Our entrance examination is only open to candidates who are interested to be admitted into Secondary Three in Academic Year 2024. There are no vacancies for the other levels in High School. 

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must meet either of the two criteria listed below.

1) Students who are currently studying in a local mainstream secondary school. 

Please note that students who have been admitted to their current school via DSA-Sec or AEIS exercise are NOT eligible for school transfer. Transferring out of the IP is strongly discouraged, as it could disrupt the quality of the student’s educational experience. 

2) Returning Singaporeans (RS). RS may also participate in the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporean (SPERS). For more information on SPERS, please refer to MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/returning-singaporeans

Closing date for application

The closing date for application is Sunday, 22 October 2023. The examination will be held at the High School Section on Tuesday, 7 November 2023.

Candidates will have to sit for three tests: 

Subject Name


Tested on


English Language2 hoursSection A: Essay             Section B: ComprehensionNA
Chinese Language1 hour入学语文能力鉴定测验: 作文The use of dictionary or electronic dictionary that is approved by the Singapore Ministry of Education
Mathematics2 hours

Structured Questions:

Topics click here

The use of electronic calculator is permitted


Important notes

  • Hwa Chong Institution is a Special Assistance Plan school (SAP). All students must study English and Higher Chinese at first language level.
  • Hwa Chong Institution (High School) is an All-Boys school.
  • School fee rates are available on our website School Fee Structure 

Applicants must complete and submit an online application by Sunday, 22 October 2023. Please click here for the e-application. Incomplete and late applications will be rendered as void.

Shortlisted candidate will receive notification on the exam details through email by Friday, 27 Oct 2023. Please ensure that the email address provided in the application form is correct.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview in the last week of November 2023. 

All candidates will receive notification on the outcome of the application on Friday, 1 December 2023 through email and post. Details of the results will NOT be disclosed. The school’s decision on the outcome of the entrance examination is final. 



Primary 6 students who are keen to join HCI in 2024 may apply to the school via the Direct School Admission (DSA) Exercise.

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, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

No Singaporean student will be denied a place in Hwa Chong Institution because of financial reasons. Click here to access the financial information and the range of financial assistance schemes, scholarships and awards available to support our students.

For FAQs on DSA admissions at HCI, please access the following link

Direct School Admissions Schedule

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 

4 May 2023, 11 am to 31 May 2023, 3 pm.

For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

DSA Categories

Students may apply to HCI through the following DSA categories:


We welcome students who demonstrate deep interest and talents in the following domains:

Language and Humanities

  • Chinese Language
  • Humanities

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Infocomm (Programming and/ or Robotics)
  • Mathematics
  • Science


We welcome Bilingual Talents who demonstrate any or all of the following:

  • Passion and creativity in learning both the Chinese and English language, as well as appreciation for the cultures of the East and the West
  • Written and spoken proficiency in both languages


We welcome Leadership Talents who possess any or all of the following:

  • Passion for serving the community
  • Experience in leading student organisations (e.g. school body, CCA, etc).

Sports and Games

We welcome students with passion and strengths OR a strong record of achievement at the zonal, national, or international level, in any of these sports and games:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Chinese Weiqi
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wushu

For more information about the different DSA categories, please click here

Direct School Admissions Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted based on available information from MOE and from applicants’ submitted information via the application process. 

HCI will be conducting in-person selection for all DSA talent areas for 2023 DSA-Sec. Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be informed between 4 July to 10 July and they will be required to attend an interview and/or selection tests on 22 July 2023. Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of DSA places, not all students who meet the criteria will be shortlisted for an interview. 

Please note that applicants should attend the in-person selection only if they are well. For students who are unwell (e.g. tested COVID-19 positive) during the selection period, re-scheduling the in-person selection will be done where possible. 

Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school for the duration of the 6-year Integrated Programme, and participate in the activities related to the talent area they are selected for from year 1-4.

Please direct any queries about DSA to Hwa Chong Institution to dsa@hci.edu.sg.