I tend to observe too that the percentage of girls from RGPS successfully DSAed into RGS is higher than other GEP centres. My DD's not from RGS and from what I've gathered, for her school, in the past 2 years, half of the girls in each cohort successfully got a CO from RGS while the other 50% did not. Assumption is that all the girls have applied for RGS' DSA.
DD has been able to maintain at least 80% (85% in P4, 84% in P5) and so she should be able to skip GAT for both RGS and NYGH.
For RGS, she will probably go under English Domain and hopefully, will be granted an interview. However, I am not confident of her being selected as I heard that RGS tend to offer CO's for girls with something additional to offer the school as the school is confident that those with pure academic ability should be able to gain entry into RGS based on their PSLE T-score anyway. My DD falls under this category as besides academic (been getting book prize for English and selected for CAP), she has little to offer RGS (not student leader, not active in CCA, have not won competitions like Commonwealth Essary Writing).
For NYGH, I understand that there are GEP students who successfully DSAed without going through both GAT and interview round. DD will probably be able to skip GAT but likely to be called up for interview since she does not take HCL.
So looks like her chance for both schools are around 50-50
TREX8, my answers are in blue:
1. Is it true that there is separate DSA for GEP and mainstream kids? GEP kids can submit DSA applications in April? In that case, the SA1 would not be over yet, so kids use their Pri 5 GEP results? I have always the impression that DSA is in July/Aug, and kids need to submit their P5 and P6 SA1 results.
There isn't a separate DSA for GEP, just that the RGS deadline for GEP students is earlier than that for mainstreamers. The interviews for GEP students also takes place before that for mainstreamers. In the event that a GEP student has to take the GA test, she will take it together with the mainstreamers in June. During the application process, you submit your P5 results first, then the P6 SA1 results as soon as that is available.
2. I understand that generally, DSA for GEP kids tend to be easier but somehow, RGS is very stringent even in granting DSA to GEP kids. A parent was saying that success rate is less than 50%. Anyone has experience to share? RGS is DD's top choice and I thought better to manage her expectations if the success rate is low so that she can take it better should she be rejected by RGS.
For GEP students, I would say that RGS' DSA selection criteria is more stringent than NYGH. In my dd's batch, almost everyone who applied to NYGH was offered DSA. The number of successful applicants at RGS was lower than NYGH, but still very good - more than 80% were accepted into RGS via DSA. I understand that the success rate for students from some other GEP schools was lower, about 50% as you mentioned.
Which school is your dd from?