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Selection Criteria


The general criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Interest and passion
    Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in and passion for their respective talent areas. A clear and genuine aspiration in a field related to their talent area is an advantage.

  • Talent and aptitude
    Applicants should demonstrate evidence of talent and/or aptitude in their talent area.

  • Conduct and attitude for learning
    Applicants should demonstrate a positive attitude for learning and demeanour. Applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of good conduct in school.

Over the course of the exercise, the following will be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the DSA applications:
  • Evidence of participation and/or achievement in competitions, exhibitions, VIA projects, etc. relevant to applicant's talent area
  • Primary 5 and 6 result slips
  • Letters of recommendation / references (if any)
  • Interview performance
  • Aptitude test / audition performance
  • For Art, printed or digital portfolio of artworks (Please do not submit actual artworks. We will accept printed or digital images of artworks only.)

The detailed requirements and criteria for the respective areas of talent are given below:

AreaDescription
ArtApplicants are required to attend an interview and aptitude test. During the aptitude test, applicant will be asked to create any artwork that best represents their talents/abilities in their preferred medium. Through their artwork, applicant should demonstrate a good level of competency in their chosen medium.  

Applicants will also be evaluated on their portfolio, which should comprise a variety of artworks comprising both school assignments and artworks done in their personal time.

Student Leadership
Applicants are required to attend an interview. Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as evidence of leadership capabilities through their supporting documents.

 Performing Arts – ChoirApplicants are required to attend an interview and audition.

During the audition, applicants will be asked to:
  • Sing a chosen song in any vocal genre (e.g. choral, pop, etc.). Duration of the performance should be between 2 and 3 minutes.
  • Solfege singing – singing along to melodies played on the piano. 
For the audition, applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Vocal range
  • Articulation
  • Pitching

 Performing Arts – DanceApplicants are required to attend an interview and audition.

During the audition, applicants will be asked to:
  • Perform a solo dance routine in any dance genre (e.g. contemporary, hip hop, classical, etc.). 
  • Duration of the performance should be no longer than 2 minutes.
  • Follow a choreographer through a short dance piece. 
For the audition, applicants will be evaluated on the following:
  • Movement
  • Balance and form
  • Confidence and poise   
Applicants are required to be in appropriate dance attire and footwear during the audition. Long bottoms, e.g. tights or track pants, are recommended. 

 Performing Arts – Symphonic Band Applicants are required to attend an interview and audition.

During the audition, applicants are required to bring their own band instrument (except percussion instruments, which will be provided by NBSS) and will be asked to:
  • Play at least 1 major scale on their instrument
  • Perform a piece of their choice. Duration of performance should be between 2 to 3 minutes. ·         
  • Sight-read a given piece. 
For the audition, applicants will be evaluated on the following:
  • General proficiency in the chosen instrument.

 Sports – Table TennisApplicants are required to attend an interview and aptitude test. During the aptitude test, applicants are required to bring their own table-tennis paddle and will be asked to:
  • Participate in one or more games of table-tennis
  • Perform other physical exercises related to table-tennis. 
Applicants will be evaluated on the following:
  • General proficiency in table-tennis 
  • Fitness and physique