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Direct School Admission Exercise 2007 for admission to polytechnic



The first Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise will commence on 11 July 2007, for admission into polytechnics in 2008.
The DPA Exercise will give the polytechnics greater flexibility to select students on criteria other than examination results, thus allowing a wider range of talents to be recognised.
The DPA Exercise also allows students who are interested in, and who have the aptitude for applied learning, to confirm places in polytechnic courses prior to taking their GCE ¡®O¡¯ level examinations.
Students accepted to polytechnics through the DPA can also benefit from special programmes in the polytechnics, before the start of the formal polytechnic calendar in April.
The five polytechnics ¨C Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic ¨C will each admit up to 2.5% of their Academic Year 2008 intake through DPA, or about 100 students per polytechnic on average.
There will also be a course-specific cap of 30% for each polytechnic course under the DPA. This is to ensure that students admitted through the GCE ¡®O¡¯ level route will continue to have access to popular polytechnic courses.
Student Selection
In selecting the students, the polytechnics will take into account their abilities, talents and interests in the specific applied courses that they are applying for. For example, a student¡¯s passion and talents in film and video production would be considered by polytechnics when he applies through the DPA for a polytechnic course in Media Studies.
More information on the polytechnics, the courses they offer and their selection criteria can be found on their websites. (See Annex A).
Students admitted via the DPA will still have to meet the following admission criteria:

(i) obtain a net ELR2B21 score of not more than 26 points for the GCE ¡®O¡¯ level examinations; and

(ii) meet the Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for their respective polytechnic courses. The MER for each polytechnic course can be found on the polytechnics¡¯ websites.

This is to ensure that students admitted through DPA will be able to cope with the rigours of a polytechnic education. These students will not take part in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE).

1 ELR2B2 is used for admission into the Polytechnics. It refers to English Language, 2 relevant subjects for the polytechnic course applied for, and best 2 other subjects which could be elective subjects.

Source: Press Release 17 May 2007

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