Find out about key dates in the placement process.

Opportunity classes - Year 5 updates

Applications for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2021 opened onTuesday 9 June 2020 and closed on Friday 26 June 2020.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

Applicants will be advised by Wednesday 2 September 2020 where to take their child to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Due to the postponed test, changes have been made to the placement process for this year only to ensure students are placed in Year 5 opportunity classes as early in 2021 as possible. Refer to the fact sheet for information about these changes.

Selective high schools - Year 7 updates

Entry to Year 7 in 2021

The placement outcome is expected to be released after business hours on 3 July. It will be sent by email. The emails take several hours to send. Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not see the email in your in-box.

If you have not received your emailed placement outcome by 7 July 2020, please email the Team at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au.

If you chose mail instead of email when you applied, the outcome will be posted at the same time but will take longer to reach you. If you wish to change from mail to email please make this request before 1 July at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au.

If you have not received your mailed outcome by 13 July, contact the Team.

For more information about placement outcomes go to the Outcome page. For information about appealing the outcome, go to the Appeals page.

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.

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 choices.

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

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 2022

We expect applications for placement in 2022 to open in early-October 2020 and close in mid-November 2020. The test is expected to be held on 11 March 2021. Assessments for the school assessment scores will be based on achievement on the school curriculum after 25 May 2020.

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 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 is open on 19 June 2020 and will close on 24 July 2020. Schools conduct their assessments during August and September and release outcomes in October and November. The schools will tell you about the assessments required after you apply.

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

Download the application form for placement in 2021. Fill and email the form or print it and post it.

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

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