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Date For What To Do
From 22 February 2019 All Applicants Check Your Eligibility Criteria:
  • At least 12 years old (born in 2007)
  • Primary 6 students studying in a local MOE mainstream school and taking the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 2019
  • Primary 6 students who are home-schooled and taking the PSLE in 2019
  • Read more about the criteria on admission, eligibility, and successful enrolment to SOTA on the DSA-Sec Criteria tab
From 22 February 2019 All Applicants
  • Download the Preparation Notes and Checklist for the art form that you wish to apply to, and
  • Prepare your portfolio for submission
Click on the links below to download the Preparation Notes and Checklist for: Note: You may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms only
5 April to 17 May 2019 12:00 noon (SGT) All Applicants Apply Online
  • Application closed on 17 May 2019, 12:00 noon (SGT)
  • It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the entire application for ONE (1) art form, provided that the supporting documents and portfolio submission have been prepared in advance
  • Submit your application early, as the TA Portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic during the application period
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Appeals for late submissions will not be considered
  • You are not required to apply via MOE’s DSA-Sec Portal
3 June 2019 6:00 pm (SGT) All Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • check the status of your Shortlisting Outcome
3 June to 14 June 2019 Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal to:
  • upload your Primary 6 mid-year results*
  • download the 3rd set piece for Music (Violin, Voice, and Piano applicants only)
  • the 3rd set piece is not applicable to:
    • Carnatic/Hindustani voice, Carnatic/Hindustani violin, Traditional Chinese voice from Music-Performing track, and
    • all Music-Creating track applicants
  • download the prescribed monologue (Theatre applicants only)
*Please make a photocopy of your results before returning your report book to your primary school. If you did not make a copy before returning your report book, you may request for a copy of your result from your school. The General Office is open during the school term break.
17 June 2019 6:00 pm (SGT) Shortlisted Applicants
  • Log in to the TA Portal and download your TA schedules
  • There are TWO (2) compulsory schedules
  • Check your TA schedules to find out the allocated days/dates that you are required to attend
25 June to 28 June 2019 Shortlisted Applicants Attend all scheduled TA activities comprising:
  • Individual auditions or portfolio presentations
  • Group sessions
  • Panel interviews
  • Online questionnaires
All TA activities will take place at SOTA.

You are advised to refrain from making travel plans during this period, as no auditions will be conducted outside of the scheduled dates. Shortlisted applicants must attend and complete all scheduled TA activities. Incomplete attendance will result in disqualification.
By 31 August 2019 Shortlisted Applicants Log in to the TA Portal and check the status of your final TA Outcome (Confirmed Offer, Wait List, or Unsuccessful)
19 October 2019 Confirmed Offers and Wait List Applicants Attend SOTA’s Cohort and Parents’ Engagement Programme
October 2019 (TBC) Confirmed Offers and Wait List Applicants Exercise your option and indicate SOTA during the DSA-Secondary Exercise School Preference Submission
November 2019 (TBC) Confirmed Offers and Wait List Applicants Release of the PSLE and School Posting Results at your Primary School
  • You must qualify for the Express stream in order to be posted to SOTA
December 2019 (TBC) Applicants who are Successfully Enrolled to SOTA Complete your admission registration at SOTA on Reporting Day


The decision of the selection panel is final. The school reserves the right not to release the results and/or the reasons for non-selection of applicants. The school maintains strict confidentiality on all information provided to us during the TA applications and TA auditions. Hence, we regret that we are not able to provide any feedback on the application and/or outcome.

Admission Exercise Eligibility Criteria Art Forms Offered Application. Process - Submission of Online Application. Application. Process - Shortlisting Phase Application. Process - TA Outcome

Admission Exercise

The TA is conducted in June. Application opens in April and closes in May. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of.
All shortlisted DSA-Sec applicants must attend the TA and participate in audition activities required of the art form. These may include group activities, completion of online questionnaires, presentation of the prepared pieces/monologues/art portfolio, and interviews with arts teachers. They are also required to attend an interview with a panel of teachers. All TA activities will take place at SOTA.
No, there isn’t. SOTA admits 100% of its Year 1 cohort through the DSA exercise and does not participate in the S1 Posting exercise post-PSLE. There is no other admission exercise for Year 1 intake for Academic Year 2020 other than the DSA exercise.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following:
At least 12 years old (born in 2007), and Primary 6 pupil studying in a local MOE mainstream school and taking the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 2019, or Primary 6 pupil who is home-schooled and taking the PSLE in 2019
To gain admission into SOTA via DSA-Sec, shortlisted applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
Received either a Confirmed Offer or Wait List (subject to available vacancies) for their final TA oucome Indicated SOTA during the Exercise School Preference Submission Be eligible for the Express Stream
You may receive the following outcome for your PSLE results: Express stream, Express/Normal Academic stream or Normal Academic stream. If you satisfy criteria 1 and 2 and have received an ‘Express/Normal Academic’ stream, you may be automatically assigned to the Express stream and be posted to SOTA.
The application is open to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent-Residents, and Foreigners who meet the eligibility criteria stated in the first question of this section.
You are not eligible to apply via the DSA-Sec exercise as you will not be taking the PSLE. If you are born in 2007 (12 years old) and will be completing Grade 6 by December 2019, you may apply via the DSA-Sec (Non-MOE) category. Learn more about the DSA-Sec (Non-MOE) Application Process, or If you are currently in Grade 7, 8 or 10, you may apply via the Non-DSA category. Find out if you are eligible to apply by checking the "Eligibility" section of the "Criteria" tab on the Non-DSA page.
No, you are not required to have any formal training or certification in order to apply. For Music pupils, it is important that you are able to sight-read and sight-sing.

Art Forms Offered

The art forms available are Dance, Literary Arts, Music Performance or Creating/Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Applicants may apply for up to TWO (2) art forms only.
No. You may only apply for ONE (1) instrument (including ‘voice’) and to ONE (1) Music track only. If you are shortlisted to attend the Talent Academy (TA), you may be offered to audition for either the Music Performance track or the Music Creating/Composition track, whichever that the Music faculty deems suitable upon assessing your portfolio submission during the Shortlisting Phase.
Learn more about the two tracks here.

Application Process - Submission of Online Application

Application is done online via the TA Portal. You will need to register for an account before you can log in to complete the application form. You must download the Preparation Notes and Checklist relevant to the art form that you are applying for to find out what you need to prepare for your portfolio submission, as well as the supporting documents required for submission. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the entire application for one art form, provided that the supporting documents and portfolio submission have been prepared in advance. Applicants are advised to submit their applications early, as the TA Portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic during the application period. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Appeals for late submissions will not be considered. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
No, you are not required to submit an application via MOE's DSA-Sec Portal. Students interested to apply to SOTA will continue to apply directly to SOTA via the TA Portal because of our unique admission requirements. Read the article here.
Download the TA Portal User Guide for a step-by-step guide on how to navigate and submit the application. For more information on TA application, please email the Office of Student Affairs at [email protected]. If you encounter technical difficulties, please email our technical support team at [email protected].
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No. All auditions, assessments, and interviews must be done during the TA dates indicated. All TA schedules will be arranged by SOTA and no change of dates are allowed. If you have extra classes arranged by your primary school, your parents may write in to your school to be excused from lessons in order for you to attend the TA. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information on the application process and the timeline to take note of.
You must log in to the TA Portal to check the status of your shortlisting outcome and also download your TA schedules. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information.

Application Process - Shortlisting Phase

All applications are carefully reviewed and considered by the selection panel according to a vigorous process. As such, the decision of the selection panel is final. The school reserves the right not to release the results and/or the reasons for non-selection of applicants. To ensure the continued rigour of the selection process, we regret that we are not able to provide any feedback.
TA registration fee is not applicable for DSA-Sec applicants.
SOTA would have carefully considered each application, and as such, the decision is final.
Shortlisted candidates must attend all their scheduled activities. Absence during any part of the TA will disqualify the application. Hence, do ensure you have downloaded all your schedules. As the TA includes group activities, please note that there will not be any make-up auditions.

Application Process - TA Outcome

You must log in to the TA Portal to check the status of your final TA outcome. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
We understand your request for feedback in order to help you improve in your artistic journey. The school maintains strict confidentiality about the audition procedures and criteria for the Talent Academy, to ensure and maintain the authenticity of performances and portfolios at future auditions. As such, we regret we are unable to share any feedback.
Regrettably, no. The school evaluates the candidate’s artistic talent and potential based on the admission criteria and a rigorous assessment process during the Talent Academy (TA). Candidates are assessed via solo auditions or portfolio presentations depending on the art form, as well as group workshops, exercises and interviews. As a result of increased demand for limited places, admission to the school has been highly competitive. As such, we are only able to accept candidates who have performed consistently well across the assessed areas. The school would have carefully reviewed each applicant’s TA assessment and therefore, the decision is final.
No, you may not. SOTA admits 100% of its Year 1 cohort via the DSA exercise, as such, the S1 Posting exercise after PSLE is not applicable for admission to SOTA.
You must participate in the School Preference Exercise in late October and early November (date TBC). You will receive a School Preference Form from your primary school. The form indicates the list of schools from which you have received a Confirmed Offer and/or the list of schools at which you have been placed on Wait List. You will need to indicate SOTA as one of your choices at this stage.
SOTA does not have a cut-off point for the Express stream. Pupils must satisfy the following criteria in order to ensure successful enrolment:

Received Confirmed Offer or *Wait List for their final TA Outcome Indicated SOTA as their first choice during the Exercise School Preference Stage Be eligible for the Express stream
You may receive the following outcome for your PSLE results: Express stream, Express/Normal Academic stream or Normal Academic stream. If you satisfy criteria 1 and 2 and have received an ‘Express/Normal Academic’ stream, you will be automatically assigned to the Express stream and be posted to SOTA.
*Subject to available vacancies
 
You will receive your school posting result on the same day as the release of the PSLE result. Please refer to the DSA-Sec How To Apply tab for more information on application process and the timeline to take note of.
You will participate in the S1 Posting Exercise.
A pupil on the wait list may be allocated to SOTA if there are available vacancies, and, if he/she meets the following criteria:
Indicated SOTA as first choice during the Exercise School Preference Stage Be eligible for the Express stream
Available vacancies may happen if a Confirmed Offer student:
Did not exercise their offer from SOTA during the Exercise School Preference Stage, or Is ineligible for the Express stream.
Pupils on the wait list are ranked based on their overall performance across the assessed areas during the Talent Academy. For example, if there are 10 pupils on the wait list, they will be ranked from 1st to 10th. If there are 2 vacancies available, the pupils ranked 1st and 2nd will be posted to SOTA, provided that they meet the eligilibity criteria.
 
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