Changes to the tests

Opportunity class and selective high school placement tests are transitioning to a new test framework and computer-based format by 2022.

The department is partnering with Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group to deliver a modern, world-class selection system for NSW Selective Schools and Opportunity Class placement programs.

Updates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Please continue to monitor this site for the latest information.

Find out about key dates in each of the placement processes.

Opportunity classes - Year 5 updates

Owing to the most recent NSW Health advice received on 14 August, the Opportunity Class Placement Test has been rescheduled to Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Only students whose parents have received a confirmation email from the High Performing Students Team are eligible to sit the test on the new date of 18 November. The application portal will not be re-opened for new applications.

Further details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Selective high schools - Year 7 updates

Entry to Year 7 in 2022

We expect applications for placement in 2022 to open on 6 October 2020 and close on 9 November 2020. The test is expected to be held on 11 March 2021.

The Selective High School Placement Test will change in 2021 for placement in 2022. It will be paper based with new types of questions and a different scoring system. The test will be transitioning to a new test framework and computer-based format by 2022 (for placement in 2023).

.Assessments for the school assessment scores will be based on achievement on the school curriculum in Year 5 after 25 May 2020.

The information on this website is being updated as details of the changes to the test and other aspects of the placement process are confirmed for entry in 2022.

Entry to Year 7 in 2021

If your child is on a reserve list and if your place is reached we will contact you to make an offer. You can follow the progress of the reserve lists. The reserve list will be updated periodically when significant movement occurs and not to a regular schedule.

The names of students who accepted an offer to a selective high school in 2021 as well as having a place on the reserve list/s are removed from the reserve list/s after 3pm 16 December 2020. From this date until the end of Term 1 in the year of placement, offers will be made only to those applicants who have declined their previous offer or who have not yet received an offer.

Placement process

Download the Application information (PDF 791KB) for information about the placement process for entry in 2021.

The Selective High School Placement Test was conducted on Thursday 12 March 2020. If your child missed the test, there is no opportunity to sit it at another time. Outcomes were sent on 3 July 2020.

For more information about placement outcomes go to the Outcome page. For information about how scores are calculated go to Selection process.

The time for appealing the outcome closed on 22 July 2020.

The time for submitting a request for consideration of illness or misadventure closed on 26 March.

Changes of choices of selective high school should have been requested before the end of the day on 26 April 2020. It is now too late to change school choices.

Applications opened on this site on 8 October 2019 and closed on 11 November 2019. It is not possible to add late applications.

Entry to Year 7 in 2020

The entry score required for each school varies from year to year. It depends on the number and the academic merit of students who have chosen the school each year. See the minimum entry scores held by the last students accepting offers to selective high schools for entry in 2020. These scores do not indicate what score would be required for entry in later years.

Reserve lists

All reserve lists for entry in 2020 are now closed.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.

Information about changes to the placement process will be published on this site when it is available.

See more detailed information about the process of placement in selective high schools starting in Year 7.

Entry to Years 8 to 12 in 2021 - updates

Application for entry to selective high schools in Years 8 to 12 in 2021 opened on 19 June 2020 and closed on 24 July 2020. Schools conduct their assessments during August and September and release outcomes in October and November.

The release of outcomes is delayed this year because of NSW Health regulations restricting face to face testing. Outcomes will be released when all schools have completed their assessments.

Contact the schools directly with any enquiries.

Download a printable version of the application information for Years 8 to 12 entry

See more detailed information about the process of placement in selective high schools starting in Years 8 to 12.

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