Direct School Admission (DSA) Courses
Our DSA Courses are catered to students who are aiming to be admitted to top IP schools through Math DSA. It was piloted in 2018 and has been running for 2 years. Over 40% of our students qualified for Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution or NUS High School; others received confirmed offers from top IP schools such as ACS(I), SJI and Temasek Junior College.
Our courses train students in advanced math skills which are tested widely in DSA exams. Students who have been consistently scoring 95 or more for school exams will benefit the most from our course.
Our P6 Competition and DSA Math students are taught together in Terms 1 and 2
Each lesson starts out with the teacher going through key concepts and examples, followed by students practising problems under the close guidance of the teacher. Our syllabus builds on what students learn in school – this natural progression ensure that students will be able to pick up new mathematical knowledge and skills with ease and enjoyment. The advanced skills acquired in our courses are not just useful for DSA exams; they help students solve the toughest questions in the PSLE math exam.
1 - What is the difference between DSA and Math Olympiad lessons?
Our competition math lessons cover a wide variety of topics required for students to excel and place at the very top of competitions.
DSA tests focus on a narrower set of topics and generally require less preparation than math Olympiads.
2 - My child is taking math Olympiad lessons with you. Does he have to additionally enrol in DSA lessons?
Due to the increased rigor required to prepare and excel in math competitions, your child will already have the skills and proficiency to do well in DSA math tests. He does not have to enrol in our DSA lessons, which are catered to students who: are not enrolled with us or
3 - What are the criteria that schools base their math DSA decisions on?
Here are the general criteria that schools look at:
Schools have discretion on how much weightage they put on each criterion.
4 - How many DSA places are there for math?
The top 15 IP schools offer a total of 1440 DSA places or 35% of their enrolment.
NUS High School is the exception with 100% of their places being offered through DSA.
If we assume conservatively that each IP school allocates 35% of DSA places to Math (except for NUS High School at 50%), there will still be over 530 places to be offered.
5 - Does my child have a chance for Math DSA if he is not a platinum or gold winner?
There are 200-300 Platinum and Gold winners each year. Even if each of them was granted a confirmed offer, there will still be over 200 places left unutilised for the rest of the students who have less, or no competition track records. This means that highly motivated and accomplished students stand a realistic chance for math DSA if they are provided with the right training and exposure. These students will be evaluated more based on how they do in the math DSA tests.
Just to prove our point, we have students without strong competition track records each year that are offered DSA places in the top schools such as NUS High School, ACS(I) and SST by virtue of their excellent performance in the math DSA tests.