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2019 Direct School Admission Exercise (DSA-Sec)

for admission to St. Margaret’s Secondary School in 2020

Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec) allows students to gain direct entry to certain secondary schools based on their talent in sports, CCAs and specific academic areas. Students who wish to seek admission to St. Margaret’s Secondary School based on their talents are invited to apply through the MOE 2019 Direct School Admission Exercise (DSA-Sec) 

DSA-Sec talent areas offered by St. Margaret’s Secondary School

Talent Areas




Dance – Chinese

Dance - Contemporary

Dance – Indian

Dance - Malay

Drama – English

Ensemble - String

Band - Concert

Visual Art







Ten-pin Bowling


You can view the listing of our CCAs and our students’ CCA achievements for more details.

Choosing of DSA Schools

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 Process

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, 9am to 4 June, 3pm 2019. For more details, please refer to the MOE DSA-Sec website.


Applicants do not need to submit supporting documents to complete their application.After submitting your online application, you will receive confirmation of receipt of your DSA application. You may wish to print or download a copy of the confirmation for your future reference.

Selection Process & Criteria

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified via post/email to undergo the selection process. They will be given at least one week’s notice prior to their audition/trial date. 

Shortlisted applicants are expected to adhere to the given audition/trial date and time. Applicants who are absent will no longer be considered for admission via DSA.  

Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit evidence of non-school-based activities and achievements during the audition/trial date.

All auditions / trials / interviews will be conducted from 3 July to 7 August 2019. Please refer to the Aesthetics and Sports talent areas for details on the selection process and criteria.

General Procedure & Timeline


DSA-Sec Application Period

8 May 2019 9am to

4 June 2019 3pm


Auditions/Trials/ Interviews for shortlisted applicants

3 July 2019  to

7 August 2019


Application Outcome via post/email

By 30 August 2019


Receipt of School Preference Form (through student’s primary school)

End of October 2019


Submission of School Preference Form (through MOE online system OR completed hardcopy to student’s primary school)

End of October 2019


Release of DSA-SEC Allocation Results

End of November 2019

Contact Details

Please refer to our FAQ if you require further information on DSA applications to SMSS. 

For further queries, please contact:

Administration Manager 

Ms Doreen Owyong

Tel: 6466 4525

Email Address: stmargaretss@moe.edu.sg