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FAQs for Admission to 'O' Level Programme

Frequently Asked Questions on  Admission  to Secondary  1 in the CHIJ St. Nicholas  Girls’ School ‘O’ Level Programme via the DSA-Sec Exercise.

Section A: Questions about the CHIJ SNGS ‘O’ Level Programme

Q1.  Where can I get information about CHIJ SNGS?

Applicants may refer to our school website below:

Q2.  My daughter is currently a student in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary). Will she be able to seek admission into the OP under the existing affiliation policy?

Under MOE policy, P6 students from our Primary section who wish to seek admission to our ‘O’ Level Programme may do so under the existing affiliation policy.


Q3.  My daughter was successfully admitted to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School ‘O’ Level Programme. Will she subsequently be able to transfer into the Integrated Programme?

At the end of Secondary 2, students enrolled in our O’ Level Programme who are deemed suitable for the IP may be considered for transfer into our IP, subject to available vacancies. They will join the IP in Year 3 the following year.


Q4.  I noted that CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school. What is a SAP school?

SAP schools were established by the government to preserve the ethos of Chinese-medium schools and promote the learning of Chinese language and culture. Hence, we offer only Chinese and Higher Chinese Language to all our students in the school, so that they can participate meaningfully in the school’s curriculum and programmes.

Section B: Questions about the DSA-Secondary Exercise and application process in CHIJ SNGS

 Q5. What is the Direct Schools Admission (Secondary) Exercise about?

The DSA-Sec is an admission exercise to allow participating schools to select some P6 students for admission to Secondary 1 based on their achievements and talents before the PSLE results are released.

For more details on the 2017 DSA-Sec Exercise and flowchart of stages, please refer to the MOE web page on DSA below:


Q6. What are the available admissions pathways into CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School ‘O’ Level Programme via the DSA-Sec Exercise?

P6 students seeking admission to the SNGS OP via the DSA-Sec Exercise are invited to do so through the category of Sports & Games.

We will be selecting students who demonstrate talent and achievement in the following Sports & Games:

o   Athletics

o   Badminton

o   Gymnastics (Artistic & Trampoline)

o   Gymnastics (Rhythmic)

o   Hockey

o   Netball

o   Table Tennis


Q7.    What are the school’s selection criteria for admission to the ‘O’ Level Programme under the DSA-Sec Exercise?

An applicant is selected based on information from various sources. This includes sporting achievements at Zonal and National levels in the sport that is applied for, performance during the sports trial and performance in an interview at SNGS. These provide an indication of an applicant’s talent and overall readiness to benefit from the programme, vis-à-vis that of other applicants.

Applicants seeking to gain admission through the DSA category Sports & Games should register for only one sports trial on either 10 July 2017 (Monday) or 12 July 2017 (Wednesday). The interview for admission to the OP will also be conducted on the same day as the sports trial.


Q8.   How do I complete an application for the ‘O’ Level Programme under the DSA-Sec Exercise?

To apply for admission to SNGS OP via the DSA-Sec Exercise, all applicants must complete the online application through our school’s DSA portal at  

To  ensure that  the  application  is  complete,  applicants  must  submit  all  the  necessary information and relevant documents via our school’s online application portal.

Applicants will be given a reference number upon successful completion of their application. Please contact if you do not receive this reference number.


Q9.    I have just submitted an application for the ‘O’ Level Programme under the DSA-Sec Exercise online. Will I also need to submit any documents in hardcopy to complete my application?

No hardcopy submissions will be required during the application phase. The necessary particulars, results and relevant documents will be captured in our online portal. Applicants will also be able to upload scanned copies of the relevant result slips/report book pages certificates of awards received, and any other supporting documents.

Certified true copies of relevant documents (e.g. results/ CCA records/ testimonials) may be requested from shortlistedl applicants.


Q10. How will my daughter be notified of the outcome of the DSA-Sec Exercise?

All applicants will be notified of the application outcome by post by end-August.


Q11. MOE announced that the Direct School Admission Exercise non-IP cap will be raised to 20%, does this mean that there will be more spaces open to interested applicants this year?

As announced by MOE, the expansion to 20% of non-IP intake for autonomous schools will only take effect from the 2018 DSA-Sec Exercise. For the 2017 DSA-Sec Exercise, the existing caps in DSA places continue to apply.   


Q12.  Is there an administrative fee for applying to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School OP via the DSA-Sec Exercise?

Our school will not be charging any administrative fees.  


Q13.  My daughter was unsuccessful in her DSA-Sec application or did not participate in the DSA-Sec Exercise. Would she still be able to apply for theO’ Level Programme?

In addition to the DSA-Sec Exercise, pupils who are keen on our ‘O’ Level Programme can also seek admission through the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise upon release of their PSLE results, by opting for the O’ Level Programme as their first choice.


Q14. My daughter was successfully admitted to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School ‘O’ Level Programme via the DSA-Sec Exercise, is she allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise and/or transfer into another Secondary school?

In line with MOE policy, successful DSA candidates are not allowed to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise to opt for secondary schools. They are also not allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.

Successful applicants who accept the DSA offer for the CHIJ SNGS O’ Level Programme are expected to honour the commitment to their posted DSA School (i.e. CHIJ SNGS) for the full 4 year duration of the programme.

Q15. My daughter is keen to seek admission to SNGS through both OP and IP via the DSA-Category Sports & Games. Does she need to choose both “IP_Sports & Games” and “OP_Sports & Games” when completing the online application for the DSA-Sec exercise?

In line with the different demands of the OP and IP, the selection criteria and process for both DSA categories, “IP_Sports & Games” and “OP_Sports & Games” differ. Hence, applicants seeking admission to SNGS IP and OP via Sports & Games must select both DSA categories; “IP_Sports & Games” and “OP_Sports & Games” when completing the online application. 

Applicants who selected both “IP_Sports & Games” and “OP_Sports & Games” need to register for only one sports trial session on either 10 July 2017 or 12 July 2017 when completing the online application.

Applicants who only chose “IP_Sports & Games” may also be offered a place in our ‘O’ Level Programme via “OP_Sports & Games” depending on the outcome of their IP application.


Q16.  What do applicants currently not studying in MOE primary schools need to take note of?

Applicants who are currently not in mainstream primary schools and Returning Singaporeans (SC/SPR) who are currently not studying in MOE primary schools are required to obtain a registration number from the MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) before the application deadline of 3 July 2017, 5.00pm. Applications from this group of applicants will only be considered if they have obtained a registration number from MOE.

They are also required to fulfil the age requirement for S1 admission in 2018. For the 2017 DSA-Sec Exercise:

·    SC/SPR applicants currently not studying in MOE schools should be born between 2 January 2001 and 1 January 2006; and

·      International students (non-SC/SPR) should be born between 2 January 2003 and 1 January 2006. 

To read further about our 'O' Level Programme or Integrated Programme, please click the following links: 

1. Admission to 'O' Level Programme Secondary 1

2. Admission to Integrated Programme Year 1

3. FAQ for Admission to the Integrated Programme

This page was last updated on: Mon, 08/05/2017