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Direct School Admission (DSA)



1.     Tampines Secondary School (TPSS) extends a warm invitation to Primary 6 students to apply for direct admission into the school for academic year 2023, before the Secondary One Posting Exercise.

Admission Criteria

2.     We welcome students who are talented in any of the following areas:

Talent Area

Admission Criteria

Performing Arts:

·       Drawing and Painting


Candidates should meet at least two of the following criteria:

    1. Prior experience in the talent area
    2. Participation in national performance and/or competition with attainment (e.g. Certificate of Accomplishment at SYF Central Judging)
    3. Attained at least Grade 5 (or equivalent) in the relevant talent area
    4. Possess a personal portfolio (e.g. comprising the student’s own drawings or paintings)
    5. Successful DSA Visual Arts students will join the Art Club CCA.

STEM – Creative Engineering and Modelling


Candidates should meet at least one of the following criteria:


  1. Prior experience as a member of a CCA which has STEM related activities (e.g. coding, robotics, drones)
  2. Represented school in STEM related competitions
  3. Able to demonstrate and showcase creativity in STEM with photos or videos of past projects
  4. Successful DSA STEM students will join the Maker Faire CCA.



Candidates should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Prior experience as a member of Football CCA or equivalent (e.g. external football training programme)
   2. Past participation in football competitions/events.

Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted or given an offer.

Selection Process

3.    Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and registration will start on 5 May 2022 (11am) and end on 1 June 2022 (3pm). For more details, please refer to MOE website here.

4.    Shortlisted applicants will be notified to attend an in-person audition and interview at Tampines Secondary School.  

5.    The interview panel will comprise of a School Leader, a DSA coordinator and teacher I/Cs or instructors (where relevant). Thereafter, all applicants will be informed of the outcome (i.e. ‘Confirmed Offer’, ‘Wait List’ or ‘Unsuccessful’), via email or phone call.

6.     In addition to a 10-minute interview, shortlisted applicants will need to prepare the following for their audition:

a)    For Dance-related Talent Areas:

-    Performance of a prepared item, such as a 1min dance solo featuring any genre that can be done within a 3x3m space. Students may perform dance(s) learnt in school (e.g. CCA, LLP) or self-choreographed pieces and should be in suitable dance or PE attire.

b)    For Drama – English:

-    A prepared 1-2min solo performance (e.g. a monologue). Students may perform something scripted, devised, or improvised, and this can be something learnt in school (in class or CCA).


c)    For Music-related Talent Areas:

-    A 2-5min performance on voice/instrument in your Talent Area (if student has access to the necessary instrument and if solo performance is possible), or

-    A 1-2min performance of pieces/songs learnt in primary school Music lessons or CCA, using voice or instruments available.


d)    For Visual Arts:

-    Discussion of the student’s past artwork, which might consist of art completed either in school or on their own time.


e)    For STEM – Creative Engineering and Modelling:

-    Open-ended challenges to assess aptitude for design thinking and creativity.


f)    For Football

-    Demonstration of individual skills and movements that showcase agility.

7.    The table below contains a summary of key dates for the application and selection stages of the DSA-Sec process (more information can be found at MOE’s website here):

Application Stage

5 May 2022 (11am)
to 1 Jun 2022 (3pm)

Once you have explored and shortlisted the schools of your choice, submit your application online through the DSA-Sec portal by 3pm on the final day.

Selection Stage

27 Jun to 1 Sep 2022

Shortlisted students will be invited to attend an interview and/or audition in person.

Selected students will receive DSA-Sec confirmed offers from schools by 12 September 2022.

‘Wait Listed’ and ‘Unsuccessful’ applicants will also be notified.


8.       Please note that successful DSA-Sec candidates who took PSLE are NOT allowed to participate in the S1 Posting. However, if they are eligible for third language and/or course options, they may enter these options during the S1 Option Submission period.


9.       Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4. Successful DSA-Sec candidates are also NOT allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.


10.    Unsuccessful DSA-Sec candidates will be notified of the outcome and participate in the centralised S1 Posting to opt for schools.


11.    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 area of talent.

Contact Details

12.    For clarification, please contact:

Visual and Performing Arts

Mr Christopher Tan
Head of Department

English Language and Literature


STEM – Creative Engineering and Modelling

Mr Benjamin Low

Head of Department

Craft and Technology



Mr S Elangovan

Head of Department PE / CCA


Mr John Ng

Subject Head PE / CCA





13.    Thank you.


DSA Coordination Team

Tampines Secondary School