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Direct School Admission (DSA) 2022

Introduced in 2004, the DSA scheme seeks to promote holistic education and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talent when seeking admission to a secondary school.

At Bukit Batok Secondary School (BBSS), we believe that every child is unique and has innate abilities to be developed. Our school values,  mission  and  vision, represent our collective passion, dreams and aspirations, and guide us in how  we  work  with  our  parents,  community  and  partners  to realise the full potential of our students. We endeavour to build a culture of self-directedness and abundance mentality amongst staff and students. Children are firmly at the heart of our work and we seek to develop the whole child by providing meaningful and connected learning experiences that will allow every BBSSian to develop the right values, competencies and skills to do well in the 21st century.

DSA to Bukit Batok Secondary School

We are looking for promising Primary 6 students who demonstrate talent in the following 4 groups of talent areas that are open for DSA.

DSA Category

DSA Talent Area

Group 1 – Leadership

Student Leadership

Group 2 – Sports & Games

Softball (Girls)

Basketball (Boys)

Rugby (Boys)

Cross Country

Group 3 – Performing Arts

Drama – English

Chinese Orchestra

Malay Dance

Group 4 – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics



Group 1 - Leadership

Talent Area Criteria Eligibility for DSA Selection Processes for DSA
Student Leadership

-          Key appointments in student leadership bodies and / or CCAs

-          Active involvement in leadership activities / CCAs / community service

-          Demonstrates the following character and qualities:

      Role model and good conduct

      Keen to serve and lead

      Takes initiative and is self-disciplined

      Able to work independently and in a team

-        Resilient and willing to embrace challenges

-          Round 1: Track Records

      Leadership roles

      Leadership in service to school and community

*Shortlisted candidates will be notified for Round 2 interview.

-       Round 2: Performance Tasks

      Individual Interview (character and qualities)

-       Group Interview (leadership skills)

Group 2 - Sports & Games

Talent Area Criteria Eligibility for DSA
Selection Processes for DSA
Softball (Girls)

-          Passion to further develop and do well in this game 

-          Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week

        Skills: Mon and Wed

        Fitness and Conditioning: Fri 

-          Regular member of a CCA softball team in primary school 

-           Able to play in more than one position will be an added advantage

-          Demonstrate basic mechanics of throwing and batting       

-          Base- running speed

(i)      One Base

(ii)     Two Base 

-          Confident in speaking up and positive attitude (receptive in learning and accepting challenges) 

-        Adaptability to making adjustments. Show keenness to play in more than one position
Basketball (Boys)

-          Passion to further develop and do well in Basketball 

-          Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week 

-          Have experience in playing Basketball

-          Able to demonstrate understanding of basketball concepts, teamwork and leadership abilities during interview 

-          Able to demonstrate ability to play basketball and basketball skills during performance tasks.
 Rugby (Boys)
 We welcome both new and experienced rugby players who are:

-          Interested in holistic development: Athletics, Behaviour and aCademics

-          Passionate to learn new rugby skills and knowledge

-          Passionate to deepen his skills and knowledge to become better rugby player

-          Interested in forging strong brotherhood / friendships with teammates

-          Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week

        Skills: Mon and Fri

        Fitness and Conditioning: Wed

Note: Experience as a member of school CCA rugby team or external rugby club outside school time is welcomed

-          Able to demonstrate ability to pass rugby balls, rugby skills as well as speed & agility during performance tasks.

-          Display of confidence and keenness to remain open to continuous learning during the interview.

-          Performance Tasks:

(i)       Skills and agility test

(ii)     Ball Passing and handling test

(iii)    Fitness Test 

 Cross Country

-          Passion in running and desire to excel.

-          Looking to improve and take one’s ability to the next level.

-          Able to commit to 3 training sessions a week

-          1.6km run time:

        Boys: below 6 minutes 30seconds

        Girls: below 7 minutes 30seconds


-          Finalist in National Primary Schools Track and Field Meet in any of the following individual Track events:

        100 m

        200 m

        300 m

        600 m

        1500 m

●        Hurdles 

 -          Performance in 1.6km run / Beep test
Display of confidence and keenness to strife for persistence during the interview.

Group 3 -Performing Arts

Talent Area Criteria Eligibility for DSA Selection Processes for DSA
Drama and Debating - English

-          Confident and eloquent

-          Able to work independently and collaboratively

-          Willing to take up production and acting roles in drama, and debate

-          Experience in drama productions, stage performances or competitive debating.

