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2020 Direct School Admission Exercise (DSA-Sec)

For admission to St. Margaret’s Secondary School in 2021

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 2020 Direct School Admission Exercise (DSA-Sec) 

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


Talent Areas



Band - Concert


Dance – Chinese

Dance - Contemporary

Dance – Indian

Dance - Malay

Drama – English

Ensemble - String

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.


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 they are selected for from year 1-4/5

Application Process

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the 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.



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.

Applicants for Visual Arts need to email their e-portfolio to smss2020visarts@gmail.com to complete their application.

Similarly, applicants for Ten-pin Bowling need to submit their bowling records in PDF format to smss2020DSAbowling@gmail.com to complete their application.

Selection Process & Criteria

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified via post/email to undergo the selection process. They will be given two weeks’ 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.  


All auditions / trials / interviews will be conducted from 1 July to 6 August 2020. Please refer to the Aesthetics and Sports talent areas for details on the selection process and criteria.


General Procedure & Timeline


DSA-Sec Application Period

12 May 2020  

5 June 2020 


Auditions/Trials/ Interviews for shortlisted applicants

1 July 2020  to 

6 August 2020


Application Outcome via post/email

By 14 September 2020


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

End October 2020


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

End October 2020


Release of DSA-SEC Allocation Results

End November 2020

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