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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.    Where can I get information about CHIJ SNGS? 
Interested students and parents may refer to our school website below: 

Q2.    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 GCE ‘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   

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 a balance between the two.   

Q4.    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 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 256 points.   

Q5.    How many students will be admitted into IP classes? 
There are currently 5 IP classes for each level from Years 1-4.   

Q6.    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).   

Q7.    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 and will be admitted to our 'O' Level Programme, subject to meeting the prevailing affiliation cut-off point.   

Q8.    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.   

Q9.    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.   

Q10.  If my daughter is admitted into the Integrated Programme in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, will she be required to offer Higher Chinese? 
To enable our students to participate meaningfully in the school’s curriculum and programmes as well as to promote the learning and appreciation of Chinese language and culture, students seeking admission to the Integrated Programme are required to offer Higher Chinese in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School.         

Q11.  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 for CHIJ SNGS   

Q12. 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 here:   

Q13. 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 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. 

Additionally, our school will also be selecting students with specific talents and achievements in Mathematics, Sciences or Bilingualism (English Language & Chinese Language) for admission into our Integrated Programme.   

Q14     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.     

Q15.    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.   

Q16.    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.   

Q17. 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) as these tests put undue focus on general academic ability, which can be assessed and recognised through the PSLE. 

Where applicable, applicants will be asked to attend a sports trial and interview as part of the selection process. Shortlisted applicants who applied for the talent areas of Mathematics and Sciences will be asked to sit for a subject-specific diagnostic instrument. These 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 selection will be used together with other information that has been submitted by the applicant as part of the selection process.   

Q18. 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 readiness 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.   

Q19. 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. 

Q20. How will my daughter be notified of the outcome of the DSA-Sec Exercise? 
Shortlisted applicants 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. 

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.   

Q21.    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.    

Q22.     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 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.   

Q23. 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 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 Integrated Programme are expected to honour the commitment to their allocated DSA-Sec school (i.e. CHIJ SNGS and EJC) for the entire 6-year duration of the programme.   

Q24. 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 register for ONLY ONE sports trial session on either 16 July 2018 or 18 July 2018 when completing the online application. 

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

Q25.    What do applicants currently not studying in MOE 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) 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.   

Q26. I understand that all secondary schools now can admit up to 20% of their non-IP intake via DSA-Sec exercise 2018, will there be an increase in the number of available spaces for IP and how many spaces are available for the IP intake? 
Schools that offer the Integrated Programme already admit an average of about 35% of their Secondary 1 Integrated Programme intake via the DSA-Sec Exercise.     

Q27. 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.  

Q28. 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 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). 

However, when seeking admission to a school, 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.


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