-          Experience in emceeing is a bonus

-          Live audition

(i)       1 minute speech on self-introduction

(ii)     1.5 minute drama audition

(iii)    1.5 min Speech delivery

(iv)    1 min Presentation of a song of your choice

-          Able to demonstrate confidence, eloquence, stage presence and engagement with audience

Chinese Orchestra

Meet at least one of the following:

-          Demonstrate strong talent and interest in Chinese Orchestra

-          Minimum of 2 years playing experience in CO instruments like Dizi, Suona, Yangqin or Erhu etc.

-          Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public performances would be an advantage

-          Achievements / awards in international / regional / national competition an added advantage

-          Achieved quality grade in music examination for any specific instrument an added advantage

-          Live audition

(i)     Playing of musical pieces on the instrument (2-3 minutes).

(ii)   Sight reading (2 minutes)

Malay Dance 

Meet at least one of the following:

-          Demonstrate strong talent, commitment and interest in Malay Dance

-          Regular member of Malay Dance CCA in primary school - either contemporary or traditional

-          Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public/school performances would be an advantage 

-          Confidence in speaking when delivering the dance synopsis before the performance (2-3 minutes).

-          Demonstrate knowledge, passion, stage presence and leadership through audience engagement.

-          Performance tasks

(i)    Live performance on the prepared dance item (2 - 3 minutes).

(ii)    Demonstrate the knowledge of basic Malay dance techniques - either traditional or contemporary. 

Group 4 - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Talent Areas Criteria Eligibility for DSA Selection Processes for DSA
Robotics Club

-          Minimum 2 years of experience in Robotics club

-          Have experience in building Lego Mindstorms sets and fluent in writing codes using Mindstorms

-          Have experience in Micro:bit, Scratch, mBot or drones with basic block programming background

-          Participated in robotics-related projects in school/external events OR

-          Represented school in robotics-related competitions at internal/national level

-          Live show-and-tell of a working robot prototype that the student has built and programmed (10 minutes).

-          Demonstrate knowledge, experience and passion in designing, building and programming robot prototypes.

-          Pass a performance task consisting of 4 computational thinking questions (10 minutes).

-          Demonstrate creative and logical approach (computational thinking) to solving problems. 

Demonstrate the following:

-          Problem solver

-          Reflective

-          Innovative

-          Team player

-          Perseverance

-          Knowledge, interest and passion in STEM

-          Recount their past experiences relevant to the application.

-          As part of the shortlisting process, applicants need to submit a personal statement (maximum 300 words) detailing his/her active involvement in STEM activities.

-          Prepare an e-portfolio of work related to STEM with supporting documents such as photos of exhibits, prototypes, certificates etc. Submit this e-portfolio together with the personal statement.

-          Shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview.

Note for all applicants: Achievements at the national/international level would be an advantage. Applicants may key in relevant information via the MOE DSA Application Portal.

All applications are to be made via the MOE DSA Application Portal. Parents and students are encouraged to choose school 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.

Information on DSA will be available in local media on 4 May 2022. More details on our school DSA selection process/criteria and key dates will be provide by early May 2022. For more information on the DSA-Sec, please visit the MOE DSA-sec website (www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec).

Application Procedure 

You have from 11am on Thursday, 5 May 2022 to 3pm on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 to submit your child's application. Follow these steps to apply:

    1. Log in to the Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec):Apply | MOE with your SingPass.
    2. You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
    3. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for the 2 talent areas offered by our school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
    4. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child's chosen talent areas.
    5. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during application. Your child's primary school records (for example, P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school-based activities, achievements or awards) will be automatically shared with the schools.
    6. Enter your contact details correctly. This allows the schools to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process. Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee your child will be shortlisted/given an offer.
    7. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
    8.  If you are unable to apply online, approach your child's primary school for assistance.



Date / Time

Application Opens

5 May 2022 (11am)

Closing date for submission of application online through the DSA-Sec portal

1 June 2022 (3pm)

Notification of short-listed applicants for interview (by phone call, email or post)

From 27 June onwards

In-person interview sessions

From 27 June to 12 Sep 2022

Notification Letter (Outcome of application)

By 13 September 2022

Exercise School Preference by students

From 31 October to 4 November 2022

Notification of DSA-Sec admission results (on the same day as the release of the PSLE results)

Late November 2022

Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/given an offer. Successful applicants will join BBSS in January in the year 2023. Students will be assessed on both their demonstrated and potential ability to ensure that they benefit from the curriculum offered at BBSS.

Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for throughout their years in BBSS.


·     Contact the General Office at 6566 3121. (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm)

·     Email us at bbss@moe.edu.sg. Please indicate "DSA Enquiries" in the subject field.