Direct School Admission for Junior Colleges (DSA-JC) allows students to apply to a DSA school before taking the GCE O-Level examinations. Does not give otherwise. Candidates can apply on the basis of their talent in sports, CCA and specific academic areas which cannot be demonstrated in O-level examinations. If you are admitted to a school through DSA-JC, you will not be allowed to do so.
Students who have accepted both DSA-JC and EAE offers simultaneously will be disqualified from these exercises unless they cancel one of their acceptances before the end of the acceptance phase.
- Participate in Joint Entry Exercise (JAE).
- Transfer to another school. You must remain committed to your chosen school for the duration of the program.
Candidates Select a School
Program and Activities Rules
Think about your commitment to developing your talents in your chosen DSA area at that particular school. Shortlist schools that offer the programs and activities you are talented in.
View selection procedures and schedules
- Schools have different selection processes, criteria and programs. Visit the schools’ websites to learn more.
Think about whether you want a JC education, and choose schools that best suit your learning speed, abilities, and strengths.
If you are a Singapore citizen, there are financial aid and scholarships available to help you enroll in the school of your choice. Students accepted through DSA-JC still need to qualify for JC admission based on their O-level examination results.
Direct School Admission How to fill candidate application form
You should visit individual schools’ websites for more information on application periods, procedures and selection criteria, which may vary from school to school.
Steps to fill application form
Candidates should select their school to fill their application form. See the schools which are participating in each phase.
You can still apply to attend school in Step 2 if you: Step 1 application missed. No offers received or accepted after your Step 1 application. Tip: Use SchoolFinder to browse junior colleges based on your DSA talent areas. You should visit individual schools’ websites for more information on application periods, procedures and selection criteria, which may vary from school to school.
Direct School Admission for junior colleges Selection process
The selection process will be held in different rooms for different schools and different DSA categories. Depending on the applicable DSA area, you may be asked to submit supporting original documents.
- A portfolio showcasing your talents and achievements.
- Secondary school results.
- CCA Records.
- A personal statement.
- You should visit the websites of individual schools for more information about selection periods, procedures and criteria.
- Once you are shortlisted, you may have to attend selection and interview.
Direct School Admission for junior colleges Receive application outcomes
DSA Schools will inform you about the results of the application:
- Thursday, August 10, 2023 for Phase 1 applications
- Tuesday, September 5, 2023 for Phase 2 applications
|Offer||If you receive an offer, it means that you have a place reserved in the school and you will be admitted as long as you qualify for JC admission based on your O-Level examination results.To take up the offer, you will need to email the completed acceptance form to the DSA school before the end of the Acceptance Stage in each phase:Phase 1: By 5pm on Tuesday, 15 August 2023Phase 2: By 5pm on Monday, 11 September 2023You will receive an email from the DSA school to acknowledge receipt of the completed Acceptance Form.|
|Unsuccessful||You can participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE). If you qualify for JC admission based on your O-Level examination results, you may still opt for the same JC that did not offer you in DSA-JC.|
Direct School Admission for junior colleges JC Admission Eligibility
1. Have a gross L1R5 aggregate score of 20 and below. The L1R5 aggregate score is made up of the following subjects:
|First Language (L1)||English or Higher Mother Tongue|
|Relevant Subject 1 (R1)||Humanities, Higher Art, Higher Music, Malay (Special Programme), Chinese (Special Programme) or Bahasa Indonesia|
|Relevant Subject 2 (R2)||Mathematics or Science|
|Relevant Subject 3 (R3)||Humanities, Higher Art, Higher Music, Mathematics, Science, Malay (Special Programme), Chinese (Special Programme) or Bahasa Indonesia|
|Relevant Subject 4 (R4)||Any GCE O-Level subjects, except Religious Knowledge|
|Relevant Subject 5 (R5)||Any GCE O-Level subjects, except Religious Knowledge|
- Grades for both High MTL (High Chinese, High Malay and High Tamil) and MTL (Chinese, Malay and Tamil) cannot be used in the same overall calculation. For example, if High Chinese is used as a first language, Chinese cannot be used as a relevant subject.
- Merit and pass grades for mother tongue ‘B’ courses (Chinese ‘B’, Malay ‘B’ and Tamil ‘B’) cannot be used for overall calculation.
Meet the following subject requirements
|Any 1 Mother Tongue Language (MTL):MTL: Chinese, Malay, TamilMTL approved by MOE in lieu of an official MTL (MTL-in-lieu): Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Burmese, Thai|
1-7 for MTL or MTL-in-lieu1-8 for Higher MTL*Merit or Pass for ‘B’ Syllabus* *Note: There is no Higher level or ‘B’ Syllabus for MTL-in-lieu.
Cancel or withdraw from DSA-JC Direct School Admission for junior colleges
If you wish to cancel or withdraw your DSA-JC approval, you must do so.
- Collect the softcopy of the cancellation form from the DSA school from which you have accepted the offer.
- Email the completed cancellation form and the following documents to DSA School:
- School proposal letter.
- Completed acceptance form that you submitted to the school.
- The school’s acknowledgment email of your acceptance.
- A copy of your parent’s NRIC, FIN or passport.
- DSA School will inform you via email about the outcome of your cancellation request.
Direct School Admission for junior colleges school allocation result
You will receive your DSA-JC school allocation result when the O-Level examination results are released in January 2024.
- You qualify for JC admission based on your O-Level examination results.
- You are not allowed to take part in the JAE.
- You are also not allowed to transfer to another school as you are expected to honor your commitment to your DSA-JC school.
- You will report to your allocated JC on the next school day following the JAE posting results release, same as the school reporting for students posted via JAE.
- You do not qualify for JC admission based on your O-Level examination results.
- You may participate in JAE for admission to Millennia Institute, polytechnics and ITE courses that you are eligible for.