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DSA-Sec Exercise 2020


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.

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 which they are selected for Year 1 - 4.

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

In addition, we have also expanded our DSA selection talent areas to 2 CCAs; Shooting and Track & Field.

We are looking for students of calibre who 
a) have a keen interest in new media, and can lead media literacy projects (ALP), or
b) have keen interest, disposition and ability in music (EMP), or
c) have good level of sports skills in Shooting and Track & Field



Schedule for DSA Exercise 2020


ProcessDate/Time
Application Process12 May 2020, 9 am - 5 June 2020, 3 pm
Notifications for shortlisted applicantsBy 3 July 2020
* Online Auditions / Trials / Test and Interview sessionsBetween 28 July 2020 to 14 August 2020 
Notifications of outcomes of applications By 14 September 2020 

* A Zoom link will be provided by the school for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted applicants should be log onto Zoom on the arranged / scheduled date and time.



Application Procedures


Step 1: Submission of application form through DSA - Sec Portal 

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May to 5 June 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website - www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

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) online before applying through the DSA-Sec Portal. You can refer here to obtain the Registration Number.

For more information, you can refer to the MOE website at: https://go.gov.sg/nmsdsa-sec-application



Step 2: Attending Online Auditions/Trials/Tests and Interview Sessions

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 3 July 2020 to attend the selection trial.

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


Dates for Online Interview:Between 28 July 2020 to 14 August 2020
Time:Between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Attire:School Uniform
 For EMP: Please have your instrument and scores ready




Step 3: Outcome of Selection

You will be notified of the outcome by 14 September 2020, informing you that your selection outcome is either Confirmed Offer, put on Wait List, or Rejected. The decision of the Selection Panel is final.

Students who are given Confirmed Offer or Wait List will receive notification on the School Preference Submission in October 2020.

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

For further enquires, please call, Mr Syed Faisal at 6594 9021 (ALP), Miss Ng Sheh Feng at 6758 5384 (EMP) or Mr Tommy Toh at 6594 9047 (Sports CCAs).




Selection Criteria


The purpose of the online interview session 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 mdeia-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 online session includes playing two own-choice music pieces, a written test, and an interview.

The purpose lf the online interview session for the Sports CCAs is to determine the students' potential to excel and contribute to the school's Sports CCAs. Applicants should by physically fit, have good level of sports skills, show leadership qualities and have good character traits.

The Sports CCAs online session includes a written essay to be submitted during the session and an interview.



Contact Us


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

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 Sports CCAs matters:

Mr Tommy Toh 
CCAs OIC
Tel: 6594 9047


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