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Direct School Admission to Secondary One in 2022

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) is a school with a family culture, anchored on Christian beliefs and values. We believe in providing a holistic education for all our students and stretching each one to their fullest potential. Besides a strong academic programme with value-added results for both our Express and Normal Streams, we also have a vibrant culture of Music, Arts and Sports. If you embrace these beliefs and values, we invite you to join our family.

In view of the current Covid-19 situation, all DSA selection will be carried out via video conferencing. The Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) selection criteria for PLMGS (Sec) are listed in the table below.

Talent Areas

Selection Criteria for Outstanding Individual Talent

Selection Process

Student Leadership

Student Leadership


Students should possess distinctive leadership qualities/disposition such as

  • Positive attitudes, e.g. persevering spirit, excellence mindset
  • Passionate in one’s pursuit
  • Confident communicators
  • Ability to work in teams


Students should hold a leadership position in the Primary School such as

  • School Prefect, e.g. Head Prefect, Vice Head Prefect
  • CCA Leader or other leadership position in the school


Students should include leadership involvement (if any) in school-wide events or events representing schools.

Shortlisted students will be invited for an interview via video-conferencing.

Performing Arts




Students should have

  • relevant accomplishments such as certification by accredited music examination boards


  • performed at zone / national level (e.g. SYF Arts Presentation, East Zone Music Competition, National Music Competition etc)


Students should be able to

  • appreciate and enjoy making music in the style of an ensemble
  • display an emotional connection to music while performing
  • work well with others as a team

Selection via video conferencing will be based on a combination of the following:


Part 1: Prepared Item

  • Guzheng and Harp students will perform 1 or 2 pieces of music of their own choice
  • Handbell students can put up a 1 to 2 min performance of pieces/songs learnt in primary school Music lessons or CCA. The students can sing or play on an instrument available from home (e.g. recorder, guitar, keyboard, hitting drum sticks on the table top, etc)
  • Violin and Piano students are welcome to apply. You will perform 1 to 2 pieces of music of your own choice.

Part 2: Audition Tasks will include the following

  • Imitate melodies and rhythms
  • Complete an opening rhythmic/melodic phrase on voice or instrument


Part 3: Interview




Rhythmic Gymnastics



Table Tennis



  • should have represented in zone or national competitions or equivalent in the talent areas listed


  • are a Member of Junior Sports Academy (JSA) or school team


Selection via video conferencing will be based on a combination of the following

  • Physical / Movement Ability
  • Individual Technical Skills / Performance Task
  • Personal Qualities
  • Interview


Application Procedures

  1. Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 05 May 2021 to 01 Jun 2021. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec.

  2. 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.

  3. Attending the interview does not guarantee the student will be given an offer. Only students who cleared the interview will be given an offer.

  4. 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 from Secondary 1 to 4. If those who are unable to fulfil the DSA commitment without valid reasons, they may be required to transfer out to another school.

  5. Students not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools and not taking the PSLE will need to sit for placement tests conducted by the school. International students not studying in MOE mainstream schools should register and take part in Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS).

  6. Students will be informed of the outcome of their DSA Application by Thursday, 13 September 2021.

Schedule for DSA-Sec Exercise




Application via DSA-Sec Portal 

05 May to 01 June 2021

Apply at www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

Notification of shortlisted applicants for Audition/Trail/Interview

18 June to 31 July 2021

An email will be sent.

Selection Exercise (Trial/Audition/Interview)

20 June to 31 August 2021

To be carried out via video conferencing

Notification of outcome of application

By 13 September 2021

An email will be sent.


Please refer to MOE DSA website for the latest update:

Do get to know us at:
PLMGS (Sec) Virtual Open House 2021 (https://go.gov.sg/pl-e-open-house)