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PLMGS(Sec) Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec)

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 low risk environment, students will be allowed to travel to PLMGS (Sec) for in-person selection as students will be better able to demonstrate their talents. Strict safe management measures (SMM) guidelines will be put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff. Additional SMM will be put in place for Sports and Games as well as Performing Arts to manage the higher risk levels. Please be informed e-modes (e.g. video conferencing) will not be used this year. We may reschedule in-person selection or convert in-person selection to e-mode (on an exceptional case by case basis) for students who test COVID-19 positive during the selection period.

Please watch this space for further updates on the safe management principles to ensure safety of students and staff.

The Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) selection criteria for PLMGS (Sec) are listed in the table below.

Talent Areas

Selection Criteria for 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. They can bring along a hard copy portfolio of the events organised in the primary school to the interview.

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

Shortlisted students are required to attend a face-to-face audition.

Part 1: Audition

  • 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. They will also be required to participate in a Handbell group audition session.
  • Violin and Piano students are welcome to apply. Students will perform 1 to 2 pieces of music of your own choice.

Part 2: Interview

Only students who cleared the trial will be invited for an 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

Part 1: Trials

The face-to-face Selection Trials will be based on a combination of the following

  • Physical Ability Test
  • Sports Technical Skills Test
  • Personal Qualities

Students should bring their own equipment, if applicable.

Part 2: Interview

Only students who cleared the trial will be invited for an 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 2022 to 01 Jun 2022. 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. Shortlisted students who pass the trial / audition will be invited for an interview. 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 via email by Monday, 12 September 2022.

Schedule for DSA-Sec Exercise




Application via DSA-Sec Portal

05 May to 01 June 2022

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

Notification of shortlisted applicants for Audition/Trial/Interview

17 June to 29 July 2022

An email will be sent.

Selection Exercise (Audition/Trial/Interview)

20 June to 26 August 2022

Face-to-face Audition/Trial/Interview

Notification of outcome of application

By 12 September 2022

An email will be sent.

Please refer to MOE DSA website for the latest update: https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec