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Direct Admissions Exercise​

The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) is administered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic to allow applicants whose qualification types are ineligible under JAE and JPAE to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses.
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1. Can I apply?​
International qualification holders, including Returning Singaporeans, can apply for admission under the DAE.    You must be holding one of the following international academic qualifications.​


  • ​International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualification attained in Singapore school system#


  • ​Senior Middle School Leaving Certificate
  • ​National College Entrance Examination (NCEE)

Hong Kong

  • ​Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • ​Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCEE) with English Language (Syllabus B)
  • ​Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)


Secondary School Certificate (Year 10) obtained from:
  • ​The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE)
  • ​The Central Board of Secondary Education Examinations (CBSE)
  • ​Maharashtra State Board
  • ​Gujarat Board
  • Kerala Board
  • ​​Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Board of Anglo-Indian School Leaving Certificate Examination, Tamil Nadu
  • Otherwise, the Senior School Certificate (Year 12) is required.


  • ​Completed Senior High School and passed the National Final Evaluation Examination (SMA or SMU EBTANAS)


  • ​Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Examination
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Examination​​
  • ​Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)


  • Basic Education High School Certificate Examination or Matriculation Examination


  • Vietnam High School (Year 12) Examination

Other Countries

  • Assessed based on its equivalence to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level examinations.
  • GCSE/IGCSE/GCE (non Singapore-Cambridge)#

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Short-listed candidates with these qualifications may be required to take an entrance examination in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Overseas candidates must make their own travel arrangements to and from Singapore if they wish to sit for the entrance examination.

​To be considered for our 3-year full-time diploma courses, you must have scored 'A's and 'B's or above 75% for all core subjects to stand a higher chance of being shortlisted. You should obtain good grades in English, Mathematics, 2 other subjects and a relevant subject for the course you are applying for.

IELTS and TOEFL are accepted as alternative English language proficiency tests.

Applicants are to include a notarized English translation in their online application should the qualification be printed in a language other than English.
# Please note that application period for IGCSE qualification and Malaysia qualification is separate from international qualifications. 

2. How do I Apply?
  • Check the application periods for the different qualifications below before applying. Please check for courses with medical requirements.
  • Apply via the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) Portal.
  • Your supporting documents should be uploaded to the DAE portal during the online application.
  • You can include up to 3 choices in NP for which you are eligible.
  • You will only receive 1 offer if successful.​

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)


Start Date

End Date

Outcome Date

International Qualifications
excluding :
  • UEC
  • IB Diploma
  • SPM and STPM qualifications
  • IGCSE (both Singapore and overseas schools)
11 Nov 2019
26 Nov 2019
By 10 Apr 2020
UEC qualification 18 Dec 2019
27 Dec 2019
By 10 Apr 2020
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)
(Both Local and Overseas Schools)
13 Jan 2020
17 Jan 2020​
By 10 Apr 2020
IGCSE (Both Local and Overseas Schools)
  • ACS International
  • Hwa Chong International
  • SJI International
  • Overseas Schools/Centres who conduct IGCSE
21 Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020By 10 Apr 2020
SPM / STPM qualifications5 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020By 10 Apr 2020

3. What happens next?
  • The outcome of your application will be released online through the ​DAE Portal.
  • If your application is successful, you will receive an enrolment package with instructions on how to accept your offer online.
  • The period between receiving your package and your course registration appointment can be as short as 1 or 2 days. It is very important that you accept the offer during the appointment.
  • You can accept your offer online via eEnrol portal. Other information including payment of fees, application for financial assistance schemes and orientation period can also found in both the package and the portal.

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