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DSA-Sec Exercise 2018


The DSA-Sec Exercise was first introduced in 2004 as part of MOE's move towards a more flexible and broad-based education system. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, schools will be able to select a percentage of their students for admission outside of the centralized posting system, via their own selection criteria. 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.

Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School is proud to announce that with the implementation of its Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in 2015 and the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in 2016, our school distinctive programmes are in Outdoor Learning Experience, and in Critical Social Inquiry and Media Literacy, respectively. We have also the Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) and Music Preparatory Course

We are looking for students of calibre who 
a) have good level of sports skills and are willing to contribute to the outdoor learning experience (LLP), 
b) have a keen interest in new media, and can lead media literacy projects (ALP), or
c) have keen interest, disposition and ability in music (EMP)



Schedule for DSA Exercise 2018


Process Date/Time
Application Opens 7 May 2018
Submission of application and supporting documents By 2 Jul 2018
Trials / Tests and Interview sessions 6 Jul 2018, 27 Jul 2018
Notifications of outcomes of applications
31 Aug 2018



Application Procedures


Step 1: Submission of Application Form

Interested Students should download and complete the application form.

Submission with photocopy of the supporting documents should be made in person/by post to:

Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
751 Yishun Ave 7
Singapore 768928

Attn: Direct School Admission 
(LLP / ALP / EMP – please indicate one)

Supporting documents: 
a) For LLP
P5 End of Year Results and P6 SA1 results
Conduct grades
P5 and P6 NAPFA test results
CCA records stating previous involvement in leadership / outdoor activities

b) For ALP
P5 End of Year Results and P6 SA1 results
Conduct grades
CCA records stating previous involvement in leadership / media project (if any)

c) For EMP
P5 End of Year Results and P6 SA1 results
Conduct grades
Relevant Music certificates, e.g., ABRSM or equivalent
CCA records stating previous involvement in leadership / performing arts activities (if any)

Last Date for Submission: 2 Jul 2018
Application received after this date or incomplete application forms will not be considered.

Step 2: Application for Selection Trial

Upon submission of application form, selected applicants would be given a trial.

In the event that you are unable to attend the selection trial on the given date, please call us at 6758 5384 in advance to make a new appointment. The dates available are:

Dates for Selection trial: 6 Jul 2018 or 27 Jul 2018
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School (General Office)
Attire: Sports Attire (LLP), School Uniform (ALP / EMP)

Step 3: Outcome of Application Form

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 August 2018, informing you that your application has been either Confirmed, put on Wait List, or Rejected. The decision of the Selection Panel is final.

Subsequently, you will have to retrieve the school preference form from your child's primary school upon successful application.

Lastly, the DSA results will be released with the PSLE results.

For further enquires please call, Mr Yao Zijian at 6594 9047 (LLP), Miss Lea Shu Hui at 6594 9016 (ALP) or
Miss Ng Sheh Feng at 6758 5384 (EMP).



Selection Criteria


Applicants must be born between 2 Jan 2002 and 1 Jan 2007.

The purpose of the selection trial for LLP is to determine the students' potential for outdoor learning. To better fit into the school's LLP programme, applicants must be physically fit, have good level of sports skills, show leadership qualities, and have good character traits.

The LLP selection trial includes outdoor learning experience activities, a written test, and an interview.  

The purpose of the selection trial for ALP is to determine the students’ aptitude and ability to lead media literacy projects.  Applicants must have a keen interest in new media, and in engaging in social and media issues through media-related platforms like film-making, or through investigative journalism. 

EMP applicants must have a minimum of Grade 4 ABRSM or equivalent in music (practical and theory), and have a keen interest in music. The EMP selection trial includes playing two own-choice music pieces, a written test, and an interview.



Contact Us


For further clarifications, you may contact any of the following teachers:

For LLP matters:
Mr Yao Zijian 
Assistant Year Head S4/5
Tel: 6594 9047

For ALP matters:
Miss Lea Shu Hui
HOD Mother Tongue
Tel: 6594 9016

For EMP matters:
Miss Ng Sheh Feng
Subject Head, Partnerships
Tel: 6758 5384

Ms Lina 
School Programme Executive
Tel: 6594 9047


For more information on the MOE DSA-Sec Exercise, please refer to the following websites: