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FAQs for Integrated Programme Admission

Frequently Asked Questions on  Admission  to Year  1 in the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School Integrated Programme via the DSA-Sec (IP) Exercise.

Section A: Questions about the CHIJ SNGS Integrated Programme

Q1.    What is the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School Integrated Programme about?

The IP was introduced by MOE for academically strong students to benefit from broader learning experiences during their Secondary and JC years. Schools offering the IP will optimise the time freed up from preparing for the GCE O Level Examinations to stretch pupils and provide greater breadth in the academic and non-academic curriculum.

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School’s IP is offered in collaboration with Catholic High School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Eunoia Junior College (EJC)Students in our Joint IP do not sit for the O’ Level examinations and will progress to EJC, which has been established for the IP jointly offered by the 3 schools. For more information on EJC, please refer to:


Q2. How do the curriculum for the SNGS O Level Programme and Integrated Programme differ?

Learning in our O Level Programme comprises greater structure and teacher facilitation. Students will continue to sit for written continual and semestral assessments to assess their knowledge acquisition and understanding.

Learning in our Integrated Programme has greater investigative emphasis and extends into our flagship programmes, namely our World Readiness Programme and Passion Pursuit platforms. To facilitate this approach, students sit for less written examinations and have a more flexible curriculum. Our school is cognisant of the demands of both alternative assessments (such as group research projects) and disciplinary academic work, and there is continuous monitoring to maintain balance between the two.


Q3.    What is the cut-off-point for the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School IP?

The PSLE cut-off-point for admission into our IP will be based on the PSLE aggregate of the last pupil who is successfully admitted into our IP during the 2017 Sec 1 Posting Exercise. Based on the results of the 2016 S1 Posting Exercise, we encourage applicants to set for themselves a PSLE target of no less than 257 points.


Q4.    How many students will be admitted into IP classes?

There are currently 5 IP classes for Years 1-3 and 6 IP classes for Year 4 in 2017. To facilitate collaborative learning and teacher-student interaction, the size of each IP class will be kept small.

Q5.    What is the duration of the Integrated Programme?

The IP provides an integrated secondary and JC education where secondary students can proceed to JC without taking the GCE O Level Examinations. Hence, the duration of the programme is 6 years (i.e. Years 1-4 at CHIJ SNGS and Years 5-6 at EJC).


Q6.    My daughter is currently a student in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary). Will she be able to seek admission into the IP under the existing affiliation policy?

Under MOE policy, admission into the IP is strictly by merit. P6 students from our Primary section who wish to be considered for admission into our Secondary section under the affiliation policy must opt for admission to the 'O' Level Programme.


Q7.    My daughter was successfully admitted to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School Integrated Programme. Will she subsequently be able to transfer into the O Level Programme?

At the end of Secondary 2, students enrolled in our Integrated Programme who prefer a more structured learning environment may transfer to our O Level Programme, subject to available vacancies.

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.


Q8.    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.


Q9.    Where will Eunoia JC be located?

EJC will be located along Sin Ming Avenue, near the junction of Marymount Road. The permanent EJC campus is estimated to be completed by end-2019.

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

 Q10. What is the Direct Schools Admission (Secondary) Exercise about?

The DSA-Sec is an admission exercise that allows students to seek admission to secondary schools based on a diverse range of academic and non-academic talents and achievements beyond PSLE.

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


Q11. What are the different admissions pathways into CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School via the DSA-Sec Exercise?

P6 students who demonstrate talent and achievement in sports can seek admission to both our 'O' Level Programme and Integrated Programme through the DSA Category of Sports & Games.

In addition to Sports & Games, our school will also be selecting students with specific talents and achievements in leadership or bilingualism only for admission into our Integrated Programme, via the 2017 DSA-Secondary Exercise.


Q12.  How do I complete an application for the IP under the DSA-Sec Exercise?

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

To  ensure that  their  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.


Q13.  I have just submitted an application for the IP 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 shortlisted applicants.


Q14. With refinements to the DSA-Exercise announced by MOE, does my daughter still need to sit for various tests and is there a minimum passing mark for these tests?

In line with the refinements to DSA announced by MOE, SNGS does not require applicants to sit for the General Ability Test (GAT) from 2017.

Applicants applying through subject-specific DSA categories may be asked to sit for subject-specific assessment. These assessments provide an indication of an applicant’s talent and proficiency vis-à-vis that of other applicants. Hence, the concept of a minimal passing mark would not be applicable. The results from these assessments will be used together with other information that has been submitted by the applicant as part of the selection process.

Where applicable, applicants will be asked to attend a sports trial as part of the selection process.


Q15. How will my daughter be notified of the outcome of the DSA-Sec Exercise?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection interview for our IP at our school (July-August). Shortlisted applicants will be informed of details of the interview through email and/or telephone.

Shortlisted applicants will subsequently be notified of the application outcome by post by end-August. All other applicants will also be notified of their application outcome via email.


Q16.  Is there an administrative fee for applying to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School IP via the DSA-Sec Exercise?

Our school will not be charging any administrative fees. 


Q17.  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 the IP?

In addition to the DSA-Sec (IP) Exercise, pupils who are keen on our IP can also seek admission into the IP through the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise upon release of their PSLE results, by opting for the IP as their first choice. Under MOE policy, admission into our IP is strictly by merit, regardless of whether a pupil's earlier application through DSA was unsuccessful.


Q18. My daughter was successfully admitted to the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School Integrated 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 Integrated Programme are expected to honour the commitment to their posted DSA School (i.e CHIJ SNGS and EJC) for the full 6 year duration of the programme.


Q19. 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 only 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.


Q20.  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 applying for the DSA-Sec. Applications from this group 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. FAQ for Admission to the 'O' Level Programme

3. Admission to Integrated Programme

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