research project, Mathematics project.
  8. Notification of outcome by school (by 31 August). Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 31 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.
  10. Applicants will have to indicate their DSA choices, in order of preference, through their respective primary schools. 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 ESP stage. Any amendment or withdrawal from the exercise will not be allowed after the ESP 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.
  1. Flowchart of activities. The timeline and process for VS are shown below:

Direct School Admission Flowchart of Activities

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  1. Clarification. For enquiries pertaining to DSA-Sec Exercise at Victoria School, please contact:

Tel: 6291 2965 (General Office)

Time: Mondays to Fridays (9.00am to 5.00pm)

Email: (please indicate “DSA Enquiries – Name of Applicant” in the email subject field)



Frequently Asked Questions

Refer to the list of FAQs here.

Information for Returning Singaporeans and International Students:

1)         Applicants who are currently not studying in MOE schools, including Returning Singaporeans (Citizens or PRs) and International Students, are required to obtain a registration number (RGxxxxxxx) from the MOE Customer Service Centre (MOE Building, 1 Buona Vista Drive, Singapore 138675), before applying for DSA.

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.