Direct School Admission DSA–JC Exercise
For Admission to JC1
Direct School Admission for junior colleges (DSA-JC) allows students to apply to a DSA school before taking the GCE O-Level examinations. It allows a diverse range of talents to be recognized in admission other than academic achievement in GCE O-Level.
In Hwa Chong DSA, we are looking for promising Sec 4 students who are currently studying in mainstream Singapore schools who demonstrate any of the following:
1 . Strong intellectual and scholastically talented in a specific subject discipline;
2 . Leadership potential with character qualities like integrity, resilience, passion and compassion.
3 . Outstanding talent in sports or performing arts
Our DSA categories are shown in the table below.
|Student Council/ Prefect or equivalent
| CCA Leaders
|Sports & Games
|Track & Field
|Language & Humanities
|Language Elective Programme – Chinese (CLEP)
|Humanities Scholars Programme (HSP)
|Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
|Information Technology (Computing)
|Visual Arts, Design & Media
|Arts Elective Programme (AEP)
To ensure that students fully benefit from our IP, they will be assessed on their demonstrated and potential qualities, beyond mere academic ability.
Once a student has accepted the DSA offer, he/she will not take part in the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) and he/she is not allowed to transfer to another school. They will be assured of a place in the school on the condition that they satisfy the minimum criterion for admission to junior college based on their GCE O-Level result.
Please refer to MOE DSA website for the latest update.
Click here for information and application for DSA JC Exercise 2023
Joint Admission Exercise
The JAE is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level certificate holders to apply for admission to courses offered by:
- Junior Colleges (JC)
- The Millennia Institute (MI)
- Polytechnics (Poly)
- Institute of Technical Education
For Joint Admissions Exercise, the following candidates were eligible to participate except those who had been successfully admitted through the Direct School Admission-Junior Colleges (DSA-JC) or Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA):
- All Singapore Citizens (SC) or Permanent Residents (SPR) with valid Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations results from any year.
- International students studying in a Government School, Government-Aided School or Independent School in Singapore with valid Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
For more information, please visit the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/jae.
For more information on JAE Appeal Exercise, please click here.
All Returning Singaporeans (RS) children who wish to apply to Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) for a place in the JC 1 can take part through Direct School Admission (DSA-JC) or participate in the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS- JC/MI) conducted by Ministry of Education.
Interested candidates are advised to visit the following MOE RS website for the details of the SPERS-JC/MI exercise: https://www.moe.gov.sg/returning-singaporeans/post-secondary/spers
Applicants who are eligible to apply to HCI can approach the school for admission. Applicants are required to submit the following documents for the school’s consideration.
1 . School Eligibility list
2 . Academic transcripts (GCE ‘O’ levels results or equivalent)
3 . Testimonials/references
4 . Achievements and awards
5 . Identification card/passport
Applicants may need to sit for tests on certain subjects and attend an interview to decide on the subject combination. Eligible applicants must submit the application latest by 31 Dec 2023 to
To: SPERS-JC Application
c/o Ms Karen Ng
Hwa Chong Institution (College Section)
661 Bukit Timah Road