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FAQs for Admission to 'O' Level Programme

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

Q1. Where can I get information about CHIJ SNGS?
Interested students and parents 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. 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 maintains balance between the two. 

Q4. What is the cut-off-point for the CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School ‘O’ Level Programme?
The PSLE cut-off-point for admission into our ‘O’ Level Programme will be based on the PSLE aggregate of the last pupil who is successfully admitted into our ‘O’ Level Programme during the 2018 Sec 1 Posting Exercise. Based on the results of the 2017 S1 Posting Exercise, we encourage applicants to set for themselves a PSLE target of no less than 253 points. 

Q5. How many students will be admitted into ‘O’ Level Programme classes?
There are currently 6 OP classes for each level from Secondary 1-4. 

Q6. 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 at the start of the following year. 

Q7. 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. These schools offer enriched programmes and a learning environment that nurtures students to be biliterate and bicultural in English and Chinese. 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. 

Q8. If my daughter is admitted into CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, must she offer Higher Chinese? 
As a SAP school, all our students in the school have to offer either Chinese Language or Higher Chinese language. Students in our ‘O’ Level Programme who meet MOE’s criteria can opt to offer Higher Chinese language. 

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

Q9. 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 the PSLE. 

For more details on the 2018 DSA-Sec Exercise and flowchart of stages, please refer to the MOE web page on DSA below: 

Q10. What are the different talent areas my daughter can apply for to seek admission into CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School via the DSA-Sec Exercise?
In recognition of the varied talents areas and interests of students, our school offers a range of talent areas that your daughter can apply for. 

Students who demonstrate strong talent and achievement in sports or demonstrate strong leadership abilities and potential can seek admission to both our 'O' Level Programme and Integrated Programme through the talent areas of Sports & Games and Leadership respectively. 

Q11. How many talent areas can my daughter apply for?
Students who have demonstrated talents and achievements in multiple talent areas may choose to apply to more than one talent area. Students may also choose to apply to both our ‘O’ Level Programme and Integrated Programme via the DSA-Secondary exercise. 

While your daughter may apply for up to three different talent areas across our ‘O’ Level Programme and Integrated Programme, you may wish to be selective in the number of talent areas she applies for, based on a careful consideration of her strengths, passions and overall readiness to benefit from our school’s programmes. This is so that she will not have too many interviews, trials or subject-specific selections to attend. 

Q12. How do I complete an application for CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School under the DSA-Sec Exercise?
To apply for admission to SNGS via the DSA-Sec Exercise, all applicants must complete the online application form at

To ensure that their application is complete, applicants must submit all the necessary information and relevant documents via the online application form. 

Q13. I have just submitted an application for CHIJ SNGS 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 the online application form. 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 only from shortlisted applicants. 

Q14. Without general academic tests, how will SNGS ensure that chosen DSA students can cope with the demands of both their academic studies and their chosen area of development?
Schools will continue to use various sources of information e.g. primary school results, interviews, etc. to assess a student’s overall ability to cope with its academic and non-academic programmes before making a DSA offer.

Schools participating in DSA are committed to developing students to their fullest potential in both their studies and areas of talent. This includes providing the necessary learning support needed to ensure all students, whether admitted via DSA or via PSLE results, can cope with the academic programme.

Parents and students are also 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. 

Q15. Does the DSA mean that my daughter is expected to be good in everything, not just her studies?
DSA seeks to broaden our recognition of talents and achievements beyond academic grades. It presents an opportunity for students with such talents to be directly admitted into a school that can further hone their aptitudes and interests.

However, the DSA is not a pathway that suits every student. Parents and students should carefully consider the student’s strengths and interests, and the ability of the school to develop the student’s specific talent, before determining if DSA is an appropriate pathway. 

Q16. How will my daughter be notified of the outcome of the DSA-Sec Exercise?
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.

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

Q17. MOE announced that the Direct School Admission Exercise non-IP intake will be raised to 20%, does this mean that there will be more spaces open to interested applicants this year? 
From 2018 DSA-Sec Exercise, all secondary schools can admit up to 20% of their 2019 Secondary 1 non-IP intake via the DSA-Sec Exercise. As CHIJ SNGS is a dual-track school offering both the IP and OP, this increase applies only to students seeking admission to our ‘O’ Level programme. 

Q18. 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. 

Q19. 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 ‘O’ Level Programme?
In addition to the DSA-Sec Exercise, students 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. 

Q20. 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 1 Posting Exercise and/or transfer into another Secondary school?
In line with MOE policy, students successfully allocated to their DSA-Sec schools will not be allowed to participate in the annual Secondary 1 Posting Exercise to opt for secondary schools. They are also not allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results. 

Students successfully allocated to the CHIJ SNGS ‘O’ Level Programme are expected to honour the commitment to their allocated DSA-Sec school (i.e. CHIJ SNGS) for the entire 4 year duration of the programme. 

Q21. My daughter is keen to seek admission to SNGS through both OP and IP via the talent area of Sports & Games or the talent area of Leadership. Does she need to choose both “OP Sports & Games” / “IP Sports & Games” or “OP Leadership” / “IP Leadership” when completing the online application for the DSA-Sec exercise?
Applicants seeking admission to both SNGS OP and IP via Sports & Games or Leadership must select the relevant talent area for both programmes. For example, a student seeking admission to the OP and IP via Leadership should apply for both “IP Leadership” and ”OP Leadership” when completing the online application. Applicants can register for up to 3 different talent areas when completing the online application. 

Applicants who selected both “OP Sports & Games” and “IP Sports & Games” need to only register for ONLY ONE sports trial session on either 16 July 2018 or 18 July 2018 when completing the online application. 

Q22. What do students currently not studying in MOE schools need to take note of?
Students 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) upon the start of the DSA Exercise. 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 2019. For the 2018 DSA-Sec Exercise: 
  • SC/SPR applicants currently not studying in MOE schools should be born between 2 January 2002 and 1 January 2007; and
  • International students (non-SC/SPR) should be born between 2 January 2004 and 1 January 2007. 

Q23. If my daughter chooses to be considered for posting only after the release of Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results, will she be deprived of a place in CHIJ SNGS by others who were given priority admission through the Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise?
The DSA-Sec Exercise is to allow recognition of a more diverse range of student achievements and talents for admission to schools. Admission is still based on merit, with more flexibility given to schools to admit some of their students based on a broader set of criteria other than just PSLE results. As only a certain percentage of places are given for the DSA-Sec Exercise, a large majority of students will continue to be admitted based on their PSLE results. 

Q24. If my daughter is offered a Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) place in CHIJ SNGS, does she have to meet the school’s cut-off-point for Secondary 1 admission? 
To be successfully admitted to a SNGS via DSA-Sec, your daughter’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results must qualify her for the course the school offers (i.e. Express course option).