The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) allows applicants with other qualifications to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses.
Admission is based on academic merit, entrance test results (if applicable) and available vacancies of the diploma courses. Meeting the Minimum Entry Requirement (MER) does not guarantee that applicant will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.
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Applicants with other qualifications, except for current RP students.
You must fulfil the following requirements:
Obtain a College or High School Certificate (equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge O-Level Certificate)
Meet the MER listed under the respective country/qualification below.
English Proficiency Requirement
Applicants with international qualifications are required to either submit valid IELTS or TOEFL results or sit for the English Entrance Test. The following groups of students with Cambridge O-Level equivalent qualifications are exempted from this requirement:
IELTS and TOEFL Criteria:
Applicants who met the above IELTS or TOEFL criteria are deemed to have attained a sufficient level of proficiency in the English Language.
Valid IELTS or TOEFL results must be submitted to RP by 20 November 2023.
The harmonised Entrance Test(s) are jointly organised by the five Polytechnics in Singapore. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to sit for the Entrance Test(s) for English and/or Mathematics and/or Science to assess their suitability in the courses applied. Shortlisted applicants will receive the email invitation for Entrance Test(s) by 4 Dec 2023.
For more information, please refer here.
At least Year 10 of High School with:
Applicants who meet the MER above may be shortlisted to sit for an Entrance Test in English, Mathematics and Science
All requirements are for Standard Level:
General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels
Senior Middle 2 Semester 2 High School results taken in the current year; or
National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) (Gao Kao, 高考)*
Applicants who meet the MER above may be shortlisted to sit for an Entrance Test in English, Mathematics and Science.
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE; until 2011)
(Year 12) Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Higher Secondary School Certificate
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
*Applicants with school-based results and have registered for the 2023 SPM/UEC examinations will be considered if the national examination results are not available.
Shortlisted applicants will be assessed further via English Entrance Test and/or online interview/competency test.
Basic Education High School (BEHS)
High School Diploma
Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education – Ordinary Level Examination
Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level Examination
Year 12 High School Diploma
Year 12 with High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination
Assessed on a case-by-case basis but should have completed Year 12 of High School with:
The DAE application schedule based on the respective qualification type is as follows:
Application is made online through the DAE Application Portal. Please refer to our User Guide on how to apply.
You may indicate up to 3 course choices in your application. You will only receive 1 offer if successful.
Upload softcopies of these documents in your online application (File size limit: 2MB each):
(1) Identification document
(2) Result slip(s)
(3) Other supporting document(s), if any
Should the qualification/results/documents be printed in a language other than English, please include a notarised English translation.
Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to sit for the Entrance Test(s) for English and/or Mathematics and/or Science to assess their suitability in the courses applied. Shortlisted applicants will receive the email invitation for Entrance Test(s) by 4 Dec 2023.
If your application is successful, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online enrolment within 3-4 weeks.
For more information on the online enrolment, and what to do after enrolment, please click here.
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