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Direct School Admissions (DSA) Preparation Course for Primary 5 students starting soon – Register today!

DSA Preparation Course – 10 Weeks

Direct School Admissions (DSA-SEC) – Overview

We offer a holistic DSA preparation for Primary 5 students with a focus on Integrated Programme schools (IP), Specialised Independent Schools (SIS), Express, and International schools. This course is developed to include a wide range of activities that will prepare students for the DSA selection process in the following talent areas:

  • Sports and games
  • Infocomm and Innovation
  • Debate and public speaking
  • Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM, STEAM)
  • Languages and humanities
  • Leadership (for example, prefects)

This course is conducted by our founder, Jackeline Carter who has 12 years of experience coaching students successfully through the DSA-SEC selection process for IP, SIS, Express, and the 3 International schools- SJI International, ACS International, and Hwa Chong International. As an expert in communication skills, she has extensive experience training students to perform at their best during the selection trials and interviews. This course will cover the following areas and more:

  • Matching talent to schools and domains
  • Best practices for submitting online applications
  • Presentation skills
  • Impromptu speaking 
  • Group discussions
  • Problem-solving activities
  • Viewpoint essay writing
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Interview etiquette
  • Mock interviews

Jackeline Carter is the author of ‘Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions (DSA)’. One of the first books on DSA which was published in 2014, provides an easy-to-understand guide to preparing for DSA-SEC. Although this book is no longer in print, the updated version of the book will be given to students who enroll in the 10-week DSA Preparation Course.

Post-Course Materials and Support

  • Individualised feedback based on the participant’s performance during the course.
  • Guidelines and Interview list specific to school(s) and domain(s) selected by the student
  • Video recordings of student’s participation in the various activities including mock interviews
  • On-going support via email to parents and students if needed until the completion of the DSA selection process

For more information about our programmes or updates on vacancies, please email info@jcartercentre.com. You may also contact us at 67372700 during centre opening hours.

J Carter Centre for Public Speaking – March 2022 Workshops

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DSA-SEC(Pri 6) Portfolio Workshop  (Zoom online)

This workshop will teach students techniques to prepare effective portfolios to highlight their strengths and achievements to school admission officers. The workshop will focus on different approaches which students can use to increase their chances of getting shortlisted for an interview during the DSA selection process. This workshop is catered to Primary 6 students attempting DSA in 2022.

The workshop will cover the following areas and more: 

  • Preparing a standard portfolio (Hardcopy)
  • Preparing creative portfolios (soft copy/online) 
  • How to highlight achievements on DSA application form using google suite

The methods taught in this workshop will be suitable for students applying to most domains except visual arts.

For the March school holidays, we will be offering the Portfolio Workshop only. Interview coaching workshops will be offered during the June holidays. All workshops will be conducted online using Zoom conferencing software. The details of the  workshops are listed below:

DSA Portfolio

  • Run 1 – 16 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Run 2 – 18 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Fee: $158
Reg: $40 (new student only)

PSLE Oral Examination Preparation Workshop (Zoom Online)

In these workshops, we share our proven oral techniques that have helped many students ace this challenging exam. The workshop will help your child improve their ability to read expressively and converse knowledgeably. Each workshop will focus on 2 themes commonly tested during Primary 6 Prelim and PSLE. There are a total of 4 different workshops that will cover 8 themes. The workshops do not need to be taken in sequence as each workshop will cover the oral techniques required to do well in this examination. Students can choose to register for all 4 different workshops to be fully prepared for the oral examination.

The workshops will offer the following benefits to the learner: 

  • Develop opinions while expressing them in a confident and succinct manner using good phrases and proper sentence structure.
  • Learn essential reading techniques using our special PAFER(P) method to deliver a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage.

The themes covered in the workshops are as follows:

  • Workshop 1 – Values, Personal/Family themes
  • Workshop 2 – Community-related, National issues themes
  • Workshop 3 – School related, Activities themes
  • Workshop 4 – Travelling/Transportation, Financial themes

For the March school holidays, we will be offering Workshop 1 only – Values, Personal/Family themes. The rest will be offered during the June holidays. All workshops will be conducted online using Zoom conferencing software. The details are listed below:

Workshop 1 – Values, Personal/Family

  • Run 1 – 16-18 March 2022 – 10 am to 1 pm
  • Run 2 – 16-18 March 2022 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Fee: $498
Reg: $40 (new student only)

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to register for the workshops, you may call 67372700 during centre hours or email: info@jcartercentre.com

Opening Hours
Wed – Fri: 3 pm – 7 pm
Sat & Sun: 10 am-4 pm   

Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays

3-Day Intensive Oral Exam Preparation for P5/P6.

