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DSA-Sec Exercise 2019


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 2019


Process Date/Time
Application Period 8 May 2019, 9am – 4 June 2019, 3pm
Notifications for shortlisted applicants By 4 July 2019
Trials / Tests and Interview sessions 12 July 2019, 2 August 2019
Notifications of outcomes of applications
By 30 Aug 2019



Application Procedures


Step 1: Submission of application form through DSA – Sec Portal [Click Here]

From 2019, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. 

For applicants studying in MOE mainstream primary schools: Only one parent’s SingPass is needed to log in. If parent/ guardian is unable to apply online, you can approach the child’s primary school for assistance. 

For applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, please obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) at MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) from 8 May 2019, 9am to 4 Jun 2019, 3pm, before applying through the DSA-Sec Portal. For more information, you can refer to the MOE website at: https://va.ecitizen.gov.sg/cfp/customerPages/moe/displayresult.aspx?MesId=5509687

For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec


Step 2: Attending for Selection Trial

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 4 July 2019 to attend the selection 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: 12 July 2019 or 2 August 2019
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School (General Office)
Attire: Sports Attire (LLP), School Uniform (ALP / EMP)
For EMP: Please bring along your instrument(s) and music scores 


Step 3: Outcome of Selection

You will be notified of the outcome by 30 August 2019, informing you that your selection outcome is 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 Tan Boon Seng at 6594 9047 (LLP), Mr Syed Faisal at 6594 9021 (ALP) or Miss Ng Sheh Feng at 6758 5384 (EMP).



Selection Criteria


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 Tan Boon Seng 
OLE LLP 2IC
Tel: 6594 9047

For ALP matters:
Mr Syed Faisal
HOD / Humanities
Tel: 6594 9021

For EMP matters:
Miss Ng Sheh Feng
HOD / Aesthetics & Craft
Tel: 6758 5384


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