Admission Routes


Interested students may apply to join HCI via the Direct School Admission 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.

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 they are selected for from year 1-4.

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

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

Direct School Admissions Schedule

MOE DSA-Sec application closes on 1 June 2021, 1500h

DSA Categories

Students may apply to HCI through the following DSA categories:


We welcome students who demonstrate deep interest and clear strengths (including, but not limited to, a record of consistent, high achievement) in the following domains:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • 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:

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



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

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

Direct School Admissions Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted based on available information from MOE and from applicant-submitted information via the application process and selection tests.

Selection tests (if any) will take place in final two weeks of Jun.

Shortlisting will be conducted and applicants for interviews will be informed between 26 to 30 Jun.

Shortlisted candidates will undergo an online interview that will be scheduled between 7 to 28 Jul 2021 at their respective Primary School. Time slots will be allocated to take into account Safe Management Measures (SMM) as instructed by MOE and the availability of our interviewers.

Information about the interview (eg. interview time slot, Zoom codes and logistics required) will be sent to shortlisted applicants via email at least 1 week in advance. 

Information regarding the interview may change closer to the date in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Applicants are advised to refrain from non-essential travel and activities that may result in them being issued Stay Home Notice (SHN) or Leave of Absence (LOA) etc during the above period.

Should a shortlisted candidate be feeling unwell on their interview date, please consult a doctor, obtain a medical certificate and DO NOT turn up for the interview at their Primary School. An alternative interview date would be arranged based on the availability of the interviewers.

Please direct any queries about DSA to Hwa Chong Institution to



Hwa Chong Institution (High School) Entrance Examination: Admission Year 2022

Our entrance examination is only open to candidates who are interested to be admitted into Secondary Three in Academic Year 2022. 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

Closing date for application

The closing date for application is Sunday, 24 October 2021. The examination will be held at the High School Section on Wednesday, 10 November 2021.

Candidates will have to sit for three tests: 

Subject Name


Tested on


English Language2 hours

Section A: Essay                    

Section B: Comprehension

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 under 'School Fee Structure'.  

Applicants must complete and submit an online application by Sunday, 24 October 2021. Please click here for the e-application. Incomplete and late applications will not rendered as void.

Shortlisted candidate will receive notification on the exam details through email by Friday, 29 Oct 2021. 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 2021. 

All candidates will receive notification on the outcome of the application on Friday, 3 December 2021 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.