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Selection Criteria

The generic 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

• Evidence of learning attitude and/or disposition

• Letters of recommendation / references (if any)

• E-interview performance

• E-audition performance

• For Art, online portfolio of artworks 

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all interviews and auditions will be done via video conferencing. Applicants should request support from their primary schools to set aside specific quiet rooms, with a stable and good WiFi connection, in the school for their use, so that they have a safe and conducive environment for the e-interview and audition.

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

AREARequirements and criteria
Art

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview via video conferencing.

Applicants are required to submit a link to an online portfolio of their artworks in the non-school based awards/activities section. Applicants may create an online portfolio using platforms such as Google Drive/Docs/Slides. The online portfolio should comprise a variety of artworks comprising both school assignments and artworks done in their personal time.

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as their portfolio.

Student Leadership 

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview via video conferencing.

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as evidence of leadership capabilities through their supporting documents. 
Performing Arts – Choir 

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview and audition via video conferencing. During the audition, applicants will be asked to:

·  Sing a chosen song in any vocal genre (e.g. choral, pop, etc.). The           duration of the performance should be no longer than 2 minutes.

For the audition, applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

·   Vocal range

·   Articulation

·   Pitching 

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as their:

·  Vocal range

·  Articulation

.  Pitching 
 Performing Arts – Dance

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview and audition via video conferencing.

 During the audition, applicants will be asked to:

· Perform a solo dance routine in any dance genre (e.g. contemporary, hip-    hop, classical, etc.). The duration of the performance should be no longer    than 2 minutes.

Applicants are required to be in appropriate dance attire and footwear during the audition. Long bottoms, e.g. tights or track pants, are recommended.

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as    well as their:

· Movement

· Balance and form

. Confidence and poise


 Performing Arts – Symphonic Band

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview and audition via video conferencing.

During the audition, applicants are required to have their own band instrument or borrow one from their primary school, and will be asked to:

·  Play at least 1 major scale on their instrument.

·  Perform a piece of their choice. The duration of the performance should be     no longer than 2 minutes.

·  Sight-read an online piece.

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as their:

General proficiency in the chosen instrument 
Sports – Table Tennis

Applicants are required to participate in an e-interview via video conferencing.

Applicants are also required to submit a letter of recommendation from their table tennis coach on their technical proficiency, fitness and physique, and attitude.

Applicants will be evaluated on their performance during the interview as well as evidence of their general proficiency in table tennis through their supporting documents