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Students seeking entry through the DSA must apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. You have from 9am on Wednesday, 8 May 2019, to 3pm on Tuesday, 4 June 2019, to submit your child's application. 

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Log in to the DSA-Sec portal with your SingPass. Find out how to register for a SingPass if you don't have one.
  2. You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
  3. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for 2 talent areas offered by the school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
  4. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child's chosen talent areas.
  5. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during application. 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 us.
  6. Enter your contact details correctly. This allows us to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process.
  7. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
  8. If you are unable to apply online, approach your child's primary school for assistance.


For children not in a mainstream primary school

  • Collect a registration number from the MOE Customer Service Centre from Wednesday, 8 May 2019 to Tuesday, 4 June 2019. You will need this registration number to access the DSA-Sec portal.

You will need to bring the following original documents and their photocopies if your child is:

  • A Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
    • Your child's birth certificate.
    • You and your child's proof of citizenship (for example, passport, entry permit, re-entry permit, FIN, NRIC, Certificate of Singapore citizenship, etc.).
  • An international student.
    • Dependant's pass, immigration exemption order or student pass (if any).


  • To participate in the DSA-Sec, your child must be born between 2 January 2003 and 1 January 2008 for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, or between 2 January 2005 and 1 January 2008 for non-Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • Ensure that documents are valid at the point of registration and in English (or with an accompanying English translation).
  • 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.


Application Timeline:



6 May 2019

DSA-Sec Press Release by MOE

8 May 2019

Application opens on DSA-Sec Portal

4 June 2019 

Application closes at 3.00 pm

1 July to 
30 August 2019

School-based interview for shortlisted applicants

and Selection Activity

By 30 August 2019

All shortlisted applicants will receive reply on the outcome of their applications

 21 to 25 October 2019

Students to submit their School Preference by 25 Oct, 3.00 pm

November 2019

Release of DSA-Sec results (together with PSLE results)