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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 2022, 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:

Visual Arts:

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)


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

Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/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 will be open from Wed, 5 May to Tue, 1 Jun 2021 (3pm). For more details, please refer to MOE website here.


4.     In view of the recent increase in local COVID-19 cases, and to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, in-person interviews and auditions will be discontinued for the conduct of 2021 DSA selection. Instead, shortlisted applicants will be notified to attend an audition and/or interview through electronic modes, e.g. video-conferencing conducted in a conducive environment at the students’ primary schools.


5.     The interview panel will include a School Leader, a TPSS 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, by Monday, 13 September 2021.


6.     In addition to a 10-minute interview for each shortlisted applicant, the following modes of selection are also used via video conferencing.


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, using accessible materials, to assess aptitude for design thinking and creativity.


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

Wed, 5 MAY to Tue, 1 JUNE 2021

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

28 JUNE 2021 – 13 SEPT 2021

Shortlisted students will be invited to attend an interview and/or audition via electronic modes such as video conferencing, depending on their selected talent area.


Selected students will receive DSA-Sec offers from schools by Monday, 13 September 2021.


‘Wait Listed’ and ‘Unsuccessful’ applicants will also be notified by 13 September 2021.


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 centralized 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

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



Thank you.


DSA Coordination Team

Tampines Secondary School