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PSLE Oral Communication consist of the following components:

  1. Reading
  2. Graphic Based Stimulus conversation

There are several  objectives which students must fulfill in order to achieve a good score:

  • read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage,
  • produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage,
  • express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively in conversing with the examiner, and
  • speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriate vocabulary and structures.

In the case of Reading Aloud, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm.

For Stimulus-based Conversation, candidates are assessed on their ability to give a personal response to a visual stimulus and engage in a conversation on a relevant topic.

To help students achieve the above criteria during the examination, our 3-Day Intensive Workshop will teach them to use the PAFER- (P)  method when reading a passage and the OREOS – (V) method when holding a conversation on a topic.

We will have 3 Runs during the June school Holidays and 15 topics will be covered over 3 days. Last year, one of our topics appeared in the PSLE oral exams which pleased the students who attended the workshop.

The booking details are listed in the flyer below. Registration is on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Once the classes are full, your child will be place on a wait-list and we will contact you if we are able to start another class.

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DSA Preparation Course (2017) – Semester 2 Open for Registration

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Dear Parents,

Registration for DSA Preparation Course Semester 2 is now open for registration. Details about the course is listed below. Classes are filling up fast. Please call our centre at 67372700 or email info@jcartercentre.com for registration details.

Class Details

Sat, 1/07-11/11          12:30 – 2:00       2*   (New Class)

Sat, 1/07-11/11          4:15 – 5:45       FULL*

Sun, 2/07-12/11        10:00-11:30     FULL*

*Vacancy

Registration is only on a first come first serve basis. Recommended for Primary 5 (2017) students only.

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Dear Parents,

We are officially launching our new 19 weeks DSA Preparation Course in January 2017. This course includes many activities that are conducted by various IP schools during the Direct School Admissions Selection Process. Jackeline Carter designed this course with the help of parents and students who had previously gone through the DSA process successfully. As every school conducts DSA differently, she has tried to incorporate as many of the methods used by all the schools so that the students will be ready for any of the schools. It also includes preparation for Trinity College Graded Examination in Communications – Grade 3 (Group Disscussions). You can include this certification  in your child’s portfolio to highlight your child’s communication ability.

Jackeline Carter will also work hand in hand with parents to ensure that all work is completed on time and to brief the parents on how to help their child prepare for DSA. Direct School Admissions are becoming more competitive and students can no longer achieve success on their own. Support must come from both parents and trainers. Follow up support will be given to all students after the conclusion of the course through email and updates.

This course is suitable for students who are keen to attempt DSA in 2018. dsa-prep-courseHowever, if your child is extremely shy and has difficulty sharing their views and opinions,  it may be advisable to sign up for one to one coaching in Primary 6 so that the trainer can focus solely on your child.

We have included a feedback from one of our parents whose child has benefited from one-to-one coaching:

Hi Jackeline,

Hope this finds you well. 

Like to share with you that N______ was offered a confirmed place in SOTA for Literary Arts. She is pleased and the family is very proud of her. I am over the moon that her efforts have reaped results and that she is able to pursue an area that she is interested in, on her secondary education journey. 

The interviews for visual arts and literary arts were gruelling – although she did not describe much about the respective auditions, I could tell from her expressions after, that she had a difficult time at both visual and literary interviews. I am just so proud that she was resilient enough to pull through them. Getting a place is really a bonus achievement. She has since been working hard to prepare for the coming exams. 

Would like to thank you for guiding N_____, and for being patient and flexible with her during her 3 sessions with you in May and June. Though her lack of response limited her getting the most of your usual DSA preparation, your modified approach to her reserved personality helped to prepare her for what to expect and boosted her esteem and confidence. 

All DSA Preparation Courses will be taught by Jackeline Carter, author of Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions – DSA. Currently, there are limited spaces left in two of the classes. If your child is in Primary 6 in 2018 and would like to attempt DSA, don’t wait any longer, call our centre at 67372700 to book your place. We are opened from Tuesdays to Fridays – 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays – 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays – 10 am to 4 pm.

*From 2018 onwards, schools will not require students to take a GAT test so this segment will NOT be covered in the course.