Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS)

EAE Guidelines

EAE Requirements

The Early Admissions Exercise or EAE is a yearly discretionary admissions exercise that allows SMA to select and admit students based on their passion, interests and aptitude apart from academic grades. Learners of all ages are more engaged and tend to do well while pursuing a course they are passionate about.

If you are an O-level/ITE student or a working adult interested in enrolling via EAE, read on to find out more information about the assessment and selection process for this course:


  • Certificates (e.g. in academic areas, personal development and/or other achivements)
  • CCA in uniform group or sea sports
  • Leadership role in CCA

Aptitude Test

E-Quiz to assess:

  • Numerical ability
  • Logical reasoning
  • Basic knowledge in maritime
  • Basic comprehension


If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an online or face-to-face interview. The interview will look at your ability to:

  • Knowledge of the field of study or industry
  • Ability to indicate interest in what student may want to do in the industry in future
  • A deep interest in a particular area beyond that of a lay person
  • What they have done/how far they have gone to pursue this interest

Job Roles

For the Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) course, examples of work experience/job roles include but are not limited to the following:

  • Navigating officers on board ships
  • Ship planners in shipping companies
  • Operation executives in shipping companies
  • Harbour pilots
  • Vessel Traffic Service Operators

More Information on EAE Application

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