Ad hoc Admission Exercise


The School may conduct the Admission Exercise for admission to Year 2 and Year 3 subject to available vacancies. For the Academic Year 2025, admission to Year 2 is open. There are no vacancies for Year 3 admission. 

How to Apply
What To Do

21 February 2024

All Applicants

Application for admission to Year 2 for AY2025 will open for the following art forms only:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Check Your Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants' Profile:

  • Age: At least 13 years old (born in 2011)
  • Schooling: studying in a mainstream Secondary school
  • Level of Study: Secondary 1 Posting Group 3


  • Age: At least 13 years old (born in 2011)
  • Schooling: Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents studying overseas
  • Level of Study: Completing Grade 7 by December 2024


  • Sec 1 students who have been admitted to their current school through the DSA-Sec exercise or enrolled in the IP programme are not eligible to apply.

4 March 2024
updated 27 Feb)

All Applicants

  • Art forms accepting applications:
    • Dance
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
  • You may download the Preparation Notes and Checklist from 4 March 2024.
  • Prepare your portfolio for submission.

Note: You may apply for ONE (1) art form only.

1 April 9:00 am to 10 May 5:00 pm (SGT)

(updated 13 May)

All Applicants

Apply Online

  • Application opens on 1 April, 9:00 am and closes on 10 May, 5:00 pm (SGT).
  • Sign up for a TA Portal account from 1 April, 9:00 am (SGT). Application is now closed. 
  • If you have an existing account/have applied in previous TA, we will need to archive your current account before you can submit a new application. Please email with the email address used to create the current account to proceed with the archival.
  • Ensure that the email used to create the account belongs to the parent/guardian of the applicant as email notifications will be sent to the email address used to create the account.
  • Download the TA Portal Guide to guide you with navigating the portal.
  • Log In to the TA Portal to submit your application before 10 May, 5:00 pm (SGT).
  • The application form will automatically close at 5:00 pm (SGT). Applicants who are in the midst of completing the form will not be able to submit their application when this happens. No extension of the deadline will be granted.

Important Note

  • It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the entire application for ONE (1) art form, provided that all required documents have been prepared in advance.
  • Ensure that you chose the correct art form when prompted to make your choice. You will not be able to go back to amend your choice once you have confirmed your selection.
  • Do submit your application early, as the TA portal may experience slower connectivity due to high traffic towards the close of the application period.
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Appeals for late submissions and applications will not be considered.

31 May 2024, 6:00 pm (SGT)

All Applicants

Log in to the TA Portal on 31 May from 6:00 pm onwards to check your Shortlisting Outcome.

31 May 2024, 6:00 pm (SGT)

All Shortlisted Applicants

  • Log in to the TA Portal and click on the Announcement tab.
  • Read the announcement titled ‘Information for Shortlisted Applicants.’.
  • Shortlisted Non-MOE applicants are required to make payment of S$60.00 for the English, Math, and Science entrance tests fee. Applicants will be advised on the mode of payment.

10 June 2024, 6:00 pm (SGT)

All Shortlisted Applicants

Log in to the TA Portal and:

  • Download your TA Schedule to find out your allocated audition days/dates and to check for more information about your TA.
  • Check the Announcement page for any new updates.

18 June to 21 June 2024 (SGT)

All Shortlisted Applicants

All TA activities will take place at SOTA

Attend all
scheduled TA activities comprising:

  • Individual audition/portfolio presentation and interview
  • Group activities
  • Panel Interview
  • Online questionnaires
  • Entrance Tests (for applicants not studying in MOE schools only)


  • Sec 1 applicants: attend 2 days of TA
  • Non-MOE applicants: attend 3 days of TA

    You are advised not to make travel plans during this period, as no auditions will be conducted outside of the scheduled dates.

    Shortlisted applicants must attend and complete all scheduled TA activities. Incomplete attendance will result in disqualification.

August 2024, 6:00 pm onwards [TBC]

Shortlisted Applicants only

Log in to the TA Portal and check the status of your TA Outcome

  • Sec 1 applicants: Interim Confirmed Offer - Successful admission to SOTA is subject to applicants being promoted to Sec 2 for AY2025 or Unsuccessful Outcome
  • Non-MOE applicants: Confirmed Offer or Unsuccessful Outcome

by October 2024

Confirmed Offer Applicants only

Sec 1 applicants:

  • Applicants who have received an interim offer and promoted to Sec 2 must submit their Sec 1 End-of-Year result slip via email at by 30 October.
  • Complete the MOE School Transfer Form
  • No further actions required from applicants who are not promoted to Sec 2 as they are not eligible for the transfer. 

Grade 7 applicants (Returning Singaporeans/SPR)

  • Submit the Acceptance Form by the deadline provided

November 2024 [TBC]

Confirmed Offer Applicants only

Complete your registration online.