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What is Direct School Admission (DSA)?

The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2004. It seeks to promote holistic education and provide students an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to a secondary school. The DSA-Sec Exercise is an admission exercise to allow participating secondary schools to select some Primary 6 students for admission to Secondary One. The selection will be based on their achievements and talents before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released.

DSA @ Woodlands Secondary School

Woodlands Secondary School has achieved the Sustained Achievement Award for Uniformed Groups (UG) since 2002. In 2013, Woodlands Secondary School (WDL) was awarded the niche status by MOE in the area of Character Development and Student Leadership through Uniformed Groups (UG). In 2014, we have successfully repositioned our niche status into our Learning for Life (LLP) Programme. In 2015, the school rolled out its LLP, led by members of the Uniformed Groups. In 2016, the school has transposed to the theme of Community Youth Leadership as the school’s LLP.

Application Process for 2019 intake

The DSA-Sec Exercise 2018 will open on 7 May 2018, Monday, 9am and close on 3 August 2018, Friday 5pm.


The DSA-Sec Exercise allows all 2018 Primary School graduands with special leadership talents and achievements to apply to Woodlands Secondary School directly. Students who are successful are guaranteed a place provided they meet the eligibility criteria for admissions to a secondary school based on their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results. Students admitted under DSA-Sec would not take part in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise in 2019.

Selection Process

Applicants go through two selection phases:

Phase I: Documentation Checks

Applicants who intend to apply are required to fill in the application form and submit their CCA records, CCA attendance, their leadership appointments or roles, testimonials and recommendation from their CCA teacher or Form teacher, if any.

Please download the form here.

Phase II: Interview

All applicants will be notified via email or phone to attend an interview with the Vice-Principals, HODs/ Year Heads. These applicants will be notified of the interview date and time by 17 August 2018. Upon receipt of the email notification or phone call to attend an interview, applicants are required to bring along the corresponding supporting photocopied documents, e.g. certified true copied of testimonials, CCA records and examination results.

The interview dates will commence from 7 July till 30 August 2018.

Offer of Places

Applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified (by phone) of the result of their interview by 31 August 2018. Successful applicants will be offered a place in Woodlands Secondary School for the academic year 2019.